South Dakota Finals Preview

11AAA  Roosevelt vs. Lincoln

Sioux Falls LIncoln Patriots Sioux-Falls-Roosevelt-Rough-Riders

Last meeting:      9/13 Lincoln won 35-28

Stats:                    RHS        LHS

PPG        38.5       41.0

PAPG     13.7       12.2

How they got here:

Roosevelt             Beat Washington 30-7

Beat Brandon Valley 65-35


Lincoln                  Beat RC Stevens 42-7

Beat O’Gorman 28-0

What you need to know:

Lincoln starting quarterback Connor Burchill suffered an injury in the semifinal game and Isaiah Roach will replace him on the big stage. Roach has thrown 24/45 271 yds 2TD in his limited time this year and should be ready. Lincoln star running back Caden Quintanilla has rushed for 1,644 yards and 25 TDs and is the emotional leader on this team. Roosevelt has been riding high with their junior quarterback Taryn Christion who threw for five passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in their semifinal win over Brandon Valley (37 TDs on the year, 954 yds passing 21TDs | 16 Rush TDs).


Picks: Jay- Roosevelt                         Jason- Roosevelt



11AA            Watertown vs. Pierre

Pierre-GovernorsWatertown-ArrowsLast meeting:      8/31 Pierre won 35-24


Stats:                    WTN       PIERRE

PPG        28.2       35.5

PAPG     20.4       15.3

How they got here:

Watertown          Beat Douglas 54-7

Beat Yankton 32-14


Pierre                    Beat Brookings 59-19

Beat Harrisburg 45-13



What you need to know:

Pierre set several passing records: Alex Gray set a record for passing yards in a game in the semis with 17/24 for 316 yards. Garrett Pochop had 9 rec for 187 yards most receiving yards in a game. Austin Christopherson most TD catches in a game (4) earlier this year.

Season stats- Pochop 771 yds receiving.

Austin Christopherson 571, 9 TDs

Gray 2,078  20 TDs passing

The Arrows have been on a winning streak since losing at home to Yankton five weeks ago. Since then their defense has been air tight and Shay Bratland continues to churn out tough yards.

Season Stats – Shay Bratland 1,474    17TDs (170 yards vs. Yankton)


Picks: Jay- Pierre                Jason- Pierre


11A  Madison vs. West Central

Madison-BulldogsWest-Central-TrojansLast meeting:      9/27 Madison won 24-21

Stats:                    WC         MADISON

PPG        40.5       42.5

PAPG     10.0       10.4

How they got here:

West Central        Beat Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 54-0

Beat Tea Area 47-7

Beat Hot Springs 35-29


Madison                              Beat Milbank 55-0

Beat Vermillion 54-11

Beat Dell Rapids 48-7



What you need to know:

Madison’s first title appearance

Giles (.557 1,702 yds 12 TDs passing; 207 yds 3TD rushing)

Milne 1,364 yds 33TDs rushing

Preston Nordling 31 rec 685 yds 6TDs

West Central 11 titles in the last 20 years

West Central: Cody Bussell (906-10 TDs), Cole Tirrel (913-17 TDs) and Cody Miller (12 TDs).

Picks: Jay- Madison                          Jason - Madison

11B   Parkston vs. Canton

Last meeting:      Parkston beat Canton 21-14 on 9/6

Stats:                    CAN        PARK

PPG        37.0       24.1

PAPG     8.7          6.1

How they got here:

Canton                  Beat McCook Central/Montrose 50-0

Beat Aberdeen Roncalli 34-13

Beat Winner 19-7


Parkston                              Beat Wagner 38-8

Beat Custer 34-6

Beat St. Thomas More 20-14


What you need to know:

Canton last won a title in 2006 while Parkston is still looking for their first. Parkston is the only team to beat Canton this year and did it with a big running night from Wes Dvorak and a blocked punt for a touchdown. Canton’s quarterback Cody Majeres (96-680-17 TDs; 27-44-526-5 TDs) leads a big group of capable playmakers for the C-Hawks including Tanner Broughton 569-7 TDs, Gabe Dolen 800+10 TDs and Jake Ablett 600+-6 TDs. Parkston’s playmakers are Miles Semmler, Mitch Heisinger, Brady Reiff, and Wes Dvorak.

Picks: Jay- Canton                             Jason- Canton


9AA   Arlington vs. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan

Team Stats:         BEE         ARL

PPG        39.8       36.6

PAPG     11.7       20.9

How they got here:

BEE                        Beat Deuel 50-0

Beat Hill City 49-8

Beat Gregory 30-8


Arlington              Beat Webster 22-20

Beat Elkton/Lake Benton 28-23

Beat Deubrook 34-29


Any stats or facts:

Arlington won titles in 2004 and 2005, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan has won five total titles as BEE or Emery/Ethan. The Seahawks Wade Miller and Jordan Grosdidier both over 1,000 yards rushing. Andrew King (Jr) ran for 141 3TDs and threw for 113 and 2TDs in their semifinal win over Deubrook. King is one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in 9-man football. Luke Weber has run for over 1,100 yards but can erupt any game.

Picks: Jay - BEE                   Jason - BEE


9A      Leola-Frederick vs. Potter County

Last meeting:      Leola Frederick won 12-7 at Gettysburg on 9/20

Stats:                    PC           L/F

PPG        33.1       45.2

PAPG     10.4       8.1

How they got here:

Potter County      Beat Corsica/Stickney 42-0

Beat Herreid/Selby 44-30

Beat Howard 22-8


Leola/Frederick   Beat Viborg-Hurley 56-6

Beat Lemmon/McIntosh 38-0

Beat Wolsey-Wessington 38-34



What you need to know:

Potter County (formerly Gettysburg/Hoven and Gettysburg) has made seven appearances in the finals and have come up short seven times. Their hope is that Chayce Hall will be able to get them over the hump. Potter County’s quarterback has thrown for 984 yds passing 16TD, and run for 762 yds and  10TD

L-F Titans needed a stop on the two yard line to advance to the finals.              Logan Weisser rushed 20 times for 208 yards and touchdowns of 24 and 91 yards in that game. This Titan defense gave up more than two scores for the first time all season last Saturday.

Picks: Jay- Leola/Frederick                              Jason- Leola/Frederick


9B      Avon vs. Hamiln

Team Stats:         Avon      HAMLIN

PPG        45.5       41.3

PAPG     9.7          6.5

How they got here:

Avon                     Beat Scotland 46-0

Beat St. Mary 46-8

Beat Wall 40-14


Hamlin                  Beat Castlewood 42-0

Beat Hitchcock-Tulare 30-22

Beat Harding County 18-0



Any stats or facts:

Avon’s Brandon Kocmich is over 1,700 yards rushing, but Devin Tolsma has been doing the heavy lifting the last couple of weeks too. Logan Mudder is a QB but doesn’t actually throw the ball, but his steady presence has helped Avon score over 45 points per game. The Pirates won it all in 2002, 04, 05, 08.

Hamlin has won four titles their latest in 1996. Alex Holzwarth (13.5 sacks) and Tristen Leiseth lead an intense defense and Brody Grantham has done it all at quarterback. Dusty Quiram runs the ball (Both over 1,000 yds rushing) for the Charger offense. The Hamlin defense has an amazing 77.2 tackles for loss as a team this year.

Picks: Jay – Avon                Jason - Avon

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