Madison shuts out Milbank for fourth Class 11A title in seven years

The Madison Bulldogs defeated the Milbank Bulldogs, 31-0, in the Class 11A title game.

Madison quarterback Nate Ricke throws a pass on the run during the Class 11A high school football championship game Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting photo)

VERMILLION — Madison is once again the top team in Class 11A.

In a battle of teams with Bulldogs as mascots, No. 1 Madison ran over No. 7 Milbank on its way to a 31-0 victory in the Class 11A championship game Friday afternoon at the DakotaDome.

The win was Madison’s fourth state championship in seven seasons and first since winning three straight between 2015 and 2017.

After the two teams played to a 9-0 final score in favor of Madison on Sept. 17, the rematch looked poised to be another defensive battle. While Madison’s defense pitched another shutout and intercepted four passes, its offense broke loose. After nearly 19 scoreless minutes to open the contest, Madison opened the floodgates on Milbank, scoring all 31 points across the second and third quarters.

Madison (12-0) was led by 12-of-20 passing for 130 yards, 61 yards rushing and two total touchdowns by quarterback Nate Ricke. Running back Trey Smith, the contest’s most outstanding back and Joe Robbie MVP, added 51 yards rushing and a pair of scores and kicked Madison’s 25-yard field goal in the second quarter. Mike Peters and Peyton Wolf each had 39 receiving yards.


For Milbank (8-4), quarterback Kaden Krause completed 9 of 19 passes for 88 yards. Karson Weber recorded 34 yards rushing and 34 yards receiving, and Marshall Voeltz had 49 yards rushing.

Dierks covers prep and collegiate athletics across the Mitchell Republic's coverage region area, focusing on Mitchell High School football and boys basketball and area high school football, volleyball and basketball, as well as Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Gridiron Spotlight, producing video and providing live play-by-play for the traveling weekly prep football broadcast during its first season in the fall of 2021. Dierks is a Mitchell native who graduated from South Dakota State University with his bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2020. He joined the Mitchell Republic sports staff in August 2021. He can be reached at and found on Twitter at @LDierksy.
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