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    Week 6

    Maybe you have heard the cliché that sports are a metaphor for life.  The lessons that students learn through athletics include: teamwork, hard work, character, discipline, humility, and how to handle adversity; just to name a few.  In my own life, I can think back to coaches that impressed those values upon me and the times in my life that I have relied upon what I learned from sports. Another latent function of athletics is time management.  I think the average fan doesn’t understand the time commitment required to be a student-athlete.  The off-season workouts! The long practices only to get home to do English and Math homework. The long bus rides to play an opponent and the long bus ride home.  As adults, we still use qualities learned though athletics; most importantly time management.  Adults seem to be in a continuously busy season of life (work, kids, bills, church functions, fundraisers, etc).  Despite the whirlwind of busy activities, I hope everyone is able to some take time this week and attend a high school sporting event.  Slow down, take a deep breathe and appreciate the dedication and commitment from our athletes.  Those latent functions are the real outcome of high school sports!

    WALL (5-0) @ JONES COUNTY – WHITE RIVER (4-1)

    This game has all of the makings of a classic!  Wall is an offensive juggernaut averaging over 46 points per game. This is a conference game and the 5-0 Eagles will rely on Bielmair and  McConaghy, who both rushed for over 100 yards last week.  Meanwhile, lets not forget that JC-WR is putting up basketball-like numbers as they scored 66 last week and 72 points three weeks ago.  JC-WR’s lone loss was to Gregory back in week 2 and seem to have improved greatly.  Expect a lot of points in Murdo on Friday night and it should be a great game.  Rumor has it that Wall Superintendent Baldwin made a bet with Senator John Thune at the impact aid conference in Washington D.C earlier in the week.

    HARDING COUNTY (5-1) @ DUPREE (2-3)

    Death, Taxes, and Harding County Rancher’s being towards the top of Region 4 are things you can count on.  Coach Wammen’s squad travels to Dupree after a 16-point victory at Faith last week.  The Ranchers will focus on controlling the line of scrimmage and taking care of the ball, as they were -2 last week.  Anders and Hett will do most of the heavy lifting for the Ranchers as they have racked up 16 of the 32 touchdowns this season.  Meanwhile, Dupree is coming off a 72 point victory over Crazy Horse last week and the Tigers are playing with some momentum as they are on a 2 game winning streak. 

    NEW UNDERWOOD (3-3) @ LYMAN (3-2)

    Lyman has been tough at home this year as they look to move to 4-1 on their home turf.  New Underwood is coming off a tough loss to Jones County-White River.  Both teams have 3 common opponents.  Wall (Lyman lost by 22, New Underwood by 39), Philip (Lyman won by 4, New Underwood won by 2), and Kadoka (Lyman won by 8, New Underwood lost by 10).  It appears that Lyman will have a slight advantage, but that is why they play the game!

    Hill City (3-2) @ Philip (2-3)

    Hill City won an instant classic last week with a goal line stand.  The Rangers stoped Rapid City Christain 4 times from inside the 5 yard line before taking over with just .9 seconds left on the clock.  Tyler Arnold led the way for the Ranger rushing attack.  Noah Krull connected with Taylor Edwards a few times and it was a gutty win for Hill City, who held off a much improved RC Christian team.  Meanwhile, there are not many teams in South Dakota who have played more close games that the scrappy lap dogs from Philip.  4 of the 5 games for the Scotties have been decided by 4 points or less; including an overtime loss to New Underwood in week 2.  Philip could just as easily be 4-1 or 3-2 instead of 2-3.  The one ‘blow out’ was the 9 point loss to Jones County-White River.  On average their games have been decided by just over 5 points!  That is crazy and enough to get Dave Burnett’s orange and black blood pumping!  This game will most likely have playoff implications for both teams; therefore, the team that takes care of the ball and plays disciplined will most likely win!

    LITTLE WOUND (1-4) @ BELLE FOURCHE (2-3)

    Belle Fourche played a great half of football last week at rival Hot Springs, but couldn’t hold on for the win.  This week the Broncs look to bounce back against the Mustangs from Kyle!  Coach Slotten celebrated his birthday this week and would love to also celebrate a Bronc win and getting back to .500.  Tate Hostetler will be a key player for that to happen.  Last week he had 239 yards passing and 3 touchdowns.  Little Wound has some athletes, so the Broncs will need to give them their respect, but I expect a big game from Olson, Nicholas, Hostetler, Thybo, and Tyndal.

    KADOKA (2-3) @ RC CHRISTIAN (0-5)

    Some would argue that Dan Marino was the best NFL quarterback that never won a super bowl.  Charles Barkley was the best NBA player to never win a title.  RC Christina is the best team in SD that hasn’t won a game yet.  Last week the Comets had a huge comeback against Hill City and ultimately lost 32-30.  Wipf, Randolph, Greni, and Van Dussel Dorpf had very impressive games.  This week the Kougars from Kadoka will look to get back to .500.  2 out of 3 of Kadoka’s losses have been close games (Philip by 4 and Lyman by 8).  Kadoka needs a victory to keep playoff hopes alive, so you can bet that they will be ready to play!

    CUSTER (3-2) VS PINE RIDGE (3-2)

    A battle of two teams with the same record.  Custer won its first 3 games before dropping the last 2.  Coming off a bye week, Coach Bailey’s squad looks to get back into the win column.  The Thorpes had the opposite start as they lost 2 games to start the season and are now on a 3 game winning streak.  The only common opponent is Bennett County (Custer beat 40-12 and Pine Ridge beat 38-8). 

    HOT SPRINGS (4-1) @ SPEARFISH (1-4)

    Hot Springs mounted a huge comeback last week behind Harkless and Norton on Homecoming.  The Bison are the jewel of the Black Hills Conference right now, but Spearfish is a scary team.  Coach McCarty’s squad got a few guys back last week as the Spartans beat a good Sturgis team 33-21.  This is a big game for both squads.  Spearfish looks to build upon their win and go on a run to finish the season.  Meanwhile, Coach Kramer’s squad is currently 3rd in 11A standings and they need to keep pace with Tea and Dakota Valley who are ahead of them.

    McLAUGHLIN (3-2) @ LEAD-DEADWOOD (5-1)

    Don’t look now, but the Diggers are 5-1 and only a half a power point behind the Winner Warriors in region 4.  Coach Tieszen has been relying on his defense as they created 6 turnovers last week against Bennett County.  4 players averaged 5+ yards per carry, Hanel, Sulken, Janke and Johnson.  Johnson had 4 total TDs on the day.  This week, Lead-Deadwood will need to win the line of scrimmage and prevent big plays.

    DOUGALS (0-5) @ STM (2-3)

    Sometimes temporary set backs can make a team stronger in the long run.  The Cavaliers are hoping that will be true of this season as they got back into the win column last week against Cheyenne Eagle Butte.  Ryder Kirsch proved that he is one of the better quarterbacks in the state.  Prior to the victory, the Cavs had lost 3 in a row for the first time since 1999.  Think about it, the last time that happened was before Y2K, the Back Street Boys had a #1 album, and most of this year’s STM team had not been born yet.  STM faces Douglas this week and the Patriots are sneaky good.  They are always well coached and I anticipate they will bring their best game.  The Patriots look to get into the win column and the Cavs look to make a run at the end of the season.  It should be a good game.

     

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