DS/State Associations partnerships to provide state football scoreboards

By: Cameron Mellor (@cammellor)
August 8, 2014

 

Digital Scout football viewers across the country will now be treated to a unique, one-of-a-kind experience starting this fall. Due to a new partnership with several different state athletics & activities associations, viewers will now be able to stream data in real time from a variety of states, across our nation in one solidified place. 

 

For the first time in Digital Scout's nearly 20 years, users will be able to view data casts of football games on a state scoreboard for Washington D.C., Wyoming, North Dakota, Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee and areas of Texas with many more to come. 

 

This unique treat is due to a partnership between Digital Scout and each individual athletic or activities association.

 

Housed on each athletic or activities association state website, viewers will be able to watch the data stream in from any and all schools who are utilizing Digital Scout to track their stats on Friday nights.

 

Have a program in Texas that you want to check up on? Visit Dave Campbell's TexasFootball.com to check them out. How about your nephew's game in D.C. that you can't make it to? Maybe your alma mater has a committed athlete playing in Ohio on Friday night? With this new platform, viewers can check out scores from all across the nation as they happen.

 

Follow along with the Digital Scout Twitter at @digitalscout for up-to-the-minute news and further information regarding which states are partnering with Digital Scout and which games are happening live on Fridays. Make sure your favorite high school or alma mater has and will use Digital Scout this fall!

 

Hundreds of athletes sign letters of intent on NSD

 

By: Cameron Mellor
February 10, 2014

 

Last Wednesday, one of the most exciting times for high school athletes dawned upon us, a day signifying a commitment to not only an education, but also the chance to play their respective sport at the next level. National Signing Day marked the day in which senior athletes must declare and fax in their letters of intent to their intended university, accepting their scholarship offer.

 

While some use NSD as the day to finally make known their college choice, others make what might have been known for awhile, official. Either way, it is a day that most athletes, especially high school football players, anxiously wait for most of their lives.

 

With the culmination of a number of high school careers, we’ll take a look back at the athletes whose programs used the HSGameCenter product and signed LOI’s to attend major college football programs last week.

 

Athlete, Position, High School, University:

 

Josh Malone, WR, Station Camp (Tenn.), Tennessee

 

John ‘Juju’ Smith, S, Long Beach Poly (Calif.), USC

 

Jeb Blazevich, TE, Charlotte Christian (N.C.), Georgia

 

Vic Wharton, WR, Independence (Tenn.), Tennessee

 

Rashaan Gaulden, WR, Independence, Tennessee

 

Parris Campbell, RB, St. Vincent St. Mary (Ohio), Ohio State

 

Dante Booker, LB, St. Vincent St. Mary, Ohio State

 

Kyle Berger, OT, St. Ignatius (Ohio), Ohio State

 

Jimmy Byrne, LB, St. Ignatius, Notre Dame

 

Matt Dickerson, DE, Serra (Calif.), UCLA

 

Traevohn Wrench, RB, Gardner Edgerton (Kan.), Kansas

 

Daniel Helm, TE, Glenwood (Ill.), Tennessee

 

Monte Harrison, WR, Lee’s Summit West (Mo.), Nebraska

 

Braden Smith, OG, Olathe South (Kan.), Auburn

 

Steven Parker, S, Jenks (Okla.), Oklahoma

 

Chris Lacy, WR, Desoto (Tex.), Oklahoma State

 

Dameon Willis, LB, St. Ignatius, Indiana

 

Qadree Ollison, RB, Canisius (N.Y.), Pittsburgh

 

Jack Kraus, TE, Bentonville (Ark.), Arkansas

 

Isaiah Gentry, WR, Moeller (Ohio), Minnesota

 

J.J. Jackson, DE, Woodgrove (Va.), Virginia

 

Hamilton Anoa’i, LB, Serra, Northwestern

 

Jarvion Franklin, RB, Victor J Andrew (Ill.), Western Michigan

 

Dalvin Warmack, RB, Blue Springs (Mo.), Kansas State

 

Juan Day, RB, North Little Rock (Ark.), Arkansas

 

Gaelin Elmore, TE, Somerset (Wis.), Minnesota

 

Conor Sheehy, DE, Marquette University School (Wis.), Wisconsin

 

Bo Hines, WR, Charlotte Christian, NC State

 

Logan Cheadle, CB, Lee’s Summit West, Missouri

 

Elijah Lee, LB, Blue Springs, Kansas State

 

Kaleb Prewett, S, Blue Springs, Kansas State

 

Lorenzo Featherston, DE, Page (N.C.), Florida State

 

Kevin Pendleton, OT, Lee’s Summit West, Missouri

 

Terian Goree, WR, Carthage (Tex.), North Texas

 

Austin Chambers, OT, Shawnee Mission West (Kan.), BYU

 

Alonzo Saxton, DB, Bishop Hartley (Ohio), Duke

 

Jimmie Swain, LB, Olathe North (Kan.), Oregon

 

Nick Orr, CB, Desoto, TCU

 

Phillipie Motley, DB, Hilliard Davidson (Ohio), Pittsburgh

 

Cole Walterscheid, DE, Muenster (Tex.), Oklahoma State

 

Bryan Mone, DT, Highland (Utah), Michigan

 

Pita Tonga, DT, Highland, Utah

 

Aaron Sharp, QB, Summer Creek (Tex.), UCLA

 

Brady Taylor, OT, Ready (Ohio), Ohio State

 

Aaron Mends, LB, Winnetonka (Mo.), Iowa

 

Dakota Allen, LB, Summer Creek, Texas Tech

 

James David, LB, Rockdale (Tex.), Baylor

 

Conner Krizancic, WR, Mentor (Ohio), Minnesota

 

Josh Pelzel, OT, Rockdale, Baylor

 

Justin Hobbs, WR, Shawnee Mission West, Tulsa

 

Kalil Morris, DT, Bishop Hartley, Kent State

 

Okeeron Rutherford, WR, Carthage, North Texas

 

Kendall Blanton, TE, Blue Springs South (Mo.), Missouri

 

Jordan Benson, OT, Blue Springs, Colorado State

 

Josh Watson, LB, Blue Springs South, Colorado State

 

Henry McGrew, LB, Blue Valley (Kan.), Illinois

 

Dylan Harding, S, Jenks, Oklahoma State

 

Donquell Green, WR, Burke County (Ga.), Marshall

 

Garret Bradbury, TE, Charlotte Christian, NC State

 

Austin McGehee, K, Pine Bluff (Ark.), Purdue

 

Blake Bogenschutz, QB, Carthage, UTSA

 

Patrick Reed, QB, Silsbee (Tex.), New Mexico

 

Gus Ragland, QB, Moeller, Miami (OH)

 

Jonathan Duhart, WR, Manchester (Va.), Old Dominion

 

Gasetoto Schuster, DT, Long Beach Poly, Utah State

 

Michael Siragusa, WR, St. Ignatius, Buffalo

 

Augie Touris, TE, Canisius, UTEP

 

Desmon White, ATH, Desoto, TCU

 

Howard Wilson, CB, Desoto, Houston

 

Shaquel Jackson, DT, Desoto, North Texas

 

Johnavhan Grahm, DE, Desoto, North Texas

 

Adrian Goodacre, OG, Carthage, UL-Lafayette

 

Dale Brown, WR, Lee’s Summit West, Northern Illinois

 

Elijah Moody, CB, Long Beach Poly, Nevada

 

Thor Katoa, LB, Pine View (Utah), Utah

 

Jordan Morgan, WR, Southridge (Ore.), Arizona

 

Donald Lewis Jr., CB, Central (La.), Tulsa

 

Tim Quirkel, LB, North Little Rock, Tulsa

 

Deion Holliman, WR, Camden Fairview (Ark.), LA Monroe

 

D’Kwan Sandolph, WR, St. James (La.), Minnesota

 

Jalen Harvey, DT, Clay-Chalkville (Ala.), Syracuse

 

Cameron Knight, TE, Shallowater (Tex.), Texas State

 

Devon Rogers, ATH, Hilliard Darby (Ohio), Air Force

 

Travonte Junius, ATH, St. Vincent St. Mary, Akron

 

Newman Williams, LB, St. Vincent St. Mary, Akron

 

Colton Freeman, C, San Angelo Central (Tex.), Houston

 

Mason Bendigo, QB, Eureka (Mo.), Illinois

 

Akili Taylor, RB, Ready, Kent State

 

Tristan McClone, RB, Warsaw Community (Ind.), Army

 

Jason Fao, DT, Long Beach Poly, UTEP

 

Anthony Holmes, WR, Valley (Iowa), Wyoming

 

David Morrison, QB, Concordia Lutheran (Ind.), Ball State

 

Evan Martin, OG, Lee’s Summit West, Navy

 

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HSGameCenter Users Shine on Signing Day

South Dakota's Winner High School gets back to their winning ways

 

By: Cameron Mellor
February 2, 2014

 

A mere three days after dropping their first game of the season, the Winner High School Lady Warriors basketball team got back to it’s winning ways, in a 73-28 rout over Miller High School last week. Winner (13-1) continued their winning ways four days later with a 58-51 victory over Mount Vernon-Plankinton on Saturday afternoon.

 

For their efforts in rebounding after a tough loss, the Warriors have been selected as the HSGC National Team of the Week.

 

“No one on this team likes to lose, but it wasn’t a bad loss,” Winner head coach Larry Aaker said. “It showed us some things that we need to get better at and it got us focused on finishing the regular season.”

 

Their focus was evident in the game against Miller as they were paced by Cassidy Hanson, who led the game with 23 points, and Kelsey Bertram who nearly had a double-double with eight points and 10 assists.

 

Bertram leads the team in both points and assists on the season, averaging over 13.9 points and 3.9 assists per game.

 

“The game right after a loss can always be an interesting one, especially after your first loss of the season,” Aaker said. “I thought the girls responded really well and got us right back on track.”


The Warriors jumped out to a 26-7 lead at the end of the first quarter before heading into the break, up 36-12. Winner held the Rustlers to under 10 points in each quarter while out-rebounding Miller by a 25-16 margin. The Warriors also caused 24 turnovers and had 18 steals on the night.

 

While their game against Mount Vernon-Plankinton started off slower for Winner, due to their defense, the results were still the same. Down 29-18 at halftime against the Titans, it was the defense that stood strong Saturday afternoon, limiting Mount Vernon to just 22 points in the second half, including a meager eight points in the third quarter.

 

Sara Husher led all scorers with 16 points while Katie Mathis was right behind her with 14 of her own. Each player had seven rebounds and two steals to boot.

 

“We stress defense and it is something that we work on every day in practice because we know our defense fuels our offense,” Aaker said. “We also stress rebounding and only giving our opponents one opportunity every time down the floor.”

 

The stress on rebounding, especially at the defensive end, was evident in their two latest victories as they allowed only five combined offensive rebounds while obtaining 31 defensive rebounds themselves.

 

On the season, Winner is outrebounding foes by a combined margin of 431-301 while they have only given up 67 offensive rebounds to 14 opponents. They have also forced 274 turnovers on the year and are holding opponents to 28 percent shooting from the field. Cassidy Hanson leads the team on the defensive end as she’s grabbed 82 rebounds on the season. She is also the team’s second leading scorer.

 

The Warriors travel to Ainsworth this Tuesday night before hosting four of their final five regular season games. Be sure to check out their game against the Bulldogs by clicking here: http://www.hsgamecenter.com/basketball/girls/game/2411566

Congratulations to HSGC users across the state of Texas

 

By: Cameron Mellor
January 22, 2014

 

As National Signing Day nears, signifying the culmination of a number of high school careers, we see no better time than the present to reflect on a terrific football season and continue to unveil the first-annual, All-HSGC Award Lists for the 2013 football season.

 

Working now on a state-by-state basis, the same extensive parameters and essential criteria were considered for the coveted list. The All-HSGC Awards signify excellence on the field of key offensive positions and defensive players as a whole.

 

The quintessential component of the list was basic and to-the-point – your team must utilize the HSGameCenter program being delivered by Digital Scout. From there, the grading criterion included, but was not limited to, yards and touchdowns, team winning percentage, percentage of team total offense and much more.

  

After careful deliberation and hours of scouring over statistics from programs across Texas, the list of the first ever All-Texas HSGC Awards are here.

 

All-Texas Player of the Year:

Desmon White, Desoto High School (14-1)

Quarterback No. 12

5640 total yards, 59 total touchdowns

 

All-Texas First Team

Quarterback:

Blake Bogenschutz, Carthage High School (15-1), No. 4

4197 total yards, 59 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Jarek Black, Shallowater High School (13-1), No. 35

3061 total yards, 36 total touchdowns

 

Dillon Gonzalez, Graham High School (14-1), No. 10

2571 total yards, 35 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Tee Goree, Carthage, No. 5

1799 total yards, 28 total touchdowns

 

Phillip Baptiste, Copperas Cove High School (6-5), No. 1

1835 total yards, 17 total touchdowns

 

All-Texas Second Team

Quarterback:

Ben Davis, Graham, No. 14

4226 total yards, 54 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Tevin Pipkin, Carthage, No. 15

2364 total yards, 22 total touchdowns

 

Cedric Battle, Hirschi High School (7-4), No. 3

2012 total yards, 27 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Chris Lacy, Desoto, No. 15

1317 total yards, 16 total touchdowns

 

McCade Rice, Regents High School of Austin (9-3), No. 3

1448 total yards, 15 total touchdowns

 

All-Texas Third Team

Quarterback:

Colton Kent, Cisco High School (16-0), No. 7

4076 total yards, 60 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Mason Reed, Cisco, No. 10

1909 total yards, 27 total touchdowns

 

Landon Boaz, Valley View High School (4-7), No. 25

2251 total yards, 23 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Bryce Reeves, Graham, No. 7

1455 total yards,  14 total touchdowns

 

Pearce Loth, Rockdale High School (9-5), No. 6

1183 total yards, 14 total touchdowns

 

All-Texas Honorable Mention

Quarterback:

Manny Harris, Copperas Cove, No. 10

4351 total yards, 44 total touchdowns

 

Grant Brown, Regents School, No. 15

3802 total yards, 45 total touchdowns

 

Clayton Gibbs, Rockdale, No. 7

3688 total yards, 44 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Vincent Johnson, Lubbock Monterey High School (3-8), No. 35

2238 total yards, 23 total touchdowns

 

Caleb Masters, Albany High School (13-1), No. 22

1957 total yards, 24 total touchdowns

 

Elijah Brooks, Rockdale, No. 32

1802 total yards, 23 total touchdowns

 

Joseph Paddock, Goldthwaite High School (8-5), No. 23

2027 total yards, 20 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Tyler Taylor, Waco High School (8-4), No. 6

1468 total yards, 20 total touchdowns

 

Beau Blankenship, Gruver High School (10-1), No. 11

1145 total yards, 12 total touchdowns

 

Cole Waterscheid, Muenster High School (12-1), No. 82

983 total yards, 13 total touchdowns

 

 

All-Texas Defensive Player of the Year

Deshawn Harley, Hirschi, No. 15

65 total tackle, 55 solo, 19 tackle for loss, 6 sack, 1 interception

 

All-Texas Defensive Honorable Mention

Elijah Hull, Hirschi, No. 10

100.5 total tackle, 82 solo, 9 tackle for loss, 5 sack

 

Dillon Kirkland, Farwell High School (7-5), No. 8

99 total tackle, 77 solo, 11 tackle for loss, 0.5 sack, 1 interception

 

Dakota Allen, Summer Creek High School (11-1), No. 40

97.5 total tackle, 90 solo, 11 tackle for loss, 2 sack, 2 interception

 

Douglas Canada, Waco, No. 98

43 total tackle, 25 solo, 11.5 tackle for loss, 7.5 sack

 

Kai Rice, Regents School, No. 2

82 total tackle, 60 solo, 19 tackle for loss, 4.5 sack

Congratulations to HSGC users across the state of Kansas

 

By: Cameron Mellor
January 16, 2014

 

As National Signing Day nears, signifying the culmination of a number of high school careers, we see no better time than the present to reflect on a terrific football season and continue to unveil the first-annual, All-HSGC Award Lists for the 2013 football season.

 

Working now on a state-by-state basis, the same extensive parameters and essential criteria were considered for the coveted list. The All-HSGC Awards signify excellence on the field of key offensive positions and defensive players as a whole.

 

The quintessential component of the list was basic and to-the-point – your team must utilize the HSGameCenter program being delivered by Digital Scout. From there, the grading criterion included, but was not limited to, yards and touchdowns, team winning percentage, percentage of team total offense and much more.

  

After careful deliberation and hours of scouring over statistics from programs across Kansas, the list of the first ever All-Kansas HSGC Awards are here.

 

All-Kansas Player of the Year:

Ryan Schadler, Hesston High School (8-1)

Running Back No. 33

2720 total yards, 42 total touchdowns

 

All-Kansas First Team

Quarterback:

Logan Brettell, Blue Valley High School (10-3), No. 12

2486 total yards, 26 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Traevohn Wrench, Gardner Edgerton High School (8-2), No. 20

2117 total yards, 31 total touchdowns

 

Riley Allen, Buhler High School (13-1), No. 22

2033 total yards, 27 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Kendall Stewart, Maize High School (7-3), No. 1

1146 total yards, 14 total touchdowns

 

Jacob Newcomer, Haven High School (2-7), No. 5

1227 total yards, 10 total touchdowns

 

All-Kansas Second Team

Quarterback:

Connor Lungwitz, Maize, No. 13

1968 total yards, 32 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Chance Nelson, Blue Valley, No. 15

2176 total yards, 20 total touchdowns

 

Chase White, Maize, No. 24

1909 total yards, 22 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Christian Jegen, Mill Valley High School (10-1), No. 1

782 total yards, 9 total touchdowns

 

Mikey Henson, Blue Valley, No. 25

737 total yards, 11 total touchdowns

 

All-Kansas Third Team

Quarterback:

Jace Williams, Buhler, No. 7

1560 total yards, 21 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Travis Wood, Conway Springs High School (11-1), No. 22

1672 total yards, 23 total touchdowns

 

Tyler Burns, Trinity Academy (5-4), No. 33

1504 total yards, 21 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Evan Ollenburger, Hillsboro High School (3-6), No. 4

1096 total yards, 8 total touchdowns

 

Jaqwan Stone, Blue Valley Northwest High School (7-3), No. 2

799 total yards, 7 total touchdowns

 

All-Kansas Honorable Mention

Quarterback:

Dakota Finstad, Conway Springs, No. 5

1640 total yards, 19 total touchdowns

 

Jesse Brown, Hillsboro, No. 18

2516 total yards, 28 total touchdowns

 

Tanner Eikenbary, Piper High School (7-5), No. 9

1702 total yards, 18 total touchdowns

 

Running Back:

Bradley Million, Newton High School (5-5), No. 21

1592 total yards, 16 total touchdowns

 

Greg McAtee, Lakin High School (4-5), No. 30

1717 total yards, 16 total touchdowns

 

Jason Randall, Leavenworth High School (3-7), No. 25

1724 total yards, 16 total touchdowns

 

Wide Receiver:

Ryan McNellis, St. Thomas Aquinas High School (3-7), No. 4

873 total yards, 12 total touchdowns

 

Kevan Jobe, Maize, No. 6

653 total yards, 9 total touchdowns

 

 

All-Kansas Defensive Player of the Year

Kyle Ball, Shawnee Mission East High School (11-2), No. 44

102 total tackle, 102 solo, 30 tackle for loss, 8 sack

 

All-Kansas Defensive Honorable Mention

Jordan Donnelson, Leavenworth, No. 56

60 total tackle, 57 solo, 14.5 tackle for loss, 8.5 sack

 

Kyle Huxman, Moundridge High School (3-6), No. 42

62.5 total tackle, 42 solo, 11.5 tackle for loss, 5 sack

 

Luke Fisher, Conway Springs, No. 25

86.5 total tackle, 65 solo, 14.5 tackle for loss, 0.5 sack

 

Alex Jackson, Andover High School (9-2) No. 9

67 total tackle, 58 solo, 14.5 tackle for loss, 1 interception

 

Clayton Norrod, Maize, No. 40

65 total tackle, 62 solo, 10.5 tackle for loss, 2.5 sack, 1 interception

Teams' Live Stats on HSGC All Season Long 

 

By Dan Fronczak

December 18, 2013

 

This football season, millions of fans logged onto HSGameCenter.com for high school play-by-play statistics. And what they saw was live data streaming in from all across the country from thousands of teams, including 24 who won state football titles and 14 state runner ups. Additionally, 2 are playing for championships this weekend - Booneville and Cisco.

 

Congrats to all of our teams and their fans on a successful 2013 campaign.

 

HSGC State Champs:

 

Acadiana, LA

Avon,         SD

Bentonville,     AR

Bishop Kelly, ID

Blue Springs, MO

Blue Valley,   KS

Buhler,     KS

Canisius,  NY

Charlotte Ch., NC

Dowling Cath., IA

Fargo South, ND

Grand Meadow, MN

Jenks,      OK

Kirtland,   OH

Lee's Summit W., MO

Mahnomen, MN

Maryville,   MO

Middletown,  MD


 

Murphy,  NC

New Canaan, CT

Shelley,              ID

Shiocton,   WI

St. Croix Luth., MN

SVSM,           OH

 

HSGC State Runner Ups:

 

Pine Bluff, AR

Serra, CA

Shawnee Mission East, KS

South Christian, MI

Minneota, MN

Rosemount, MN

Underwood, MN

Aquinas, NE

Westside, NE

West Morris Mendham, NJ

Charlotte Latin, NC

Adamsville Senior, TN

Pine View, UT

Sherando, VA

 

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40 State Finalists Use Digital Scout in 2013

Nation's Best on Display This Weekend on HSGC

 

By Dan Fronczak

November 15, 2013

 

Hundreds of ranked high school football teams are using HSGameCenter.com this postseason.  With mass adoption in 2013, HSGC is proving its platform to be a valuable one for coaches.  Among those participating schools on HSGC are some of the highest ranked teams in the country, including the entire State of Ohio. (See teams below)

 

Coaches not currently on HSGC wishing to create an account for their team can do so here: http://www.hsgamecenter.com/signup  

 

  High School State Ranking
Desoto (Texas)    2
Jenks (Oklahoma)    1    
New Canaan (Connecticut) 1
Dowling Catholic (Iowa) 1
Gardner-Edgerton (Kansas) 1
Middletown (Maryland) 2
Blue Springs (Missouri) 1
Boone Central/Newman Grove (Nebraska) 2
Winner (South Dakota)     2
Bentonville (Arkansas) 2
ALL OHIO SCHOOLS  

 

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Best HS Football Teams In The Country Play Here

Warriors Rally to Beat Tri-Valley, Granted HSGC Team of the Week

By Cameron Mellor

November 7, 2013

 

It may not have been their most stylish victory of the year, but a win is a win and Winner High School is just that this week...A Winner!

 

Just minutes after succeeding the lead to Tri-Valley in the fourth quarter of the South Dakota playoffs, the Warriors were able to drive 63 yards, hold on to the ball for over five minutes, and regain the lead.  It was on the 11th play of that drive that proved to be the game-winner as quarterback Nathan Galbraith punched it in from one-yard away.  With the victory, Winner advanced to the semifinals of the Class 11B bracket.

 

 

For their efforts in the come-from-behind victory, the Winner Warriors have been selected as the HSGC National Team of the Week.

 

This victory also came at the hands of their storied rival, and with whom Winner has combined to win five of the past six state championships.

 

“Winner and Tri-Valley have such a rich tradition in South Dakota high school football,” Broadcaster for the Winner Warriors Bob Connot said.  “These two teams have combined to win five of the past six 11B state titles in South Dakota.”

 

Winner and Tri-Valley are no strangers to close, exciting games as several of their recent competitions have come down to the wire.  The 2009 game saw Winner execute a successful Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game, securing a 12-6 victory.  The 2012 installment had excitement down to the final seconds as Winner intercepted a pass in the end zone with just under 30 seconds remaining to hold on to a 13-6 triumph.

 

 

Their second round playoff game this past Monday was more of the same as Winner went up early before the teams traded touchdowns.  It wasn’t until that Galbraith one-yard touchdown that the lead changed for good. 

 

With the most recent victory over Tri-Valley, the Warriors moved within one game of the state championship.  Their latest victory, however, did not come too easy, as they had to fight hard; something they’ve become accustom to.

 

“The Warriors have been tested this season, which surely helped them in this nail biter,” Connot said.  “They have beaten three of the state’s top six-rated teams.  Winner has handed St. Thomas More and Parkston their only losses on the season.

 

“Winner has trailed for a total of seven minutes this season, all during the game versus Tri-Valley,” added Connot.

 

Despite some tough matchups in 2013, the Warriors are outscoring opponents by a combined margin of 359-84 on the season. They have not allowed more than 16 points to any one opponent and have allowed less than 10 points in seven of their 10 victories.  The Warrior defense has limited opponents to just seven points in the first quarter this year, while their offense has notched 160 points in the first frame in 2013.

 

With a run heavy offense and a stout defense, it’s no wonder as to why they’ve only had to put the ball in the air 37 times this year.

 

 

“Run first is an understatement,” Connot said.  “We joke that if we pass five times a game, we probably aren’t winning.  Some might question why Winner doesn’t throw more, because the team can.  I guess the answer to that lies with the coach who has gone 63-5 over the past six seasons and has won two state titles.  I guess there is your answer.”

 

Behind the rushing attack, the defense for Winner came up big for the Warriors in their victory over the Mustangs.  On a crucial drive late in the fourth quarter, it was the Warrior defense that made the ultimate stand.  They pushed Tri-Valley running back Clark Haugen back two yards on a fourth and short play, giving the ball back to their offense to run the clock out and hold on to the victory.

 

Quarterback Galbraith led the team in tackles as well, notching seven solo tackles.  Leading rusher and all-state running back Trace Meyer had 206 yards on the ground to go with his eight assisted tackles on defense as both players saw significant action on both sides of the field.

 

The senior Warriors now have the chance to tie the Winner record for winningest varsity squad in team history.

 

“Right now, this team is 41-3 as varsity football players,” Connot said.  “If they can win the state championship, they will tie last year’s seniors as the winningest class to suit up for Winner, a very respectable achievement.”

 

Don’t let that fool you however, as this team is focused on the game at hand, the game against Canton High School.

 

“We’ve got two more games to win before any of that matters,” Connot said.  “Canton is normally one of the state’s best and this season, that holds true.”

 

Winner and Canton meet in the state semifinals this Saturday November 9 at 6:00 pm Central Time.  The C-Hawks have won their two playoff games this season by a combined margin of 84-13.  The game can be followed live at the following address: http://www.hsgamecenter.com/football/boys/game/2372275

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Winner Stays Perfect, Moves On To Next Round