Breaking down the South Dakota Prep Media football poll for the week of Oct. 10: MCM joins in Class 11B

A look at the 2022 prep football rankings entering the final week of the regular season for Class 11B and the nine-man divisions

McCook Central/Montrose's Kade Grocott (85) runs through a tackle from Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan defender Taite Klumb (3) during a high school football game Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 at Salem.
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MITCHELL — Seven Class 11B programs were included in last week's South Dakota Prep Media football poll — the top five, and two teams receiving votes. McCook Central/Montrose was not one of them.

But no team made a better case for their inclusion in this week's poll than the Fighting Cougars.

MCM had dropped nine straight to nearby rival Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan but did its best to expel some of those past shortcomings in an Oct. 7 meeting with the then-No. 3 Seahawks. Running back Jackson Remmers made his way into the endzone five times in the first half as the Cougars romped to a 44-0 win in Salem.

The ramifications for such a drubbing were felt by both programs in this week's poll, as MCM vaulted over BEE and Hot Springs from no votes one week ago to 15 votes and the No. 5 ranking in Class 11B. The Cougars are the only program to make such a leap this season, save for Rapid City Stevens jumping into the Class 11AAA top five after the first week of play.

On the other side, the Seahawks fell out of the Class 11B top five for the first time since the final week of 2021. BEE dropped from No. 3 with 45 points last week to the receiving votes section and seven votes this week. Mount Vernon/Plankinton and Aberdeen Roncalli both climbed one spot in the rankings following BEE's tumble, slotting in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.


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And then there were none

Though there have been several weeks where only a handful of votes were given to programs that fell outside the top five in all of the seven classes, for the first time this season in the South Dakota Prep Media football poll, a class has zero teams in the receiving votes section — and not just one class, but two in the same week.

In Class 11AAA and Class 11AA, the top five have solidified their places. No new teams have cracked the Class 11AAA rankings since the Sept. 19 poll, with the same being true of Class 11AA since Sept. 26.

Last week, Class 11AAA's Sioux Falls Washington and Class 11AA's Sturgis and Spearfish each received one vote in their respective polls, but this week those three stray votes went elsewhere. And with such a small pool of teams to choose from — nine in 11AAA and 11 in 11AA — it would take a major upset in the final two weeks of the regular season to catapult a team into either top five.

Other movement

Sioux Falls Lincoln and Brandon Valley traded places in Class 11AAA after the Patriots edged the Lynx, 34-30. Lincoln is now No. 4 and Brandon Valley is No. 5. A nearly identical situation presented itself in Class 11AA, as Aberdeen Central defeated Brookings, 20-3, and the Golden Eagles became the new No. 4 as the Bobcats slid to No. 5.

Dell Rapids seized control of the No. 1 ranking in Class 11A for the first time this season, capitalizing on West Central's 46-12 loss to Class 11B No. 1 Winner. The Quarriers got 15 of 20 first-place votes, while West Central held on to the remaining five and the No. 2 slot in the poll.

There was no movement among the top five in any of the three nine-man classes this week. It's the first time all three had identical rankings in consecutive weeks this season. Those receiving votes were nearly a match as well, with no teams losing all their votes and only one new entrant, as Kadoka Area re-entered the Class 9B picture alongside Avon with a 44-6 victory over fellow vote-getter Faith.

The South Dakota Prep Media football polls for the week of Oct. 10 are listed below, ranking the top-five teams in each class. First-place votes received are indicated in parentheses.


Class 11AAA
1. Sioux Falls Jefferson (20), 7-0, 100; 2. Harrisburg, 6-1, 79; 3. O’Gorman, 5-2, 61; 4. Sioux Falls Lincoln, 4-3, 40; 5. Brandon Valley, 3-4, 20.
Also receiving votes: None.

Class 11AA
1. Pierre (20), 7-0, 100; 2. Tea Area, 7-0, 80; 3. Yankton, 4-3, 55; 4. Aberdeen Central, 4-3, 45; 5. Brookings, 4-3, 20.
Also receiving votes: None.

Class 11A
1. Dell Rapids (15), 7-0, 94; 2. West Central (5), 6-1, 84; 3. Dakota Valley, 6-1, 58; 4. Beresford, 5-2, 43; 5. Sioux Falls Christian, 4-3, 16.
Also receiving votes: Canton 5.

Class 11B
1. Winner (20), 7-0, 100; 2. Elk Point-Jefferson, 7-0, 78; 3. Mount Vernon/Plankinton, 7-0, 57; 4. Aberdeen Roncalli, 7-0, 40; 5. McCook Central/Montrose, 6-1, 15.
Also receiving votes: Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 7, Hot Springs 3.

Class 9AA
1. Howard (18), 7-0, 97; 2. Wall (2), 8-0, 82; 3. Hanson, 6-1, 51; 4. Hamlin, 7-1, 31; 5. Elkton-Lake Benton, 7-0, 27.
Also receiving votes: Parkston 12.

Class 9A
1. Warner (19), 7-0, 99; 2. Gregory (1), 6-1, 78; 3. Castlewood, 6-1, 58; 4. Lyman, 6-1, 44; 5. Alcester-Hudson, 6-1, 17.
Also receiving votes: Canistota 2, Philip 2.

Class 9B
1. Herreid/Selby Area (19), 7-0, 99; 2. Hitchcock-Tulare (1), 7-0, 81; 3. Corsica-Stickney, 6-1, 59; 4. Sully Buttes, 5-2, 31; 5. De Smet, 4-3, 12.
Also receiving votes: Avon 8, Kadoka Area 8, Faith 2.

Ranked matchups slated for this week


[1] SF Jefferson (Class 11AAA)@[5] Brandon Valley (Class 11AAA)
[5] Brookings (Class 11AA)@[2] Harrisburg (Class 11AAA)
[2] Tea Area (Class 11AA)@[1] Pierre (Class 11AA)
[4] Aberdeen Central (Class 11AA)@[3] Yankton (Class 11AA)
[3] Dakota Valley (Class 11A)@[4] Beresford (Class 11A)
[1] Winner (Class 11B)@[3] Mount Vernon/Plankinton (Class 11B)
[2] Elk Point-Jefferson (Class 11B)@[RV] Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (Class 11B)
[3] Castlewood (Class 9A)@[5] Elkton-Lake Benton (Class 9AA)
[3] Corsica-Stickney (Class 9B)@[4] Sully Buttes (Class 9B)
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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