The 2015 Presidents Bowl took place in Sioux Falls on Saturday with two big time games, Yankton vs Sioux Falls Washington in the afternoon and Sioux Falls Roosevelt vs Sioux Falls Lincoln in the evening.
Game One: Sioux Falls Washington 43 Yankton 19
Sioux Falls Washington defeated the Yankton Bucks 43-19 on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Falls at Howard Wood Field.
The Warriors scored first when quarterback Jack Schelhaas connected with Ty Smith for a 6-yard touchdown. After the successful two-point conversion, Washington led Yankton 8-0 with 6:05 to play in the first quarter.
Washington got the ball back after a Yankton fumble on the ensuing kickoff. On a third and 41, Schelhass found wide out Logan Eckhoff for a 54-yard touchdown. The Warriors led the Bucks 15-0, and that score would stand through the first quarter of play.
With 10:42 to play in the half, Washington quarterback Schelhaas found wide out Logan Uttecht for a 28-yard touchdown pass. This extended the Warrior lead to 22-0.
Yankton got on the board at the 5:32 mark in the second quarter when Sheldon Gant ran it in from 7-yards out. Washington answered right back with Schelhaas finding Smith for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 2:14 left. At halftime Sioux Falls Washington led Yankton 29-7.
Yankton got on the board first in the second half of play when Tanner Frick ran in a 7-yard touchdown with 7:39 to play in the third quarter. The two-point conversion was no good, but it was cut down to a two-possession game with Sioux Falls Washington leading 29-13.
The Warriors answered right back after a 4-yard quarterback keeper capped off a long drive. Washington led 36-13 through three quarters of play.
Gant of Yankton broke towards the goal line on a 14-yard run, but fumbled. Another Bucks player, Syd Boots, recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Washington still led Yankton 36-19 with 8:30 to play.
The Warriors put the nail in the Bucks coffin with 2:11 left in the game, courtesy of a one-yard quarterback keeper from Schelhaas. Yankton failed to score again, and it was the Warriors getting the victory over the Bucks 43-19.
Game Two: Sioux Falls Roosevelt 49 Sioux Falls Lincoln 7
The Roosevelt Rough Riders defeated the Lincoln Patriots 49-7 on Saturday night at Howard Wood Field. This loss snapped the 24-game win streak for the Patriots, and it’s their first ever loss in the 11AAA class.
Roosevelt got on the board first after a missed punt by Lincoln gave the Rough Riders great field possession early in the game. It was a 5-yard quarterback keeper by Jett Thune that gave Roosevelt a 7-0 lead with 8:22 to play in the first quarter.
With 1:21 to play in the quarter, Thune found wide out Jamal Albousafi in stride for a 53-yard touchdown. At the end of the first quarter, Roosevelt led Lincoln 14-0.
Roosevelt’s Thune found running back Tyson Jahn for an 18-yard swing pass that went for a touchdown. At the 5:52 mark in the second quarter, the Rough Riders led the Patriots 21-0. That score would stand going into halftime.
Quarterback Thune got the Rough Riders going in the third quarter when he scored on an 11-yard run at the 10:18 mark. Thune’s quarterback keeper gave Roosevelt a 28-0 lead over Lincoln.
The Lincoln Patriots offense continued its struggles, as they were unsuccessful on a fourth down conversion. On the very next play, Roosevelt scored off a 50-yard touchdown run by Jahn. The Rough Riders led the Patriots 34-0 with 6:41 to play in the quarter.
With three minutes to play in the third quarter, Thune found wide out Tyler Van Voorst for a 13-yard touchdown connection, which extended Roosevelt’s over Lincoln, 42-0.
Lincoln got on the board with 9:50 to play in the game when quarterback Cole DeBerg found receiver Lee Ransom on a 19-yard corner end zone fade route. Roosevelt now led the Patriots 42-7.
Nathan Varns, a second string running back for the Rough Riders, kept the momentum with the maroon and gold. He ran in an 18-yard sweep with 3:04 to play to make it a 49-7 game in favor of Roosevelt. That score would go final, giving Lincoln their first ever loss in the 11AAA class.