Pierre Governor Football

Updates and Information about the 2005 2006 Varsity Pierre Govenors


Pierre @ Watertown

Friday, September 3, 2006
Final Score: 36-0 Arrows

Arrows win big in home opener Watertown Public Opinion(registration required)

By Roger Merriam, Sports Editor
A 37-28 late-season loss at Pierre last fall ended Watertown High School's hopes for an Eastern South Dakota Conference championship.

The Arrows didn't forget and settled the score Friday night with a 36-0 ESD victory over the Governors in a game played under a steady rain in Watertown.

It was more than raindrops that showered down upon the Govs.

“We gave away that game last year in the first half,” said senior center-linebacker Jared Aesoph. “We just wanted to avenge it. They thought that Arrow Pride was gone after we lost to them, but we wanted to show them that it isn't.”

Pierre used a series of big plays to build a 31-6 lead after three quarters last October and survived a 22-point fourth-quarter barrage by the Arrows.

Watertown's barrage lasted all four quarters Friday night.

“We lost a tough overtime game at home to Yankton the week before and we showed up at Pierre a little flat,” said Watertown head coach Scott Leitheiser. “We had more than 400 yards of total offense and ended up losing. That hasn't sat well with these guys for a year and some of the Pierre guys let them know it. I think they had something to settle here.”

Much of the settling this year came from Watertown's defense. After Pierre barely crossed midfield on its opening possession of the game, the Governors never mounted any kind of offensive threat until they moved deep into Arrow territory against Watertown's reserves late in the fourth quarter.

The Governors had six of their 10 first downs and 62 of their 118 yards of total offense on that final drive.

“We've got some rangy kids who can run and they have some attitude,” said Leitheiser. “Any time you have that kind of mixture, you have the makings of a pretty good defense. We're not where we want to be yet, but we're a lot farther ahead than we've been since I've been a head coach here.”

Watertown's defense set the tone from the start, stopping the Govs on a fourth-and-1 play at the Arrow 49 on the opening possession. A 37-yard pass play from junior quarterback Josh Hanson to junior receiver Brad Monahan helped set up the Arrows' first score - a 29-yard field goal by Hanson midway though the first period.

The Arrows took off from there, scoring twice in the second quarter on runs of 5 and 7 yards by Hanson and junior fullback Kahlab Rose, respectively. The scores gave Watertown a 15-0 lead at halftime.

With the rain continuing to fall and field conditions getting more sloppy, the Arrows put the game away for good in the third quarter. Pierre fumbled away the ball four times in the period and Watertown tacked on two more touchdowns - a nifty 26-yard scamper by senior Tyler Pederson and a 4-yard QB sneak by Hanson.

“You could see the kids grow throughout the game and to do that in these conditions, I was happy with them. We basically just ran six plays tonight and we're going to keep running them until we get it right,” said Leitheiser. “We have a zillion fun things to do, but we have to get good at the basics. I think tonight, especially in the second half, we started to do that.” (more here)


Pierre @ Sioux Falls Washington

August 25, 2006.
Final Score: 33 - 7 Warriors

Routs kick off season from the Argus Leader
Washington beats Pierre, but offense sputters in 2nd half
matt zimmer mzimmer@argusleader.com
August 26, 2006, 2:55 am

The Washington Warriors kicked off the high school football season with a comfortable 33-7 win over the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Howard Wood Field.

The Warrior defense sacked Pierre quarterback Kyle Cichos eight times, while the offense came up with several big plays against a Governor squad that looked as green as their jerseys.

"Overall we did a nice job," Washington coach Brian Hermanson said. "I was a little disappointed with the second half because Pierre outplayed us. You have to give them credit. They played hard when it really could've gone the other way."

This was a rematch of a quarterfinal playoff game last fall that Pierre won 28-14, but the Warriors have many more returning players than the Governors. That showed in a first half when Washington outgained Pierre 231-63 and took a 27-0 lead.

"Washington is a very good football team," Pierre coach Mike Busch said. "That offense they ran - you don't learn that in nine practices. It's obvious they have a lot of experience and that they had a good summer."

Pierre got the ball first, and their opening series consisted of a run for a 1-yard loss and two sacks.

Sam Holsen returned the ensuing punt for a touchdown, but a block in the back forced a re-kick. Holsen again returned the punt for a score, but again had it nullified by a block in the back call.

"I was completely tired," Holsen said. "I had no legs at that point."

Once the Warrior offense got on the field, though, they had little trouble moving the ball, taking a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard run by Tim Marlette. Washington used a quick-strike attack in the second quarter to pull away, scoring on a 44-yard run by Farron King, a 27-yard pass from Jordan Lakatos to Holsen and a 24-yard pass to Blake Berke.

Holsen, who also scored on a 55-yard interception return in the fourth quarter, said the early defensive domination helped the offense find its groove.

"We've been working hard on defense - we're pretty solid," Holsen said. "The offense will come around the more we practice."

Even with a 26-point margin of victory, the Warriors weren't terribly pleased with their play, particularly in the second half. They totalled just 50 yards of offense after halftime.

"The first half was a great way to start, but the second was a bad way to end," said Lakatos, who completed 5-of-10 passes for 103 yards. "We just got too relaxed because we had some points on the board."

Lakatos was part of a running game by committee that totalled 178 yards. The senior quarterback had 46 yards on the ground.

"Coach said he was going to run me a little bit, and that was fun," Lakatos said. "It felt good to get hit."

King led all rushers with 93 yards on 10 carries, while Casey Smith had 24 yards on the ground.

"We've got five running backs that can run the ball," Hermanson said. "We're not afraid to give any of them the ball."

Devin Rounds had 61 rushing yards to lead Pierre. The Governors got their lone touchdown on a 16-yard pass from Cichos to Matt Tetzlaff.

Busch said that with so many players new to the varsity level, a tough loss can be valuable.

"When you play one of the top five teams in the state your first night out, it can be overwhelming," Busch said. "We're learning on every down, and I'm happy with how we competed in the second half. We just have to look at what we did well tonight and see if we can get better."

Washington proves stern taskmaster The Capitol Journal
Mike Smith
Monday, August 28, 2006

SIOUX FALLS - The young Pierre Governors learned a hard lesson from a more veteran Sioux Falls Washington football squad in a 33-7 season opening loss at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.

The Governors, who return only two defensive starters from last year, fell victim to the big-play Warriors, who earned revenge for last year's playoff loss at the hands of Pierre.

Sophomore quarterback Kyle Cichos was sacked six times, five times in the first half, as Pierre was not able to generate much offensive momentum in the early going. Washington led 27-0 at halftime, scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter to take control.

Pierre played better in the second half as the first game jitters gradually got under control. They scored the first touchdown of the 2006 season on a 16-yard pass from Cichos to fellow sophomore Matt Tetzlaff. The play came with 2:49 left in the third quarter and came on fourth down. The scoring play was set up by a fumble recovery at the Warrior 19. read more


Governor Player Named 2005 Prep Boys Athlete

Quincy Christie was named 2005 Prep Boys Athlete of the Year by the South Dakota Sportswriters association. Congrats!

Dakota Radio Group My Daily News, December 23

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - When Pierre football coach Mike Busch met sophomore transfer Quincy Christie for the first time in the summer of 2003, his first impression was: "I thought you'd be bigger." Christie got a lot of laughs when he told that story at the end of season football team banquet. Because no one has loomed larger over Governor football or Gov track and field than 2005's prep boys athlete of the year. Even as a slender, 5-foot-8, 160-pound sophomore, Christie made an impact in both sports. Filled out to a sturdy 5-foot-10 senior, Christie has rewritten the school record book in two sports. He was named South Dakota Gatorade player of the year in both sports. He is the only boys' athlete in the country to win Gatorade awards in different sports. In his final football campaign, Christie led Pierre to the final four in Class AA for the second straight year. He had eight touchdowns in the playoffs as he tallied a record 27 on the season. In his career, he rushed for 4,144 yards (7 yards per attempt); another 590 yards in pass receptions (19 yards per catch) and seven scores. He also ran two kickoffs back for touchdowns. His career total of 62 touchdowns almost equals the next two names on the Govs' all-time list combined. All eyes are focused on Christie in the spring as well. He holds the school record in the triple jump, 100-, and 200-meter dash. At last spring's state track meet, Christie was the meet's outstanding athlete after winning three events, including a meet record in the 200-meter dash.


The final picture

This picture was taken at the awards banquet and features the sophmore and varsity teams. Essentially, this was the "baton pass" from the 2005 to the 2006 team.

Five Govs are All Staters

Five Pierre Governors were named to the 11AA All State team. They are:
Quincy Christie - runnig back
Jade Cowan - linebacker
Cody Geffre - center
Jason Steele (honorable mention)- defensive lineman
Michael Tviedt - punter

This is Michael's third time on the All State Team. Quincy was named South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year.

Congratulations to all the Governors!


What we already knew

Everybody is MVP for 2005 Pierre Football Team by Mike Smith Capitol Journal

The Pierre football team had their annual end of season awards banquet and everyone was a winner.

Contrary to the usual practice, coach Mike Busch did not hand out individual awards for most valuable offensive backs, defensive backs, or lineman. Instead he declared each member of the team as most valuable.

“We had different MVPs every week,” said Busch.

It was a difficult point to argue as the 2005 squad became the first Govs

team to reach the playoff final four in back to back years. The nine wins tied the 1998 and 1954 teams for second most in a season.

Busch credited a persevering senior class for the team’s position among the elite of the state.

“Three years ago we only had six seniors so these kids were asked to do a lot as sophomores,” said Busch. “By their senior year, we still had 27 who wanted to play. In the ESD, if you have a great senior class, you will do well.”

For the first two years of Busch’s tenure, the team’s goals was simply to get better each week. But a championship was talked about for the first time in 2005.

“We were only two series and six minutes away (from reaching the title game),” said Busch.

The Govs set numerous team and individual offensive records this season. The graduation losses will be severe but Busch is determined to maintain the program’s progress.

“You look at a program like West Central that is in the state championships every year with a different set of All-Staters,” he said. “Our sophomores and juniors have to follow the example.”

The younger levels have developed a winning attitude. Both the sophomore and freshmen teams completed undefeated seasons in 2005.

“But nothing is every just handed to you,” said Busch. “You have to put it upon yourself to get in the weight room.”

Academic All-Staters were honored. The Govs had five seniors who maintained a at least a 3.5 grade point average and played three years of football. They were Cody Geffre, Dustin Jordan, Alex Plummage, Brian Kemnitz and Aaron Clauson.

10-year-old William Lewis was given a Friend of Football award as fan of the year.

The Class 11AA All-State team members will be released on Nov. 29 and the Governors will be well represented with the most players honored since 1964.


All Star Action Photos

All Star Action Photo has pictures of the games to view and to buy.


Scrapbook In The Ether

I made every football game this year, save one (Watertown) . I was returning from Chicago that evening and cheered on the game via cell phone - although not while we were in the air since that might have interferred with the navigational capabilities of the aircraft. But the moment the plane touched down my phone was on and I was calling for details. I think I frightened a few people who were not from Pierre by my cheering when I found out we had won - but the locals on the plane understood.

The other 12 games I enjoyed from the section right in front of the 50 yard line. Eventually, I came to think of a certain section of the bleachers as "our section", "our" being the same people who sat around me almost every game. I do not doubt that when I look back on this time in my life, these Friday (and Saturday) nights will make me smile.

These are some of those memories from those nights sitting on the 50 yard line.
  • The team taking the field - special teams first and then linemen.
  • The warm up and calisthenics; hearing the count of the exercise echo off the buildings surrounding Hollister field; watching the coaches circulate through the players, shaking hands and wishing them luck.
  • At home games standing for the Riggs fight song.
  • Four seniors lining up on the sideline and then walking to the middle of the field for the coin toss.
  • Introducing "our Govs" and watching the starters run down the line full of juice and power.
  • "Fire it up! Fire it up!"
  • Getting incredibly nervous. (me, not them)
  • Singing the National Anthem with the Capitol dome silhouetted in the background.
  • The first whistle and kickoff; if we kicked off how the boys held up their helmets and the whole crowd helped carry the ball far downfield by yelling "ooooOOOOOOOOOH!"
  • Cheering the defense till I was hoarse. (Go D!, Hold 'em D - Hold 'em! Shut 'em down! Pushem baaaaack! Pushem baaaaack!)
  • Yelling "Paaaaaasssss" with the crowd when the opposition offense would run a pass screen play.
  • Cheering the offense till I was hoarser (GO BIG GREEN!)
  • Cheering with the cheerleaders.
  • Watching the defense shut down the opposition.
  • Watching the offense make a touch down.
  • Pushups! and counting the pushups! (cheerleaders do a pushup for each point every time the team scores).
  • The hustle of the student managers during time out.
  • Ten victories.
  • Rocking Hollister field the night of Round 2 of playoffs.
  • Two losses and one heartbreak.
  • The strength of heart of a team that never gave up, even when they had all but lost the game.
  • The final buzzer
  • The gentleman's handshake at the end of the game
  • Waiting for my son to come off the field so I could congratulate him
  • Going to the St. Charles with other parents after home games.
  • The drive home after away games (for people outside of South Dakota, it's an average of 3 hours of 70 - 75 mph driving)
  • Feeling (and being suprised by the intensity of the feeling) an empty sadness the week after football was over.

You are invited to post your memories of watching the Gov's play in the comments section or you can email them to me and I will post.


Homecoming Photo

And the pictures keep trickling in. Today's photo is courtesy of Kristin Townsend. Below is a picture of the parents' homecoming float. As evidenced by the very big smiles, we were having a lot of fun, especially since our float had music. Once I confirm everyone's identity, I will post who is who. Me? I'm all the way to the right, wearing the white #60.


And two more pictures

A couple of more that wouldn't fit in the post below. To see the pictures in all their glory, click on it. In the new window in the lower right hand corner there is an enlarge tool.

Kickoff at Aberdeen.

Does anyone else think this is just so wrong?

Re-publishing Pictures

I noticed that the pictures I published earlier in the week looked dark. I was also informed that the file size was too big and I was "killing anyone with a slow connection."

If that was you, I apologize.

Anyway, thanks again to Deb Englehart for her pictures. I should have at least one more picture next week.

Every time the girls did this, I had to look away.

A Pierre tradition. According to my figures, the girls averaged 75 pushups a game. What a way to build guns.

Karae, Emily, Becky, Cassie & Laura - the best cheerleaders in SD.

Jaimie, team statistician and Karae. It takes a bunch of people to make a football team work.

Emily, defensive lineman Jason and Karae.


Governor Football Team Record Setters

Governor Football Team Record Setters Capitol Journal November 8, 2005

Despite coming up one game short of advancing to the DakotaDome championships, the 2005 Pierre football team can look back at a record-breaking season.

The Govs set a number of offensive records after Saturday’s final game. They finished with 342 total points to break the old mark of 338 set by the 1988 Govs. The per-game average of 28.5 points per game was the most since the 1958 team averaged 28.8 in eight games. It was the fifth highest scoring average in team history.

Led by Quincy Christie, the team rushed for 3,105 yards. That set a new modern record (since joining the ESD), by-passing the 3,021 mark of the 1988 team. The 1954 team had 3,428 yards in 10 games as a member of the Central Conference.

Christie set team rushing and scoring records that may never be approached. In his final season, he rushed for 1,645 yards and scored 30 touchdowns. For his career, Christie has 4,144 yards rushing and 62 touchdowns. The touchdown totals are almost as many as the next two players on the touchdown list combined.

He averaged seven yards per attempt and caught 31 passes (19 yards per reception) for seven touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs for scores.

Quarterback Mike Tveidt was named to the all-conference team, the first Governor to be honored three years straight. He has been honored on four different positions.

“I’m going to remember all 25 seniors. said coach Mike Busch, who moves into the sixth spot on the all-time Governor coaches’ win list. “What people may not realize is as sophomore (these seniors) didn’t win a game. We used a lot of them as practice people when we had only six seniors. That was a rough year for them but they stuck it out.”

Christie and Tveidt were major touchdown scorers but they were only part of a well-functioning machine.

“Mike and Quincy were a big part of that,” said Busch. “But all of those guys got in that weight room. They were disciplined and knew were they wanted to be.”

The prospect of heavy graduation loss does not discourage Busch. The program looks to be in good shape for the future. Both the sophomore and freshmen teams finished the year undefeated.

“We’re going to miss that excitement that those kids brought,” said Busch. “But we’re work hard with the younger kids to show the same dedication.

This will always be the Green Giant team to me.

Awards Night

Is there room for one last announcement?

Awards Night will be held Monday, November 21, 6:30 PM at Community Bible Church (1st church from Runnings)

Please provide the following:
Seniors: BBQ -Please bring to Kristi's house on Sunday, or by noon on Mon. (email me at AnneCLewis@aol.com for her address)

Juniors: Chips and dip

Sophmores: dessert or salad

Freshman: 2 doz buns

Studentmangers/Cheerleaders: Ketchup, mustard, pickles

The future of this site

I will leave this site up for a while, I think. I have some thoughts I want to post once I get over the sleep deficit incurred by many football-related late nights. And I like the idea of a banner of sorts, hanging in the ether to commemorate the awesome season of some dedicated coaches, hardworking players, diligent managers and loyal (and loud) cheerleaders aka the 2005 Pierre Governor Varsity Football team.

If you have pictures of your son or daughter that you would like to add to this e-banner, please email them to me and I will post.


Pierre @ Yankton

November 5, 2005
Final Score: 43-28 Bucks

Late Surge Sends Yankton past the Govs and to the Dome Capitol Journal

Bucks Domeward Bound Yankton Press and Dakotan
The undefeated Yankton High School Bucks battled from behind before a thrilled crowd of 3,917 fans at Crane Youngworth Field Saturday night, earning their was into the SD Class 11AA playoff finals next Saturday night in the DakotaDome. They will face the Sioux Falls O'Gorman Knights, also unbeaten, for the state championship.
It is not exactly a new challenge for either team as, in the 25 years since football playoffs in SD has become a fact, O'Gorman has won seven crowns and the Bucks have six and they have played each other in the finals five times.

The Yankton fans were enthralled Saturday night at the great comeback win. Pierre, whose only ESD loss was to the Bucks in Pierre a month ago, showed their all around finesse when they overcame an early Yankton lead and outscored the Bucks 14-7 in an impressive third quarter to go into the final period with a 28-21 lead and a dangerous edge in momentum.

The Governors, displaying two of the top football stars in the state, running back Quincy Christie, a track champion in addition to his gridiron talent, rolled through the Buck defense with 96 rushing yards and a touchdown in the opening half. And quarterback Michael Tveidt, all 6-6, 200 pounds of him, showed an aerial game that threatened the Yankton record. But the Bucks closed Quincy down in the second half, when he managed just 44 more yards and one more six-pointer, that on a pass from Tveidt.

But the Bucks countered with several outstanding efforts in the key game. Quarterback Ben Hovland, who did not play against the Govs because of an injury in the first meeting, really came through this time. He threw 14 passes, completing 10 of them for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Then he thrilled the crowd in the fourth quarter when he scored the two deciding touchdowns to put a lot of frosting on his 18th birthday cake. Junior running back Jordan Cornay also scored twice, in the opening half on a 23-yard burst of tackle and the next when he slowed the third quarter Pierre uprising when he found a hole up the middle and scooted 48 yards to keep the Bucks in the game. All-ESD stars Tate Pesicka, Drew Heithoff and, coming off the injury list, Andy Johnson, again were team leaders and keys to the win.

There were two plays in the game that keyed the Bucks win. The first was their opening score in the first quarter when the steady, hard-working linebacker Adam Sailer grabbed a fumble from a Pierre back and ran 56 yards to give the Bucks a first period 7-0 lead. The second highlight ignited the winning fourth quarter rally.

The Bucks trailed 28-27 after sophomore star Tyrel Kool got loose in the end zone to score as a beginning boost to overtaking the hot Governors in the opening series of the fourth quarter. Then the gambling nature of Buck coach Arlin Likness showed, as did the quick thinking of the Bucks. After Kool scored, kicker Kyle Smith and his holder, Travis Miller came in to get the tying score -- almost everyone thought. But the Bucks brought the nearly 4,000 fans to their feet when Miller took the snap from center and, in the face of the oncharging Pierre defenders, threw a not-too-pretty, but highly effective, two-point pass to Sailer, who grabbed the ball and hugged it to his chest -- giving Yankton the lead at 29-28 and slowing the visitors to a crawl.

Then two effective Yankton drives, both culminated by their quarterback, Ben Hovland, sent the Bucks on their way to the DakotaDome next Saturday night. The Buck fans, we might add, never sat down, nor did they quiet down, after the gutty two-point play. The Yankton defense stopped the last attempts by Pierre, with late interceptions putting the game way. The stolen passes were by Drew Heithoff, which set up a Buck TD, and by Jordan Cornay, which closed the door on the disappointed visitors.

Yankton and O'Gorman will climax the six-game, two-day football finale for South Dakota schools with an 8 p.m. kickoff next Saturday night.


We Love Our Govs

It's tough to watch 50 hearts break. I'm the proudest fan in the whole world.


Big Game Outlook

Weather forecast for Yankton at game time. Partly cloudy, temp. around 48°F, will feel like 45°.

From the Capitol Journal:
Thursday, November 03, 2005

Govs hope to buck Yankton from playoffs
Capital Journal Staff

The end of the Pierre football team’s rainbow is in the southeast corner of South Dakota. Before they can claim that pot of DakotaDome gold, they will have to dispose of the rival Bucks.

Pierre Governors at Yankton Bucks
When and where: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Crane-Youngworth Field.
Records: Pierre is 9-2 on the season. Yankton is 11-0.

Last week: Pierre drilled Sioux Falls Washington 28-14 to advance to the semifinals for the second year in a row. Yankton took down Rapid City Stevens 35-6.

Last meeting: Yankton beat Pierre 14-0 in a game that was scoreless going into the fourth quarter. The last time the two teams met in the postseason was Nov. 5, 1991, when the Bucks came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Govs 10-7 in the quarterfinals at Hollister Field. Yankton has a 34-9 lead in the series and has won three of four postseason clashes.

Comments: The two best teams in the ESD will meet for one of the state championship berths and the two best teams in the Greater Dakota Conference will vie for the other. The Govs come into the game sky-high after downing Sioux Falls Washington on Monday. The Bucks are also rolling, dominating Rapid City Stevens despite having six starters out with injuries.

Even with a make-shift lineup, Yankton held Stevens to 28 yards rushing. The Raiders had 169 yards in passing yards, most coming after the Bucks had taken a 28-7 halftime lead.

Yankton is averaging more than 30 points per game and the 14 scored against Pierre was their season low. Back in September, they were without starting quarterback Ben Hovland. Hovland completed 6-of-15 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown on Monday.

Three Pierre turnovers as well as some key penalties were the difference in the regular season meeting. Quincy Christie was held to 54 yards on 10 carries as Yankton fielded five linebackers to contain the Gov speedster. In two previous games against the Bucks, Christie went off for a combined 322 yards (8.7 yards per carry) and three touchdowns.

Christie has recovered from a sore hip that limited his explosiveness. He played both offense and defense against Washington as well as special teams. He had 179 yards and three touchdowns. The yardage was the second highest playoff total for a Gov.

Christie broke his own single season rushing record on Halloween and has passed the 1,500-yard mark for the season and the 4,000 mark for his career.

All-ESD selection Tate Pesicka was a non-factor in the first meeting with only two catches for eight yards. Against Rapid City Stevens, Pesicka caught touchdown passes of 60 and 35 yards and ran a punt back 45 yards for a score.

Drew Heithoff was the main wrecker against Pierre in September. He recovered a fumble and scored both touchdowns. On Monday, Heithoff was the leading ground-gainer with 77 yards, had a touchdown pass off an option play and ran a kickoff 88 yards for another score.

The other semifinal contest has a rematch of last year’s championship game between Sioux Falls O’Gorman and Sioux Falls Roosevelt. The Knights won the regular season game, 24-14.

There will be a fan bus to Yankton for Saturday's game for $22 per person. Contact Forell's at 224-0073 for more information.

In lieu of a carb feed, there will be a pizza dinner.


50/50 Raffle to benefit football

An anonymous donor has purchased a raffle ticket to benefit the Pierre Governor football team in the SD Discovery Center's "Best for Last" 50/50 raffle. The take home pot will be between $5,000 and $10,000 depending on how many of the 200 tickets are sold. And yes, you did the math right; the price per ticket is $100.

If you are interested in supporting the SD Discovery Center and improving the chance of the Gov's to win a 14th time, please come by the SD Discovery Center or call 224-8295 to purchase a ticket.

Tickets will be pulled in a "countdown raffle" at the Business After Hours on Nov. 17 at the SD Discovery Center. Governor football players are on the list of invitees of the "best hands" in the area to pull tickets. So whether you purchase a ticket or not, you are invited to come and cheer them on one more time!

Way to Rock, Green Giant

Pierre Governors over SF Washington Warriors 28 - 14

We are coming, Bucks.

Pierre's Running Game Ends Warriors Season Argus Leader

Scary Movie: Govs slash Washington to Advance Capitol Journal


Latest Governor Updates

The Govs will do it again Monday night at Hollister Field against Sioux Falls Washington. Let's use our home field to advantage and come out to cheer the Green Giant on to the next level of playoffs!

More News:

Carb Feed: Sunday evening, location TBA

Quarter Final Playoff Pairings
No. 8 Seed RC Stevens (3-7) (41.778) at No. 1 Seed Yankton (10-0) (57.333)
No. 5 Seed SF Washington (8-2) (51.556) at No. 4 Seed Pierre (8-2) (52.556)
No. 6 Seed Aberdeen Central (6-4) (47.111)at No. 3 Seed SF Roosevelt (9-1) (55.444)
No. 7 Seed RC Central (5-5) (44.222) at No. 2 Seed SF O Gorman (10-0) (56.000)

Round One Playoffs
Tuesday, October 18
Huron @ Pierre
Final Score: 21-6

Govs Hunt Tigers to Playoff Extinction Capitol Journal

ESD FStandings: Final


Playoff Pairings

Courtesy of SDHSAA.


Region 1
Brookings (4-5) (46.222) at SF O Gorman (9-0) (56.000)
Watertown (5-4) (49.444) at SF Roosevelt (8-1) (55.444)

Region 2
SF Lincoln (4-5) (47.222) at Yankton (9-0) (57.333)
Brandon Valley (5-4) (48.111) at SF Washington (7-2) (51.556)

Region 3
Huron (0-9) (38.667) at Pierre (7-2) (52.556)
Mitchell (2-7) (41.778) at Aberdeen Central (5-4) (47.111)

Region 4
Sturgis (0-9) (37.333) at RC Central (4-5) (44.222)
Spearfish (1-8) (39.222) at RC Stevens (2-7) (41.778)


Watertown @ Pierre

Thursday, October 20
6:30 PM
Final Score: 37-28 Governors

Late rally not enough for Arrows Watertown Public Opinion (registration required, excerpted below)
Late rally not enough for Arrows

By the P.O. Sports Staff
Friday, October 21, 2005 4:48 PM CDT

PIERRE - An impressive fourth-quarter performance wasn't enough to save Watertown High School's football team from a third straight loss to close out the regular season Thursday night.

Quincy Christie and Michael Tveidt combined for 335 yards rushing and four touchdowns to help Pierre hold off Watertown 37-28 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference game.

The Governors, who led 31-6 after three quarters, finished their regular season 7-2 overall and clinched second place in the ESD with a 6-1 mark. Watertown, 4-3 in the ESD, will take a 5-4 overall record into the first round of the Class 11AA playoffs Tuesday.

Watertown also rallied in the second half last week before falling 27-21 in overtime to Yankton, but head coach Scott Leitheiser isn't satisfied with moral victories.

“That's kind of what we could say last week,” said Leitheiser. “We just didn't play very well in the first half and got in a hole.”

Pierre used big plays to jump ahead right from the start. After stopping Watertown on its first possession, the Governors' Brian Kemnitz blocked a Josh Hanson punt and teammate Jade Cowan caught the ball in the air and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown.

Watertown ran 20 offensive plays to Pierre's three in the first quarter, but the Governors made the most of their only offensive possession. Christie capped the three-play possession with a 52-yard TD scamper and a 14-0 Pierre lead.

Pierre's Devin Rounds fumbled on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter. Watertown took advantage of the second turnover, which was recovered by Marcus Schoepp on the Govs' 28-yard line. Four plays later, Cody Raml smashed into the end zone on a 12-yard run.

Leading 14-6, the Govs answered the next time they touched the ball when the speedy Christie sprinted 42 yards for another TD. Tveidt added his third extra-point kick of the night and pushed Pierre's lead to 24-6 with a 22-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

“Big plays. They start off the game with a blocked punt return and also get some long runs,” said Leitheiser. “That's stuff that we talk about and work on in practice and we need to get better at it.”

A 55-yard run by Tveidt set up a 1-yard TD plunge by the Pierre quarterback in the third quarter. When Tveidt broke loose on a 71-yard scoring scamper early in the fourth quarter, the Governors had a seemingly insurmountable 37-6 advantage.

The Arrows, however, didn't roll over.

“It was kind of gut-check time,” said Leitheiser. “When your backs are to the wall, you find out what you're all about.”

Watertown marched 88 yards in six plays - including a stretch of four straight first-down plays of more than 10 yards - and got a 1-yard TD run from Raml with 7:30 remaining. A conversion run by quarterback Josh Hanson made it 37-14.

The Arrows then recovered an onside kick near midfield. A 37-yard pass completion from Hanson to tight end Ryan Sattler helped lead to a 9-yard TD pass from Hanson to Dustin Pickrel.

Pierre recovered another onside-kick attempt by the Arrows, but was forced to punt and Watertown took over on its own 18 with 4:57 left.

The Arrows pieced together an 11-play drive, which featured three long running plays by Raml and a pass interference penalty, and hit paydirt again on a 1-yard plunge by Hanson. Lucas Kaiser's conversion run made it 37-28.

The Governors fell on a third onside-kick try by the Arrows and ran out the clock.

Pierre compiled 406 yards of total offense, including 394 rushing on 41 attempts. Christie produced 186 yards on 22 carries and Tveidt 149 on 10 attempts.

Pierre @ Mitchell

Friday, October 14
7:00 PM
Final Score: 48-20 Govs
Way to Go, Green Giant!

Corn Meal: Governors Offense Grinds Up Mitchell Capitol Journal
Early Lead Doesn't Hold MHS Mitchell Daily Republic


Sturgis @ Pierre

October 7, 2005
Final Score: 43 - 21 Governors
Congratulations Quincy Christie who rushed for 309 yards, a new record!

Christie Scores 5 in Rout of Scoopers Capitol Journal

FB Team Roughed Up in Pierre Meade County Times-Tribune

Brookings @ Pierre

September 30
Final Score: 39 - 23 Govs

Govenors Stamp A Win Published in the Brookings Register; written by Mike Smith of the Capitol Journal

Cats Scratched: Governors Blast Past Brookings Capitol Journal

(Ed. note: According to this article, it has been almost a decade since the Govs bested the Bobcats at home.)


Pierre @ Sioux Falls Roosevelt

September 23, 2005
Final Score: 42-3 Rough Riders

S.F. Roosevelt Humbles Governor Gridders Capitol Journal
Roosevelt Crushed Pierre in Key Football Battle Argus Leader


Yankton @ Pierre

Parents Night!
September 16, 2005
Final Score: 14-0 Bucks

Late Turnovers Have Gov Buckling To Yankton Capitol Journal
Bucks Blank Pierre in Battle of ESD Frontrunners Yankton Press and Dakotan (Requires registration, excerpted below)

PIERRE -- The Yankton Bucks frustrated the previously undefeated Pierre Governors Friday night, stopping the strong and fast Governors 14-0 with a great defensive show in Pierre.
Two more hard-earned six pointers by the Bucks' fast-rising star, senior Drew Heithoff, both scored in the fourth quarter and both well-earned by the never-say-die unbeaten Yankton team, who are gaining confidence and determination each time out. "We are so proud of out team," commented assistant Buck coach Dan Mitchell. "They really wanted this win and they got it the hard way -- they earned it!"

The teams went after each other carefully in the opening half. The strong Buck linebackers, charged by their coaches with stopping the outstanding speed of Pierre's Quincy Christie and Michael Tveidt, led the Bucks in their great effort as they held the vaunted duo to just 65 total yards in the opening two periods and never allowed them to penetrate Yankton territory until the fourth quarter, and even then the closest penetration by the Govs was to the Bucks 30 yard line. The Yankton offense also wasn't very successful in the scoreless first half -- although a Heithoff 15-yard run in the last play of the half did get the ball to the Pierre ten.

But the Bucks tasted success in then opening half before the large, Pierre-oriented crowd. After receiving the kickoff Heithoff carried four times in a row, gaining a total of 30 yards to set the Yankton team on the right path. Sparked by a couple of successful, short passes by junior quarterback Alex Neukirch, who was impressive in making his first varsity start, to wide receivers Tate Pesicka and to Tyrel Kool, the Bucks drove into Pierre territory before a good Adam Sailer punt set Pierre back to their own 15. A strong Heithoff runback gave Yankton the ball at the Pierre 40.

After a three and out possession by the green-clad Governors and another by the Bucks, Pierre had the ball of their own 33 when the fortunes of war went to the visiting Bucks. On first down the Pierre all-stater, Quincy Christie, headed for the outside when he was rudely stopped by a hard Yankton tackle and fumbled the ball, which was alertly covered by linebacker Ross Heine -- and Drew Heithoff and his Buck blockers went to work from the Pierre 27. Two Heithoff carries put the ball on Pierre's ten at the end of the third period, and a short carry by Heine set up the first score of the game, which came on a 7-yard Heithoff burst. The dependable Kyle Smith gave the Red and White a 7-0 lead with 11:08 to play.

The Yankton touchdown rattled the Governors and on their next possession, which featured the only two longer runs of the game by Christie and Tveidt, both 16-yarders, the home team ran into a problem of their own making. Before they lost the ball, the Govs had moved from their own 18 to Yankton's 37-yard line -- but they had incurred four five-yard penalties on the way, penalties that effectively stopped them as much as the Yankton defenders. Obviously rattled, they went to the air and lost the ball on the Bucks 37 yard line.

After the Bucks went three and out and punted dead on the Pierre 20 yard line, the ESD leaders went to work again. On first down the desperate Governors went to the air and Heithoff proved that he could play defense, too, and his interception -- plus another Pierre penalty -- gave the ball to Yankton on the Pierre 19. In three game-clinching plays, the Bucks scored again. Heithoff went nine yards, Jordan Cornay added another three, and Heithoff bulled his way for the clinching score with just 2:18 left.

Pierre went to the air on their last possession, but Christie fumbled on a hard Yankton hit and the Bucks defensive star, Andy Johnson, recovered on the Pierre 28 -- and that was all she wrote for the disappointed Pierre team and their many fans.

Pierre @ Aberdeen

September 9, 2005
Final Score: 34-0 Govs

Governor Gridders Get Jazzed Down In Birdland Capitol Journal
Pierre Duo Lead Govs to 34-0 Victory Over Central Aberdeen News

Huron @ Pierre

Oahe Prep Bowl!
September 3, 2005
Final Score: 27-6 Govs

Adept Preps: Big Second Half Lifts Govs Over Huron Capitol Journal
Tigers Post Outstanding First Half Effort Against Govs Huron Plainsmen

Pierre @ Brandon Valley

Aug.26, 2005
Final Score: 24-7 Govs
Chained Lynx: Governor's Dominate Grid Opener Capitol Journal
Govs Take Advantage of BV Inexperience Brandon Valley Challenger

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Important Fan Info

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Support the Govs! (and your lower back)
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No kidding, these seats are the best. They are wide, comfortable and elevate you about an inch off the bench to keep the chill out on those frosty October nights. Highly recommended.

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New! Seniors Players
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Mitchell Game - Dennis and Lynette James, Francis and Alice Whitebird
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