For the second consecutive year, Mitchell hosted Sturgis Brown in the first round of the Class 1AA football playoffs. The Kernels recorded a 41-22 triumph Thursday at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell.
Mitchell rushed for 348 yards and four touchdowns. Drew Kitchens led the ground attack with 167 yards.
The Kernels scored on their second offensive series. Quarterback Kiel Nelson capped the two-play, 39-yard drive with a 30-yard TD run. Trevor Lambert's conversion kick gave Mitchell a 7-0 lead at the 5:05 mark of the first quarter.
An eight-yard fumble return by Logan Sparks and PAT by Lambert upped the lead to 14-0.
Tate Larson's 10-yard touchdown reception from Nelson and 74-yard scoring run by Kitchens handed the Kernels a 27-0 halftime edge
Mitchell added a pair of third period scores -- Austin Kerr's two-yard run and 62-yard run by Carson Max.
The Scoopers tallied two fourth quarter touchdowns. Joel Carpenter found the end zone from four yards. Noah Wamsher later added a 55-yard TD.
With the win, Mitchell advanced to the semifinal round hosting Harrisburg Friday. Pierre hosts Yankton in the other semifinal game Friday. The two winners earn a berth in the championship game at the Dakota Dome Nov. 10
Sturgis Brown closed the season at 3-7. Scooper seniors were: Wamsher, Bailey Brengle, Brian Duran, Carter Neuschwander, Kameron Cochran, Joel Fleming, Jaren Puhlman, Carpenter, Tom Shaw, Kody Cox, Dustin Williams, Cameron Brinkman and Morgan Sears.
Sturgis Brown 0-0-0-12--12
Mit -- Kiel Nelson 30-yard run (Trevor Lambert kick)
Mit -- Logan Sparks 8-yard fumble return (Lambert kick)
Mit -- Tate Larson 10-yard pass from Nelson (Lambert kick)
Mit -- Drew Kitchens 74 run (kick failed)
Mit -- Austin Kerr 2-yard run (Lambert kick)
Mit -- Carson Max 62-yard run (Lambert kick)
St -- Joel Carpenter 4-yard run (kick failed)
St -- Noah Wamsher 55-yard run (kick failed)
Rushing -- Mit: Drew Kitchens 17-167, Carson Max 4-77, Kiel Nelson 3-59, Austin Kerr 6-23, Sebastian Antaya 4-23, Colby Gillen 4-7, Kyle Bauder 1-(-1), Carter Jacobsen 2-(-7); St: Noah Wamsher 5-50, Joel Carpenter 8-47, Gavin West 9-37, Bailey Brengle 7-34, Manny Gallosa 10-18.
Passing -- Mit: Nelson 1-4-0-1-10; St: Gavin West 2-10-1-30
Receiving -- Mit: Tate Larson 1-10; St: Wamsher 1-13, Jay Krull 1-7.