Elk Point-Jefferson got a decisive 42-14 win over Flandreau Oct. 16 to secure home field for the opening round of playoffs Thursday, Oct. 23. They will host Mt. Vernon/Plankinton, a team the Huskies beat 40-6 in the opening game of the season. It’s the first home playoff game for EPJ since 2006.

The EPJ defense had a slow start, allowing the Fliers to connect on several long pass plays as part of a scoring drive to open the game. However, EPJ blocked the extra point to keep their deficit 0-6. They then mounted their own drive down the field, helped by a scramble play by quarterback Noah McDermott to elude the defense and get the ball off to Riley Schmitz for a first down. On the next play, Schmitz broke loose for a big gain that took him over the 1,000 yard mark for the season. He scored his first of 2 touchdowns on that drive.

“Offensively our kids played great,” head coach Jake Terry said. “We averaged over 10 yards/play and did a great job with everything thrown at them. [We] got a bunch of guys involved in the running game led by Riley [Schmitz], but guys like Skyler [Swatek] and Lucas [Hueser] really take advantage of their opportunities. Noah [McDermott] did a great job throwing the ball and continues to improve week after week.”

The EPJ defense had a number of outstanding stops, including a sack by Andrew Nearman. He stripped the ball from the Flier quarterback and started chasing it downfield.

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