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By Rich Winter

    Nothing like a Todd County vs. St. Francis game to get the fall sports season fired up and headed in the right direction.

It’s Homecoming week in St. Francis and the Warriors will be looking to throttle the Falcons and get off to a 2-0 start.

Todd County comes into the game following a tough, 15-6 loss to Bennett County so you know the Falcons are itching to get the W, mostly at the expense of the Warriors of St. Francis.

Todd County stats vs. Bennett County

Austin Hammer (QB) 2-7 for 39 yards with 1 td and two interceptions


Jordan Poignee – 3-11

Joe Clairmont – 15-68

Ty Herman – 8-27


Poignee 1-11

Ty Herman 1-28 with 1 td.


Jordan Poignee 10, Matt Dunham 9, Gunner Piper 9, Ty Herman 7

Interceptions: Poignee 1

Sacks: Joe Clairmont 1, Loren Dragg 1

Keys for Todd County:

The offensive line is going to have to play well tonight. Normally I’d give the speed edge to Todd County in this matchup but St. Francis can match Todd County’s speed with guys like Ty Arcoren, Ska Black Bear, Keyshawn Peneaux and Challenger Little Elk.

Who to watch:

Jordan Poignee – This guy makes plays all over the field. He’s not the biggest player in the world but somehow his name shows up all over the stat sheet.

Matt Dunham – Senior Matt Dunham is capable of wreaking havoc on the defensive line. St. Francis will have to contain him or Dunham will go off.

Joe Clairmont – Coach Bob Kornely moved Clairmont to the RB position and despite having only 68 yards against Bennett County, this could be the night that Clairmont has a big one.

St. Francis preview: The Warriors opened their season with a dramatic, 12-6 win over Little Wound. To get a win tonight over their arch-rival would be a gigantic step towards dreaming of making the playoffs for the first time in school history.

Sidenotes: Keyshawn Peneaux and Kevin Swalley are TCHS transfers so I’m sure those guys will be looking to have good games.

The Warriors:

Peneaux leads the attack from the QB position. He’s got good feet and is pretty athletic. He must be a field-general tonight and make sure the little-mistakes from St. Francis don’t happen.

Speed to burn – The Warriors have some weapons in the backfield this season. Ska Black Bear is a nifty runner that is very elusive and hard to bring down. Ty Arcoren is just an athlete with above average speed and Challenger Little Elk might be the fastest kid on the field tonight.

The Warriors will likely need a couple of long scoring plays to stay with what should be an improved Todd County team.

What to watch for: The offensive line play for St. Francis will be key tonight. Trevor Brave, Theo Wright, Ryan Brushbreaker, David Reddest, Kibbie Reynolds, William McCloskey and Wiconi Walking Eagle are all big but none of them are seniors. They will need to play as a unit tonight and keep the silly penalties to a minimum.

Have a great time tonight everyone. Get out and support our young people…Honk and hoot and holler and then hug when it’s all over.

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