The high school football season is nearing its conclusion as the final week of the regular season has arrived for the bigger schools and the playoffs begin for the smaller ones.

For Class 11B and the 9-man classes, the playoffs have arrived with first-round matches beginning on Thursday. 11AAA, 11AA, and 11A all have one final regular season week remaining and those games will also be played on Thursday.

A majority of the classes this week see no changes in the rankings, but 11A had a major shakeup. Dakota Valley suffered a 48-7 loss to Vermillion to drop them from second to fifth, while Dell Rapids fell 34-0 to West Central dropping them from third to fourth.

The South Dakota Prep Media football poll for the week of Oct. 19 is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, record, total points and last week’s ranking. First-place votes are listed in parentheses.

Class 11AAA

  1. Roosevelt (18) 6-0 90 1
  2. Brandon Valley 6-1 71 2
  3. Harrisburg 5-2 51 3
  4. Lincoln 4-3 37 4
  5. O’Gorman 5-3 21 5

Class 11AA

  1. Yankton (14) 8-0 86 1
  2. Brookings (4) 8-0 76 2
  3. Pierre 5-2 54 3
  4. Sturgis 4-4 36 4
  5. Mitchell 3-5 14 5

Receiving votes: Huron 4.

Class 11A

  1. Tea Area (18) 7-0 90 1
  2. Canton 5-2 66 4
  3. West Central 5-3 58 5
  4. Dakota Valley 5-3 28 2
  5. Dell Rapids 5-2 25 3

Receiving votes: Madison 2, Milbank 1.

Class 11B

  1. Winner (14) 7-0 86 1
  2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan (4) 8-0 76 2
  3. Sioux Valley 7-1 49 3
  4. Mobridge-Pollock 7-0 27 5
  5. St. Thomas More 6-1 26 4

Receiving votes: Elk Point-Jefferson 4, Lead-Deadwood 2.

Class 9AA

  1. Viborg-Hurley (18) 7-0 90 1
  2. Lemmon/McIntosh 8-0 70 2
  3. Hamlin 8-0 48 3
  4. Platte-Geddes 8-0 44 4
  5. Hanson 6-2 16 5

Receiving votes: Florence/Henry 2.

Class 9A

  1. Howard (18) 7-0 90 1
  2. Canistota/Freeman 7-1 72 2
  3. Warner 7-0 53 3
  4. Wall 7-0 34 4
  5. De Smet 6-2 17 5

Receiving votes: Philip 2, Chester Area 1, Ipswich/Edmunds Central 1.

Class 9B

  1. Wolsey-Wessington (18) 6-1 90 1
  2. Langford Area 6-2 69 2
  3. Herreid/Selby Area 7-1 51 3
  4. Dell Rapids St. Mary 4-2 31 4
  5. Kadoka Area 7-1 26 RV

Receiving votes: Alcester-Hudson 2, Faith 1.

This week's South Dakota Prep Media Football Poll will be the final edition for 2020 that is released featuring all classes. There will be one final poll for 11AAA, 11AA, and 11A next week.

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