Here is a look at the three state championship football games for Thursday as 9-man football gets the day to shine at the Dakotadome in Vermillion. We’ll have Friday and Saturday previews Thursday afternoon.
#3 Potter County vs. #5 Dell Rapids St. Mary – 10:00 AM
Both teams avenged losses last Friday to make the dome in 9B state title. Potter County’s defense has stood strong throughout the playoffs averaging less than nine points against while Dell Rapids St. Mary’s offense has been stellar averaging 38 points per game. You can see a full preview HERE.
#1 Herreid/Selby Area vs. #2 Howard – 1:00
The final four teams in Class 9A were all undefeated but Herreid/Selby Area and Howard, the top two seeds were able to survive last Friday to advance to the state championship. The Wolverines of Herreid/Selby were able to escape with a 16-14 win over De Smet while Howard walked away with a 21-17 win over Wall. On paper this could be one of the best games of the weekend.
#9 Platte-Geddes vs. #11 Canistota/Freeman – 7:30
It’s the first of two matchups this weekend with both teams being defending champions. Platte-Geddes is the defending 9AA state champion while Canistota/Freeman is the defending 9A champion. Both teams have not had a home game the entire playoff run, upsetting every team in their march to the dome. This is the second matchup between the two teams with Platte-Geddes winning a defensive game 16-8 to open up the 2021 season back on August 20.