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    Football Update - West River All Classes

    I have not posted on this site for quite a while.  Like everyone on Earth, finding time is the hard part.  I have hid behind the excuse of being a principal, AD, a dad of 3, a coach, taking classes at USD, and the list goes on and on…..It was not until I was observing an English teacher earlier in the week while she was doing a lesson on blogging that really lit the fire again.  I miss talking with football coaches, constructing a message, and then posting.  Therefore, I emailed all of the coaches in the Black Hills to get their mid-season report, not all of them responded (which is fine because I know everyone is busy), but I greatly appreciate the ones that did.  THANK YOU!

    9B Overview – Coach Heathershaw has done an amazing job with crew of Eagles.  On average the Eagles are winning 41 to 13.  They will finish the season with a gritty Philip squad and an Edgemont team that would love to knock off an undefeated team.  In addition to Wall, Region 4 is home to Harding County.  Tradition never graduates and the annual success is a tribute to Coach Jay Wammen and the entire community of “Ranchers!”  Kadoka and Bison are having very good seasons, but they are flying under the radar as they are in the shadow of Wall and Harding County.  9B should be a fun class during the playoffs as there are currently 6 undefeated teams left!

     

    WALL: 6-0

    Season Highlight

    After being down 8-0 vs Lyman we came back to a 40-22 win in the second half. 

    Team Leaders

    Jacob Bielmaier -- 650 yards passing 8 TD's

    Trey Elshere -- 442 yards rushing 3 TD's

    Bradan McDonnell -- 231 yards receiving 3 TD's

    Surprises

    All new offensive line - 2 sophomores 2 juniors 1 senior

    Last year we graduated our entire offensive line and we have stepped up and done a great job with a new crew. 

    Keys to Success

    Having great practices and preparing for the upcoming opponent. 

    Teams to Beat

    Colman-Egan, Sully Buttes, and Colome 

    EDGEMONT 1-5

    ~ Season Highlight

     The Edgemont Mogul football team is coming together and are demonstrating some positive attitudes and things as the season is progressing. We are a very young team and will return alot of the starters for the 2018-2019 football season.

     ~ Team Leaders:

     Clay Englebert: Senior  Offensive Lineman.Defensive Lineman and is leading the team with sacks

    Corie Andrie: Senior: Came in after finishing Basic training and is helping establish a positive culture.

    Caleb Simons; Freshman QB. Leading the team in rushing touchdowns with 4 and is developing his passing game

    Juniors: We have five juniors who be key to our leadership and positive culture as we continue this season and look into the following season. 

    ~Surprises this season:

     We are young team this year as we are starting 3 freshman, 2 sophomores, 1 Junior at this time, and 2 seniors. The freshman have stepped up and are making big gains each practice and each week we play a game.  

    ~ What are keys to success for the 2nd half of the season for your program

     To open up and get our ground game going. To continue the positive culture that we are building. We are getting players in the weight room and striving to get better at their own position and to execute their assignments. 

    Teams to beat

    Harding County

    Colome

    Colman Egan  

    9A Overview– Timber Lake has the best record in region 4, but this region will be a battle down the stretch.  Lyman’s only two losses are to the undefeated Eagles and then they surrendered a 28-8 lead against Hill City on Hill City’s Homecoming (One of the best fb games I have seen in the last few years).  New Underwood sits at 4-3 and finishes the season with Edgemont and then a bye week.  A victory over the Moguls would give them 40.6 seed points and then it would become a waiting game to see where the chips fall.  Philip has been a fun squad to follow this year.  I was very impressed by their line play and I think Coach Rhodes is one heck of a coach.  The Scotties will have a tough finish with Wall and Timber Lake, but with only 4 seniors they have laid a solid foundation for the future.  Finally, Newell has taken their lumps this season but reports are that they continue to play hard and improve.

      

    9AA Overview–The Gregory Gorillas are one of the Highway 18 powerhouses in South Central South Dakota and the defending champs again look like the team to beat. (Gregory and Hamlin are the only 2 undefeated teams left in 9AA).  Second place in the region is Rapid City Christian, who rebounded from an 0-8 season last year.  The iconic Coach McLaughlin has awoken a sleeping giant with the Comets and they could on the verge of big things for years to come.  RCC and Lyman will play this week in a crucial match up.  4th in the region is Hill City (3-3), who travels to Lower Brule this week and then finishes with a big game against Kadoka.  Coach Ronish has a solid squad with a full array of skill players and one the best tacklers in the area in Tyler Arnold.  Junior, Noah Krull is a big play threat and has a chance to score every time he touches the ball.  The Rangers will be watching the seed points as they are on the bubble, but if they win their last two games they should finish with 41 seed points and I think that would be good enough to qualify for the playoffs.  There are a lot of good 9AA teams and I would put Bon Homme, Irene-Wakonda, North Border, Baltic, and Arlington just a step or two behind Gregory and Hamlin.

     

    RAPID CITY CHRISTIAN 4-3

    Highlight - Just winning a few games after going 0-8 last season!  The experience this young team got last year is bearing fruit.

    KEY PLAYERS

    ~Carson Udager (senior running back) is having a great season rushing for just over 300 yards and receiving for close to 100yds and 2 touchdowns.

    ~James Vander Vorst (Sophomore nose tackle) had 5 1/2 sacks last game and continues to improve each game.

    SUPRISES THIS SEASON

    ~Pleasant surprise is Sam Schlabach - a freshman wide receiver/safety who is having a good year catching the ball and defending the pass ... always good to have a freshman getting experience and contributing!

    WHAT ARE THE KEYS FOR 2nd HALF OF THE SEASON

    To be successful in 2nd half of season - we need to stay injury free and keep getting better at what we do offensively and stay Strong on Defense - we are much better defensively this year!

    WHO ARE THE TEAMS TO BEAT IN YOUR CLASS

    Gregory is an awesome football team - not sure anyone is going to beat them!  The rest of us in the region are all about even - it's just who executes better - with fewer mistakes the rest of the way out. 

    11B Overview– Over the past few seasons, 11B has been as good as any class of football in the state.  This year Sioux Valley is the only undefeated squad left but B-E-E, W-WS-SC, Sioux Fall Christian, and Winner look like the top tier teams.  After losing the first game of the season to Sioux Fall Christian, the Winner Warriors are back.  Coach Aaker’s squad is the defending state champ and has won 29 of their last 30 games (Just let that number sink in).  Red Cloud is greatly improved and while some years the Crusaders are getting ready for basketball season at this time; this year they are preparing for the playoffs!  Stanley County is in its first year back to the 11 man ranks and has showed that they belong.  They have a bye this week and will finish the season with Chamberlain.  After starting 0-3, Lead-Deadwood has won 4 in a row and is right in the thick of the playoff hunt.  The ‘Diggers also have a bye this week and will finish the season with Custer.  Finally, its been a great year for Coach Russ Bailey who was inducted into the Chamberlain Hall of Fame as a player and honored at the DWU game for his undefeated 1992 Tiger team; but Coach Bailey would love nothing more than to finish the season with wins over Red Cloud and Lead-Deadwood.  This would give the young Wildcats something to build on in the off season.

      

    CUSTER 1-5

    Custer:  Memorable moment- we continue to work on getting better and aging.  Offensive leaders are a couple of Sophs: QB Dathon Elmore and RB Miciah Grace.  Defensive:  Senior Reed Ashmore DE and Senior LB Bobby Bertolotto.

    Surprise:  Frosh LB Danial Sedlacek is having a great year.

    Keys:  get better and quit stepping on our own tail

    Teams: Winner, ST. County, Sioux Valley, SF Christian, Tri Valley 

    11A Overview – 11A has been a really fun class of football to watch this season, even though you get the feeling that Madison might be having one of those unstoppable seasons.   The Bulldogs will be battle-tested as they finish the season with Tea, Tri-Valley, and Dell Rapids.  The other undefeated team in the 11A is the team that Madison beat in the first round of the state basketball tournament last year, Dakota Valley.  DV has the most seed points and will likely enter the postseason as the number 1 seed, finishing with West Central, Lennox, and Tea.  Tea might have a big part in the seed points down the stretch as they will get an opportunity to play both Madison and Dakota Valley in the last three weeks.  Out West, the Cavaliers have quietly been taking care of business and passed a huge test last week against Douglas (remember Douglas beat Harrisburg when they were the #1 ranked 11AA team).  Coach Sullivan has built a top-notch program and is a legend in the coaching ranks; therefore, I expect the Cavs to have a strong finish to the season and make a playoff push as they play Belle Fourche, Hot Springs, and Todd County.  The Hot Springs Bison are 2-4 with a tough schedule down the stretch; STM, Douglas, and Sturgis.  Coach Kramer is one of the best guys in coaching and I guarantee the “Roll Bison” squad will be ready to finish the season strong and bounce back next season.  The other 2-4 team in 11A, Belle Fourche finishes with Pine Ridge, STM, and Douglas.  The Broncs are a tough group, like physically tough, as I saw a picture of them hoisting Coach Slotten after their 30-27 win vs Hot Springs.  Coach Slotten is a big man and one of the best city league centers in Rapid City Recreational “B” League basketball…and a darn good football coach.  Expect a heavy dose of the homecoming king and future senator Dylan Burns for the Broncs down the stretch.

     

    ST. THOMAS MORE 4-2

    SEASON HIGHLIHGT: We are moving in the right direction so far this season. Hope to peak at the right time.

    PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jake Larson is having a great season on the offensive side of the ball. Kobe Whipple is living up to his billing on the defensive line.

    PLEASANT SUPRISES: Brandon Hilt, Ryder Kirsch and Jay Neugebauer have all stepped up this year. The first 2 are sophomores and Jay is a junior.

    KEYS FOR SECOND HALF OF THE SEAONS: Establish a run game and keep getting better each week.

    TEAMS TO BEAT: Madison, Tea, Dell Rapids, and Dakota Valley are the cream of the crop so far this season.

    BELLE FOURCHE 2-4

    SEASON HIGHLIGHT

     Winning our Homecoming game to get out of the basement of class A.

     PLAYERS TO WATCH

     DT Hunter Mitchell 34 tackles 12 TFL 4 sacks

    RB Dylan Burns 76 attempts for 443 yards. 5.8 ypc. 6td 88.6 ypg

    Tate Hostetter 29-64 for 476 2 TD and 2INT. 95.2 YPG.

    ~PLEASANT SUPRISES

     Kelby Olson has stepped up very well at RB and SS. Breaking big runs and having some key turnovers 

    ~ KEYS FOR 2nd HALF OF SEASON

     we have to keep getting better day after day. Limit mistake and fight till the very end 

    ~ TEAMS TO BEAT

     Madison and Tea

    11AA Overview–Mitchell and Pierre will square off in this week’s 11AA marquee matchup.  Despite being .500 I would not count out Harrisburg as I am sure Coach B-White has some tricks up his sleeve.  In Douglas, Coach “Magic” has done a very good job with the Patriots this season and proven that they can be contenders.  They are currently the 5 seed, but if they take care of business, they could be in the hunt to host a playoff game and playing at Patriot Stadium is no easy task.  Sturgis is 2-4 and will host 2 of their last 3 games.  They will travel to Yankton to take on the struggling Bucks, but don’t discount the Bucks as they have as much tradition as any school in SD and the crafty Coach Likness.  Then the Scoopers host Pine Ridge and Hot Springs.  Much like Douglas, Sturgis could make a push to host a playoff game or at least improve their playoff draw.  Spearfish is also 2-4 and their game against Douglas this week will have a big impact on seed points.  Currently, 4 of the 8 teams in AA have a 2-4 record, therefore every game matters.  Coach McCarty’s squad has won 2 of their last 3 games and seem to be trending in the right direction!

     

    11AAA OverviewIt appears that Washington and Roosevelt are the head of the class.  Stevens and Central will play each other on the last game of the season.  In that game, you can throw the records and seed points out as it is a true rivalry game.  Stevens won 3 in a row before losing their last 2 and will look to get back on track this week at home against SF Lincoln.  Central will have a tougher stretch as they play the two best teams (Washington and Roosevelt) before they get to the rivalry game.

     

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