South Dakota Gridiron Report: Platte-Geddes, Gregory set for Missouri Valley battle

South Dakota Gridiron Report

Platte-Geddes and Gregory will meet Friday with major conference and playoff implications at stake.

With a win, Platte-Geddes (6-0) can clinch a share of the Missouri Valley Conference. The Black Panthers could then win it outright next week against Parkston.

“It’s a big game,” Platte-Geddes coach Bruce Hanson said. “It’s always been a rivalry over here. It’s kind of been dominated by Gregory lately since Platte and them dropped to nine-man, but I think we are at the stage where hopefully we can make it at least competitive again and make it a rivalry again.”

Platte-Geddes' Nate Whalen (35) goes up for a reception over Wolsey-Wessington's Joey Hoverson on Friday in Platte. Platte-Geddes is No. 4 in this week's Class 9AA poll.


It’s also a big contest for the playoffs, as both teams look to lock in home games in the first round. Platte-Geddes is one of five undefeated teams in Class 9AA and it sits fifth overall in seed points. The Black Panthers are tied with Parkston for No. 2 in Region 3.

Gregory, meanwhile, is tied eighth overall in Class 9A and No. 2 in Region 3. The Gorillas are 4-2.

“Every game is important to the seeding in the playoffs, especially with our schedule and this game will have a big influence on that for both teams,” Gregory coach John King said.

They both feature big, athletic quarterbacks in Gregory’s Coy Determan and Kelby VanDerWerff. Determan stands 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, while VanDerWerff is 6-5 and 200 pounds.

“Quarterbacks on both sides are both pretty good,” Hanson said. “They are both good pocket passers. Coy is obviously a lot better runner than Kelby is obviously, but we have running backs that can handle that for us.”

Gregory's Coy Determan (3) looks for an open receiver as Tripp-Delmont/Armour/Andes Central/Dakota Christian's Dylan Van Der Werff (87) chases him on Friday in Gregory. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

The quarterbacks also have some dynamic playmakers at their disposal. Gregory’s Kade Stukel and Owen Hansen carry a bulk of the offensive load. For Platte-Geddes, Jackson Neuman (546 rushing yards/5 TDs) and Grayson Hanson (260 rushing yards/7 TDs) pace a balanced attack.


“Platte has a lot of speed and size and making adjustments throughout the game will be important,” King said.

But coach Hanson said Platte-Geddes has the size factor on its side.

“We are probably a more physical, bigger team,” Hanson said. “They probably have the quickness edge. We’ve got the physicality edge, I would say and the experience edge. I think overall we matchup pretty well.”

The teams also have some familiarity with each other. Hanson was formerly the wrestling coach at Gregory before coaching the Platte-Geddes football team. He’ll implement some of Gregory’s base concepts into the Platte-Geddes playbook.

“A lot of stuff we kind of base off Gregory’s defense,” he said. “They have a great tradition there. We both run a 3-4, is kind of our standard and then we go into other things.”

Mitchell Republic sports reporter Ryan Deal

Who’s undefeated?

Here’s a look at the remaining undefeated teams, broken down by class:

Class 11AAA: Sioux Falls Roosevelt (5-0).


Class 11AA: Yankton (6-0) and Brookings (6-0). Note: The teams will play Oct. 22 in Brookings.

Class 11A: Tea Area (5-0).

Class 11B: Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (6-0), Winner (6-0), Mobridge-Pollock (6-0).

Class 9AA: Hamlin (7-0), Hanson (6-0), Lemmon/McIntosh (6-0), Viborg-Hurley (6-0) and Platte-Geddes (6-0). Note: The five undefeated teams are the most in any class.

Class 9A: Wall (5-0), Howard (6-0) and Warner (6-0).

Class 9B: No undefeated teams.

Hanson's Hadley Wallace (24) carries the ball against Baltic on Sept. 25 in Alexandria. The Beavers are No. 5 in this week's Class 9AA poll.


Games to watch

Class 9AA No. 5 Hanson vs. Class 9AA No. 1 Viborg-Hurley, in Viborg: Class 9AA pundits will be dialed into this one. The Beavers and Cougars are both 6-0 and tied at No. 2 in the Class 9AA seed points with 44.500. Lemmon/McIntosh also has 44.500 points, while Hamlin leads the class with 44.857 points.

The Beavers are coming off a 58-24 win over Class 9B No. 5 Alcester-Hudson. The Cougars, who won last year’s Class 9AA state title, are without quarterback Chase Mason. The NCAA Division I football and baseball prospect is out with a knee injury, but Viborg-Hurley is humming along without. The Cougars have outscored their opponents by a 318-34 margin, including three shutouts. The winner will also win the Cornbelt Conference title outright.

Class 9A RV Ipswich/Edmunds Central at Class 9B No. 4 Herreid/Selby Area, in Selby: Since its season-opening loss against Langford Area, Herreid/Selby (5-1) has been on a tear. The Wolverines have gone 5-0 since the 44-18 defeat against the Lions, including a 59-28 win over Avon last week. The high-scoring Wolverines also have a 60-52 win over North Border on their résumé. A win over the Tigers would also bolster their playoff points.

Despite its 5-1 record, HSA is No. 3 in a loaded Class 9B Region 1. Wolsey-Wessington (5-1) and Langford Area (4-2) are first and second, respectively.

Meanwhile, Ipswich/Edmunds Central (5-1) is flying under the radar despite its record. The Tigers handed Class 9B No. 2 Langford Area a 14-0 defeat, while their only loss is a 25-24 decision against Class 9A No. 3 Warner.

Class 9B RV Colman-Egan at Class 9B No. 3 Dell Rapids St. Mary: This one will weigh heavily into the Class 9B Region 2 equation. Dell Rapids St. Mary (4-2) is currently tied with Alcester-Hudson for the No. 1 spot with 41.333 seed points each. Colman-Egan (3-2) is just behind both teams with 38.400 points.

The Cardinals are on a three-game winning streak, including a 55-14 win over Centerville. DRSM also has a 52-38 victory over Alcester-Hudson on Sept. 11. Colman-Egan, meanwhile, has had games taken away due to COVID. The Hawks, however, are coming off a 50-0 win against Estelline/Hendricks. Colman-Egan did drop a 64-38 decision against Alcester-Hudson on Sept. 25.

Honor roll

  • Cayden Eisemann passed for 188 yards and four touchdowns in Mobridge-Pollock’s 58-3 win over Webster Area. Bryston Goehring added 60 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers had 496 total yards. Eisemann has passed for 1,451 yards and 25 touchdowns this season.


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Mobridge-Pollock's Cayden Eisemann delivers a pass against Miller/Highmore-Harrold on Aug. 28 in Mobridge. (Jay Davis / Mobridge Tribune)

  • Lemmon/McIntosh’s Cody Thompson threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 63 yards and two more scores in a 32-16 win over Harding County. Thompson has passed for 1,740 yards and 25 touchdowns this season.

  • Gaven Sudbeck (169 yards/2 TDs) led Kadoka Area to a 38-36 win over Timber Lake. Trenton Hansen (317 yards/4 TDs) and Hank Kraft (206 receiving yards/2 TDs) led the Panthers.

  • Chester Area’s Stratton Eppard posted 202 passing yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 214 yards on 26 carries and three more scores in a 41-26 win over Oldham-Ramona/Rutland.

  • Pierre’s Maguire Raske rushed for 195 yards on 37 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 35-13 victory over Huron. Raske added six receptions for 101 yards.

  • Connor Libis finished with 106 rushing yards on nine carries and scored three touchdowns in Dell Rapids St. Mary’s 55-14 win over Centerville.

  • Tray Hettick threw for 181 yards and five touchdowns in Herreid/Selby Area’s 59-28 win over Avon. Trey Sayler added 103 rushing yards on eight carries and one touchdown.

  • Sioux Valley’s Jaxton Schiller had 151 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 30-20 win over McCook Central/Montrose. For MCM, Jacobi Krouse rushed for 146 yards on 44 carries and a touchdown. This season, Krouse has 1,583 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.

McCook Central/Montrose's Jacobi Krouse (40) evades Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Reed Rus (18) while staying in bounds en route to the end zone for a score during a game on Friday night at Gene Danielsen Field in Salem. (Matt Gade / Republic)

  • Rapid City Christian’s Sam Schlabach threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 107 yards and four more scores in a 66-12 win over Hill City.

  • Vermillion’s Charlie Ward passed for 379 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-19 loss against West Central.

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