Area football teams preparing for state quarterfinals

RAPID CITY, S.D. – St. Thomas More qualified for the high school football playoffs for the 19th year in a row.

But it wasn’t easy.

Earlier this season, St. Thomas More was only 1-3 on the year. However, the Cavaliers won their final five games to earn the sixth seed in the upcoming Class 11A playoffs.

Now St. Thomas More is preparing to play No. 3 Dakota Valley in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Cavaliers enter the contest with a 6-3 record, while the Panthers are 8-1.

Despite being the underdogs, Cavaliers head coach Wayne Sullivan says his team is ready for the challenge.

“Dakota Valley is very very good as evident by going to the dome last year and here they are again 8-1,” Cavaliers head coach Wayne Sullivan said. “They offense they run is tough. But you scheme. You try to get your guys in the right spot. Its going to be all about attitude and effort on our part. Forget about the travel. We just have to get where we have to get and play football.”


High School Football Quarterfinals

Schedule for Thursday, Oct. 25

Class 11AAA

#6 RC Central at #3 Brandon Valley   3 p.m.


Class 11AA

#8 Spearfish at #1 Pierre   5 p.m.

#7 Sturgis at #2 Yankton   5 p.m.


Class 11A

#8 Hot Springs at #1 Tea Area   5 p.m.

#5 West Central at #4 Todd County  4 p.m.

#6 St. Thomas More at #3 Dakota Valley   5 p.m.


Class 11B

#5 Winner at #4 SF Christian  6 p.m.

#6 Lead-Deadwood at #3 Mt. Vernon-Plankinton   5 p.m.


Class 9A

#8 New Underwood at #1 Timber Lake  6 p.m.


Class 9B

#8 Kadoka Area at #1 Sully Buttes   6 p.m.

#6 Castlewood at #3 Wall   6 p.m.

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