Bobcats open postseason hosting Spartans


Top-seeded Brookings opens the Class 11AA Playoffs taking on No. 8 Spearfish.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.

“It’s playoff football,” said BHS coach Brady Clark. “The main message this week has just been ‘to be accountable’ and to make sure we’re being ourselves and we continue to do the things that we’ve been doing to get to this point.

“Just because we beat Spearfish once – it’s always hard to beat the same team twice, so we need to come out and make sure we’re doing the little things right and we’re executing and, like I said, being ourselves.”

The Bobcats finished the regular season with a 9-0 record, while the Spartans ended up 0-8.

Brookings outscored its opponents a combined 382-95 – 42.44-10.56 average – during the regular season, posting a trio of shutouts.

BHS beat Yankton 41-0 last Thursday at home in a matchup of undefeated squads.

Spearfish is putting up just 8.88 points per game while allowing 53.25.

The Bobcats hit the road Oct. 16 and beat the Spartans 63-0, pulling many of their starters in the first half.

Brookings picked up 514 yards on 41 rushes – 12.5 average. It was 21-0 after a quarter and 50-0 at halftime.

Josh Buri ran four times for 122 yards with three touchdowns. Keegan Fields had 131 yards and a score on eight attempts. Josh Devine scored twice. Justin Cofell ran for 67 yards, while Tyson Brandt and Israel Caldron added TDs.

The ‘Cats put up 296.6 rushing yards per game, averaging 8.1 per carry.

Buri averages 142.6 yards per game and 11.7 per carry with 20 touchdowns on 110 touches.

Bowes is 48-of-86 for 830 yards with 12 TDs and four INTs through the air.

On defense, Wes Koenig has 51 tackles, Parker Theobald 48 and Max Struck and John Noordsy 44 apiece. Brock Longville has eight sacks, Theobald 7 1/2 and Noordsy six.

Gavin Fixsen has five of the team’s 14 interceptions. Noordsy has five takeaways, including three fumble recoveries.

“I would like us to try to play a perfect game,” Clark noted. “Especially our starters, but all-around, I would like us to play a mentally error-free football game. You know, no turnovers, no mental mistakes, play fast and physical like we do – those are some things that we can always clean up in the mental aspect part of it as well. That’s the big thing we’re looking for this week.”

Next week

The victor faces the winner of the No. 4 Sturgis (5-4)/No. 5 Huron (4-5) game.

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