VOLGA – The Sioux Valley football team cruised in its first round playoff game Thursday night as the No. 2 seeded Cossacks rolled to a 54-20 win over No. 15 Deuel.
The Cossacks jumped on the Cardinals early as they intercepted a pass on Deuel’s first possession. Sioux Valley then turned the turnover into points when McKade Rentsch ran in an eight-yard touchdown. Carson Christopherson caught a pass from Parker Puetz for the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
Sioux Valley forced a three and out and then blocked a punt, giving them great field possession again. Puetz connected with Christopherson from four yards out and the Cossacks led 14-0 with 5:25 left in the first quarter.
“It was very important [to get out to a fast start]. We wanted to start quick and come out and get after it right away,” said Sioux Valley head coach Dan Hughes.
The Cossacks would stretch the lead seven seconds into the second quarter when Puetz ran it into the end zone from four yards out. The Cossacks failed on the two-point conversion, so it was 20-0. Sioux Valley’s quick strike offense struck a little over two and half minutes later when Puetz found Damian Danzeisen for a 56-yard touchdown and the Cossacks led 26-0 with 9:16 left in the first half.
Sioux Valley continued to pour it on in the first half when Rentsch scored on a three-yard touchdown run. He would run in the two-point conversion as well and it was 34-0 Cossacks with 5:29 left in the half.
The Cardinals finally broke the shutout with 2:08 left in the first half. Quarterback Trey Maaland took it 36 yards to the house to make it 34-6.
Deuel’s momentum didn’t last long as the Cossacks marched down the field and the drive was capped off with a four-yard touchdown pass from Puetz to David Knutson. Donovan Rose ran in the two-point conversion and Sioux Valley led 42-6 at halftime.
It didn’t take long for the Cossacks to score in the second half. Boden Schiller ran it in from 24 yards out with 10:23 left in the third quarter. The Cossacks failed on the two-point conversion and it was 48-6.
Maaland had his second long touchdown run of the night three minutes and 17 seconds later. He dashed to the end zone from 42 yards out and it was 48-14.
Once again Sioux Valley seized back the momentum as Danzeisen took the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to the house to make it 54-14 with 6:47 left in the third.
Maaland scored his third touchdown of the night with 9:07 left in the game, but it was too little too late.
Sioux Valley dominated on defense and special teams. The Cossacks had two interceptions, a blocked punt and recovered a fumble on a punt. They held the Cardinals to three yards passing on the night.
“[The defense] was phenomenal,” Hughes said. “Coach [Jordan] Fast had them dialed in and they were flying all over.”
The Cossacks racked up 302 yards of total offense. Puetz was 9-for-18 with 156 yards. Danzeisen had two catches for 77 yards and Christopherson had 60 yards on four catches.
Rentsch finished with 52 yards on six carries and Puetz had eight carries for 43 yards.
“Offense, I felt like we could get yards and score at will, so that went well too. Obviously kids were flying around and did a good job,” Hughes said.
Maaland was the leading rusher for the Cardinals. He had 116 yards on 16 carries. Carver Nothem had 47 yards on seven carries and Dominic Constant had eight carries for 35 yards.
Sioux Valley will have a chance at redemption next week as the Cossacks welcome No. 7 seeded Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan to Volga. BEE blew out No. 10 seeded Hot Springs 48-6 on Thursday and beat the Cossacks 20-16 in the season opener.
Hughes said his team is excited for the rematch and will have to come out ready to play.
“We’ll just have to do our best, play our best and do great things to play a great game next week,” Hughes said.
The Cossacks and Seahawks are scheduled to play on Thursday in the quarterfinals. A time has not yet been announced. No. 1 Winner, No. 9 McCook Central/Montrose, No. 13 Wagner, No. 5 Elk Point-Jefferson, No. 14 Beresford and No. 6 Aberdeen Roncalli all won first round games as well Thursday night in Class 11B.