Diggers run past Lakota Tech

Lead-Deadwood defenders Tyler Percy, left, and Miles Crippen pair up to stop Lakota Tech quarterback Quincy Means during the first half of Friday’s football game. The home standing Golddiggers scored on their first seven possessions on their way to a 49-14 victory. Lead-Deadwood will visit Hill City on Friday and aim to move above the .500 mark. Pioneer photo by Jason Gross

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DEADWOOD — Lead-Deadwood dominated the first half Friday night and went on to defeat Lakota Tech 49-14 in a varsity football game played at Ferguson Field.

“We definitely came out with more energy,” said Golddiggers’ head coach Kyle Kooima, whose team scored on all seven first-half possessions en route to a 49-0 lead. He compared the first half to that of the previous week’s Upton-Sundance game, where Lead-Deadwood trailed 41-0 at the break.

An errant center snap on a Lakota Tech punt attempt gave Lead-Deadwood the ball only 10 yards from the goal line. Sam Kooima’s 10-yard touchdown run and Tristen Fierbach’s kick put the Golddiggers up 7-0.

Lead-Deadwood defensive back Crew Rainey intercepted a pass at the visitors’ 27-yard line. Kooima lofted a 15-yard scoring pass to Rainey three plays later; Fierbach’s kick made the score 14-0.

The Golddiggers recovered a fumble at Lakota Tech’s 6-yard line. Tyler Percy caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Kooima, with Fierbach adding the conversion for a 21-0 Golddiggers’ lead.

Lead-Deadwood’s next possession started at the Tatanka 35-yard line. Kooima’s 8-yard touchdown run ended the three-play drive. Fierbach kicked the extra point to put the Golddiggers up 28-0 at the quarter break.

Kooima threw a pass to Rainey at the Tatanka 30-yard line. Rainey spun near the sideline and outran the defense to the end zone to complete a 61-yard scoring play. A Fierbach kick boosted the Lead-Deadwood advantage to 35-0.

Lakota Tech held the ball for four plays and picked up its second first down of the half. That drive ended when Lead-Deadwood’s Stryder Greenfield intercepted a pass at midfield.

Ryan Rantapaa ended a six-play drive for Lead-Deadwood as he fought his way to the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown run. Fierbach kicked the extra point as the score increased to 42-0.

Kooima returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown late in the first half. Fierbach added his seventh extra-point kick as Lead-Deadwood went up 49-0 at the break.

Lakota Tech scored both of its touchdowns in the fourth period. Quincy Means found the end zone on runs of 64 and 2 yards, and he added a two-point run after that first score.

“What we wanted to do was kind of get back to the basics,” coach Kooima said after the Golddiggers improved to 2-2 on the season. He added those included concepts like finishing blocks, running better routes, and tackling technique.

Coach Kooima said the Golddiggers’ offensive line enjoyed a fantastic game.

Winter McMahon, the only girl on the Lead-Deadwood team, appeared for four plays in the second half.

Lead-Deadwood will visit Hill City on Friday, Sept. 17.

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