Spearfish halted a three-game losing skid with a 21-16 win over Sturgis on Friday night.
The Spartans scored just over three minutes into the game when Boyce Harr took the ball around the end for a 15-yard TD run.
Sturgis took over deep in its own territory after Jordon Brinson picked off a Noah Wamsher pass and returned it to the Scoopers' 1 yard line before fumbling. On the ensuing possession, the Scoopers were tackled in the end zone giving the Spartans a 9-0 lead with 5:15 remaining in the first.
It appeared as if the Spartans would score just 10 seconds later on a 45-yard scamper by Harr, but the play was called back for a block in the back.
Spearfish drives stalled in the second quarter and both field goal attempts were no good.
Neither team found the end zone in the third quarter, but the Spartans lengthened their lead to 15-0 on a 4-yard run by Reese Hansen to open the fourth quarter.
A 74-yard pass play from Corey Hoffman to Jaxon Rosencranz put the Spartans up 21-0 with 9:21 remaining.
Sturgis finally hit pay dirt with a pass from Wamsher to Bailey Brengle. The two-point conversion was good on a run by Cameron Brinkman.
With time running out, the Scoopers found the end zone again on a 13-yard pass from Wamsher to Jay Krull. Manny Gallosa ran for two-point conversion.
Spearfish coach Chad McCarty said the Scoopers brought their best to the Northern Hills rivalry Friday night.
"Sturgis always plays us tough. They played well," he said. "I give credit to coach Koletzky and his staff. They did a great job of getting their guys ready."
McCarty said they knew going into Friday's contest that it would be a hard-fought game. He commended Sturgis for its great defense.
"I'm proud of our boys for keeping their composure and continuing to pound away," McCarty said.
Again, turnovers proved to be costly for the Scoopers as it has all year, said Sturgis head coach Chris Koletzky.
"We're driving in the first half and we fumble," he said. "It's a game of 'what ifs.' If we had executed better, it could have been a different outcome."
Koletzky says this year's Scooper team has a never-say-die attitude.
"We get off to a rough start and we dig ourselves a hole, and that's hard to get out of," he said.
Koletzky hoped Friday would be the Scoopers' chance to give the ever-faithful fans the first win of the season.
"This community is just waiting for it. They are so supportive. We need to get the wins to back that up," he said.
Spearfish, 4-4, will host Hot Springs Thursday. Sturgis, 0-8, plays at Pierre Thursday.
Deb Holland of the Meade-County Times Tribune contributed to this story.
ST. THOMAS MORE 58, BELLE FOURCHE 8: Led by quarterback Preston Arity and a high-powered offense, St. Thomas More cruised past Belle Fourche.
The Cavaliers grabbed a 23-0 lead at the end of the first quarter as Arity was able to connect with two different receivers for touchdowns. The first score came on a 15-yard pass to Cameron Fees, followed by 43- and 14-yard touchdown passes to Jake Aanderud.
More wouldn’t let up in the second quarter as it took a 44 point lead into the break.
Arity completed 17 of 23 passes for 332 yards and five touchdowns, while Aanderud pulled in seven receptions for 206 yards and four touchdowns.
Fees had six carries for 89 yards and a touchdown.
St. Thomas More (7-0) closes out the regular season when it hosts Todd County on Thursday. Belle Fourche (4-4) will play at Douglas on Thursday night.
FAITH 50, RAPID CITY CHRISTIAN 17: Faith snapped a two-game losing skid with a win over Rapid City Christian on Friday.
James Vander Vorst led the way for the Comets with 102 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown.
No statistics were made available for Faith.
Faith (4-4) will close out the regular season when it takes on Bison next Thursday. Rapid City Christian finished out the regular season at 0-8.
PHILIP 60, EDGEMONT 6: Philip jumped out to a 40-0 lead at the end of the first quarter as it rolled past Edgemont.
Philip was led by Carson Hamill who finished with seven carries for 88 yards and a score. Dalton Kinsley completed one pass for 45 yards and Seth Addison had five total tackles for the Scotties.
Philip (6-1) closes out the regular season at Stanley County on Thursday, while Edgemont (1-6) hosts Crazy Horse.
HOT SPRINGS 53, TODD COUNTY 6: Brice Harkless had eight carries for 157 yards and a touchdown as Hot Springs ran past Todd County on Friday.
Thane Lockhart chipped in with four carries for 59 yards and two touchdowns, while Caden Maciejewski finished with 52 yards on six carries and a pair of touchdowns.
Hot Springs quarterback Trey Nachtigal completed four passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
Chris Fast Horse completed eight passes for 69 yards and a touchdown to lead Little Wound.
Hot Springs (7-1) will play Spearfish on Thursday, while Todd County (2-6) travels to St. Thomas More.
SIOUX FALLS ROOSEVELT 54, RAPID CITY CENTRAL 28: The Roughriders rolled early and often to stop the Cobblers.
Roosevelt led 34-0 at halftime and as much as 40-0 befor eCentral made a late run.
After a slow start, Central quarterback Kailleb Walton-Blanden was 7-for-20 fr 183 yards and two scores. Xander Knudtson and Jordan Ladson each had touchdown catches.
Central, 2-6, faces Rapid City Stevens on Thursday.
WINNER 54, REDFIELD/DOLAND 0: Winner improved to 7-0 with a lopsided home victory over Redfield-Doland on Friday night.
The Warriors scored early and often, taking a 38-0 lead into the second quarter. After adding 16 unanswered points in the second quarter, Winner sealed the win at the half.
Kayleb Brozik led a balanced Winner rushing attack with three carries for 84 yards and three touchdowns. Drew DeMers chipped in with one carry for 66 yards and a touchdown, and Jayden Schroeder finished with three carries for 31 yards and a score.
The Warriors finished the game with 284 total rushing yards.
Winner will host Jones County/White River in its regular season finale on Thursday.
MITCHELL 42, PIERRE 13: After losing their regular season opener, the Kernals earned their seventh consecutive victory with a win over Pierre on Friday.
Spencer Neugebauer had a big day on the ground for Mitchell, running the ball 27 times for 197 yards and four touchdowns. Kiel Nelson completed three passes for 80 yards and a touchdown for the Kernals.
Pierre was led by Jack Maher with 11 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown, while completing three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Mitchell (7-1) closes out the regular season at Huron, while Pierre (3-5) will host Sturgis on Thursday.
BISON 24, LEMMON 20: Bison overcame a 14-point first half deficit to pick up the last-second win over Lemmon on Friday.
Down 20-18 with time running out in regulation, Ethan Anderson found Ross Collins in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown pass and the win.
Anderson carried Bison offensively with 226 yards on 35 rushing attempts and two touchdowns. He also completed 11 passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns. Collins finished with 10 receptions for 59 yards and two touchdowns.
Lemmon was led by Dirk Wolf as he finished with 131 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
Bison (5-2) hosts Faith, while Lemmon (5-2) hosts Harding County on Thursday.
STANLEY COUNTY 55, NEW UNDERWOOD 6: Stanley County won its fifth straight in New Underwood on Friday.
Colton Cogdill paced New Underwood with 13 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown, while completing seven passes for 112 yards.
Defensively, Rowdy Thompson led the Tigers with five total tackles and a forced fumble.
Stanley County (5-2) will host Philip on Thursday, New Underwood (4-3) closes out the season at Wall.
LITTLE WOUND 22, LEAD-DEADWOOD 18: Little Wound earned its second victory of the season as it dropped Lead-Deadwood on Friday.
No other information was made available for this game.
Little Wound (2-5) hosts Pine Ridge, while Lead-Deadwood (2-5) is at Custer on Thursday.
High School Volleyball
HURON 3, RAPID CITY STEVENS 2: Huron bounced back from an opening set loss to score a win in a back-and-forth affair with Rapid City Stevens in Huron on Friday night.
The Raiders got off to a good start with a 25-19 win to kick off the match. Huron gained the momentum with a 25-22 second-set win, but Stevens took it right back with a slight 26-24 edge in the third set. Huron tied the match at two sets apiece with a 25-15 win in the fourth, and put the match away with a 15-11 fifth-set victory.
Jayda Shillingstad had a big offensive night for the Tigers, leading the way with 60 assists. Karissa Schroder led the team in kills with 34, while Havyn Heinz finished with 26 digs for Huron.
Stevens was led by Haley Molstad who had 15 kills and Elizabeth Schaefer chipped in with 12 kills.
Huron (13-6) hosts Rapid City Central today at 12:30 p.m., while Rapid City Stevens (19-5) travels to Mitchell at 1: 30 p.m.
MITCHELL 3, RAPID CITY CENTRAL 0: Mitchell won its 14th match of the season with a straight-set victory over a tough Rapid City Central squad on Friday.
Mitchell opened the match with a 25-18 first set victory, before earning back-to-back 25-21 wins in the next two sets.
Abbie Freeman paced the Cobblers with 15 digs, while Juneau Jones finished with 11 kills and Michelle Johnson chipped in with six.
“We played really well tonight,” Central head coach Jeanne Deming said. “We just have to keep getting better with our consistency. I was really proud of the girls tonight.”
Mitchell (14-4) will host Rapid City Stevens today at 1:30 p.m., while Central (11-11) will play at Huron at 12:30 p.m.