SD HS Football Championship preview


Lincoln 10-0 vs. Roosevelt 9-1

Keys for Lincoln: Pass defenseā€¦ the secondary has been banged up all year. Nolan Burchill came up big last week and Nickel Meyers came up big in the semis. They will need to play great to stop Roosevelt from making big plays at the dome. 

 Keys for Roosevelt:  Run defenseā€¦ Last year the Riders got run on by the Pats, this year they may add Grant Schmidt into the mix to help the run defense especially in goal line situations. 

Notes: Braxton Large, Isaiah Roach and Nickel Meyers get all the attention but this is a team effort and it starts up front, the line has been tremendous. 

Roach 127/186 2084 yds, 18 TD, 7 INT

Large 1132 yds 23 TDs

Meyers 63 rec, 1074 yards, 7 TDs, Thanel 28 rec, 552 yds, 6TD


Roosevelt starts 10 underclassmen on Defense (3 soph),

Thune: PASS 52-97, 848 yds, 14 TD, 4INT,   RUN: 439 8TDS

Bear 947 yds, 11TDs

Vinatieri 39 rec, 621 yds, 8TDs

Tyler VanVoorst: 16 rec 371 yds 4TDs



Brookings 8-2 vs. Yankton 10-0

Keys for Brookings: Contain Mason Strahl as a dual threat, bend but dont' break on D, NO TURNOVERS, use play action to have a passing game. Be ready for anything from Arlin Likness.

Keys: Stay strong on defensive line containing the run. Tim Cross, Matt Fitzgerald and Evan Greenway have been big all year for the Bucks defense. 


Brookings backs have been great: Mikey Daniel 1350 yds 19TDs.... Maxwell 841 yds, 13TDs.... Bird 479 yds,6 TD

Team rushing 2,967 41TDs

Carter Gordon: 60-117, 869 yds, 7TD 8INT

Yankton quarterback, Mason Strahl 107/155, 1456 yds, 10TDs, 3INT

Multi tools on offense:

Multi Targets in the passing game: Greenway, Hale, Kuchta

Multi Backs: LIghtner, Parker Kuchta, Sheldon Gant,


SD 11A

Dell Rapids 10-1  vs. Madison 10-1

Keys for Dell Rapids: Get Riley Schmidt going early and use the passing game with Jace Nelson to keep Madison off balance.

Keys for Madison: Control the line of scrimmage, fast and physical on defense. Offensively to spread the ball and make Dells defend the entire field.

Notes: Dell Rapids starts 10 seniors offensively,

Jace Nelson 57/107  1118 yds, 15TD 7INT (when they pass they use their backs) Riley Schmidt: 1404 yards, 10.0 ypc, 19TDs Schmidt was held to 55 yards in first meeting, Nelson threw for 306 yards 4TD, Tanner Ljunggren had a big day with 2 rec TDs 126 yards

Madison's Brodie  Fredricksen: 1,164 yds, 13 TDs

Mitch Hansen: 638 yds Rush 11TDs, PASS-103/169 1436 yds, 15TDs 8INT

Receivers                            REC        YDS        TD

Kasuske                               28           302        3

Hemmer                             18           391        5

Frederiksen                        14           161        1

Leighton                             14           257        3

Palli                                      12           83           0

Williams                              10           172        2

Marcus VandenBosch on defense has been outstanding 24 TFL, 11.5 sacks with 89 tackles 

SD 11B

Parkston 11-0 vs. St. Thomas More

Keys for Parkston: Prevent the St.Thomas More BIG PLAY, they've given up just 51 ypg  passing . 

Keys for St. Thomas More: Play with confidence, big plays and keep the ball (No turnovers). Match Parkston up front with Andrew Montoya and Lincoln Feist.


Parkston has outscored opponents 458-42 (136-6 in playoffs)

-              Varsity defense has allowed 4 tds in 11 games (Winner -3, MCM -1)

-              Have not allowed an extra point this year.

-              265 rush ypg, 69.9 rush against/game

Wes Dvorak 1292 yards, 25TD; PASS 14/27 7TD; REC 8 180yds, 3TD Miles Semmler 640 yds 10TD Brady Reiff, 8rec 170 yds 5TD Austin Bertram leads team in TFL (14)


St. Thomas More lost to Parkston last year 19-16 in the semis.

Matthew Eastmo is the leading passer and rusher for the Cavaliers. (PASS) 99/182, 1593 yards, 23TD  (RUSH) 690 yds, 6TD



Gregory vs. Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central

Keys for Gregory: Head Coach Brian Allmendinger says they need to match WWSSC physicality, and commit NO TURNOVERS!

Keys for W/WS/SC: Limit Kurt Braun's big plays


Gregory has outscored opponents 532-40

Gregory has only attempted 63 passes but completed 46 for 1180 21TDs

Kurt Braun: 963 yds, 17TDs   PASS 44-61  1153 yds 20TDs 2INT

Jonah Beck : 784 yds 10Tds

Mason Juracek: 13 rec 405 yds 6TDs

WWSSC's  Austin Messmer averaging 12 ypc, 34TDs 1606 yds. Their QB, Tucker Kingsbury 50/90 927 yds 13TDs




Howard vs. Wolsey-Wessington

Keys for Howard: Stay healthy, perfect execution and strong physicality. 

Keys for W-W: Limit momentum, try to grind out drives to keep Howard off the field.



Loudenburg: 2458 yds 50TDs

Kuhle 736 yds 10TDs

Genzlinger 22/38 465 yds


Wolsey Wessington:

Lorenzo Williams: 175 rush, 2,533 yards, 38 TDs (PASS) 26 completions, 650 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs

Hunter Johnson: 1,998 yards, 27 TDs

Dylan Hines: 16 sacks



Faulkton vs. Hamlin

Keys for Faulkton Area: Dominate the LOS, Tackling will be key against Hamlin... 

Keys for Hamlin: Close out the game (were up 22-8 at half last year and lost vs. Avon)



Faulkton has 7 seniors on this team have been leaders.

292 rushing per game

120 rushing per game

Kurt Beidler: 75-106  1226 15TDs (Rush only 118 yds) Darin Wieseler: 1827 yds, 29TDs Cole Baloun 29 rec 606 yds 9TDs


 Only 4/12 passing last year in the title game. They need to est balanceBrody Grantham has 594 yards in the playoffs rushing 9Tds (2 games)