No. 1 Winner 40, No. 8 Tri-Valley 0 — Winner struck three times in the first half with a 59-yard touchdown run from Cameron Kuil sandwiched between a pair of 1-yard TD runs by Jayden Schroeder. Tri-Valley nearly got on the board late in the first half, but its 13-play drive stalled out at the five-yard line and the score remained 24-0 after two quarters. Riley Calhoon scored from 17 yards out late in the third quarter to extend Winner’s lead to 32-0. Kuil added another rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to ice the win for Winner.
No. 2 Groton Area 55, No. 7 Bennett County 0 — Groton Area led 49-0 at halftime. Groton will face No. 3 Aberdeen Roncalli in the semifinals.
No. 3 Aberdeen Roncalli 68, No. 6 Red Cloud 18 — Red Cloud answered Aberdeen Roncalli’s first touchdown of the game with one of its own, but that was all Cavaliers from there. They ripped off 35 unanswered points to take a 41-6 lead after the first quarter, then outscored Red Cloud 27-12 in the second to activate the mercy rule. No. 3 Aberdeen Roncalli will either visit No. 2 Groton Area or host No. 7 Bennett County in the semifinals.
No. 4 Bridgewater Emery/Ethan 6, No. 5 Sioux Valley 2 — Bridgewater Emery/Ethan came up with the stop on 4th-and-goal to deny Sioux Valley the game’s first touchdown, but the Cossacks still grabbed the game’s first points, coming up with a safety on the very next play to make it 2-0. That’s where the score would remain until there was less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. That’s when Cole Gassman scored from two yards out and secured the win for Bridgewater Emery/Ethan. BEE finished with 55 rushing yards and 50 passing yards, while Sioux Valley picked up 181 yards on the ground and 94 through the air.
No. 1 Gregory 52, No. 8 Clark/Willow Lake 0
No. 2 Webster 28, No. 7 Canistota 16 — Canistota had an opportunity to cut into Webster’s 20-8 lead, but a dropped pass in the end zone on fourth down held the margin at 12. After squandering numerous chances, Canistota finally broke through with Austin Thu finding the end zone that made it 20-16 with 4:47 left. A fumble on the ensuing drive gave Canistota the ball back, but it turned it over on downs with just under three minutes remaining. Webster made them pay, cashing in with a 25-yard touchdown run that sealed the win.
No. 3 Baltic 52, No. 6 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 34
No. 4 Stanley 35, No. 5 Wolsey-Wessington 28
No. 1 Potter County 52, No. 8 Hanson 24 — Potter County led 26-24 at halftime. It will face No. 4 Colman-Egan in the semifinals.
No. 2 Warner 38, No. 7 Scotland 0 — Warner struck first with a 33-yard touchdown pass, but a failed 2-point conversion kept the score at 6-0 after one quarter. However, the Monarchs got those points when an Scotland was whistled for intentional grounding in the end zone. They returned the ensuing kick back for a touchdown, then tacked on another rushing score to make it 22-0 at halftime. The Monarchs added a couple more touchdowns in the second half, before an interception late in the fourth quarter sealed the win.
No. 3 Sully Buttes 51, No. 6 Gayville-Volin 6 — Things got off to a relatively quiet start between Sully Buttes and Gayville-Volin with Sully Buttes leading 7-0 after 1 quarter, but the Chargers found their footing in the second quarter, striking with a pair of offensive touchdowns, before adding a defensive score to make it 28-0 in the second. They tacked on eight more points just before halftime, recovering a botched PAT snap to convert the two-point conversion. It was 43-6 by the time Gayville-Volin got on the board in the fourth quarter, and it was met by another seven points from Sully Buttes.
No. 4 Colman-Egan 58, No. 5 Lemmon/McIntosh 0 — Already up 14-0, Colman-Egan started to pour it on in the second half of the first quarter with Keith Crittenden scoring a touchdown, followed by Kade Groos connecting with Malik Poppenga for another Hawks score that made it 28-0 after one. Two touchdowns and a safety put the Eagles’ lead at 46-0, before a 10-yard run by Crittenden pushed them into mercy-rule territory. Poppenga ensured his team wouldn’t be playing beyond halftime with a pick-6 in the waning seconds of the second quarter. Colman-Egan ran the ball 32 times for 195 yards and five touchdowns, and completed seven of eight passes for 104 yards and a pair of scores. Defensively, Poppinga registered six tackles, three sacks, a force fumble, a safety and returend an interception for a touchdown.
No. 1 Harding County 42, No. 8 Alcester Hudson 22 — Trailing 24-0 in the second quarter, Alcester-Hudson picked up a pair of touchdown passes from Samuel Jensen (one to Eli Skoglund for 29 yards and the other to Gavin Doering for six yards) that made the score 24-16 at halftime. Harding County pulled away in the second half, with Jake George running in a score from 20 yards out, Sam Podzimek completing a pass to Jarrett Jenson for a 40-yard score and Jae Stenerson running one in from four yards out.
Harding County racked up 390 yards, including 223 on the ground in the win. Alcester-Hudson also broke the 300-yard mark, racking up 339, but it did most of its damage through the air, accumulating 259 yards passing.
No. 2 Corsica Stickney 29, No. 7 Oldham-Ramona/Rutland 26 — Corsica Stickney took a 29-20 lead in the fourth quarter with a touchdown run by Bryce Plamp. ORR answered with a 25-yard strike that cut the margin to three with 3:43 left, but the Jaguars were able to run out the clock and hold on for the win.
No. 3 Colome 38, No. 6 Hamlin 8 — A rushing touchdown and a couple of passing scores preceded a punt return for a touchdown that gave Colome a 30-0 lead at halftime. The Cowboys added eight more points in the third quarter. Hamlin got on the board with a rushing touchdown with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter.
No. 4 Langford 58, No. 5 Wall 20
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