Going into Saturday’s Class 11AAA state title matchup with Sioux Falls Roosevelt, the Sioux Falls Washington football team was looking for its third consecutive state championship.
Although it wasn’t easy, the Warriors stopped a 2-point conversion attempt with 27 seconds remaining to score the narrow 20-19 win over the Roughriders in what was a thrilling state title tilt in Vermillion on Saturday night.
With Washington leading 20-13 in the final minute of the game, Roosevelt scored on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Nick Hoekstra to Demareio Hester.
Instead of kicking the game tying extra point on the following play, the Roughriders elected to go for two and failed as Hoekstra was stopped on the 3-yard line.
Although Roosevelt was in control for most of the second half, that wasn’t the case early as it fell behind 10-0 in the opening quarter.
Tupak Kpeayeh got going in the second quarter, helping the Warriors tie the game at 10-all before halftime.
In the second half, Washington scored 10 consecutive points to take its first lead of the game.
The first score came on a 6-yard touchdown run by Kpeayeh in the third, followed by a 31-yard field goal from Chris Kirschman in the fourth.
Kpeayeh had another big game for the Warriors, as he finished with 32 carries for 204 yards and one touchdown.
Jayden Johannsen had 11 completions for 180 yards and a score, while Shiloh Flanagan caught four passes for 95 yards and a TD.
Hoekstra led the way for Roosevelt, going 2-for-2 for 59 yards and two touchdowns.
Hester had three catches for 65 yards and a score, while Tyler Feldkamp finished with seven receptions for 54 yards.
MADISON 42, DAKOTA VALLEY 20: The Madison Bulldogs won their second consecutive Class 11A state championship with a win over Dakota Valley on Saturday afternoon.
Madison jumped out to the early lead, taking a 14-7 advantage into the second quarter.
The Bulldogs controlled the game in the second and third quarters, outscoring the Panther 28-0 to take a 42-7 lead as they entered the final quarter.
Despite being outscored 13-0 in the fourth, Madison held on for the win.
Josh Giles paced the Bulldogs on the offensive end, completing 10 of his 17 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns.
Jaxson Janke had a big day at receiver for Madison as he caught eight passes for 197 yards and two scores, while Jadon Janke finished with two receptions for 62 yards and a TD.
Zach Poulson led the Panthers, completing all three of his passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
Luke Johnson had two catches for 77 yards and two scores.