The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal football team qualified for the 9B playoffs after a 36-6 win over the Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Raiders on Friday, October 12th at Rickeman Field. It was the final regular season game of the year for St Mary and Senior Night.
The Cardinals led but just two scores at halftime at 14-0. St Mary was able to double the lead by the end of the third quarter at 28-0. Both teams put a score on the board in the fourth quarter.
The two teams finished very close in total yards. The Cardinals finished with 289 yards of total offense, 192 rushing yards and 97 passing yards. The Raiders finished with 287 yards of total offense, 139 rushing yards and 148 passing yards.
Connor Libis was 7-13 passing for 97 yards and three two-point conversions. West Geraets had three catches for 67 yards. Ethan Geraets had two catches for 24 yards. Libis also had 16 carries for 103 yards and four touchdowns. Payton Park had 13 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown. W. Geraets had eight carries for 35 yards. Ryan Eining led the defense with 15 tackles in the game. Eli Longville had 8.5 tackles. W. Geraets had eight tackles and an interception. Libis also finished with eight tackles. E. Geraets tallied 7.5 tackles and an interception. Max Herber had a fumble recovery in the game.
Ethan Geraets this this year’s lone senior on the Cardinal football team.
St Mary (3-5) will travel to Castlewood in the opening round of the 9B playoffs on Thursday, October 18th. The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.