After a bland first-round slate, there are a few 11B and 9-man quarterfinal matchups that offer some intrigue.
Here’s a look at Monday’s games. Top seed is home team.
No. 1 Winner vs. No. 8 Tri-Valley, 7 p.m.
In a rematch of last year’s 11B state championship game, Winner figures to be the heavy favorite.
The undefeated Warriors had no problems dispatching Parkston last week, racking up 52 points and 345 yards on just 24 plays. Winner tailback Cameron Kuil accounted for 104 of his team’s 220 rushing yards and found the end zone twice, while quarterback Drew DeMers completed five of six passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns.
The Winner defense, which limited Parkston to four yards of total offense (-10 rushing yards) will look to shut down a Tri-Valley team that scorched McCook Central/Montrose for 362 yards in a 36-6 win.
Tri-Valley’s .500 record does little to inspire confidence of an upset, but it’s worth noting its last two losses of the regular season came to a couple of 11A playoff teams in West Central and Sioux Falls Christian.
No. 4 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan vs. No. 5 Sioux Valley, 7 p.m.
Could be a great game.
The two squared off in the final week of the regular season, with Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan holding on for a 17-14 win. Sioux Valley struck first in that game, but BEE answered with 10 unanswered points between the second and third quarters to seize the lead.
Cole Gassman, who shredded Chamberlain with 14 carries for 103 yards and three TDs last week, needed 36 carries to accumulate 178 yards against Sioux Valley.
Meanwhile, the Cossack’s Daymien Lucas, who had 257 yards and a TD on 30 carries last week vs. Flandreau, was limited to 17 yards on 12 carries against BEE. Fullback Matt Larson had 67 yards on 12 carries against the Seahawks.
No. 2 Groton Area vs. No. 7 Bennett County, 7 p.m.
While Groton bulldozed Redfield/Doland, Bennett County watched its 28-0 fourth-quarter lead end in a 35-16 final. That’s noteworthy mostly because it was the second-smallest margin of victory in Class 11B last week. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.
No. 3 Aberdeen Roncalli vs. No. 6 Red Cloud
Another first-time matchup pits Aberdeen Roncalli, which pitched a shutout against Mobridge-Pollock, against Red Cloud, which beat Custer by “only” 12 points. Though they haven’t gone head-to-head this season, both faced Chamberlain. Roncalli won 57-14, Red Cloud lost 62-12.
No. 1 Gregory vs. No. 8 Clark/Willow Lake, 5:30 p.m.
While Clark/Willow Lake was slipping past Britton Hecla 20-6, Gregory was handling its business against WWSSC 38-16. The Gorillas had 352 rushing yards, with Jayd VanDerWerff leading the way with 156 yards. He was a force defensively, as well, picking up 12 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
No. 4 Stanley County vs. No. 5 Wolsey-Wessington, 7 p.m.
Should be a fun matchup with Darian Ogunjemilusi of Wolsey-Wessington (256.0 yards per game) going up against Stanley County’s Trey Montana (114.9 yards per game). Stanley County throws the ball a bit, averaging 66.4 passing yards per game.
No. 2 Webster Area vs. No. 7 Canistota, 7 p.m.
Webster handled Garretson. Canistota throttled Chester 42-12. The C-Hawks, which racked up 391 yards on the ground, had a pair of 100-yard rushers in Scott Jolley (10-158-2) and Jacob White Lance (16-140-3). This matchup features an undefeated team (Webster) going up against a one-loss squad (Canistota).
No. 3 Baltic vs. No. 6 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton, 7 p.m.
Just like the Webster-Canistota matchup, Baltic vs. Mt. Vernon/Plankinton pits an undefeated team (Baltic) going up against a one-loss team (MVP). The Titans were involved in one of just two one-possession games last week, holding off Bon Homme for a 42-37 win.
No. 1 Potter County vs. No. 8 Hanson, 6 p.m.
Hanson (2-6) entered the postseason having lost four of its last five games, but it dismantled Newell 50-14 in Alexandria. Now the No. 8 seed, it runs into a Potter County bunch which was one of two teams to finish undefeated in Region 1.
No. 4 Colman-Egan vs. No. 5 Lemmon/McIntosh, 7 p.m.
Colman Egan has not allowed more than 15 points in any of its last four games, a run which includes its 48-14 win over Irene-Wakonda in Round 1. Lemmon/McIntosh snapped a two-game skid with a win over Philip.
No. 2 Warner vs. No. 7 Scotland, 7 p.m.
Warner is the other undefeated team in Region 1. It beat up on Castlewood/Estelline 47-6. Scotland, whose 4-4 finish was good enough to score the No. 1 seed in Region 3, picked up 163 rushing yards from Chase Mogck and 96 passing yards from QB Chandler Diede in a 27-14 win over Platte-Geddes.
No. 3 Sully Buttes vs. No. 6 Gayville-Volin, 5 p.m.
Sully Buttes mercy-ruled New Underwood 50-0. Gayville-Volin had the ball for less than 10 minutes against Parker, but still managed to run 60 plays and accumulate 372 yards of offense. Taven McKee (17-166-2) and Grant Rice (20-113-3) served as a two-headed monster out of the backfield for GV. They also came up big defensively, combining for 20 tackles, 18 of which were solo efforts.
No. 1 Harding County vs. No. 8 Alcester-Hudson, 6 p.m.
Harding County, which beat out Corsica-Stickney for the top seed by 0.75 points, handled its business against Faith, winning 50-12. Alcester-Hudson gave up 288 yards to Howard in Round 1, but made up for it by forcing three turnovers. Samuel Jensen threw for 113 yards and three touchdowns, Logan McConnell and Jensen combined for 128 yards on the ground.
No. 4 Langford Area vs. No. 5 Wall, 7 p.m.
Langford shut out Leola/Frederick 51-0, while Wall pounded Bison 48-14. Both teams posted strong records in the regular season with Langford going 7-1 and Wall posting a 6-2 mark.
No. 2 Corsica-Stickney vs. No. 7 Oldham-Ramona/Rutland
Cosica-Stickney’s Cordel Menning scored five rushing touchdowns for Corsica-Stickney in a 57-6 win over Burke/South Central. Bryce Plamp had three touchdowns and 176 yards. ORR held off Dell Rapids St. Mary for a 22-14 win.
No. 3 Colome vs. No. 6 Hamlin, 6 p.m.
Colome took out De Smet 46-16, while Hamlin topped Faulkton Area 44-22. The Cowboys of Colome went 7-1 during the regular season, while Hamlin finished 6-2.
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