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Wall caps off perfect season with state championship in 9AA

Josh Jurgens
South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Wall won their third state football title in history on Friday in Vermillion at the Dakota Dome with a 34-14 victory over Parkston.

2022 SDHSAA Football Championships Class 9AA

The Eagles received to start the game and quickly moved the ball downfield. But the drive came to a screeching halt in the red zone as Wall turned it over on downs. Parkston quickly went three-and-out as well, but Wall’s Quinn Moon blocked the punt, recovered it, and ran it into the end zone to give the Eagles a 7-0 first quarter lead.

With one-second left in the opening period, Blair Blasius added a 34-yard field goal for the Eagles.

End of the 1st Quarter | Wall 10 Parkston 0

Parkston got on the board near the midway point of the second quarter off a four-yard quarterback keeper from Kaleb Weber. The two-point conversion was good, which made it a 10-8 game.

The Eagles got their first offensive touchdown of the game when Burk Blasius connected with Thane Simons from 22-yards out.

Wall would get the ball back late in the half after a strip sack by James Livermont and recovery by Quinn Moon, his second fumble recovery of the game. This set the Eagles up with excellent field position. Rylan McDonnell grabbed a 9-yard touchdown catch from Blasius as time expired.

Halftime | Wall 24 Parkston 8

Parkston received to start the second half. Kolter Kramer would cap off a six-and-a-half-minute drive with a seven-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was no good, but the score by the Trojans made it a 10-point game.

The defense for Parkston would force a three-and-out to quickly get the ball back. Kramer had a burst of 55-yards to put the Trojans deep into Eagles territory.

End of the 3rd Quarter | Wall 24 Parkston 14

Wall’s defense came up with a huge stand inside their own 10-yard line to force a Parkston turnover on downs. The Trojans got the ball back after they forced a three-and-out, but their next offensive possession was halted when Brodi Sundall picked off a Weber pass that set Wall up near midfield. This led to a 40-yard field goal by Blasius to make it a 27-14 game.

Norman Livermont then came up with a huge strip sack on Weber, which gave the Eagles the ball back in more than favorable field position. With 2:15 to play Sundall scored from three-yards out to put the game on ice for Wall.

Final | Wall 34 Parkston 14

Wall was led by quarterback Burk Blasius, who had two passing touchdowns and 149-yards through the air. Cedar Amiotte had 111-yards rushing for the Eagles.

This is Wall’s first state football championship since 1994. They also won it in 1990.

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Nate Wek is currently the sports content producer and sports and rec beat reporter for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism Broadcasting and a minor in Leadership. From 2010-2013 Nate was the Director of Gameday Media for the Sioux Falls Storm (Indoor Football League) football team. He also spent 2012 and 2013 as the News and Sports Director of KSDJ Radio in Brookings, SD. Nate, his wife Sarah, and two kids Braxan and Jordy, live in Canton, SD.