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Castle wood is undefeated and part of a loaded 9B field that is about to go head to head


Class 9B looks LOADED - A look at the 6 UNDEFEATED
Sep 28, 2017

By Rich Winter

Well, well, well, we are hitting the stretch run of the high school football regular season and I gotta tell ya, Class 9B is catching my attention. 

 

Poor Wall has been sitting in that first-team receiving votes category for about five weeks now as those teams in front of them simply refuse to lose. 

Here is this week's 9B poll

Class 9B

  1. Colman-Egan (29)      5-0   167   1
  2. Colome (6)                 5-0   144   2 
  3. Sully Buttes                5-0   104   3
  4. Castlewood                5-0    60    4
  5. Harding County          6-0    39    5 
  6. Wall -  5-0

Boy, you start looking ahead at some of the games coming up in the next two weeks and I gotta think that first-year Wall coach, Lex Heathershaw is licking his chops at the carnage that is about to hit 9B in the next few weeks.

 

Let's take a look at the top-teams in 9B. 

1. Colman - Egan: I think everyone looked at Colman-Egan dropping out of the 9A ranks was the prohibitive favorite in 9B.

CE has been impressive:

0 Aug 18 7:00 p.m. CT Elkton-Lake Benton Elkton 34-6 W 44 2-3
1     OPEN     - - -
2 Sep 01 7:00 p.m. CT Dell Rapids St. Mary Dell Rapids 40-0 W 41 1-4
3 Sep 08 7:00 p.m. CT Deubrook Area Colman 48-14 W 41 1-4
4 Sep 15 7:00 p.m. CT Estelline Colman 47-13 W 41 0-6
5 Sep 22 7:00 p.m. CT De Smet De Smet 28-0 W 47 3-3
6 Sep 29 7:00 p.m. CT Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Rutland        
7 Oct 06 7:00 p.m. CT Castlewood Colman        
8 Oct 13 7:00 p.m. CT Arlington/Lake Preston Colman      

CE should roll this week over Oldham-Ramona/Rutland but strap it up for that Oct. 6 game vs. Castlewood. Both teams undefeated...Region title, playoff seedings, what is each team made of...those questions will be semi answered on Oct. 6.

 

2. Colome - Like CE, Colome has just been killing people. The schedule on a normal year is just fine but first-year coach Ben Connot's boys have really been rolling people. Like that the group faced a little adversity against Alcester-Hudson, trailing 14-0...But hey, if you hit Colome in the mouth, this group is going to hit you back and Connot's kids rallied with 64 unanswered points to claim that game 

0 Aug 18 7:00 p.m. CT Centerville Centerville 50-0 W 41 0-6
1 Aug 25 7:00 p.m. CT Tripp-Delmont/Armour/Andes Central/Dakota Christian Colome 56-6 W 41 1-5
2 Sep 01 7:00 p.m. CT Burke/South Central Colome 64-14 W 47 3-3
3     OPEN     - - -
4 Sep 15 7:00 p.m. CT Gayville-Volin Gayville 60-6 W 41 1-4
5 Sep 22 7:00 p.m. CT Alcester-Hudson Alcester 64-14 W 44 2-3
6 Sep 29 7:00 p.m. CT Scotland Colome        
7 Oct 06 7:00 p.m. CT Corsica-Stickney Colome        
8 Oct 13 7:00 p.m. CT Avon Avon      

Colome will handle Scotland this week but dang if Oct. 6 isn't going to be reckoning day for this team as well. No. 1 9A, Corsica-Stickney comes to town to take on Colome, in Colome...Monster game with playoff implications, perfect seasons AND, every time these two hook up it is an absolute war. Game will be webcast from www.liveticket.tv

 

3. Sully Buttes - Sometimes I think people just go ahead and pencil in the top two teams as voted on by the media into the championship games. 

 

NOT SO FAST!

Wk Date Time Opponent Location Score W/L *Seed Pts. Opp. W-L
0 Aug 18 7:30 p.m. CT Potter County Onida 34-8 W 44 2-3
1 Aug 25 7:00 p.m. CT Herreid/Selby Area Selby 40-6 W 41 0-5
2     OPEN     - - -
3 Sep 08 7:00 p.m. CT Hitchcock-Tulare Onida 40-0 W 47 3-3
4 Sep 15 7:00 p.m. CT Warner Warner 24-18 W 50 5-1
5 Sep 22 7:00 p.m. CT Sunshine Bible Academy Onida 50-0 W 47 3-2
6 Sep 29 7:00 p.m. CT North Border Leola        
7 Oct 06 7:00 p.m. CT Langford Area Langford        
8 Oct 13 7:00 p.m. CT Faulkton Area Onida      

Sully Buttes is undefeated and the one that really stands out is that Oct. 15 win over then top ranked 9A school Warner, 24-18, in WARNER. 

 

Big game again this week as the Chargers head to Leola to take on another undefeated team, No. 5 from Class 9AA, North Border. Sully Buttes is going to be one of those sneaky tuff teams and if your in the 9B bracket you don't want to see them looming in the semis. 

 

Castlewood - Alright, so what are we to make of Doug Reusink's Castlewood team that is 5-0? Met Doug this summer and just at first glance, Castlewood is going to be tough, disciplined and TUFF. 

0 Aug 18 7:00 p.m. CT De Smet Castlewood 36-20 W 47 3-3
1 Aug 25 7:00 p.m. CT Deubrook Area White 41-14 W 41 1-4
2 Sep 01 7:00 p.m. CT Estelline Castlewood 56-6 W 41 0-6
3 Sep 08 7:00 p.m. CT Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Ramona 53-16 W 44 2-4
4     OPEN     - - -
5 Sep 22 7:00 p.m. CT Dell Rapids St. Mary Castlewood 28-0 W 41 1-4
6 Sep 29 7:00 p.m. CT Arlington/Lake Preston Castlewood        
7 Oct 06 7:00 p.m. CT Colman-Egan Colman        
8 Oct 13 7:00 p.m. CT Elkton-Lake Benton Elkton  

Maybe a little shaky early but the offense has been clicking and that D just seems to get better every week. 

 

That said, holy TUFF schedule for Castlewood. 

* Home vs. undefeated and No. 6 ranked in 9AA, Arlington/Lake Preston

* Vs. Colman-Egan in Coleman - That should be a dandy and will certainly clear up any margin of difference between these two power-houses. 

 

5. Harding County - I never quite know what to make of the Ranchers, the little tiny school out west. Somehow the football team ALWAYS just goes deep and very often the basketball team makes it to the dance. 

 

To be honest, I'm not completely sold on the schedule as a 20-16 win over 0-5 Herried-Selby suggests HC is a long-shot to go to the dome. But, when the playoffs start, the Ranchers will be undefeated with games against Newell and Dupree remaining on the schedule. 

0 Aug 17 7:00 p.m. MT Edgemont Buffalo 54-0 W 41 0-5
1 Aug 25 7:00 p.m. MT Lemmon/McIntosh Lemmon 44-12 W 44 2-3
2 Sep 01 7:00 p.m. MT Bison Bison 56-20 W 47 3-2
3 Sep 08 7:00 p.m. MT Timber Lake Buffalo 22-16 W 50 5-1
4 Sep 15 7:00 p.m. CT Herreid/Selby Area Selby 20-16 W 41 0-5
5 Sep 22 7:00 p.m. MT Faith Buffalo 50-0 W 44 2-4

 

6. Wall - Welll, the Eagles are going to hit the post-season undefeated. Heathershaw was a heck of a player and you can bet in the coming years this will be a squad to contend with. Thus far an explosive offense has been carrying this team. 

0 Aug 18 7:00 p.m. MT New Underwood New Underwood 28-12 W 47 4-2
1 Aug 25 7:00 p.m. MT Lyman Wall 40-22 W 47 3-2
2 Sep 01 7:00 p.m. MT Rapid City Christian Wall 35-0 W 47 3-3
3 Sep 08 6:30 p.m. MT Hill City Hill City 61-8 W 47 3-2
4     OPEN     - - -
5 Sep 22 7:00 p.m. MT Kadoka Area Wall 21-6 W 47 3-2

One thing is for certain, the weekend of Oct. 6 looks like FREAKY FRIDAY from where I'm sitting. A bunch of power teams on collision courses...Buckle-up folks, It's about to get interesting. 



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