Small town South Dakota is buzzing with anticipation for the 9B QUARTERS

By Rich Winter

As we head toward the quarterfinals of the 9B playoffs, wanted to stop for a moment and give a shout-out to Chad Eisenbraun and the Kadoka Kougars who knocked off Harding County 12-8 in the first round of those playoffs.

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The Kouugars finished the year with a 4-4 record and near the end of the season lost starting QB Marcus Herber to injury. Undaunted the Kougars went next man up that happened to be sophomore TJ Hamar.

Harding County has been so dominant out west that getting past them in the first round, 12-8 is a big deal for a Kadoka program that gets to see No. 1 Sully Buttes as a result of their win.

While Sully Buttes likely rolls into the semis, the other three quarters should have a serious sense of urgency.

Burke @ Faulkton - Someone is going to the semis

No problem for Mike Sebern’s squad in the first round as they defeated SBA, 51-22. Finn Hansen has been ripping defenses the last half of the season and 118 yards rushing against SBA. Senior at QB Brock Karbo has been solid all season and the 7-2 Cougars have a bunch of guys that can hurt you.

Burke TD’s against SBA:

B: Finn Hanson 5 run (Ludvig Soderberg kick)

B: Jaden Frank 13 run (Soderberg kick)

B: Frank 30 pass from Karbo (run failed)

B: Ethan DeLong 18 pass from Frank (run failed)

B: Karbo 10 run (kick failed)

B: Karbo 28 run (kick failed)

B: DeLong 37 run (kick failed)

B: Taron Serr 22 fumble return (Soderberg kick)

Burke remembers the 2017 quarters when Sully Buttes ran them off the field, 56-0

Faulkton Area beat Langford, 40-8 in the first round to improve to 7-2 on the season. An early season, 18-16 loss to Warner and a 50-12 setback at Sully Buttes. Like Burke, Faulkton Area lost in the 2017 quarters, 30-12 to eventual champion, Colman-Egan.

Faulkton area has a two-headed MONSTER at RB with Tyler Ogle doing a lot of the damage. QB Derek Heitmann will be looking for 6-foot-4 TE, Jaden Melius A lot.

Castlewood @ Wall

- Everyone on that Wall roster remembers the 54-0 spanking Castlewood gave them a year ago.

Visited with Wall photographer Bonnie Law a bit yesterday…She says the mood in Wall is kinda grumpy…Those kids remember and they worked all summer under the direction of coach Lex Heathershaw to get ready for this moment. The weather last year was awful, Wall didn’t play well and they got run off the nicest 9B field in South Dakota.

Castlewood beat Dell Rapid’s St. Mary’s 36-12 in their playoff game. Coach Doug Ruesink’s squad lost to 9AA scary guys Arlington/Lake Preston 61-30….They did beat Colman-Egan 29-16 and lost their regular season finale, 26-30 against Elkton-Lake Benton.

A lot battles on the field tonight…One to keep an eye on is Castlewood QB, Brandon Benike and Wall QB Jacob Bielmayer. Benike has had health issues, but when healthy, as dangerous as they come in the 9B ranks.

Bielmayer, 6-foot-3 and 180 is long, fast and has track weapons all over the place.

Wednesday, coach Heathershaw was keeping it pretty close to the vest but did offer his thoughts on the game.

“We are eager and hungry for the opportunity ahead of us.”

Colman-Egan vs. Colome in Colome

For all of Ben Connot’s Cowboys hard work this season running out to a 9-0 record (62-8 over Gayville-Volin in the first round) the reward for that is seeing the defending state champion, Colman-Egan (60-10 over Bison in the first round)

Colman-Egan was rolling along undefeated most of the year but dropped a 29—16 decision to Castlewod and got battle tested in a 34-12 regular season ending loss to Arlington/Lake Preston. The Hawks aren’t as good as last year but coach Chad Williamson’s squad is the defending 9B champs until someone knocks them off.

For Colome, it is business as usual and the Cowboys have really rolled people.

Connot with me via Facebook: The guys are playing with a chip on their shoulder after what happened in the playoffs a year ago….(Sully Buttes beat them 36-20 in the semis)

Player that gets no recognition from Connot: Center Wyatt Cahoy….The 5-foot-6 180 lb senior moved to the line this year and has handled the under-center and shotgun snaps to Jackson Kinzer with perfection. Senior Dawson Varilek is 6-foot-3 and 320 lbs. of brute force…

Good luck to all the participants tonight…We’ll see you when the dust settles.