Brett Hogen ties for 2nd at Yankton Invitational by Jim Prosser One-hundred-twenty golfers, from all over South Dakota and Iowa, participated in the Yankton High School Invitational held on Friday, Sept. 8 at Hillcrest Golf and Country Club. Twenty schools representing diverse locations as Sioux Falls (all schools), Brandon Valley, all three Sioux City public schools, West River and Black Hills schools � RCC, RCS, Sturgis, Spearfish, Winner, Todd County, participated, as well as northern area schools Huron and Aberdeen, Lennox, West Central, Vermillion and Yankton.
SF Roosevelt won with a team score of 320 but the medalist was Yankton's Ryan Potas with the 18 hole score of 74. Four golfers tied for second place by shooting 75s, including Brett Hogen who was in a playoff to determine medal places and was awarded third.
Other Tanager scorers were: Rob Schaack � 88, Nathan Boots � 96, Brad Schaack (recovering from an appendectomy) � 95, and Ryan Nelson, who suffered very bad luck on the front nine but finished with a back nine respectable 46.
A team score of 354 placed the Tanagers near the middle of the pack. Some individual highlights; Rob missed qualifying for the state tournament by one stroke but his score placed him 14th among the competitors while Brett did qualify for state with his second place finish.
Very windy conditions effected the scores which were higher than expected from the quality high school golfers in the tournament.
USD moves to 2-0
on young season
with 38-14 win
In a very real sense, the tables were turned on Saturday night, Sept. 9, as The University of South Dakota Coyotes (2-0) registered their third straight victory and their second win this season in a 38-14 win over visiting Truman State (1-1) before 4,635 in the DakotaDome.
Coming into the game, Truman State had registered 35 points while the Coyotes scored 17 in their season opener. But after Truman grabbed a 14-10 lead, South Dakota's defense and offense stepped up. USD outscored Truman State 28-0 in the final three quarters as the Coyotes registered their highest scoring output since scoring 43 against St. Cloud State last year during the Dakota Days game.
Trailing by four in the second quarter, South Dakota's senior fullback Mike Weister of Marshfield, WI took a 22 yard pass from sophomore quarterback Ryan Justice of Harlan, IA into the end zone with 8:19 left in the second quarter. Then in the third quarter senior kicker Adam Hicks of Sioux Falls nailed a 33-yard field goal before Weister had a 15 yard scoring run with 13:02 left in the fourth quarter. Hicks hit his third straight field goal, a 41-yard boot at the 8:27 mark in the fourth quarter. Then freshman Dusty Stamer of Grand Island, NE electrified the DakotaDome with a 79-yard scoring run near the end of the game.
In a heavy scoring first quarter, Hicks had a 20 yard field goal with 12:41 to go in the first
quarter and Stamer had a six yard scoring run with 4:17 left in the first quarter that gave the Coyotes a 10-7 lead. Following Hicks' field goal, Alphonso Pugh of Truman State had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Then with just 17 seconds left in the opening quarter, Kevin Collins caught a 38 yard touchdown pass from Bulldog quarterback Eric Howe, his fifth scoring strike of the season.
For a while, it looked like an offensive shootout was in place but the Coyote defense had other ideas. Time and time again, they intercepted Howe or hurried his throws because of a strong pass rush. Stopping the rush was a key for the Coyotes as they limited Truman State to just two yards rushing on 25 attempts. Howe completed 22 of 41 passes for 217 yards and had three passes picked off. He was sacked twice by a heavy Coyote pass rush.
Overall the Coyotes limited the pass-heavy Truman State attack to 264 yards passing and
registered five interceptions, including a career-high two picks by Rory Triplett, a senior
from Iowa City, IA. The defense also recovered a fumble to give the Coyotes six totals takeaways. Senior linebacker Josh Stamer of Sutherland, IA had 11 tackles including six unassisted stops and three tackles for losses.
Justice had another steady game calling signals for the Coyotes. He completed 11 of 22
passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. Justice and Stamer connected on a 52-yard pass, the Coyotes' longest pass play of the season. Hicks, who was 1 of 3 last week on field goals in the win over Missouri Western State, hit all three of his field goal attempts and three extra points.
Stamer, whose two touchdowns gave him three on the season, had 139 yards in 14 carries for an outstanding 9.9 average. Sophomore tailback Kary Gantt of Davenport, IAhad 17 rushes for 47 yards and Weister had five carries for 28 yards. Stamer also led the receiving corps with three catches for 89 yards while Weister had four catches for 49 yards. The Coyotes also got another great game from punter Filip Filipovic, who had seven punts for a 48.3 average and a long of 55 yards.
The Coyotes next game is Sept. 16. They will play next weekend in Grand Forks, ND to face the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota.