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2013 South Dakota state football championships: 11AA: Gray leads Pierre to first-ever football title

Pierre and Watertown are both teams that recently have been able to come up with some pretty good football teams. Problem is, owing to the difference in school sizes in South Dakota's largest class, advancing to the Dakota Dome to play for a title was very difficult. This season, the largest eight schools created class 11AAA, leaving...
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2013 SD Football Championships: 11B Canton outlasts Parkston for 2nd championship

Fans knew they'd get a good game in the class 11B championship. After all, 11B is usually the most wide-open class in terms of number of contenders each year, as well as in overall talent levels. Parkston had won the regular season game these teams played Sept. 6 21-14 in Parkston. That was Canton's only loss on the season, and had gone...
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2013 SD Football Championships: Avon rallies back to win 5th title

Avon has a proud winning tradition in the nine-man ranks. Hamlin was once a great class 11B team, and had won four state 11B titles between 1989 and 1996. Coming into the dome, Avon had played their 2013 campaign with nary a loss, their closest game being a 20- point win. Hamlin had a seasoned defense, also playing to an 11-0 mark coming...
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SD State Football Championships: 11A - West Central outlasts Madison for 12th state title

Coming into Thursday night's class 11A championship tilt at the Dakota Dome, West Central and their fans were no strangers to playing title games in that building. Madison, on the other hand had never played in a championship game before this night, but had put together their best team in years based upon the passing of...
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SD State Football Championships: 9AA- BEE wins 6th title in 13 years

The Arlington Cardinals and Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan Seahawks both came into the Dakota Dome in Vermillion with not a lot in common on Thursday afternoon. They did not play each other during the season, and did not share any common opponents. What these teams did share was a 10-1 record entering this title game, and a proud nine-man...
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South Dakota Football Championships: Class 9A, 8th Time's A Charm

The Potter County Battlers took to the Dakota Dome turf on Thursday morning riding the high of their semifinal win in Howard, and seemed to take top-seeded Leola/Frederick by surprise early in the class 9A championship game after Tanner Heuer returned the opening kickoff to the 35-yard line. Heuer then caught a 65-yard touchdown pass on the game's...
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