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Platte-Geddes’ Brady Sprik hoists the Class 9AA championship trophy following the Black Panthers’ 42-12 win over Hamlin on Thursday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.
Photo by Rodney Haas

Sprik proved to be inspiration in PG's title run
Nov 13, 2020

By Rodney Haas 

VERMILLION — For the past four years Platte-Geddes’ Brady Sprik has been a presences on the sidelines for the Black Panthers.

Sprik, who played as a freshman was involved in a serious car accident in 2017 and since then he has never missed a game or a practice except for the times when he’s had to go to physical therapy.

So it wasn’t a surprise on Thursday afternoon that Sprik was one of the first players to hoist the Class 9AA championship trophy following the Black Panthers’ 42-12 win over Hamlin at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. 

“He was a freshman and actually started on defense,” Platte-Geddes coach Bruce Hanson said. “He was a stud. Out of this senior group, he was the one who was on the field already as a freshman.

“Then he got into a bad car accident.”

Thursday afternoon is just one of many highlights in Sprik’s senior season, the other came earlier this year in a game against Gregory in which he scored a touchdown, with the assistance from a couple of teammates.

“Our team rallies behind him,” Hanson said. “We ran that play for him earlier in the year. He’s been with us ever since. He doesn't miss practice unless he’s in therapy. He’s come a long way from that first day.”

The Black Panthers (12-0) took a 20-6 lead at halftime.

Grayson Hanson led Platte-Geddes with 78 yards rushing on 15 carries and two touchdowns. Jackson Neuman added 69 yards on 16 carries while Kelby Vanderweff completed 5 of 9 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Hamlin (11-1), which entered in championship game as the No. 2 seed was led by Xander Sheehan, who threw for 104 yards while completing 6 of 14 passes including a 50-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to Cameron Thue. Luke Fraser added the Chargers’ only other touchdown with a 6-yard run as time expired. 

“It meant a lot,” Hanson said of the championship. “These seniors did a lot. They’ve gone through some rough years when they were younger. But coming up through middle school, you knew these guys could be special. They are a tight-knit group, they are friends off the field and I think that’s huge. Great kids.” 

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