Wolsey-Wessington’s fast start guides it to Class 9B title

Wolsey-Wessington's Corbin Haarmeyer runs into the end zone to score during Thursday's Class 9B championship game against Dell Rapids St. Mary at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.

VERMILLION -- Wolsey-Wessington jumped out to an 18-point halftime lead on Thursday, which powered it to the Class 9B state championship. The Warbirds took down Dell Rapids St. Mary, 32-14.

It’s Wolsey-Wessington’s (10-1) first state title since 2015, which came in Class 9AA.

Eric Klanchnik, who rushed for 61 yards, scored twice to open the game to give Wolsey-Wessington an early 12-0 lead in the first quarter. He ran for a 14-yard touchdown on the game’s opening possession, and then scampered in from 10 yards out for the game’s second score.

Corbin Haarmeyer capped the 18-point first half with a 1-yard touchdown run, as he threw for 173 yards and rushed for 52 yards. Haarmeyer also connected with Carson Zomer, who had 86 receiving yards, for a touchdown. Marty Gohn rushed for a team-high 64 yards and a touchdown, as well.

DRSM (7-3) scored on its first possession of the second half, as Connor Libis connected with Nic Gaspar. Libis also threw a touchdown to Sam Palmer. Libis completed 9 of 13 passes for 123 yards and ran 25 times for 140 yards, but the Warbirds always had an answer.

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