Cougars Set To Begin Title Defense

Viborg-Hurley head coach Rob Kessler, right, acknowledges Ty Van Hull before the season opener against Corsica-Stickney in Viborg. The defending Class 9AA Cougars (7-0) are the top seed in Region 2, and will host Parker in the opening round on Oct. 22.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated with more information on some matchups, as well as the full pairings in classes involving area teams.

Pairings for South Dakota small-school and Nebraska eight-man football were announced on Saturday morning. First-round games for both states are set for Oct. 22.

Eleven area programs qualified for post-season play in South Dakota, with one area team serving as an alternate.

— In Class 11B, Elk Point-Jefferson (5-3) is the fifth seed and will host Mount Vernon-Plankinton (3-3). The game is a rematch of the season opener on Aug. 21, which EPJ won 40-6 in Mount Vernon.

Beresford (2-5) is the 17th seed. Should any of the 16 qualifying teams have to pull out, Beresford would step into that team’s place.

— Defending Class 9AA champion Viborg-Hurley (7-0) is the top seed in Region 2, and will host Parker (3-5) in the opening round. The teams met on Sept. 25 in Parker, with Viborg-Hurley winning 50-0.

In Region 3, Platte-Geddes (8-0) is the top seed, and will host Bon Homme (2-5) in a rematch of the season opener for both squads. Platte-Geddes won that contest 42-7 on Aug. 21 in Tyndall.

Parkston (4-2) is the third seed, and will travel to Hanson (6-2).

— Defending Class 9A champion Canistota-Freeman (7-1) is the second seed in Region 2, and will host Chester Area (6-2). The game is a rematch of the season opener, won  by Canistota-Freeman 46-0 on Aug. 21 in Canistota.

— In Class 9B, Alcester-Hudson (5-3) is the second seed in Region 2, and will host Colman-Egan (5-2). The teams met on Sept. 25 in Alcester, with Alcester-Hudson winning 64-38.

In Region 3, Scotland (4-3) is the second seed, and will host Irene-Wakonda (2-6). The teams met in the season opener, with Scotland winning 22-0 on Aug. 21 at home.

Avon (2-7) is the fourth seed, and will travel to Corsica-Stickney (4-4).

Class 11B is seeded 1-16. The nine-man classes will be reseeded after the first round.

Six area programs qualified for post-season play in Nebraska.

— In Class D-1, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (5-3) is the 11th seed in the east bracket, and will travel to Thayer Central.

— In Class D-2, Allen (6-0) is the fourth seed in the East division, and will host Johnson-Brock (3-5).

Wynot (5-1) is the fifth seed, and will host Winside (5-3). The two teams just played on Oct. 16, with Wynot scoring a 46-20 decision.

Bloomfield (4-3) is the seventh seed, and will host Mead (4-4).

Creighton (6-2) is the ninth seed, and will travel to Osmond (5-2).

Niobrara-Verdigre (2-3) is the 12th seed, and will travel to Humphrey St. Francis (7-1). Niobrara-Verdigre has not played since Sept. 25.

The field will be reseeded after the first round.                         

S.D. PLAYOFFS

CLASS 11B

First Round, Oct. 22

No. 16 Garretson (2-6) at No. 1 Winner (7-0)

No. 15 Lead-Deadwood (2-5) at No. 2 Bridgewater-Emery-Ethan (8-0)

No. 14 Aberdeen Roncalli (3-4) at No. 3 Mobridge-Pollock (7-0)

No. 13 Chamberlain (2-5) at No. 4 Sioux Valley (7-1), 7 p.m.

No. 12 Mount Vernon-Plankinton (3-3) at No. 5 Elk Point-Jefferson (5-3)

No. 11 Redfield (3-4) at No. 6 St. Thomas More (6-1)

No. 10 Sisseton (5-3) at No. 7 WWSSC (6-2)

No. 9 McCook Central-Montrose (4-3) at No. 8 Stanley County (5-2), 6 p.m.

CLASS 9AA

First Round, Oct. 22

Region 1

No. 4 Clark-Willow Lake (4-4) at No. 1 Hamlin (8-0)

No. 3 Florence-Henry (6-3) at No. 2 Deuel (3-2)

Region 2

No. 4 Parker (3-5) at No. 1 Viborg-Hurley (7-0)

No. 3 Arlington-Lake Preston (4-4) at No. 2 Baltic (4-3)

Region 3

No. 4 Bon Homme (2-5) at No. 1 Platte-Geddes (8-0)

No. 3 Parkston (4-2) at No. 2 Hanson (6-2)

Region 4

No. 4 Elkton-Lake Benton (2-6) at No. 1 Lemmon-McIntosh (8-0)

No. 3 Jones County-White River (3-5) at No. 2 Rapid City Christian (4-5)

CLASS 9A

First Round, Oct. 22

Region 1

No. 4 North Border (3-5) at No. 1 Warner (7-0)

No. 3 Britton-Hecla (4-4) at No. 2 Ipswich-Edmunds Central (6-2)

Region 2

No. 4 DeSmet (6-2) at No. 1 Howard (7-0)

No. 3 Chester Area (6-2) at No. 2 Canistota- Freeman (7-1), 7 p.m. (in Freeman)

Region 3

No. 4 Burke (5-3) at No. 1 Lyman (5-2), 6:30 p.m.

No. 3 Castlewood (4-4) at No.  2 Gregory (5-3), 6 p.m.

Region 4

No. 4 Northwestern (2-5) at No. 1 Wall (7-0)

No. 3 Timber Lake (3-3) at No. 2 Philip (6-2)

CLASS 9B

First Round, Oct. 22

Region 1

No. 4 Faulkton Area (4-3) at No. 1 Herreid-Selby Area (7-1)

No. 3 Langford Area (6-2) at No. 2 Wolsey-Wessington (6-1)

Region 2

No. 4 Bison (2-6) at No. 1 Dell Rapids St. Mary (4-2)

No. 3 Colman-Egan (5-2) at No. 2 Alcester-Hudson (5-3), 6 p.m.

Region 3

No. 4 Avon (2-7) at No. 1 Corsica-Stickney (4-4)

No. 3 Irene-Wakonda (2-6) at No. 2 Scotland (4-3)

Region 4

No. 4 Dupree (3-5) at No. 1 Kadoka Area (7-1)

No. 3 Harding County (4-3) at No. 2 Faith (6-2), 7 p.m. CT

NEB. PLAYOFFS

CLASS D1

First Round, Oct. 22

North Central (4-4) at Burwell (8-0)

Arcadia-Loup City (5-3) at Amherst (5-3)

Hemingford (6-2) at Nebraska Christian (4-2)

Hitchcock County (6-2) at Elm Creek (7-10

Elkhorn Valley (5-3) at Neligh-Oakdale (7-1)

Southern Valley (5-3) at Hi-Line (4-3)

Cambridge (3-3) at Sutherland (5-3)

Anselmo-Merna (4-4) at Dundy County-Stratton (7-0)

Southern (3-4) at Tri County (7-0)

Lourdes Central Catholic (5-2) at Humphrey-Lindsay Holy Family (4-2)

Freeman (5-2) at Weeping Water (6-1)

Elmwood-Murdock (5-3) at Lutheran High Northeast (7-1)

EMF (4-3) at Stanton (6-1)

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (5-3) at Thayer Central (6-2)

Howells-Dodge (6-2) at Guardian Angels Central Catholic (3-4)

Clarkson-Leigh (4-4) at Cross County (8-0)

CLASS D2

First Round, Oct. 22

Blue Hill (1-6) at Central Valley (6-0)

Medicine Valley (7-1) at Garden County (6-2)

Leyton (5-3) at Loomis (7-1)

Palmer (3-5) at Kenesaw (6-1)

Sandhills Valley (4-4) at O’Neill St. Mary’s (8-))

Mullen (6-2) at Pleasanton (7-1)

Ansley-Litchfield (5-3) at Riverside (3-3)

Axtell (3-5) at Sandhills-Thedford (8-0)

Fullerton (2-4) at Falls City Sacred Heart (6-1)

Creighton (6-2) at Osmond (5-2)

Niobrara-Verdigre (2-3) at Humphrey St. Francis (7-1)

Johnson-Brock (3-5) at Allen (6-0)

Winside (5-3) at Wynot (5-1)

Pender (5-3) at Osceola (7-0)

Mead (4-4) at Bloomfield (4-3)

Elgin Public-Pope John (3-5) at BDS (7-0)

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