St. Thomas More held off a late Hot Springs rally to win its third straight game, 21-14 Friday night at Woodward Field in Hot Springs.
The Cavaliers, who started the season 1-3, are now 4-3 with some momentum in their drive to earn a state playoff berth. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Bison, who fell to 5-2.
STM junior quarterback Ryder Kirsch and junior receiver Grant Huber were on target in the first half to give the Cavaliers the early edge. Kirsch found Huber for a 50-yard TD pass in the first quarter and then hit Tip Reiman from 17 yards out for a 14-0 edge after the two-point conversion run by Reiman.
Huber caught a 75-yard pass earlier in the drive.
Hot Springs cut the STM lead in half in the second quarter on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Morgan Harkless to Matt Norton, but the Cavaliers responded on Kirsch's third TD pass, this one from 5 yards out to Andrew Smith for a 21-7 advantage, which stood at halftime.
The Bison went to their ground game in the second half on a muddy field, led by Harkless, who scored from 28 yards out to cut the lead to 21-14.
Hot Springs had one last shot late in the game, driving into St. Thomas More territory after two pass interference penalties. But on fourth and three, the Cavalier defense stopped Harkless just short of the first-down line on the STM 30-yard line with 30 seconds remaining, essentially ending the game.
Kirsch finished 12-of-17 passing for 233 yards and the three scores, while Huber caught five passes for 155 yards. Riley Olson ran the ball 15 times for 43 yards.
Harkless was 9-of-19 passing for 108 yards and ran the ball 15 times for 108 yards. Andrew Wendland also had 73 yards on the ground on 17 carries.
STM will look to keep its playoff hopes alive by hosting Belle Fourche on Friday, while Hot Springs, also in the Class A playoff hunt, will be at Douglas.
HARDING COUNTY 52, NEWELL 0: Behind three passing touchdowns from Camden Hett, the Ranchers ran through Newell.
Hett threw for his touchdowns in the first quarter, connecting on plays of 59 yards (to Zack Anders), he ran for a 7-yard touchdown, connected with Anders again for a 30-yard score and connected with Jesse McCann for a 13-yard score.
Harding County led 46-0 at the end of the first quarter. Reese Jensen ran the ball in from 6-yards out and Jonas Lundsgaard scored from 60-yards out.
Morgan Buck scored from 2-yards out in the second quarter to end the game early.
The Ranchers are 7-1 and will have a bye week before the state playoffs. Newell is 0-7 and will end the regular season with Dupree at home.
WINNER 38, WAGNER 0: Preston Norrid and Philip Jorgenson had two touchdowns each as Winner rolled by Wagner.
Jorgenson scored from 4-yards out and then Norrid scored from 15-yards out. Trevor Peters scored from 3-yards out as the quarter ended, and Winner led 24-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Jorgenson scored from 3-yards out in the second quarter, and Norrid added a 4-yard touchdown run.
Jorgenson ended the day with 8 carries for 102 yards while Norrid had 5 carries for 62 yards.
Winner, 5-2, will face Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central Friday while Wagner, 0-7, will face Canton in the final regular season game of the season.
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RAPID CITY CHRISTIAN 44, LYMAN 8: The Comets picked up their first win of the season with the dominating effort against the Raiders.
Rapid City Christian led 25-0 at halftime.
Samuel Schlabach and Zane Schlabach had big games for the Comets, with Samuel hitting 13-of-17 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns, while running for two scores. Zane caught three passes for the two scores and carried the football nine times for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
David Greni caught two passes for 93 yards and Luke Randolph returned a punt 44 yards for a score for the Comets.
Rapid City Christian, 1-6, will close the season Friday in Murdo against Jones County/White River, while Lyman, 3-4, will be at Kimball/White Lake.
HILL CITY 65, LOWER BRULE 14: Noah Krull had his hand in eight touchdowns for the Rangers in the lop-sided victory over the Sioux Friday night in Hill City.
Krull scored five rushing touchdowns, passed for two scores and returned an interception for a TD as Hill city led 45-6 at halftime.
Tyler Arnold also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Rangers.
Hill City, 4-3, will host Kadoka Area Friday, while Lower Brule, 3-4, host Parkston Friday.
SIOUX FALLS LINCOLN 31, RAPID CITY STEVENS 20: The Patriots jumped out to a 21-0 first-half lead and never looked back, holding off a late Raiders' charge.
Lincoln quarterback Tommy Thompson threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns on 15-of-24 passing.
Colton Hartford was 14-for-33 in the air for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders.
Lincoln, 2-5, is at Brookings, while Stevens, 1-6, hosts No. 1 Sioux Falls O'Gorman on Friday.
YANKTON 77, STURGIS 42: In a back-and-forth game, Yankton pulled away from Sturgis Friday night.
The Bucks led only 42-35 in the third before rolling late. No other information was made available.
The Bucks improved to 4-3 on the season and will face Brandon Valley Friday. The Scoopers are 2-5 and will face Pine Ridge Friday on the road.
SPEARFISH 42, DOUGLAS 25: The Spartans won for the second time in their last three games in stopping the Patriots.
Spearfish led 34-6 at halftime. No other information was made available.
Spearfish, 2-5, is at Huron Friday, while Douglas, 0-7, hosts Hot Springs.