STURGIS — The Yankton football team made sure to take advantage of its cross-state trip for Friday night’s game in Sturgis.
Yankton’s offense scored on nine of its first 11 possessions in a 77-42 rout of the Scoopers in a Class 11AA showdown.
The 77 points broke a Yankton school record for the most points in a game in the playoff era (since 1981), breaking the previous mark of 62 set in 1996.
The Bucks (4-3) got five touchdowns from senior Caid Koletzky: He had scoring runs of 5, 5 and 4 yards, and caught touchdown passes of 25 and 6 yards.
Yankton took the lead on a Justin Cap 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown 89 seconds before halftime, a play that pushed the visitors in front 35-28 at the break.
Sturgis tied the game on a Zach Shoun fake punt pass to Josh Fowler that resulted in a 61-yard touchdown at the 10:05 mark of the third quarter.
From there, though, Yankton took control. Koletzky scored three straight touchdowns to push the Bucks ahead 56-35, and Hunter Antrobus, Cooper Cornemann and Joe Smith capped the scoring with touchdown runs.
Yankton returns home to host Brandon Valley next Friday night at 7 p.m. at Crane-Youngworth Field. It will mark Yankton’s third and final game of the season against a Class 11AAA opponent.
YANKTON (4-3) 14 21 14 28 — 77
STURGIS (2-5) 7 21 7 7 — 42
SHS — Cedrick Stabber, 70-yard run (Brodie Eisenbraun kick); 10:16
YHS — Ethan Wishon, 3-yard run (Cole Sawatzke kick); 8:45
YHS — Caid Koletzky, 25-yard pass from Wishon (Sawatzke kick); 0:29
SHS — Stabber, 22-yard pass from Gavin West (Eisenbraun kick); 7:00
YHS — Corbin Sohler, 26-yard run (Sawatze kick); 4:57
SHS — West, 14-yard run (Eisenbraun kick); 3:34
YHS — Koletzky, 5-yard run (Sawatzke kick); 2:07
SHS — West, 68-yard run (Eisenbraun kick); 1:45
YHS — Justin Cap, 91-yard kickoff return (Sawatzke kick); 1:29
SHS — Josh Fowler, 61-yard pass from Zach Shoun (Eisenbraun kick); 10:05
YHS — Koletzky, 6-yard pass from Wishon (Sawatzke kick); 7:06
YHS — Koletzky, 5-yard run (Sawatzke kick); 3:07
YHS — Koletzky, 4-yard run (Sawatzke kick); 11:54
YHS — Hunter Antrobus, 14-yard run (Sawatzke kick); 10:45
YHS — Cooper Cornemann, 1-yard run (Sawatzke kick); 3:37
SHS — (touchdown not provided) (Eisenbraun kick); 0:58
YHS — Joe Smith, 33-yard run (Sawatzke kick); 0:37