The Bulldogs got on the board first on a two-yard run by Marshall Voeltz with 6:14 to go in the opening quarter. Gavin Koch completed a 17-yard screen pass to Jacob Krempges for a touchdown with 3:29 to go in the quarter. The extra point was no good, and Milbank held a 7-6 lead. Voeltz scored again for Milbank on a five-yard run with 6:47 to play in the second quarter, but the extra point was no good. The Bulldogs kept rolling as Kaden Krause connected with Benned Schwenn for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 5:18 to to go. The extra point was good. That was the final score of the first half, and Milbank led 20-6 at halftime.
The Trojans ignited some momentum on the first play of the third quarter. Dierickx caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Koch. The two-point conversion was no good, but the Trojans cut the lead to 20-12 with 11:50 to play in the third quarter. The score remained 20-12 until about the midway point of the fourth quarter. Koch and Dierickx connected again with 7:54 to go in the game. This time the pass was from 20 yards away. Justin Zirpel ran the two-point conversion into the endzone to tie the game 20-20. Dierickx scored for the fourth time in the game after a 65-yard touchdown punt return with 6:09 to play giving West Central a 26-20 lead. The two-point conversion was no good. Milbank tied the game on a 24-yard touchdown pass with 4:23 to play. The extra point was blocked, and the game was tied 26-26. That was the final score in regulation, and the game went into overtime.
Neither team scored in the first overtime. In the second overtime, the Trojans had the ball first and scored on fourth down. Koch completed a pass to Dierickx from five yards away for the touchdown. The extra point was made to give West Central a 33-26 lead. The Bulldogs scored a touchdown on their possession and went for the two-point conversion. The pass was incomplete at the goal line, and West Central held on for the 33-32 win.
Koch finished 12-31 passing for 216 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. Dierickx had 10 catches for 194 yards and three touchdowns. Krempges had a catch for 17 yards and a touchdown. Zirpel had 20 carries in the game for 56 yards. Dierickx also had a punt return for a touchdown.
The Trojans will host Sioux Falls Christian on Friday, September 17th.