Second-ranked Class 9AA Deubrook overcame a 37-22 halftime deficit to defeat fifth-ranked Gregory 44-37 in the Class 9AA football semifinals Saturday in White.
Ryan Knutson had TD runs of 45 and 20 yards in the third quarter as the Dolphins (11-0) got within 37-36, then quarterback Taylor Olsen scored on a 1-yard run with 7:38 to play to put Deubrook ahead. The winning TD was set up by an interception deep in Deubrook territory by Kay Glatzer that he returned to midfield.
Knutson rushed 28 times for 243 yards and four TDs. His other TD runs were of 39 and 15 yards. Olsen was 6-for-17 for 122 yards and had a 65-yard TD pass to Dustin Trooien, who had four catches for 96 yards. Riley Hanson added 81 yards rushing on 15 carries. Tyler Jensen had 16 tackles, Trooien 14 and Evan Sheffield 13.
For Gregory (9-2), Jaden Bartling rushed 36 times for 170 yards and he also was 11-for-23 for 150 yards. Bartling had TD passes of 25 and 4 yards to Brady Boes and 17 yards to Jonah Beck, and Bartling also had a 12-yard TD run. Paul Taggart had a 5-yard TD run. Beck had three receptions for 95 yards.
HOWARD 50, CLARK-WILLOW LAKE 0 in Clark - The fourth-ranked Tigers (9-2) rushed for 506 yards, including 276 by Luke Loudenburg, who rushed 18 times and had TD runs of 5, 54 and 76 yards.
Landon Laible added two 1-yard TD runs and he threw a 15-yard TD pass to Andrew Schwader. Laible was 4-for-10 for 50 yards. Cal Wiese had a 7-yard TD run. Evan Donahue rushed 10 times for 96 yards. Jordan Kuhle had seven tackles. Howard led 28-0 at halftime.
For CWL (9-2), Lane Hovde rushed 11 times for 46 yards and Tyson Jenkins was 3-for-17 for 42 yards. Rhett Florey had 11 tackles.
The game ended with 5:49 to play due to the mercy rule.
HARDING COUNTY 40, CASTLEWOOD 28 in Buffalo - The top-ranked Ranchers scored two third-quarter defensive touchdowns - on a 45-yard interception return by Jess Feist and a 23-yard fumble recovery by Windon Hewson - to break open a close game. HC led 20-16 before that.
Steven Koch had an 11-yard TD run and Hewson a 16-yard TD run. Feist had TD pass of 22 and 57 yards to Ckyler Floyd. Feist was 10-for-21 for 216 yards and Floyd had five catches for 117 yards. Koch had 84 yards on 11 carries. Hewson and Koch each had 10 tackles.
For Castlewood, Lucas Ching had TD passes of 19 yards to Grant Fodness and 64 and 87 yards to Case Wiarda. Brock Schafer added a 74-yard TD run. Ching was 9-for-23 for 210 yards.