West Sioux (5-2) at Sioux Central (4-3)
This will be the first meeting between the Rebels and Falcons with the new district alignment.
Sioux Central tailback Devin Tripp played the game of his life, breaking the all-time state rushing record by 65 yards with a 549 yard, nine touchdown performance in a 64-32 victory over winless Le Mars Gehlen. The nine scores ties the state's total touchdowns in a game record. The Rebels needed the district triumph after letting a 28-12 halftime lead slip away against Akron-Westfield the week before in a game that ended with the Westerners winning 46-40. West Sioux took on now-No. 10-ranked Woodbury Central last week at home and got thumped 42-6. A sturdy Woodbury line shut down the Falcons running game, and West Sioux struggled through the air going 16-37 for 156 yards, no scores and two picks.
The Rebels' loss to Akron puts Sioux Central in must-win mode tonight as they'll have Woodbury coming up next week, and the Westerners will play Lawton-Bronson and South O'Brien in their final two contests. A-W and Sioux Central are both 3-2 in district play, and the Westerners of course have the tiebreakers, meaning a Rebel loss to West Sioux basically seals them out of the postseason. The win won't come easily as the Falcons have proven themselves to be the third best team in the district by record with a fairly balanced offense that's covered 1,225 yards on the ground and 911 through the air. The Rebels' chances all depend on the play up front. If the holes are there, Tripp has proven to be more than capable of taking advantage. If they aren't, Sioux Central's offense will be in for a long night. Defensively, the Rebels will look to tighten up their secondary after giving up a lot of real estate against the pass the last couple of weeks.
Caleb Anderson -- 11-24, 204 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Devin Tripp -- 187-1,236, 18 TD
Tavian Pritchard -- 48-243, 7 TD
Chance Johansen -- 5-97, 1 TD
Mac Prior -- 4-56
D. Tripp -- 59 tackles, 3.5 for loss
Kal Swanson -- 56.5 tackles, 5.5 for loss
Porter Hummel -- 72-129, 911 yards, 10 TD, 8 INT
Justin Negaard -- 61-395, 3 TD
Mario Topete -- 63-332, 2 TD
P. Hummel -- 78-263, 6 TD
J. Negaard -- 20-270, 4 TD
Kezden Blankenship -- 20-229, 4 TD
J. Negaard -- 72.5 tackles, 14.5 for loss, 2 sacks
Trevor Ericson -- 42 tackles, 14.5 for loss, 4 sacks