Behind a huge game from Andy McCance, the Gregory Gorrilas took an early lead didn’t let up on its way to earning a 56-30 victory over Irene-Wakonda in the Class 9AA state championship game in Vermillion on Friday.
It was the third state title for Gregory in the past four years.
The Gorillas wasted little time out of the gates, running out to a 12-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. After carrying a 32-15 advantage into the half, Gregory put the game out of reach for good with a 16-8 third quarter.
McCance, who was closing out his high school football career, had a big day in both the passing and ground game.
He led the team in passing as he completed 14 of his 21 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns, while also carrying the ball 15 times for 123 yards and two scores.
Jayd VanDerWerff chipped in for the Gorillas with 12 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown, while Blake Boes caught four passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Trey King led the way for the Eagles with 23 completions for 223 yards and three touchdowns.
Brendan Sokolowski was Irene-Wakonda’s top receiver, finishing with 10 catches for 93 yards and one touchdown.
COLMAN-EGAN 42, SULLY BUTTES 28: The Hawks used a punishing ground game to run past Sully Buttes in the Class 9B state football championship on Thursday.
Colman-Egan ended the first half with a 6-0 lead, before outscoring the Chargers 24-6 in the second quarter to take a 30-6 lead into the half.
Sully Buttes outscored the Hawks 22-12 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as Colman-Egan was able to secure the win.
The Hawks’ heavy ground attack was led by Bodee Groos, who finished with 16 carries for 154 yards and a touchdown, while Kade Groos added seven carries for 124 yards and three scores.
Devan Klevan paced the Chargers with 21 completions for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Nick Wittler caught 10 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns, followed by Grant Johnson, who added eight catches for 97 yards and a score.
BRITTON-HECLA 44, CORSICA-STICKNEY 36: Britton-Hecla overcame a 16 point first half deficit as it won the Class 9A state championship with a thrilling overtime victory over Corsica-Stickney on Thursday night.
With the score tied at 36-all in the fourth quarter, neither team could find the end zone to put the game away.
The overtime was a different story as Tayon Hawkins scored on a 5-yard touchdown run, before punching it in for the two-point conversion shortly after.
On Corsica-Stickney’s next possession, Cordel Menning fumbled the ball and the Jaguars picked it up to close out the win.
Hawkins led the way for the Braves with 148 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns, followed by Parker Marlow who added 10 rushes for 92 yards and one score.
Menning led Corsica-Stickney with 119 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns, while Bryce Plamp finished with seven carries for 106 yards and a TD.