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Herreid/Selby Area’s Brenden Begeman, left, runs past the diving tackle attempt of Ipswich’s Ty Kadlec, right, during a game earlier this season at Dacotah Bank Stadium. Begeman scored two touchowns and added both PATs as Herreid-Selby Area defeated De Smet 16-14 in the semifinals of the Class 9A playoffs Friday night in Selby. Photo by John Davis taken 9/24/2021

SELBY – Herreid-Selby Area scored two touchdowns in two minutes to rally past De Smet 16-14 in a battle of unbeatens in the semifinals of the Class 9A football playoffs Friday night.

The Wolverines trailed 14-0 before scoring a pair of touchdowns and getting two crucial two-point conversions. Brenden Begeman ran for a touchdown and PAT with 7:43 left in the third. HSA then recovered an on-side kick and found the end zone again with 5:41 remaining in the quarter when Tray Hettick tossed a four-yard touchdown pass to Begeman, who then provided the game-winning extra points on a run.

De Smet had an opportunity to score late in the game before the Wolverines recovered a fumble deep in their own territory to help preserve the victory.

De Smet (10-1) 6 8 0 0 – 14

Herreid-Selby Area (12-0) 0 0 16 0 – 16

D – Kalen Garry 17 pass from Colt Wilkinson.

D – Garry 6 run (Rett Osthus pass from Wilkinson).

HSA – Brenden Begeman 5 run (Begeman run).

HSA – Begeman 4 pass from Tray Hettick (Begeman run).

Potter County 22, Faulkton 12

Potter County (10-2) 0 14 0 8 – 22

Faulkton (8-3) 0 6 0 6 – 12

F – Hunter Niederbaumer 12 pass from Parker Geditz.

PC – Colin Arbach 54 pass from Grant Luikens.

PC – Drake Bassett 65 pass from Luikens (Luikens run).

PC – Luikens 5 run (Luikens run).

F – Garrett Cramer 1 run.

OFFENSE: Potter County rushing 42-201 (Cooper Logan 15-76, Luikens 13-75), passing 3-11-0 for 128 (Luikens 3-11-0 for 128), receiving (Bassett 2-74, Arbach 1-54), first downs 14; Faulkton rushing 27-30 (Cramer 13-26, Simon Bowar 5-21), passing 14-26-1 for 127 (Geditz 14-25-1 for 127), receiving (Niederbaumer 4-40, Layne Cotton 2-31, Bowar 1-26, Roman Dimaria 5-23), first downs 13.

DEFENSE: Potter County, Logan 8 tackles, Carter Luikens 5.5 tackles, Alex Tanner 5 tackles, Arbach 4.5 tackles; Faulkton, Bowar 14 tackles, Geditz 5 tackles, Cotton 4.5 tackles, Ben Stoecker 4 tackles, Dimaria 4 tackles.

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