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High school football weekly wrap up

RAPID CITY––There were some interesting developments in the first couple of weeks of the 2017 football season. It is taking teams forever to post their results on the SDHSAA website or over on Max Preps. Not only that, many teams are not keeping comprehensive stats, and it is problematic telling players to be disciplined and responsible when the coaching staff can’t do same. Attempts to get basketball oriented Lakota athletes to participate in football, a sport where injury is a likely possibility, have met with mixed results in some schools, but across the entirety of Lakota country, participation and performances are up.

Chamberlain 51, St Francis 0

Considering St Francis lost their first game to Cheyenne- Eagle Butte, 60-0, it is going to be a long year for a school who plays on a bad football field and struggles to maintain participation. Chamberlain, on the other hand, is always tough, and this year is no exception.

Colome 64, Burke/South Central 14

Certain schools can thank their lucky stars Colome plays 9-B football, because they could easily beat most 11-B teams. Like nearby 11-B neighbor Winner, Colome is tough as nails on both sides of the line, and 2-0 on the season. Must be something football boosting in the water in that part of the state.

Custer 45, Little Wound 24

Rebounding from a stinging loss to Bennett County, Custer has had a couple of tough rebuilding years. Little Wound could not score in their home opener against Bennett County, but they put up 24 on Custer. The Mustangs have the athletes to move the ball on any team, they just don’t have the discipline to convert it to points.

Dakota Valley 65, Todd County 22

Falcon football is tough only in a West River sense. When they play East River, they lose fairly convincingly. Reservation football needs solid line play, kids buffed up pumping steady iron since they were freshman. Dakota Valley has that, Todd County does not, hence the score.

Gregory 56, Jones County/White River 6

Wolverine football should have gotten more competitive when they dropped down to 9-AA from 11-B, but you will take your lumps playing the likes of the Gregory Gorillas. Like I said, something in the water in that part of West River. The Gorillas are tough as nails at 2-0, JC/WR, is 0-2.

Harding County 54, Bison 20

Not sure why Bison calls their team the Cardinals, they should be called the Bulls, and they were cruising in 9-B at 2-0, winning 42-6 over Dupree, and 60-7 over Newell, until they met arch rival, Harding County, who was also 2-0, having crushed Edgemont 54-0, and beaten Lemmon/McIntosh 44-12. The Ranchers always have big boys full of bull riding try.

Lower Brule 54, Iroquois 0

No matter the sport, tiny 9- A Lower Brule just produces great athletes despite every reservation factor working against it. They hammered Crazy Horse at their Wanblee crib, 68-14, shut out Fort Yates the next game, 52-0, before doing a number on Iroquois. The rest of their schedule doesn’t look threatening, save for a match-up against Bon Homme at home on September 15. The Cavaliers shut out both opponents their first two games.

Pine Ridge 20, Lead/Deadwood 14

This was an important win for the Thorpes because it tells the rest of West River their victory over Red Cloud was no crosstown rivalry fluke. The Thorpes are loaded with rugged, talented ball players, and if they can stay disciplined, and control their emotions, they are going to make some post season noise.

Other games:

Lyman 16, Kadoka Area 12

Madison 47, Belle Fourche 21

McLaughlin 14, Crow Creek 0

New Underwood 30, Philip 6

RC Stevens 33, Spearfish 2

Standing Rock 50, Crazy Horse 0

Sunshine Bible 30, Tiospa Zina 6

Tea Area 20, St Thomas More 14

Timber Lake 50, Newell 0

Wall 35, RC Christian 0

Watertown 26, RC Central 18

Winner 14, West Central 0

(James Giago Davies is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. He can be reached at

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