COLMAN — The Class 9B semifinal game between Colman-Egan and Wolsey-Wessington, which is slated for 7 p.m. Today in Colman, will feature a pair of teams that were eliminated from the postseason a year ago in their respective semifinals.
Colman-Egan’s bid to repeat as the Class 9B champion was derailed by eventual champion, Colome, while Bon Homme ended the season for Wolsey-Wessington in Class 9AA.
With an unblemished record of 10-0, Colman-Egan earned the top seed for the Class 9B playoffs this season. The Hawks recorded six shutouts during the regular season and blanked Estelline/Hendricks 58-0 in the opening round before cruising past eighth-seeded Irene-Wakonda 52-0 in the quarterfinals.
Wolsey-Wessington, which is the No. 4 seed in Class 9B, is riding a six-game winning streak heading into tonight’s game. The Warbirds (8-2) won their final four regular season games, emerged with a 34-28 victory against Faulkton Area in the opening round and then blanked fifth-seeded Scotland 50-0 in the quarterfinals.
Wolsey-Wessington will look to capitalize with its powerful rushing attack, which is spearheaded by senior quarterback Skylar Zomer and sophomore running back Eric Klanchnik.
Zomer has rushed for 898 yards and a team-high 18 touchdowns this season, while Klanchnik has gained 1,159 yards on the ground and reached the end zone on 17 occasions.
Although the Warbirds do plenty of damage with their running game, they can also hurt you through the air. Zomer has thrown for 1,481 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
Junior Tristan Abbott is one of Zomer’s favorite targets as he has a team-high 34 receptions for 838 yards and 12 touchdowns. Junior Ethan Nelsen has six touchdown receptions with a total of 365 yards, while senior Brevan Hooks had three scoring catches and 372 yards receiving.
Hooks is also the defensive leader for Wolsey-Wessington with an average of 15.4 tackles per game and four fumble recoveries.
Senior Tanner Horn has averaged 12.1 tackles this season, while junior Jake Williams and Klanchnik have averaged 10.4 and 10 tackles, respectively.
In the other Class 9B semi-final game tonight, sixth-seeded Herreid/Selby Area (8-2) travels to face second-seeded Harding County (9-1).
The semi-final winners will meet for the Class 9B title at 4:30 p.m., on Nov. 14 at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings.