PLAYOFFS!?!? (Use Jim Mora Voice)

PLAYOFFS!?!? (Use Jim Mora Voice)

October 25th, 2011

The second season is upon us, as this week kicks off the postseason around the upper Midwest with South Dakota & Minnesota on Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Iowa Wednesday, Oct. 26. There is no greater sense of urgency, especially for seniors, knowing that this could be the last game of year, and for many, the last game you will ever play. This is what LWFA and all those two-a-days in the heat and humidity were about. Now we will get to see who wants it the most!

So is it better to be the best team, or is it better to be the hottest team heading into the playoffs? If you are the best team then you have dealt with the bulls-eye on your backs all season. This prepares you for the pressure of the postseason. The best team also knows what they do best and can continue to build upon their success.

However, there’s just something about having it all click at the right time. When you are the hottest team, there’s a certain swagger that you play with. You just know everything is going to go your way. You play fast and loose and can avoid the tightness and pressing that other teams have during this one-and-done season. When you’re hot, you’re hot; it is not a feeling that can be described but everyone on the team knows they’re in the zone.

So which is better…the one that gets to hoist that championship trophy at the end! Now let the road to The Dome begin…

End of the Regular Season

October 20th, 2011

The regular season for many high school football teams around the Midwest is nearing its end, but there is still plenty of good action left.  Some teams have already solidified their place in the playoffs, while the fate of others hinges on this final regular season game.  Here are a few games to watch around region:


#1 SF Roosevelt (8-0) vs. #3 SF Washington (6-2) (at Howard Wood Field)

Roosevelt coach, Kim Nelson coached Washington for 12 years before leaving for Edina (Minn.) in 2005. Since Nelson’s return, though, Washington has been coached by Brian Hermanson and dominated the series.

Washington peeled off perfect seasons in 2009 and 2010 and hasn’t lost to the Riders since the 2007 state title game at the DakotaDome.

Roosevelt is seeking to clinch the No. 1 playoff seed, as well as Greater Dakota Conference and city crowns. Washington wants to lock down a first-round playoff bye while keeping its edge over Roosevelt alive…needless to say, this is a BIG game!

Players to watch: Rossevelt Senior quarterback Scott Tyler has thrown for 1,252 yards and 15 TDs, with 609 of those yards coming on connections with senior Josh Angulo, who has 8 TDs.  Washington junior skill players quarterback Jon Hander has thrown for 1,207 yards and 12 TDs and all-purpose threat Nate Gerry has led the Warriors on both sides of the ball.

#7 Brandon Valley (5-3) at #5 Yankton (6-2)

The ESD (Eastern South Dakota) title has come down to Yankton and Brandon Valley who square off Thursday night in Yankton. Both teams beat Mitchell and will also be pushing for a higher postseason seed in this one.

Player to watch: Brandon Valley’s Matt Vandeberg hauled in 10 catches for 138 yards and 3 touchdowns last week vs. Pierre, and will look to repeat his performance against Yankton.


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