Yankton Wins 8th 11AA Championship in Classic Overtime Battle with Pierre
There has been a lot of debate over the last three years about splitting 11AA into two conferences. The result has produced some crazy games.
Another wild finish took place on Friday night as the Yankton Bucks captured their 8th championship inside the DakotaDome defeating Pierre 21-20 in overtime. Yankton jumped out to a 14-0 lead heading into the half, but Pierre managed to find their offense and tie the game. Both teams exchanged possessions in the last 1:23 of the game, and Pierre had the chance for the win at the end. Peter Sanchez wasn't able to convert on a 46 yard field goal as time expired causing overtime.
On the last sequential odd day of the century (11-13-15), the 13th appearance for Yankton in the Dome, and the 13th appearance for Yankton coach Arlin Likness all happening on Friday the 13th, there was bound to be something that would be weird.
Flashback just one year ago when Yankton was in the DakotaDome battling Brookings for a State title. The game went into overtime and Brookings won the toss and elected to play defense. Yankton scored a touchdown with the point after. The Bobcats countered with a touchdown but failed to convert the two-point conversion in the right corner of the end zone as the ball fell out of the hands of the receiver to the turf. That gave Yankton their 7th State title.
Take that scenario and replay it this year with Pierre. This time the missed two point conversion pass was dropped in the left corner of the end zone. Same setup, and same result for the Yankton Bucks.
It was a little weird. Especially on Friday the 13th.
Overall another classic game took place in the 11AA ranks. The last two years have included a game that featured a packed DakotaDome, rowdy fans, close games, and exciting comebacks. This year's game ranks, for me, as one of the most fun games that I had the opportunity to call on air.
Congratulations to both Yankton and Pierre on a classic game in the dome.