South Dakota Class 11AAA High School Football Week Six Quick Hits
Week six of the high school football season for Class 11AAA is upon us and many teams are looking to make a jump towards better seeding positions.
The latest South Dakota High School Football Media Poll didn't feature any changes in the top-five for this week. However, throughout the season so far, all but one team has been ranked in the top-five at some point. That one team that hasn't been ranked yet has been Sioux Falls Lincoln.
Yankton (1-4) vs. Sioux Falls Lincoln (0-5), Friday, 5:00
The Lincoln Patriots have had a bumpy roller coaster ride of a season. They enter their homecoming week winless, and rather well traveled. Lincoln has had two games suspended due to rain so far this season. First one occurred in the week one when they had to resume their game against Rapid City Central on a Saturday and ended up losing on the final play of the game. Last week their game in Watertown was suspended with 9:55 left and a three-point lead. The Patriots had to travel back to Watertown on Tuesday where they went on to lose 17-14.
This week they have the opportunity to rebound against a Yankton Bucks team that has also struggled in the early part of the year. Yankton has traveled more than anyone with the construction to Crane-Youngworth Stadium, and they finally had a chance to play at home last week when they defeated Huron 37-0.
Lincoln and Yankton can be heard on ESPN 99.1 starting at 5:00 on Friday night.
Sioux Falls Washington (5-0) @ Brookings (2-3), Friday, 7:00
The Warriors survived a scare from Rapid City Stevens last week 29-28 at Howard Wood Field to remain undefeated. Washington is in the middle of the travel part of their schedule with this game being their second trip in three weeks. This time they will play the Bobcats at Dana J. Dkyhouse Stadium. Brookings has improved from last year following a season where they finished 0-9.
Sioux Falls Roosevelt (4-1) @ Sioux Falls O'Gorman (4-1), Friday, 7:00
It's number two against number three this week at O'Gorman. The Knights and Rough Riders both have one loss this season and that for both came against Washington. This week will essentially set up, assuming the rest of the season goes in favor of both, the second seed for Class 11AAA.
Brandon Valley (3-2) @ Rapid City Stevens (3-2), Friday, 8:00
Another game that could determine separation of playoff seeding. Brandon Valley and Rapid City Stevens are separated by .600 of a full seed point for the current four seed and the right to host a first round game. This weekend will give us the idea of where the line can be drawn between the top and bottom sides of the bracket. Rapid City Stevens just about upset the Washington Warriors last week, and they'll have a chance now to host Brandon Valley at home. Can they continue the momentum?
The Lynx enter the contest off a tough 21-11 loss against Roosevelt on Saturday afternoon. Brandon Valley kept it much closer than what the score indicated with an opportunity to tie or take the lead in the last few minutes of the game. That was negated after a defensive touchdown by the Rough Riders. Brandon Valley takes their long Rapid City trip this week before returning home for two straight.
Watertown (3-2) @ Harrisburg (2-3), Friday, 7:00
Watertown has been the cardiac team of 11AAA this season. Each of the last four games they have played have been within one possession with the Arrows coming out on top in three of them. They have a chance to make it three in a row against a Harrisburg team that has struggled the last couple of weeks. The Tigers are coming off loses to Douglas and Aberdeen Central. It should be noted that they technically picked up a win this week over Pierre as the two teams finished their rain suspended game from week one on Tuesday.
Rapid City Central (2-3) @ Aberdeen Central (2-3), Friday, 7:00
On the road again....
We can't guarantee where the ball will go after the snap when it comes to the Cobblers and their new rushing offense, but we can tell you that they surely know what it's like to travel across South Dakota. The Cobblers have traveled to Howard Wood Field, Sturgis, Brandon Valley, and now Aberdeen in the first six weeks in the season. Oh, don't worry, they get to turn around next week and come back to Sioux Falls to face Roosevelt.
This week they'll bring their unique offense to Aberdeen to face the Golden Eagles. Aberdeen is coming off a 10-7 rebound win over Harrisburg last week. In the three games that Aberdeen has lost, they have been outscored 6-99. In the two games they've won, they have won by a combined four points.
Enjoy the high school games this week in Class 11AAA!