One of the better matchups slated for the football season would see Todd County travel to Winnebago and face off against the team that beat them in last year’s final.
This year, Todd County would take advantage of the knowledge gained last year, work against a vicious heat and end up going home with a 36-20 win. Early on in the contest running was a go-to play for both clubs, with the Falcons scoring first from Teshaun Marshall, followed by the two point conversion from Sayge Yellow Eagle. Winnebago would score their own touchdown, helped by Destin Vargas, but with the team failing to convert the two points, they’d remain down 6 to 8. Yellow Eagle, would help his team out again with time running out in the first half, when the Falcons would start from their own 42 yard line. With a single play, a deep lob by Charline Long would be hauled in for 6, extending the lead out, and they’d connect for 2 more making the score 16-6. Ty Valandra would get into the end zone on his own, for 6, and going into the half Todd County was up , 22-6.
In the second half, Todd County would get an early gift TD due to a botched play by Winnebago, turning the ball over deep in their own territory. Valandra was able to tack on another 6 points, before Winnebago would start trying to dig out of the hole they were in. Vargas, working hard in the running game would score twice, from 15 and 14 yards, closing the score to 22-28, with about six minutes to go. Winnebago had momentum, but could they get the ball back from Todd County?
As it turned out, no. Todd County would start their last drive, going to 4th down twice, the last time with a 4th and 11…and would score a touchdown to seal the win. The Falcons win a hard fought contest…while Winnebago can look forward to a rematch in the playoffs.
In other contests, Standing Rock would run roughshod on Pine Ridge, 56-6 in Pine Ridge. The Warriors would get 4 touchdowns from John Luger, two from rushing, catching one and scoring one on a kick return.
Little Wound, hosting Crazy Horse Thursday, would win via Mercy rule on homecoming night, 50-0. QB Kenyon LeBeaux would pass for one touchdown and run for two more, while Ladanien Kills In Water would rush for two more. Chavez Brave Bird would put up a touchdown while Tayvon Apple would find the end zone for the Mustangs.
Red Cloud would improve to 4-1, with a 51-0 win over Marty, Lower Brule would remain perfect winning over McLaughlin, 58-6, and Crow Creek would defeat Cheyenne/Eagle Butte, 50-0, keeping them winless on the year.
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