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The onslaught of nationally ranked opponents continues today for the Dakota Wesleyan University football team. The DWU football team plays at No. 17 Northwestern College at 7 p.m. today in Orange City, Iowa, in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game. It's the fourth straight game against a top-25 team for DWU, which is coming off a 76-21 defeat against No. 4 Morningside College last week that coach Ross Cimpl characterized as both disappointing and frustrating.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS—One of Class 11B's newest teams knocked off one of the class's perennial powers on Friday. No. 5 Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central edged No. 4 Winner 21-14 in a prep football thriller at Wessington Springs. The win ensured the Southeast South Dakota Conference crown for the Blackhawks, who extended their winning streak to six games. The Blackhawks (7-1) snapped Winner's six-game winning streak.
When/Where: 7 p.m. today in Wessington Springs. Coaches: Winner's Dan Aaker; Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central's Jason Kolousek. Forecast: 54 degrees at kickoff, with winds at southeast at 6 mph and a slight chance of rain. Records: Winner is 6-1 and ranked No. 4 in Class 11B; Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central is 6-1 and No. 5 in Class 11B. Here are three items to watch for in tonight's Daily Republic Game of the Week between Winner and Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central: Players to watch
HOWARD—Pick your poison with Michael Hofer. The Howard junior running back uses his 5-foot-11, 190-pound frame to run over defenders, but is also shifty enough in the open field to run around tacklers. "He loves to run the football," Howard coach Pat Ruml said. "But when he gets it in space, he will either run around you or over you, but he chooses to run over you because of his body size. I think his tough style of running is what really sets him apart from some of the others."
For all of the offensive success Dakota Wesleyan University's football team has had this season, the defense leaves a lot to be desired. And after allowing 76 points on Saturday, the Tiger defense is trying to climb out of the national statistical basement. The numbers starkly tell the story. DWU's pass defense currently ranks last in the country, allowing 323.3 yards per game. DWU is allowing 509.9 yards per game, third-worst in the country (86th out of 88 teams in NAIA football).
Lyman graduate and Presho native Anna Flitner has played in all 15 matches for the Carleton College volleyball team. The freshman outside hitter has recorded 144 digs, 19 aces, 17 kills and 16 assists for the 5-10 Knights, who are an NCAA Division III school from Northfield, Minnesota. Carleton hosts Martin Luther College in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match on Friday. Weber, Augie place 2nd at Central Missouri Invite
On Saturday, Morningside College showed once again how much of a gap there is between it and the Dakota Wesleyan University football team. The Mustangs opened up a commanding 42-0 lead over the Tigers and coasted to a 76-21 Great Plains Athletic Conference win in Sioux City, Iowa.
Expect offensive fireworks today in Sioux City, Iowa. Both No. 22 Dakota Wesleyan University and No. 4-ranked Morningside College boast high-powered offenses, which will be on full display at 1:30 p.m. in today's critical Great Plains Athletic Conference college football game. DWU is ranked No. 1 nationally in total offense with 615.3 yards per game. Morningside is third nationally with 587.4 yards per game.
CHAMBERLAIN—Mount Vernon/Plankinton only attempted one pass on Friday. One proved to be more than enough. MVP blanked Chamberlain 52-0 to spoil the Cubs' Homecoming at Don Giese Field in Chamberlain. Behind bruising running back Jesse Hastings, the Titans (4-3) outmanned the Cubs (2-5) in the dominating victory, piling up 313 rushing yards on 44 attempts. "Our line was just killing it," Hastings said. "The plays were just flowing. I can't be any more happy for how our line played."
When/Where: 7 p.m. today at Don Giese Field, Chamberlain. Coaches: Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Brent Olson; Chamberlain's Dan Olson. Forecast: The temperature for kickoff will be 54 degrees, with a 35 percent chance of rain and winds at 5 mph. Records: Mount Vernon/Plankinton is 3-3; Chamberlain is 2-4. Here are three items to watch for in tonight's Daily Republic Game of the Week between Chamberlain and Mount Vernon/Plankinton: Playoff picture