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State football roundup: Washington holds on for third straight title

Sioux Falls Washington running back Tupak Kpeayeh, left, runs through the tackle of Sioux Falls Roosevelt's Adam Kusler (31) during the Class 11AAA championship game Saturday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting photo)

VERMILLION — A stop on a 2-point conversion with 27 seconds left helped Sioux Falls Washington to a 20-19 victory over Sioux Falls Roosevelt in the Class 11AAA championship game, as the Warriors won the state title for a third straight season.

The Rough Riders (10-2) converted a 4th-and-6 from the Washington 28-yard line on an option pass from Nick Hoekstra to Demareio Hester for a touchdown, Hoekstra's second passing touchdown of the game. Roosevelt attempted the 2-point conversion to take the lead but an option pitch to Hoekstra was stopped short of the goal line.

Washington (12-0) — which won its 34th straight game — rallied out of an early 10-0 hole for a tie game at halftime and Joe Robbie MVP Tupak Kpeayeh ran for 204 yards on 32 carries and a third-quarter touchdown to put the Warriors up for good 17-10. The teams traded field goals for Washington to lead 20-13 with 11:50 remaining in the game.

Jayden Johannsen passed for 180 yards and a touchdown, finding Shiloh Flanagan four times for 95 receiving yards and a score. Carter Lohr was 20-for-38 passing for 177 yards passing for the Riders, with Hoekstra rushing 11 times for 68 yards.

Class 11A: Madison 42, Dakota Valley 20

VERMILLION — Dakota Valley scored the opening touchdown in the Class 11A championship game Saturday and Madison promptly responded with 42 unanswered points, as the Bulldogs claimed their third straight state championship at the DakotaDome.

Quarterback Josh Giles threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns for the Bulldogs (12-0), finding Jaxon Janke eight times for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Janke's brother Jadon ran for 93 yards and three touchdowns, caught two passes for 62 yards and a touchdown, as Madison outgained the Panthers, 403-257.

Luke Johnson caught two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter for Dakota Valley (11-1) and Nate Rice had a rushing touchdown for the Panthers, who made their first appearance in the DakotaDome since 2000.