I’ve spent a good portion of the last three days working on previews for the S.D. State football finals. This means I either know what I’m talking about at this point, or I’m more confused than ever.
I am 71-11 overall in SD picks, so let’s see if I can finish with a bang:
9A: Wolsey-Wessington over Howard. The Tigers may have the best back in state history (in terms of career yards), Luke Loudenburg, but Wolsey-Wessington has 2 2,000-yard backs and a decent passing game.
9AA: Gregory over Woonsocket-Wessington Springs-Sanborn Central. The Gorillas may not have a strong history in the Dome, 1-8 to be precise, but those Gorillas aren’t these Gorillas.
11A: Madison over Dell Rapids. This was a good game to start the season, 36-33 in Madison’s favor. While the Quarriers are better than they were, I think the Bulldogs win in what could be a classic.
9B: Hamlin over Faulkton Area. As much as I’d like to see Faulkton come in and pull off the upset, Hamlin’s got a squad that learned from losing on this stage a year ago.
11B: Parkston over St. Thomas More. The Trojans have a distinct advantage on the line and a fire from having lost here a year ago. As much as I want Mount Marty Hall of Famer Wayne Sullivan and the Cavaliers to finally get a win in the Dome, I don’t think it’s this year.
11AA: Yankton over Brookings. Both teams have tremendous offensive weapons, but I think Yankton’s defense is the deciding factor. An interesting note: Yankton went 6-0 in the ESD but didn’t play Huron and Brookings. The Bucks will have played them both in the playoffs after Friday night.
11AAA: Lincoln over Roosevelt. I think this is another good matchup between the programs, but I think Aaron Beavers and the Patriots hang on to the title.
Since I probably won’t have time to do a separate post on these, here are my Nebraska picks for the semifinals in classes that involve area teams.
C2: Oakland-Craig over Cedar Catholic (I’d love to cover the Trojans in Lincoln again, but Oakland-Craig may have the upper hand. Dress warm.); Battle Creek over Aquinas Catholic
D1: Hemingford over Elm Creek, GACC over BDS
D2: Falls City Sacred Heart over Exeter-Milligan, Anselmo-Merna over Maxwell.