How much GROUND & POUND will the Britton-Hecla duo of Haskins Jr. & Nelson account for

Britton-Hecla returns two all-staters to a team that lost to Howard in the 9A semis a year ago. Pictured above are fullback, Stanley Haskins Jr. and Offensive lineman Nick Nelson.

By Rich Winter

The more I check in on the returning all-state players in South Dakota 9A football, the more I’m convinced the playoffs in this division are going to be SPECIAL. A year ago Britton-Hecla looked like they would march back to the Dakota Dome. A 66-20 win over Potter County, then a 58-6 demolishing of Corsica-Stickney found the No. 2 seeded Braves facing off against No. 6 Howard.

On a tough night of football the Howard Tigers prevailed 12-8 taking the wind from the sales of a bunch of young man who won the 9A title in 2017 with a 44-36 win over Corsica-Stickney.

There is talent returning:

FB Stanley Haskins Jr. - Check out the monster numbers from his junior season.

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Haskins Jr., put together another brilliant season out of the backfield. The speedster finished with 35 touchdowns, 1,909 rushing yards and 2,348 all-purpose yards. A two-time Eastern Coteau Conference Offensive MVP, Haskins has 4,675 career rushing yards. "Stanley is an amazing athlete and a humble young man," Britton-Hecla coach Pat Renner said.


Some lineman love for Britton-Hecla’s 6-foot-5, 290 lb. Road-grader Nick Nelson.

So, the line rarely gets the love the ‘skill guys’ do, BUT, skill guys on running teams can thank the big boys up front for doing all of the hard work. At 6-foot-5 and 290 lbs. (last season), Nelson can run and is a lethal blocker at the point of attack.

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Guard: Nick Nelson, Britton-Hecla (junior, 6-5, 290). Nelson paved the way for Britton-Hecla's ground attack that finished with 4,038 rushing yards. He was an all-Eastern Coteau Conference selection. "A huge force in the middle of the line with the speed to block the best linebackers," Renner said.

The Braves open their season, Aug. 30 against Waverly South Shore.

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