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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...