The Dell Rapids Quarriers defeated the Sisseton Redmen 34-12 in the opening round of the 11A South Dakota High School football playoffs on Tuesday, October 29th, in Dell Rapids. The Quarriers lead 14-0 after the first quarter thanks to a 24-yard touchdown run by Riley Schmidt and a 25-yard touchdown run by Brett Nichols in the quarter. Sisseton scored first in the second quarter to cut the lead to 14-6 on a 19-yard pass from Hunter Medenwald to Ethan Kranhold. Dell Rapids would score with :44 before halftime on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Solberg to Schmidt to give the Quarriers a 20-6 halftime lead. The Quarriers picked up two more touchdowns in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Schmidt and 15-yard pass from Solberg to Zach Schroeder. Sisseton picked up a late touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run by Brayden Tasa.
Dell Rapids picked up 352 yards of total offense in the game, 300 on the ground and 52 yards through the air. They had 19 first down, held the ball for little over 30 minutes in the game, and finished 5-10 on their 3rd down conversions. Schmidt lead the ground attack with 16 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and also had 26 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. Nichols carried the ball 10 times for 66 yards and a touchdown, while Jacob Huewe had 11 carries for 54 yards. Solberg finished 4-8 passing for 52 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
Defensively for Dell Rapids, Schroeder and Tanner Ljunggren each finished the game with 5.0 tackles. Brock Reinhiller had 4.0 tackles, Ben Gillogly finished with 4.0 tackles, and Zach White had 3.0 tackles.
Dell Rapids improves to 7-2 on the year. The Quarriers will host Belle Fourche on Monday, November 4th, in the second round of the playoffs.