I don’t have one of those 900 lines for giving “locks,” but I like to think I know a little about football. Let’s see how I do with tonight’s S.D. football playoff games.
I will comment on the local games, others for this round will be posted without comment.
Lennox over Dakota Valley: Panthers are explosive, but have struggled at times to hold down opponents. Orioles won this won 42-20 earlier this season, and I don’t see that changing.
Vermillion over Tea Area: Tanagers are coming off two tough losses but are playing better than when they lost to the Titans 41-14 earlier this season. I think Vermillion goes on the road and pulls the upset.
Other Games: Madison over Milbank; Dell Rapids over Sisseton; West Central over CEB; Chamberlain over Todd County; Hot Springs over Pine Ridge; Belle Fourche over Little Wound
Parkston over Lead-Deadwood: The Trojans have been challenged just once this year (Canton 10-0 in week 2), and have outscored their last three opponents 145-12. Don’t look for the Golddiggers to change that trend.
Winner over Bon Homme: Tough draw for a solid 5-3 team, but Winner will end the Cavaliers’ season again this year.
Other Games: Roncalli over Redfield-Doland, Groton Area over Mobridge-Pollock; MCM over Tri-Valley; Canton over Sioux Valley; Custer over Red Cloud; St. Thomas More over Bennett County.
Elkton-Lake Benton over Menno-Marion: While the Razorbacks have looked good at times this year, I am afraid they may be outmatched by an Elks team that has scored over 40 points in each of their past three games.
WWSSC over PGDC: WWSSC hung a season-best 68 points on the Black Panthers earlier this season. While I don’t expect as many points to be scored, I don’t see the tide turning.
Other Games: Arlington over Deubrook Area; Deuel over Webster Area; Garretson over DeSmet-Iroquois; KWL over BEE; Gregory over Clark-Willow Lake; Stanley County over Lyman
Alcester-Hudson over Gayville-Volin: There are 3 7-1 teams in SD that are on the road in the first round and, unfortunately, one of them is Gayville-Volin. While the Raiders have had a good season, Alcester-Hudson might have a couple more weapons on the arsenal. I expect a great first-round game, but the Cubs will avoid the upset bid.
Howard over Viborg-Hurley: Howard’s Luke Loudenburg is just 214 yards from becoming the all-time leading rusher in SD 9-man history. He may not get it tonight, but unfortunately the 5-5, 150-pound dynamo will be too much for the Cougars to stop.
Other Games: Chester Area over Tri-State, Herried-Selby Area over Warner, Wolsey-Wessington over Colome, Potter County over Sully Buttes, Philip over Hanson, New Underwood over R.C. Christian
Avon over Burke-South Central: Avon hung 76 points on the Cougars in the opener. While the Pirates have been dinged by injuries since then, they are still a formidable team.
Canistota over Scotland: These aren’t the same Hawks that steamrolled everyone in the nine-man ranks in recent years, but they are still a tough team.
Other Games: Faulkton Area over Hitchcock-Tulare, Langford Area over Eureka-Bowdle, Hamlin over Colman-Egan, Dell Rapids St. Mary over Waverly-South Shore, Faith over Sunshine Bible, Harding County over Wall
Did I get it right? Wrong? Be sure to comment or tweet at me at @jcimburek and let me know.
Be sure to follow the SD football playoffs in the Press & Dakotan and online at http://www.yankton.net. As we have in the past, we will have coverage of all 7 championship games in the DakotaDome, Nov. 13-15.