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Nine-man and 11-B playoffs underway



RAPID CITY— At this point, every reservation based team has been eliminated from football playoff contention except Todd County at 11-A. Border town teams with a lot of Lakota ballplayers are still in contention: Mobridge-Pollock in 11-B; Colome in 9-B, and Timber Lake in 9-A. Lots of other teams have at least one Lakota ballplayer on the roster.

Last Thursday, 9-B, 9-A, 9-AA and 11-B all got their post season underway. There were no surprises at 9-B. Sully Buttes, Colome and Wall are all unbeaten, but Wall has not faced the tough competition of the other unbeaten teams. This appears to be heading to a showdown between Sully Buttes and Colome.

9-B Play-off results opening round

Region 1: Sully Buttes 46, Hitchcock-Tulare 8; Faulkton Area 40, Langford Area 8

Region 2: Castlewood 36, Dell Rapids St Mary 12; Colman- Egan 60, Bison 10

Region 3: Colome 62, Gayville- Volin 8; Burke 51, Sunshine Bible Academy 22

Region 4: Wall 57, Faith 6; Harding County 8, Kadoka Area 12

Second Round, Thursday, October 25

Kadoka Area at Sully Buttes, Burke at Faulkton Area, Colman- Egan at Colome, Castlewood at Wall. PREDICTIONS: Sully Buttes, Burke, Colome and Castlewood will win.

Unbeaten Timber Lake is the top rated team at 9-A. Britton- Hecla is also unbeaten and has faced the stiffer competition. Warner and Howard are sleepers in this group.

9-A Play-off results opening round

Region 1: Britton-Hecla 66, Potter County 20; Warner 28, Clark/Willow Lake 14

Region 2: Canistota-Freeman 58, Ipswich-Edmunds Central 6, Deubrook Area 36, Howard 73

Region 3: Alcester-Hudson 47, Platte Geddes 30; Corsica-Stickney 30, Lyman County 14

Region 4: Timber Lake 36, Philip 26; New Underwood 44, Lemmon-McIntosh 0

Second Round, Thursday, October 25

New Underwood at Timber Lake, Alcester-Hudson at Canistota Freeman, Corsica-Stickney at Britton-Hecla, Howard at Warner. PREDICTIONS: Timber Lake, Canistota-Freeman, Britton Hecla and Howard will win.

There are three undefeated teams at 9-AA: Wolsey-Wessington, Arlington-Lake Preston, and Garretson. This is the toughest division in South Dakota football. Bon Homme is a serious contender at 8-1 as is defending state champ, Gregory, at 7-2. Wolsey-Wessington beat Bon Homme this season, 38-36, and Bon Homme stunned Gregory, 7-6.

9-AA Play-off results opening round

Region 1: Wolsey-Wessington 60, Miller-Highmore-Harald 6; Webster Area 42, North Border 0

Region 2: Arlington-Lake Preston 55, Elkton-Lake Benton 20; Garretson 24, Hamlin 20

Region 3: Bon Homme 50, Deuel 12; Tripp-Delmont 0, Irene-Wakonda 51

Region 4: Jones County/White River 6, Kimball-White Lake 48; Gregory 51, Baltic 0

Second Round, Thursday, October 25

Irene-Wakonda at Wolsey- Wessington, Gregory at Bon Homme, Kimball-White Lake at Arlington-Lake Preston, Webster Area at Garretson. PREDICTIONS: Wolsey-Wessington, Gregory, Arlington-Lake Preston and Webster Area will win.

Canton looks like the team to beat in 11-B. They have beaten SF Christian, 29-12, and beat Bridgewater-Emery-Ethan, 24- 17. They crushed their second round playoff opponent, Aberdeen Roncalli earlier this season, 50-6.

11-B Play-off results opening round

Region 1: Aberdeen Roncalli 28, Elk Point-Jefferson 7; Groton Area 7, Mobridge-Pollock 13

Region 2: Canton 54, Sioux valley 14; Beresford 21, SF Christian 28

Region 3: Bridgewater-E-E 46, Woonsocket-WS-SC 0; Mt Vernon Plank 42, Stanley Co 21

Region 4: Winner 50, Custer 0; Lead-Deadwood 40, Red Cloud 12

Second Round, Thursday, October 25

Aberdeen Roncalli at Canton, Winner at SF Christian, Mobridge-Pollock at Bridgewater Emery-Ethan, Lead-Deadwood at Mt Vernon-Plankinton. PREDICTIONS: Canton, SF Christian, Bridgewater- Emery-Ethan and Mount Vernon-Plankinton will win.

Getting underway on Thursday, October 25, are the 11-A, 11-AA, and 11- AAA playoffs. Tea Area, at 8-1, looks to be the class of the field, although the other 8-1 team, Madison, who lost earlier this season to 11-B Canton, beat Tea Area, 10-7, a couple weeks ago. So, clear as mud who will win the 11-A division. At 7-2, Pierre tops a weak 11-A field, and SF O’Gorman is top rated at 11-AAA, but their one loss was last week, they were easily beaten, 40-15, by 7-2 Brandon Valley, and BV looks like the hottest team right now.

11-A Play-off opening round, Thursday, October 25Hot Springs at Tea Area, West Central at Todd County, Dell Rapids at Madison, RC St Thomas More at Dakota Valley. PREDICTIONS: Tea Area, West Central, Madison, RC St Thomas More, will win.

11-AA Play-off opening round, Thursday, October 25

Spearfish at Pierre, Mitchell at Brookings, Sturgis Brown at Yankton, Huron at Harrisburg. PREDICTIONS: Pierre, Brookings, Yankton and Huron will win.

11-AAA Play-off opening round, Thursday, October 25

Aberdeen Central at SF Roosevelt, Watertown at SF Washington, SF Lincoln at SF O’Gorman, RC Central at Brandon Valley. PREDICTIONS: SF Roosevelt, SF Washington, SF O’Gorman, Brandon Valley will win.

Final regular season results in 11-man Class A, Class AA and Class AAA

Belle Fourche 42, Douglas 6

Brandon Valley 40, SF O’Gorman 15

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 59, Standing Rock 6

Dakota Valley 14, Tea Area 27

Dell Rapids 7, Madison 28

Harrisburg 26, Yankton 28

Hot Springs 27, Sturgis Brown 35

Huron 7, Brookings 21

Little Wound 24, Pine Ridge 66

Pierre 30, Aberdeen Central 0

RC Stevens 25, RC Central 35

SF Lincoln 7, SF Washington 45

Spearfish 7, Mitchell 41

St Francis 0, Vermillion 52

Todd County 14, RC St Thomas More 31

Tri-Valley 26, Milbank 14

West Central 34, Lennox 22

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

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