Bulldogs travel to Hill City

Wednesday, November 06, 2013


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De Smet-Iroquois traveled to Hill City Oct. 29 to meet the hosting Rangers for a first-round Class 9AA football playoff game. They lost 38-6, ending their season.


“This was a tough game for us,“ said coach Mike Warne. “We struggled stopping the run and didn’t get much going for our offense until the second half,” said Warne.


The Bulldogs finished with 253 yards of total offense but allowed 511 for the Rangers. Hill City was up 22-0 at half and the Bulldogs had to wait until the third quarter for Kyler Asleson to release on a 28-yard touchdown run. Running back Matt Larson ran in the two-point conversion.


Quarterback Broderick Poppinga returned from his concussion injury to go 6-for-12 passing for 71 yards. Larson finished with 57 yards rushing and Asleson with 41 yards and one touchdown.


On defense, linebackers Larson, Dylan Gehm and Zed White had 21, 15 and 10 tackles respectively.


Although De Smet-Iroquois could not take home a win, Warne said “We did take a step in the right direction. It was a big plus for our young guys to make the playoffs and get the feeling of playing in a win-or-go-home situation.”


Warne had high praise for his two departing seniors Jesse Gebhart and Asleson “I can’t say enough about the leadership we received from them. They will be missed tremendously next year.”


David Tritle


The De Smet News

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