Warbirds, WWSSC win playoff openers

Feature photo: MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN Wolsey-Wessington quarterback Corbin Haarmeyer (18) uses a stiff arm to get past Langford Area’s Connor Smith during their Class 9B playoff game in the opening round on Friday in Wolsey. Below: BENJAMIN CHASE/PLAINSMAN Sisseton’s Anthony Tchida (23) is pursued by Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central’s Mason Schelske (1) and Philip Hines (58) during their Class 11B playoff game Friday in Wessington Springs.

Wolsey-Wessington 44, Langford 0
WOLSEY – The top-rated Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds started their playoffs in style with a 44-0 victory over second-ranked Langford Friday night in Wolsey.

The Warbirds were led by Marty Gohn with 123 yards on 23 carries. Eric Klanchnik rushed for 102 yards on five carries.

Jake Williams paced the Warbird defense with nine tackles and a sack while leading the Warbird receivers with 43 yards receiving and a touchdown. Carson Zomer had 37 yards on three grabs.

Payton Gohn totaled six tackles and a sack for the Wolsey-Wessington defense in the victory.

Langford’s offense was shut down, with leading rusher Hayden Reints able to generate just 16 yards rushing.

Connor Smith led the Lions defense with 14 tackles while Zander Widener pitched in 12 tackles.

Wolsey-Wessington hosts Corsica-Stickney on Thursday in the Class 9B quarterfinal round.

Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 33, Sisseton 0
WESSINGTON SPRINGS – The Blackhawks of Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central took a 12-0 lead into half and came out with a 33-0 shutout victory in the first round of the playoffs over Sisseton on Friday night in Wessington Springs.

Clay Olinger led the Blackhawk running attack with 112 yards rushing while Carter Grohs scored three rushing touchdowns. Overall, the Blackhawks put up 267 yards on the ground against the Redmen and four different Blackhawk ball carriers found the end zone.

Olinger had a total of 174 rushing and receiving yards as he also led the team with 62 yards receiving.

Quinten Christensen totaled 10 tackles, including two for negative yardage, along with a pair of sacks as the Blackhawk defense shut down Sisseton. Philip Hines added nine tackles.

Anthony Tchida was the majority of the Sisseton offense from the quarterback position, throwing for 134 yards and rushing for 85 yards on the game.

The Blackhawks will be on the road Thursday to face Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan.

St. Thomas More 37, Redfield 0
In Rapid City, St. Thomas More defeated Redfield 37-0 in the Class 11B playoffs. Details were not available at press time.

Howard 20, De Smet 0
HOWARD — For the second time in as many meetings this season, Howard emerged with a victory against De Smet in the opening round of the Class 9A playoffs on Thursday.

The Tigers recorded a 20-0 victory.

Lane Miller rushed for 98 yards on five carries for Howard, while Tisyn Spader had three carries for 69 yards and connected on 1 of 5 passes for 5 yards.

De Smet managed 295 yards of total offense, with Colt Wilkinson going 12 of 25 through the air for 170 yards.

Kalen Garry had 132 yards on 10 receptions, while Rett Osthus had one catch for 30 yards.
Garry also led the rushing attack for the Bulldogs with 12 carries for 73 yards. Osthus had eight carries for 27 yards and Alec Dobson had 18 yards on seven carries.

Defensively, Garry recorded a team-high 14 tackles for De Smet. Wilkinson and Dobsonhad nine and eight tackles, respectively, while Griffin Clubb had seven tackles.

Howard advances to the quarterfinals on Thursday.

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