VERMILLION, South Dakota — Jerad Nielsen ran for three touchdowns and returned an interception for a score as Canistota overwhelmed Sully Buttes 56-8 Thursday in the South Dakota 9A championship game.
Nielson rushed for 255 yards on 15 carries and scored on runs of 9, 60 and 90 yards. He returned one of two Canistota interceptions 36 yards for a TD.
Hawks quarterback Shay Jolley was 6-for-10 for 134 yards and TD passes of 16 yards to Drew Seubert and 66 yards to Scott Jolley. Seubert had a 44-yard interception return for a score.
Canistota (12-0) used a quick-strike offense to take a 36-0 halftime lead. The Hawks' scored from 66, 60 and 90 yards on the first play of three drives in the first half.
The Hawks outgaining Sully Buttes 479-130 in total yards.
Brady Hill ran for 46 yards for the Chargers (10-2). Cody Nelson caught two passes for 51 yards, including a 41-yard TD.