Diggers officially win homecoming game against Thorpes, 45-0

Lead-Deadwood quarterback Rocke Rainey tries to outrun a Pine Ridge defender during Monday’s completion of the Pine Ridge/Lead-Deadwood game that was suspended at halftime Friday night, in Deadwood. The Golddiggers won 45-0.

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DEADWOOD — It took nearly 70 hours, but the Lead-Deadwood Golddiggers football team finally was able to celebrate a homecoming win, defeating Pine Ridge 45-0 Monday, in Deadwood.

The game was a completion of Friday night’s game that was suspended at halftime due to lightning, with the Golddiggers leading 24-0.

“These guys, like I said Friday, they just want to play football, so I know it was killing them all weekend to be playing, and we played better today because we were ready to go,” said Tom Tieszen, the Golddiggers head football coach.

Lead-Deadwood took the opening kickoff of the second half and needed only three plays to put points on the scoreboard.

Max Johnson raced 60 yards for the score. Pablo Munoz-Fraga added the extra point and the Diggers lead 31-0.

Lead-Deadwood had a successful onside kick and took over at the Pine Ridge 46-yard line.

Two plays later, Charlie Hanel raced 37 yards for the score. The PAT was no good, but the Golddiggers still lead 37-0, with 10:23 left in the third quarter.

Lead-Deadwood added two more points on a safety to lead 39-0.

Lead-Deadwood scored one final time, on a 22 yard scoring pass from Rocke Rainey to T.K. Rainey. The two point conversion failed, but the Golddiggers hung on to win 45-0.

Lead-Deadwood (2-2) travels to Chamberlain (3-2) on Friday.

Tieszen said he is not worried about them having three days to prepare for Chamberlain.

“We’ve been studying film for all of our opponents all year and working on some things we can focus (on) this week that is already in our playbook, that we might emphasize,” Tieszen said.

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