State Football: Dell Rapids holds 11A spot in year-end blow-out
November 13. 2012 2:17PM
Continuing a tradition of dominance in South Dakota’s state-level football play, the Dell Rapids Quarrier team took to the turf Nov. 9 to continue a three-time streak in the competition, leaving the Harrisburg Tigers in the lurch in a 47-0 shut-out.
Following a 35-0 win versus West Central in 2011 and a 55-20 victory over this year’s opponent Harrisburg in 2010, the Quarriers logged their third straight Class 11A state title last week at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.
The boys finished up their 2012 season with an 11-1 record, with the Quarriers’ sole loss at the hands of Class 11B runners-up the Tri-Valley Mustangs. And though the crew lost 18 seniors from its leadership from the 2011 go-around, this year’s seniors, along with some underclassman up-and-comers maintained the recent legacy of nabbing the title in Vermillion.
Leading the charge versus the Tigers was sophomore Riley Schmidt, whose showing at the Dome garnered him both the Joe Robbie Most Valuable Player award and the Most Outstanding Back award.
The young Quarrier scored the team three of its touchdowns, including one off of a 56-yard run in the second quarter.
Kicking things off for the Dell Rapids streak, though, was senior Cole Langer, who carried in a two-yard rush for the first score of the game at the end of the first period.
And the tough defense from both sides of the field stopped there, as Dells sent Langer again to the end zone, this time off of an 18-yard carry to start the second quarter.
After Schmidt ran in his 56-yarder, Lane LeBrun helped close out the half at 28-0 with his own 19-yard dash.
Michael McGee got things started for the Dells boys in the second half, pushing through a 76-yard touchdown run five minutes in, while Schmidt proved his merit in the last four minutes of the quarter by running in another Dells touchdown off of 17 yards.
And though the Tigers came close to scoring in the final period of the game, a fumble adjacent to the endzone was picked up by Schmidt for an 89-yard final score for Dell Rapids.
Dell Rapids more than doubled Harrisburg’s efforts in rushing yardage, posting 364 gained to the Tigers’ 161, lending itself to the one-sided Quarrier victory.
Schmidt led the boys in this regard, claiming 110 yards on the night, while Langer ran in 88. McGee produced a 79-yard total for the championship match, and Lane LeBrun totaled 58.
Quarterback Matt Kolbeck produced one lengthy completed pass for Dell Rapids, sending Jacob Morris a 40-yard reception.
And though Zach White gave the Quarriers 334 yards in kickoffs, Harrisburg was relegated to punts after the onset of the game, with Brett Nichols providing Dell Rapids 40 yards in returns.
Langer led the defensive charge, with 11 total tackles, while McGee, Jackson Entringer and Ryan Nichols each totaled seven tackles. In addition, Entringer’s strong defensive showing, including a decisive quarterback sack, earned him the game-end Most Outstanding Lineman award.
Schmidt, Matthew DeNoon and Nielsen rounded out the defense efforts, with the former tallying six total tackles and the latter two four apiece.