VERMILLION – Sioux Falls Washington stopped a Sioux Falls Roosevelt two-point conversion try with 27 seconds remaining to post a 20-19 victory Saturday night in the DakotaDome for its third consecutive Class 11AAA football title
Roosevelt was up 10-0 after a quarter as Chris Kirschman kicked a 39-yard field goal and Nick Hoekstra had a 31-yard touchdown toss to Jhett Vaughn.
Washington pulled even in the second after Jayden Johannsen connected with Shiloh Flanagan for a 43-yard score and Brock Walker booted a 20-yard field goal.
Tupak Kpeayeh put the Warriors ahead with a 6-yard run early in the third. Kirschman’s 31-yard field goal cut the deficit to 17-13.
Walker made it 20-13 in favor of the Warriors with a 25-yard boot 10 seconds into the fourth.
Demareio Hester caught a 28-yard pass from Hoekstra and found the end zone with 27 seconds to go; however, the Warriors halted the two-point attempt to secure the victory.
Kpeayeh ran for 204 yards and had a 10-yard catch as he earned Joe Robbie MVP and Most Outstanding Back honors. Johannsen was 11-of-18 for 188 yards with the TD.
Senior Will Farniok was Most Outstanding Lineman.
For Roosevelt, Carter Lohr went 20-of-37 for 177 yards with an INT.
The Warriors improved to 6-5 in championship games, while the Rough Riders dropped to 3-4.
• Madison 42, Dakota Valley 20
The Bulldogs (12-0), making their fifth consecutive appearance in the championship game, won their third title in a row.
Jadon Janke was named Most Outstanding Back after running for 93 yards and three touchdowns to go with two receptions for 62 yards and a score.
Jaxon Janke was the Joe Robbie MVP, totaling 197 yards and a pair of TDs on eight catches.
Josh Giles went 10-of-17 for 259 yards with three TDs and an INT while rushing for 14 yards. Thomas Gors ran for 49 yards.
Johnny Ricke was voted the Most Outstanding Lineman.
The Panthers (11-1) struck first on Nate Rice’s 7-yard run 4 1/2 minutes into the game; however, the Bulldogs countered with 42 consecutive points.
Jaxon Janke later forced a fumble and Brad Hoff recovered deep in Dakota Valley territory. Jadon Janke ran 5 yards into the end zone soon thereafter to knot things up at 7-all.
Jaxon Janke then came up with an interception, before Jadon Janke scored his second TD on the ground – a 4-yarder – to make it 14-7.
The Panthers snapped the ball over their punter’s head out the back of the end zone for a safety in the second quarter.
Giles had scoring throws of 45 yards to Jadon Janke and 66 yards to Jaxon Janke to give the Bulldogs a 29-7 cushion at halftime. Giles added a 3-yard TD toss to Jaxon Janke in the third.
Jadon Janke’s 2-yard plunge to paydirt made it 42-7 with 3:16 remaining in the third.
Doyle Brown had 10 tackles to pace the Bulldogs and Jadon Janke added six. Carter Bergheim went 5-of-7 on PAT kicks.
Dakota Valley’s Zach Poulsen hooked up with Luke Johnson for touchdown completions of 55 and 22 yards in the fourth stanza.
The Panthers were making their second ‘Dome appearance all-time (2000 11B runners-up).
MADISON IN THE TITLE GAME
All games Class 11A
2013 (11-1) – Lost 28-21 to West Central.
2014 (10-2) – Lost 12-7 to Dell Rapids.
2015 (12-0) – Beat West Central 28-21
2016 (11-1) – Best Tea Area 39-0.
2017 (12-0) – Beat Dakota Valley 42-20.
TOTAL (56-4) – 3-2 record in ‘Dome.