Area football roundup for Oct. 27: Gregory punches ticket to 9A semifinals with win over Wolsey-Wessington
Recap of area football games for the quarterfinal round of the South Dakota high school football state playoffs
GREGORY — In a rematch of a regular season contest, No. 3 Gregory once again bested No. 6 Wolsey-Wessington, as the Gorillas picked up 380 total yards and held the Warbirds to just seven rushing yards in a 34-19 win in the Class 9A quarterfinals on Thursday night.
Rylan Peck netted 175 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 12 attempts and went 7-for-17 passing for 120 yards and two more touchdowns. Eli Fogel and Kade Braun caught touchdowns of 31 and 19 yards, respectively, while Owen Hansen had nine rushes and a touchdown for the Gorillas.
For W-W, Blaze Herdman threw for 244 yards, going 13-for-30, and three touchdowns, all to Mosha Richmond. Richmond had seven receptions for 87 yards, while Tate French caught three passes and 89 yards. Keagen Haeder had 11 tackles for the Warbirds, who finish their season at 6-4.
Gregory (9-1) will be on the road to face off with No. 2 Lyman in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 4.
Elkton-Lake Benton 52, FMFA 14
ELKTON — Elkton-Lake Benton quarterback Ryan Krog accounted for six total touchdowns and nearly 350 yards offense, as No. 2 ELB rolled past No. 7 Freeman/Marion/Freeman Academy in the Class 9AA quarterfinals on Thursday night.
Krog amassed 224 yards and three touchdowns on just 4-of-5 passing, while adding 122 yards rushing and three more scores on 12 carries. Carson Griffith caught two passes for 103 yards and one score, while Quinten Poindexter and Blake De Vries each had touchdown receptions of longer than 60 yards. Riddick Westley rushed 12 times for 98 yards.
Riley Tschetter led FMFA (7-3) in both passing and rushing, going 13-of-33 for 129 yards and a touchdown through the air and carrying six times for 40 yards. Matt Hagen was on the receiving end of Tschetter’s touchdown pass, as Evan Scharberg tallied four catches for 60 yards.
ELB (10-0) hosts sixth-seeded Parkston in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 4.
Winner 32, Deuel 8
WINNER — Using 16 third-quarter points to pull away, top-seeded Winner topped eighth-seeded Deuel in a Class 11B quarterfinal on Thursday night to secure a fourth-straight state semifinal appearance.
Blake Volmer completed four of his five passes for 84 yards, with three going for touchdowns, two to Shawn Hammerbeck and the other to Ethan Bartels. Aiden Barfuss carried 13 times for 71 yards and one touchdown, while Riley Orel added 44 yards on eight carries. Volmer led the defense with six tackles, while Barfuss had 5.5 and Jack Kruger had 4.5. All three had one tackle for loss.
Deuel (8-2) was paced by Owen Quail’s 103 yards rushing and the game’s first touchdown. Trey Maaland was held to 3-of-13 passing for 43 yards and 19 yards rushing.
Winner (10-0) will host No. 5 McCook Central/Montrose in the Class 11B semifinals on Friday, Nov. 4.
Wall 20, Bon Homme 12
WALL — Behind big performances from Burk Blasius and Cedar Amiotte, No. 1 Wall slipped past No. 8 Bon Homme in the Class 9AA quarterfinals on Thursday night to reach the state semifinal round for the third consecutive year.
Blasius went 16 for 23 through the air for 200 yards and one touchdown, connecting with Amiotte four times for 78 yards and finding Stran Williams for an 11-yard score. Amiotte also led the Eagles in rushing, toting the ball 17 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
Bon Homme (6-4) was led by Riley Rothschadl, who passed for 141 yards, ran for 108 more and accounted for both Cavalier touchdowns (one passing, one rushing). Chapin Cooper caught two passes for 48 yards, including a 32-yard first-quarter touchdown from Rothschadl. Landon Bares and Cooper had 9.5 and eight tackles, respectively, and each had 1.5 tackles for loss, with Landon Smith finishing with 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage as part of his seven tackles.
Wall (10-0) hosts Hamlin in the semifinals on Nov. 4.
Warner 48, Canistota 31
WARNER — No. 9 Canistota led top-seeded Warner 31-14 at halftime, but the Monarchs roared back to score the final 34 points of the game to claim victory in Thursday night’s Class 9A quarterfinal.
A combination of 255 rushing yards and 190 passing yards pushed the Monarchs over the line. Hunter Cramer posted four touchdowns, two in the air and two on the ground, including passes of 27 yards to Ashton Schuchhardt and 40 yards to Payton Volk. Cramer totalled 122 yards on 19 rushes and 124 passing yards on six completions. Zach Wood had three receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 52 yards. Brody Sauerwin ran for two scores, while Landon Jensen and Schuchhardt each had 7.5 tackles.
Tage Ortman put up 190 yards on 11-of-26 passing to go with 95 rushing yards for Canistota (5-5), opening the scoring with a 50-yard rush and later throwing an 82-yard touchdown pass to Cayden Scott, who had 11 tackles on defense. Noah Kleinsasser ran 15 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns and also had nine solo tackles.
Warner (10-0) hosts Harding County/Bison in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 4.
Lyman 34, Castlewood 16
PRESHO — Lyman scored the final 22 points of the game, including 16-point fourth quarter to knock off Castlewood in the quarterfinals of the Class 9A playoffs.
After going down 16-12, Teagan Gourneau and Tance Wagner each ran for touchdowns, before Gourneau connected with Brayden Oldenkamp for a score to put the game out of reach.
Gourneau carried the Lyman offense, throwing 109 yards on 12-for-19 passing with a touchdown. He added 76 yards with his legs on 19 carries and a trio of scores.
Wagner was the leading rusher for Lyman, racking up 99 yards on 18 totes and a score, while Cooper Long led the team in receiving, hauling in five passes for 53 yards.
Lane Tvedt went 8-of-11 passing for 160 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Castlewood ran 28 plays to Lyman’s 60, and the Raiders limited the Warriors to 197 yards.
Lyman (9-1) advances to the Class 9A semifinals, where it will host third-seeded Gregory on Friday, Nov. 4, while Castlewood’s season comes to a close at 7-3.
HSA 44, Avon 14
WARNER — Another big game from Brenden Begeman propelled No. 1-seed Herreid/Selby Area to the Class 9B semifinals, as the Wolverines took down eighth-seeded Avon on Thursday night.
Begeman found the end zone five times, rushing for three scores on 19 carries for 167 yards and adding two receiving touchdowns on three catches for 115 yards.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 38-point lead at halftime, with Avon doing its only scoring in the second half.
Paxton Bierema was the main source of the Pirates’ offense, going 2-for-3 passing for 67 yards and a score and 22 rushing yards and a touchdown on his seven attempts. Cade Faulkner led the team in rushing, picking up 66 yards on 12 tries while going 2-for-5 through the air. He also caught a 36-yard touchdown.
Herreid/Selby Area put up 412 yards of offense to Avon’s 222. The Wolverines (10-0) march on to host 12th-seeded Irene-Wakonda on Friday, Nov. 4, while Avon looks to the offseason after a 5-5 campaign.