The Sully Buttes Chargers had miscues, including three fumbles—two in the first half—and fell into a 30-6 hole at halftime against Colman Egan, but came out strong in the second half. It was too big a hole to dig out of, and the Chargers fall to the Hawks 42-28 in the Class 9B championship game Thursday morning at the Dakotadome in Vermillion .
Team speed by the Hawks prevailed, with scoring runs of 54, 70, 54 and 50 yards during the contest. Despite trailing on the scoreboard, Sully Buttes came charging back, and trailed 36-28 with 4:38 remaining. But the Hawks scored on the very next series, and the Chargers ran out of time.
Despite the score, total team offense showed the Hawks had 373 yards, while Sully Buttes had 367 on the ground and through the air. Sully Buttes led in possession time, by a 27:49 to 20:11 margin.
Quarterback Devan Kleven was 21 for 39, with 250 yards passing, with Nick Wittler accumulating ten receptions for 107 yards. For Colman Egan, Bodee Groos(gross) was 6 of 9 in passing for 73 yards, and racked up 300 yards of offense on the ground.
Sully Buttes finished the season at 11-1, while Colman Egan was undefeated for the second straight year at 12-0. The Hawks won last years Class 9A title in 2016.