State Championships in Vermillion (Dakota Dome)
(#2) Hitchcock-Tulare 50-28
- HT – Carter Binger 12/15, 238y, 4TD + 12c, 123y, 1TD; Landon Puffer 4r, 147y, 2TD + 1INT; Riley Fliehe 4r, 56y, 1TD + 6c, 25y, 1TD; Cole Schroeder 2r, 22y, 1TD; Erik Salmen 17c, 38y + 1r, 3y; Brendan Nowell 98y INT TD
- HSA – Brenden Begeman 23c, 189y, 3TD + 1r, 2y; Tray Hettick 12/21, 269y, 2int + 14c, 37y, 1TD; Trevor Gill 5r, 161y; Cole Zabel 5r, 94y
- The Patriots held Brenden Begeman in check most of the game & relied on Carter Binger to lead their multi-faceted offense to a 50-28 win over the Wolverines. Driving for a potential go ahead score in the 3rd quarter, HT’s Brendan Nowell ran back a 98-yard pick six to put momentum back on the Patriots’ side. HSA’s Brenden Begeman was nursing a hamstring injury, but still managed 189 yards, setting a new 9-man football all-time career rushing record on the final play of the game. Begeman hobbled off after the 21-yard run that gave him the new record of 6,807 yards – one more than Howard’s Luke Loudenburg. Begeman’s total for 2022 is 2,997 yards, which is a new single-season record as well. As for the State Championship, it’s the 3rd in Hitchcock-Tulare’s history w/ the prior wins in 1992 & 2009.
(#3) Gregory 36-23
- G – Rylan Peck 5/11, 77y, 1int + 15c, 162y, 3TD + 1INT; Owen Hanson 16c, 95y + 2r, 13y; Kade Stukel 13c, 47y, 2TD
- W – Hunter Cramer 9/22, 175y, 1TD, 1int + 13c, 8y, 2TD + 1INT; Logan Perrman 2r, 85y; Ashton Schuchardt 2r, 29y, 1TD
- Warner tried to battle back from a 24-0 deficit, and managed to make it a one-score game in the 2nd half, but Gregory bumped it back to a two-score game late & held on for the win.