High School Football

Dell Rapids St. Mary

The community of Dell Rapids is celebrating its homecoming this week for both of its high schools – Dell Rapids High School and Dell Rapids St. Mary. Instead of playing in Dell Rapids this week, the St. Mary Cardinals football team has moved its homecoming game to McEneaney Field at Bishop O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. 

Dell Rapids St. Mary Activities Director Casey Michel says Rickeman Field has sand and other debris like hay bales and branches on the field/ its surface. 


In The Moment ... October 2, 2019 Show 671 Hour 1

SDPB sports and recreation reporter Nate Wek brings the story of Sioux Falls Roosevelt football coach Kim Nelson who set the new record for career coaching victories at 290.

USS South Dakota

High school and college football teams around South Dakota are honoring the newly constructed USS South Dakota submarine.

This past weekend, all fourteen teams playing at the State High School Football Championships wore the official crest decal of the vessel on the back of their football helmets. And this coming weekend, South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota will do the same when they clash on the gridiron in Brookings.

Football State Championships By The Numbers

Nov 14, 2018
Kent Osborne / South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Today, November 8th, is the first day of the South Dakota State High School Football Championships.  By Saturday night, seven teams will have titles in seven classes.  S-D-P-B brings you its annual feature, the Football Championships by the Numbers. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... August 15, 2018 Show 401 Hour 1

The Gregory Gorillas have won back to back high school football championships.  

There are new challenges, however, as last season's team graduated 12 seniors.  Still, Gregory is projected to do well again this season. 

SDPB's Nate Wek joined In The Moment with an update on the Gregory's Football program and what we can expect of them this upcoming season. 


In The Moment ... November 13, 2017 Show 218 Hour 1 

Jake Pettengill is head coach of the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers varsity football team, champions of Class 11B in South Dakota for 2017.  

The Chargers defeated  Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 27-12 Friday to earn their first ever state football championship.

State Championships By the Numbers, 2017

Nov 13, 2017
South Dakota Public Broadcasting





In The Moment ... November 8, 2017 Show 216 Hour 2 

SDPB-TV brings you all seven South Dakota High School Football State Championship games. Watch live on SDPB1-TV and online at SDPB.org/football.

Joining us for a preview, SDPB's Steve Thum and KWSN Radio's Craig Mattick.

In the Moment ... November 8, 2017 Show 216 Hour 2 

SDPB's Nate Wek joins us for a look at upcoming Tales of the Gridiron features. Today we talk about twin Bulldogs, the role of football in South Dakota family life, and how one community turned a golf course into a practice field for their football team.

Find Tales of the Gridiron on the SDPB Sports blog and Facebook page.

As South Dakota’s smaller high schools struggle to field even minimum numbers for football teams, some have discussed a return to Six-Man football in the state.  It’s a successful formula in Nebraska, Texas, and a few other locations.  At one time, Six-Man football was popular in South Dakota as well.  In northeast South Dakota, people who saw the Claremont Honkers play still talk about their skills.  In more than 70 games in the 1940s and 50s, the Honkers and Coach Bill Welsh lost only one game.  Many of his former players recently gathered in Aberdeen to swap stories, celebrate their acco

McLaughlin School District

Dozens of high school football fields in South Dakota will host games tonight.  The middle of September puts most teams right at—or just past—the halfway mark of their seasons.   One school off to an unbeaten start to their season is known for success in another sports.



A grocery store in south central South Dakota is helping raise money for local schools by selling boxes of cereal. This year, three schools on Highway 18 won state football championships. It’s what’s on the boxes of cereal that's getting people excited.


Sioux Falls Washington   24,  Sioux Falls O'Gorman     14

Brandon Valley   49,  Sioux Falls Roosevelt   46

11-AAA FINAL:  Brandon Valley vs. Sioux Falls Washington, 7:00 PM Saturday, November 12th


Mitchell  52, Pierre   14

Harrisburg 61, Spearfish     7

11-A FINAL:  Mitchell vs. Harrisburg, 7:00 PM Friday, November 11th


Madison  35, St. Thomas More 19

Tea Area 31, Dell Rapids   21


In parts of South Dakota, High School Football is a big deal. Fans don’t have to travel to the metro areas to find a great game.

The state is host to some impressive young athletes, and they’re often found in small towns.

The little town of Langford, South Dakota is home to the Langford Area Lions. The community is small, but don’t take it for granted – this 9B school has a football team that can flat out play ball.

Baltic School District

Over the next couple of days, high school football teams in South Dakota will fill openings for next week’s state championship games in Vermillion.  28 teams in the seven classes are one step away from the Dakota Dome. Baltic High School looks to continue an unbeaten season.

There’s one thing you have to hand to the Baltic Bulldogs—no one has given them anything this year.  The Bulldogs played eight regular-season games; seven of their opponents made the playoffs this year; and Baltic has defeated every opponent, under the direction of Head Coach Jason Aberson.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Nine weeks of regular-season high school football end in South Dakota tonight (Thursday).  Some schools are already locked into the post-season, and know they'll play a first-round  game next week.  But other schools either have to win their last game, or get help from another team in the state, to have their seasons extended.  Some schools need both to happen. 

Yankton Press and Dakotan

The Sioux Falls metro area is one of the fastest growing in the Midwest.  While the state’s largest city continues to add more people, communities on the perimeter are seeing growth as well.  One such town is Harrisburg—just a few years ago, the Tigers were successful in South Dakota’s 11-B class.

SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt spends a day in Winner to take in the tradition of a Winner Warriors high school football game. From tuning in to the local radio station, to visiting with locals and members of the football program, Ellenbolt provides a "day in the life" of Winner on football day.

File Photo / Pierre Capital Journal

With October approaching, high school football teams are preparing to launch their post-season runs.  A few schools are also going through Homecoming festivities.  But in two schools in the central part of the state, a long-time Homecoming tradition is getting careful scrutiny. 

Nate Wek / South Dakota Public Broadcasting

When you need to find somebody in a small town on a fall Friday night, the fastest way is to look under the lights of the local football field.  At least three communities in the state have made substantial improvements to their playing areas; with one school in the southeast putting together a magnificent modern facility with the community’s help. 

Centerville High School Facebook Page

Teams from across the state start working their way to the Dakota Dome for November’s championship games. But one school in southeast South Dakota won’t get anywhere near the post season this year—a low student enrollment doesn’t give the Centerville Tornadoes enough players to field a varsity team.


On this week's edition of the DakotaCast Podcast, Nate Wek recaps the state football championships with Dave Nicholson of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls. There's also a discussion about the state volleyball tournaments, which begin this Thursday from the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.


The Sioux Falls Washington Warriors defeated the Sioux Falls O’Gorman Knights 27-24 in the 11AAA State Football Championship on Saturday night. This is the fourth state football championship for Washington, and their first in Class 11AAA.

Sioux Falls O’Gorman dominated the time of possession throughout the first quarter, playing strong on both offense and defense.  At the 5:56 mark in the opening drive for the Knights, Kristian Jakowicz hit a 27-yard field goal giving O’Gorman a 3-0 lead.


The South Dakota State Football Championships are this week (Thursday-Saturday) in South Dakota. SDPB's Nate Wek previews the event with Jerry Palleschi of ESPN 99.1 in Sioux Falls. Also, Nate and Jerry make a bet regarding the USD vs SDSU game that is also this Saturday in Vermillion - before the 11AAA championship game.

Here is the schedule and championship history (as of 1981) for all the teams involved in games at the Dakota Dome this week.


Class 9A – 10:30 am

Canistota vs Sully Buttes

Dakota Digest for November 6, 2015

Nov 6, 2015

On this week’s edition of the Dakota Digest podcast, President Barack Obama has rejected a permit that would allow the Keystone Pipeline to cross the Canadian Border. Also on this week’s episode, the high school football semi-final round is this weekend and the US House of Representatives passed a transportation bill.


28 high school football teams are involved in playoff semi-final games this weekend.  Half the remaining field will head for Vermillion and State Championship games next week.  One team in one of the toughest divisions in South Dakota is in somewhat unfamiliar territory—but the Lennox Orioles defeated a heavily-favored opponent on the road in the first round. 


With just two weeks before high school playoffs, teams are running out of chances to work themselves into a good position for the post-season.  Those playoff games can mean a lot of travel for schools—but there’s one school in northwest South Dakota that goes long distances to get almost anywhere.

Scotland Football Enjoying Turn-Around Season

Oct 9, 2015

The state’s high school football teams continue to work for playoff spots tonight.  In one Bon Homme  County community, the team is having its best season in a decade. 

After a couple of state title games a few years ago, the football program in Scotland struggled to win.  Interest was down in the school and across the community—but the Highlanders start this weekend with five wins in five games this season.  Head Coach Ryan Robb has built the team to 30 members this year.

Dakota Digest for September 25, 2015

Sep 25, 2015

This week’s edition of Dakota Digest features Kealey Bultena reporting on the Platte murder-suicide investigation, Charles Michael Ray examining improved efforts for tribal state relations, Jennifer Jones discusses a 90-year old Granite Quarry near Milbank, and the Pope visits the United States.

All of this and more on this week’s edition of Dakota Digest.