Britton-Hecla and Canistota-Freeman agreed prior to Thursday’s Class 9A championship football game to honor injured Braves’ quarterback Trevor Zuehlke on the first play of the game with no quarterback in the backfield. A delay of game penalty was called and declined by Canistota-Freeman.
Britton-Hecla players held helmets high as they sang the school Fight Song following their state championship battle with Canistota-Freeman on Thursday. Coach Pat Renner, who announced his retirement following the game, was holding up Trevor Zuehlke’s helmet in honor of the injured quarterback/linebacker.
B-H senior Cole Fosness is congratulated by teammates after a second quarter touchdown in the Class 9A championship football game on Thursday. Fosness ran for 187 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. (Dakota Broadcasting Photo)
Braves Runner-Up In Class 9A
Britton-Hecla’s football team set up for the first play of the Class 9A championship game on Thursday without a quarterback, and after Canistota-Freeman won its second straight state title 46-34, the two teams knelt in prayer on the 50-yard line.
The first play was in honor of fallen junior quarterback Trevor Zuehlke, and the prayer was for challenges both teams have endured this season. Both gestures reinforced what is really important in life. But in between, the teams who claimed 9A titles the past two seasons put on one of the best shows of the South Dakota football championships.
It was a game of two distinct halves. The two squads combined for 64 first half points and just in the second quarter alone combined for 424 yards.
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