11AAA, 11AA, 11A South Dakota Football Championships Set
Friday night featured a wide range of games, but six teams have punched their ticket to the DakotaDome for a chance at a state title.
11AAA opened the night with Sioux Falls Washington defeating Sioux Falls O'Gorman 24-14. The Knights jumped out on Washington and dominated the first quarter taking a 7-0 lead. After the quarter turned, Washington woke up. The Warriors would go on to score 14 unanswered in the second quarter to take a 14-7 lead at halftime. Washington would hold the ball for 16 of 24 minutes played in the second half, along with scoring 10 more points to secure the trip to Vermillion.
The nightcap for 11AAA is a game that most won't forget if they were watching or listening. Brandon Valley shocked everyone by jumping up 35-0 on Roosevelt. That's not a typo. The Lynx were able to distribute the ball all over in the first half with touchdowns going to Zach Scholten, Alex Waltner quarterback dives (x2), and Braiden Peterson. Add in a defensive pick-six from Cade Terveer and that made it look over in regards to Roosevelt.
Roosevelt wouldn't go easy however. In 12 minutes of "game time," or 40 minutes of real time, Roosevelt scored 27 points in the third quarter to bring the game to 35-33. Brandon Valley would score back-to-back touchdowns on drives to take a 49-33 lead. Roosevelt ran out of time at the end falling short 49-46.
11AAA might have provided the fireworks on Friday night, but 11AA went as planned. Mitchell ran all over Pierre to a 52-14 win. Spencer Neugebauer set a South Dakota record in the win.
Harrisburg had no issues at all punching their ticket to Vermillion with a 61-7 win over Spearfish. The game was sealed early in the contest.
Finally in 11A, Tea Area punched their ticket to the DakotaDome with a 32-21 win over Dell Rapids. They will have a familiar opponent as Madison made the long trip out west and defeated St. Thomas More 35-19.
11AAA, 11AA, 11A Championship Games:
Harrisburg vs. Mitchell
Friday, November 11th. 7:00
Madison vs. Tea Area
Saturday, November 12th. 1:00
Brandon Valley vs. Sioux Falls Washington
Saturday, November 12th. 7:00