Lynx beat Warriors in 11AAA final

SDPB.org Brandon Valley’s Tanner Niewenhuis (53) attempts to get to Sioux Falls Washington quarterback Jayden Johannsen (2) as he’s blocked by Aiden Brink (74) during the Lynx’s 28-22 win over the Warriors in the Class 11AAA football championship game Saturday night at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.

VERMILLION – Brandon Valley beat three-time defending champion Sioux Falls Washington 28-22 in the Class 11AAA football title game Saturday night at the DakotaDome.

It marked the Lynx’s first state championship since 1998.

Thomas Scholten, the Joe Robbie MVP, went 18-of-22 for 213 yards with a pair of touchdown tosses.

Outstanding Back Carter Olthoff had eight catches for 134 yards and a score.

Tate Johnson ran for 144 yards and a TD. Jesse Steffel also found the end zone on the ground, while Cole Siegfried tallied a TD catch.

BV’s Jack Harvison was Outstanding Lineman.

The Lynx led 14-0 after a quarter, 14-13 at halftime and 28-13 through three.

The Warriors’ Tupak Kpeayeh, then state record-holder in both rushing yards and touchdowns, ended up with 108 yards and one TD.

Jayden Johannsen finished 18-of-27 for 238 yards with two TDs and a pair of INTs. Jhett Andersen, who had 94 yards, and Gabe Person both had touchdown catches.

Third-seeded Brandon Valley finished the season with a 10-2 record and No. 4 Sioux Falls Washington ended up 9-3.

Notes: Brandon Valley is 7-4 in finals, including 1-1 at the 11AAA level. The Lynx won 11A titles in 1984, 1985 and 1988; and 11AA crowns in 1989, 1990 and 1998. They were runners-up in 11AA in 1995, 1997 and 2012; and in 11AAA in 2016 (a 41-31 loss to the Warriors). … Sioux Falls Washington is 6-6 in finals, including 3-1 at the 11AAA level. The Warriors won 11AA titles in 2009, 2010 and 2012, before tallying an 11AAA three-peat from 2015-17. They were runners-up in 11AA in 1986, 2002, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

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