Inside Dakota Football #13 – Records Continue to Fall
By Dan Genzler, sdsportshistory.com
In a South Dakota prep football season that will finish with seven new champions, 2013 will also go down as another recording breaking campaign in both 9-man and 11-man ranks. When everything is complete, SD prep football will have been treated to at least three 2K rushers, two QBs breaking 2K in passing, a 9-man team that finished 2nd in all-time season rushing yards, and record-breaking receivers in both 9-man and 11-man.
Trevor Anderson of Wall has set the 9-man mark for receptions with 63 while tying the TD record and finishing 2nd all-time in yards. Brandon Valley’s A.J. Garrow set an all-time receiving game mark with 14 receptions in his final prep game and finished with 144 catches in his career while Yankton’s J.J. Hejna had 1,199 receiving yards in 2013, which ranks fourth all-time. Here is a look at Garrow, Anderson and J.J. Hejna, who finished with the fourth best receiving yard total in 11-man history, plus much more.
BV’s Garrow Moves into 4th All-time in Receptions
Standout senior wide out A.J. Garrow of Brandon Valley set an all-time single game record with 14 catches for 110 yards and 3 TDs in the final game of his prep career, a 65-35 loss to #2 Roosevelt in the 11AAA semifinals Friday night. As a result, he has 57 catches (17th on all-time season chart) for 419 yards and eight TDs in 2013. He finished his career with 144 career catches, which stands fourth all-time. As a result, he jumped past former Lynx teammate Matt Vandeberg, now playing football at Iowa. Vandeberg accumulated 135 catches from 2010-12. Garrow has accumulated 1,447 yards (16th all-time for a career) and 14 TDs (tied for 18th all-time).
JJ Hejna Finishes Ninth in Single Season Receptions; 4th in Yardage
With eight receptions for 165 yards and a TD in a season-closing 32-14 loss to Watertown in the 11AA finals, Yankton’s J.J. Hejna finished with one of the best receiving seasons in history. Hejna had 63 catches for 1,199 yards and 10 TDs. His 63 catches is tied for the ninth-best season all-time with Jesse Ahlers of Pierre in 1998. The 1,199 receiving yards rankings fourth all-time, one yard ahead of Ahlers and one yard behind Josh Kunzman, formerly of Sioux Falls Lincoln in 2011. The 10 TD receptions by Hejna sits tied with four others for 18th. His career totals of 94 receptions ranks 13th while his receiving yardage of 1,666 is 11th and 14 TDs, tied with three others at 18th. Hejna is the 19th 11-man receiver to received 1K receiving. In fact, with his 1K season, South Dakota has had a 1K pass receiver in all but two years (2004, 2007) since 2003.
Winner’s 22-Game Winning Streak Ends in Loss to Canton
Winner, the defending 11B champion, had a perfect season and a 22-game winning streak end in a 19-7 loss at home to Canton in the 11B semifinals. The Warriors, which went 12-0 in an 11B title run a year ago, completed a second straight regular season unbeaten and finished 10-1. Winner’s 22-game winning streak ranks tied for 15th in 11-man history with Winner’s 1980-82 teams.
Quintanilla Continues Push Up Into 11-man Career Rushing Charts
Caden Quintanilla of 11AAA #1 Sioux Falls Lincoln (10-0) is headed to the championship game in the biggest class in South Dakota next Saturday night. It will be his final game of his prep career. Quintanilla has been one of the most dynamic players in the state in a stellar career. Quintanilla has 20, 100-yard rushing games (nine this season), a total that ranks second all-time in 11-man ranks. For the second straight year, Quintanilla has gone over 1K rushing as he has 227 carries (17th on all-time season chart) for 1,644 yards (18th all-time for a season) and 25 TDs, which is tied for sixth in a season all-time with Jared Donahue of Winner. With one TD he will tie David Sturdevant of Sioux Falls Roosevelt (2007) and two TDs matches Jason Leber’s 27 TDs in 1992. The all-time season TD producers include Lincoln’s Gannon Moore, 29, 2008 (Lincoln’s only title winning season), Mitch Breen, Wagner, 2009 and Mike Galliger, West Central, 2007. The Lincoln senior, who is the top rusher in 11-man ranks, has pushed his career rushing totals to 487 carries for 3,484 yards and 53 TDs. His career carries total ranks eighth while his yardage total is 10th all-time and just 12 yards from passing Jordan Johnson of Spearfish, who ranks 9th with 3,495 yards from 2005-08. The TD mark ranks second all-time to 61 by Vermillion’s Jason Leber in 1990-92.
Shootout in 11AAA Semifinals Produces Lot of Passing Fireworks
In Sioux Falls Roosevelt’s 65-35 win over Brandon Valley in the 11AAA semifinal shootout at Howard Wood Field on Friday, both quarterbacks – Jake Comeaux of Brandon Valley and Taryn Christion – had big passing nights. Comeaux completed 31-of-50 passes for 316 yards with his pass attempts ranking third all-time and his completions sitting at fourth all-time for a game. Christion, who accounted for seven TDs, including five TD passes, in the win was 18-of-33 for 317 yards. Both players had yardage totals that rank among the top 50 all-time in 11-man.
Roosevelt’s Christion and Pierre Riggs’ Gray
Junior QB Taryn Christion of 11AAA #2 SF Roosevelt (9-1) and Alexander Gray of 11AA #1 Pierre Riggs (9-1) have helped lead their respective teams to the state finals in 11AAA and 11AA. Both Christion and Gray are dual threats who make defenses shake their heads with deft running moves and smooth as silk passing. In addition, these two QBs are moving up all-time prep career statistical charts.
Christion, who has a chance for a rare 1K double in passing and rushing, has totaled 149 carries for 973 yards and 17 TDs while completing 164-of-243 passes for an 11-man best 2,309 passing yards with 23 TDs and just five picks. In his career, the junior has completed 241 passes in 413 attempts for 3,875 yards and 34 TDs with 276 carries for 1,620 rushing yards and 30 TDs. In other words, he has accumulated 5,495 yards in total offense and a combined 64 TDs.
Gray has completed 131-of-220 passes for 2,078 yards and 21 TDs. He also has 102 carries for 418 yards and nine touchdowns. Gray, who took over as starting QB for Pierre late in his sophomore season, has had an extremely productive career. His numbers include 267 carries for 1,151 yards and 18 TDs while completing 214 (17th all-time) of 428 passes (15th all-time) for 3,711 yards and 41 TDs. In other words, he has accounted for 59 TDs and produced 4,862 yards in total offense.
How They Rank — All-time Season Rankings—
Completions – Christion, 164, 9th; Gray, 113, 31st
Attempts – Christion, 243, tied for 17th; Gray, 220, tied for 25th
Yards – Christion, 2,309, 18th; Gray, 2,078, 26th
TDs – Christion, 23, tied for 21st; Gray, 21, tied for 29th
SD All-time Career Rankings—
Attempts – Gray, 428, 12th; Christion, 413, tied for 14th
Completions – Christion, 241, tied for 17th; Gray, 220, tied for 25th
Yards – Christion, 3,875, 14th; Gray, 3,711, 15th
TDs – Gray, 41, tied for 12th; Christion, 34, tied for 20th
Pochop Sets Pierre’s Receptions Mark – Other Notes
With nine catches for 187 yards and a TD in Pierre Riggs’ 45-13 win over Harrisburg in the 11AA semifinals, WR Garret Pochop broke the school record for receptions. Pochop’s receiving yardage total ranks 25th all-time in 11-man ranks.
Semifinal Notes —
~ Chase Vinatieri of Sioux Falls Roosevelt kicked eight extra points in the Rough Riders’ 65-35 win over Brandon Valley in the 11AAA finals. His eight extra points ranks tied for 7th most in 11-man history.
~ Shay Bratland had 36 carries (top 25 all-time for a game) for 170 yards and two TDs in Watertown’s 32-14 11AA semifinal win over Yankton.
~ In a 65-35 win over Brandon Valley in the 11AAA semifinals at Howard Wood Field, Roosevelt put together 65 points (top 50 all-time) and 539 yards, which ranks top 15 all-time for a game.
Playoffs 200-Yard Rushing Club
Riley Schmidt, Dell Rapids 11-233-2 TDs
Rush Milne, Madison, 21-207-5 TDs
Cody Bussell, West Central, 21-208-TD
Wall’s Trevor Anderson Sets 9-man Career Receiving Mark
Wall wide receiver Trevor Anderson finished his senior campaign as the all-time leading pass catcher in the history of South Dakota 9-man football. Anderson, whose Wall squad dropped a 40-14 semifinals decision to Avon, recorded 63 catches for 1,123 yards and 17 TDs. As a result, he increased a catch record that he had set in a quarterfinals playoff win over Faulkton, 28-12. With 17 TDs this year, Anderson tied Landon Hammer of Wilmot, who set the season all-time TD reception mark of 17 in 2012. His 1,123 receiving yards ranks second to Trent DesLauriers of Clark, who set the single season yardage mark of 1,215 yards in 2005.
Ryne Johnson of Wolsey-Wessington Finishes 9th All-time in 9-man Rushing
Ryne Johnson of Wolsey-Wessington culminated a marvelous career, finishing ninth on the all-time career charts. For the season, Johnson had has 197 carries for 2,072 yards and 27 TDs. Johnson became the 22nd 9-man athlete to pass the 2K mark in prep history. Johnson finished with 500 carries for 4,612 yards and 60 TDs in his career. He has scored 405 points, a total that ranks 14th all-time. Johnson’s 60 rushing touchdowns ranks 10th all-time for a career. Johnson’s 500 rushing attempts ranks 9th all-time on the 9-man career charts. His 4,612 rushing yards also sits ninth on the 9-man career charts. Johnson rushed for 100 yards or more in all 11 games this season and 24 times in his career. He went over 200 yards on four occasions this season (six in his career) and twice over 250. Johnson was the only active player in South Dakota in 2013 with three straight 1,000-yard seasons (129-1,025-15 TDs, 2011; 108-1,181-16 TDs, 2012; 197-2,072-27 TDs).
Howard’s Loudenburg Passes 4K Rushing Yards; Ranks 14th All-time
Luke Loudenburg, a 5-5, 140 pound junior for top-ranked 9A Howard (10-1), finished his junior season with 30 carries for 149 yards, totals that pushed him over 4,000 yards rushing. Loudenburg, whose team lost a 22-8 9A semifinal to Potter County, has had nine 200-yard games in the last 15 contests he has played. In those 15 games, he has totaled 3,133 yards. Loudenburg has totaled 238 carries for 2,248 yards and 37 TDs. Owner of Howard’s school rushing record, he now has 447 carries for 4,142 yards and 55 TDs, with the yards and TDs sitting 13th on the 9-man career chart. If he has another season next year like this one, Loudenburg would be on track to pass the career leader in rushing, Jim Williams of Hanson, who had 6,010 rushing yards for 2002-05.
3 2K Rushers in 9-M Most Since Four in 1996
For the first time since 1996, South Dakota 9-man ranks have three running backs over 2,000 yards rushing in a season. This year, the three backs include Riley Hanson, 2,345; Luke Loudenburg of Howard, 2,248; and Ryne Johnson, 2,072. With 1,829 yards, Brandon Kocmich of Avon has a shot at 2K as well with the 9B championship game left to play. In 1996, the 2K rushers included Josh Hofer, 2,347; Tim Bottom of Hitchcock-Tulare, 2,357; Clay Urban, Lyman, 2,194; and Brent Bass, Castlewood, 2,162.
Deubrook Becomes First School Ever with Back-to-Back 2K Rushers
Based on available information, Deubrook has become the first school in 9-man history with back-to-back 2,000 yard rushers. In 2013, Riley Hanson had 2,345 yards for Deubrook, which was 9-2 and reached the Class 9AA semifinals. A year ago, Ryan Knudson had 2,454 yards for the 12-0 and unbeaten Dolphins, which claimed their first ever state title. It is worth noting that Knudson and Hanson rank fourth and fifth, respectively, on South Dakota single season rushing chart and they did it in back-to-back seasons.
Deubrook’s Hanson Finishes 5th All-time in Single Season Rushing Yards
Riley Hanson of Deubrook was one of the state’s most prolific running backs in 2013. In 11 games, he had 219 carries for 2,345 yards and 34 TDs Deubrook. His 2,365 yards ranks 5th in rushing for a season on South Dakota all-time seasonal chart while his 34 TDs also ranks sixth. This season, Hanson recorded 186 yards or better in 10 games, rushed for over 300 yards twice and recorded six games over 200, including five of the last six games. He has had 361, 306, 280, 256, 245 and 211 yards rushing this year. In his final six games, Hanson totaled 1,374 yards (280, 211, 306, 256, 245, 76) on 125 carries with 20 TDs. His career numbers include 306 carries for 3,121 yards and 45 TDs rushing; 49 receptions for 927 yards and eight TDs; 34 kickoff returns for 1,171 yards and 32 punt returns for 812 yards. He has had eight kick/punt returns for TDs in his career. Those totals give him 6,143 all-purpose yards, a level not reached very often. In addition, he has scored a combined 60 TDs with 380 career points.
Wolsey-Wessington Records 2nd Best Team Rushing Total Ever; Avon Also Goes Over 4K
In the 38-34 semifinal playoff round loss to 9A top seed Leola-Frederick, Wolsey-Wessington (10-1) rushed for 444 yards on 44 carries with 4 TDs. Wolsey-Wessington has rushed for 4,546 yards on 428 carries with 55 TDs in 11 games. Wolsey-Wessington’s 4,546 yards ranks second all-time (Freeman, 1996, 5,134, 1st) for rushing yards in a season. In 2013, the Warbirds accumulated 400 yards rushing in a game eight times in 11 games. Of special note are the performances of Ryne Johnson (2,072 yards) and Lorenzo Williams (1,961), who most likely set an all-time mark for rushing yards by two players of 4,033 yards. Over the past two years, Wolsey-Wessington has rushed for 7,694 yards (nearly 4.4 miles) on 744 carries with 98 TDs. Avon has rushed for 4,077 yards this season, led by a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Brandon Kocmich (1,829) and Devin Tolsma (1,202). As a result, the Pirates have recorded the fifth best team rushing yards total in a season in history. It also means that Wolsey-Wessington and Avon are just two of six teams in history to reach 4K in team rushing in a season. Avon will move in fourth all-time (ahead of Howard’s 4,098 yards of a year ago) in the title game when they reach 22 yards. To catch Freeman’s total of 4,476 yards in 1997 for third, they would need 400 yards rushing against Hamlin. It would take 470 rushing yards to pass Wolsey-Wessington.
Two other teams have also pummeled teams with their rushing attacks during that time – Howard and Deubrook. Howard, which lost in the 9A semifinals to Potter County, 22-8, to end their regular season at 10-1 accumulated 3,980 (437 carries) yards on the ground in 2013, a total which ranks seventh all-time for a season. Howard had the fourth-best (now 5th) rushing yard total in 9-man history a year ago with 4,080 yards. As a result, they now have accumulated 8,078 yards on 902 carries in two seasons. Defending 9AA champion Deubrook (9-2) finished the 2013 season with 3,813 rushing yards on 410 carries and 57 TDs this season. This year the Dolphins put together the 13th best total in 9-man history. A year ago, they had 3,883 yards, which ranks 10th all-time. These three teams have rushed for a combined 23,465 yards over the past two seasons. Here is a breakdown of the three teams and their two-season rushing and total offense totals.
9-man Rushing Powers – Breakdown
Deubrook – 819-7,696-118 TDs rushing – 9,748 total yards – 140 total TDs (offense)
Howard – 902-8,078-117 TDs rushing – 9,208 total yards – 135 total TDs (offense)
Wolsey-Wessington – 744-7,694-98 TDs rushing – 8,417 total offense – 108 total TDs (offense)
Playoffs 200-Yard Rushing Club
Nick Gortmaker, Menno-Marion, 45-333-4 TDs
Darin Weiseler, Faulkton Area, 27-274-5 TDs
Carston Johnson, Wall, 22-263-3 TDs
Riley Hanson, Deubrook Area, 24-249-3 TDs
Luke Loudenburg, Howard, 38-225-3 TDs
Turner Serr, Burke/South Central, 26-217-5 TDs
Wade Miller, Bridgewater-Emery-Ethan, 20-217-5 TDs
Ethan Gaulke, Kimball- White Lake, 26-273-3 TDs
Ryne Johnson, Wolsey-Wessington, 32-273-4 TDs
Luke Weber, Arlington, 37-246-2 TDs
Riley Hanson, Deubrook, 22-245-4 TDs
Lorenzo Williams, Wolsey-Wessington, 20-220-3 TDs
Lorenzo Williams, Wolsey-Wessington, 25-305-3 TDs
Devin Tolsma, Avon, 20-219-4 TDs
Logan Weisser, Leola-Frederick, 20-208-2 TDs