The Pierre Governors rallied for 10 fourth-quarter points to take the Class 11AA state championship with a tough 24-21 win over Harrisburg on Friday night at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.
With the score tied at 21-all, Casey Williams nailed a 31-yard field goal with 5 minutes, 48 seconds remaining that proved to be the game-winner.
Harrisburg took the early lead, jumping out to a 7-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Headlee to Jack Raybern.
In the second quarter, both teams were able to find the end zone twice, with the Tigers carrying a 21-14 advantage into the half.
Jack Anderson scored from 2 yards out and Headlee did the same for the Tigers, while Pierre got on the scoreboard on a 61-yard pass from Peyton Zabel to Mike Lusk, and Garrett Stout answered Headlee's touchdown when he ran back a kickoff from 85 yards out.
After a scoreless third quarter from both teams, Pierre scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth to close out the state title victory. Zabel and Lusk connected again, this time from 24 yards, followed by Williams' game-wining kick.
Zabel led the way for the Governors, as he completed 13 of his 22 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
Lusk caught two passes for 85 yards and two scores, while Garrett Stout finished with three catches for 79 yards.
For the Tigers, Headlee had nine completions for 178 yards and a touchdown and Anderson had 26 carries for 82 yards and a score.
SIOUX FALLS CHRISTIAN 27, BRIDGEWATER-EMERY-ETHAN 12: Sioux Falls Christian defeated Bridgewater-Emery-Ethan in the Class 11B state championship behind a big game from running back Parker Nelson on Saturday.
The Chargers were the only team to score in the first half, taking a 12-0 lead into the break.
The Seahawks found the end zone for the first time in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to just six going into the fourth.
It was all Christian from there, as the Chargers scored 15 points in the final quarter to seal the win.
Nelson paced Christian with 40 carries for 253 yards and a touchdown, while Tyler Van Horssen chipped in with nine rushes for 75 yards and two scores.
Jamin Arend paced the Seahawks with 11 carries for 43 yards and two touchdowns.