Howard beats Wolsey-Wessington 32-20 for state 9A title in championship football game


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VERMILLION, South Dakota — Luke Loudenburg ran for 227 yards and three touchdowns and Gunner Gilbertson caught two touchdown passes as Howard beat Wolsey-Wessington 32-20 Thursday in the South Dakota 9A championship football game.

Gilbertson intercepted Lorenzo Williams' pass with 1:40 left and Loudenburg scored his third TD with 1:25 to play to seal the win for the Tigers (11-0).

Loudenburg finished the season with 2,685 yards rushing and 52 touchdowns.

Gilbertson hauled in TD passes of 12 and 9 yards and Loudenburg scored on a 39-yard run as the Tigers scored on their first three possessions.

But Williams rallied the Warbirds (10-1). He ran for 242 yards and touchdowns of 59, 18 and 18 yards. His season ends with 2,775 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Howard adds the 9A title to its 9AA from 2009 and 11B from 2004.

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