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Photos From the Kernels 52-14 Win Over Pierre

Mitchell team captains Spencer Neugebauer (8), Spencer Mohr (55), Cody Riechelt (31) and Chris Wahlen (11) make their way out to mid-field for the coin toss before the start of their class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell team captains Spencer Neugebauer (8), Spencer Mohr (55), Cody Riechelt (31) and Chris Wahlen (11) make their way out to mid-field for the coin toss before the start of their class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) leaps out of the attempted tackle of Pierre's Lucas Kessler (42) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) leaps out of the attempted tackle of Pierre’s Lucas Kessler (42) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Briggs Havlik (15) celebrates as the Kernels defeat Pierre 52-14 in a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Briggs Havlik (15) celebrates as the Kernels defeat Pierre 52-14 in a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) hurdles over teammate Chris Corbett (67) carrying the ball during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) hurdles over teammate Chris Corbett (67) carrying the ball during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) breaks free through the Pierre defense for a touchdown during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) breaks free through the Pierre defense for a touchdown during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Sam Michels (14) races past Pierre's Jack Maher (12) for a long carry during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) races past Pierre’s Jack Maher (12) for a long carry during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Briggs Havlik (15) celebrates a sack on Pierre's Peyton Zabel (16) to end the first half during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Briggs Havlik (15) celebrates a sack on Pierre’s Peyton Zabel (16) to end the first half during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Cody Riechelt (31) tackles Pierre's Garrett Stout (7) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Cody Riechelt (31) tackles Pierre’s Garrett Stout (7) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Jed Schmidt (24) runs back an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Jed Schmidt (24) runs back an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) follows his blocker Mitchell's Carson Max (33) as Pierre defenders close in during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) follows his blocker Mitchell’s Carson Max (33) as Pierre defenders close in during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Sam Michels (14) carries the ball as Pierre's Peyton Zabel (16) gives chase during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) carries the ball as Pierre’s Peyton Zabel (16) gives chase during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Kyle Foote (32) and Mitchell's Gregory Guthrie (52) combine for a tackle on Pierre's Peyton Zabel (16) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Kyle Foote (32) and Mitchell’s Gregory Guthrie (52) combine for a tackle on Pierre’s Peyton Zabel (16) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Kiel Nelson (3) grabs a drink after a Kernels touchdown during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Kiel Nelson (3) grabs a drink after a Kernels touchdown during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Sam Michels (14) carries the ball during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) carries the ball during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Sam Michels (14) carries the ball during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) carries the ball during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) makes a cut off the block of Mitchell's Bryce Geraets (58) and Mitchell's Chris Corbett (67) on a Pierre defender during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) makes a cut off the block of Mitchell’s Bryce Geraets (58) and Mitchell’s Chris Corbett (67) on a Pierre defender during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Ann and Brian Reichelt, parents of Mitchell's Tayler Reichelt (43) and Cody Riechelt (31) watch the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Ann and Brian Reichelt, parents of Mitchell’s Tayler Reichelt (43) and Cody Riechelt (31) watch the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd watches the action during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd watches the action during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) is gang tackled by the Pierre defense during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) is gang tackled by the Pierre defense during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) tries to fight out of the grip of Pierre's Matthew Rounds (72) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) tries to fight out of the grip of Pierre’s Matthew Rounds (72) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) is brought down by a Pierre defender during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) is brought down by a Pierre defender during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) hurdles over Pierre's Austin Senger (23) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) hurdles over Pierre’s Austin Senger (23) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

A marker board lays on the field in front of the Kernels bench during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

A marker board lays on the field in front of the Kernels bench during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) celebrates a touchdown with his teammates during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) celebrates a touchdown with his teammates during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Carson Max (33) blocks Pierre's Michael Lusk (29) as Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) makes a cut move during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Carson Max (33) blocks Pierre’s Michael Lusk (29) as Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) makes a cut move during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Cody Riechelt (31) and Mitchell's Carson Max (33) combine for a tackle on Pierre's Garrett Stout (7) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Cody Riechelt (31) and Mitchell’s Carson Max (33) combine for a tackle on Pierre’s Garrett Stout (7) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Cody Riechelt (31) tackles Pierre's Garrett Stout (7) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Cody Riechelt (31) tackles Pierre’s Garrett Stout (7) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Kernel cheerleaders cheer during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Kernel cheerleaders cheer during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Mohr (55) blocks Pierre's Riley Kruger (43) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Mohr (55) blocks Pierre’s Riley Kruger (43) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Sam Michels (14) breaks free from the Pierre defense during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) breaks free from the Pierre defense during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Mohr (55), Zeb Parsons (66) and Alex Klingaman (77) block the Pierre defense during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Mohr (55), Zeb Parsons (66) and Alex Klingaman (77) block the Pierre defense during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) is immediately tackled after an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) is immediately tackled after an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) makes an interception in front of a Pierre player during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) makes an interception in front of a Pierre player during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Sam Michels (14) tries to elude a pair of Pierre defenders during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) tries to elude a pair of Pierre defenders during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Kyle Foote (32) tackles Pierre's Peyton Zabel (16) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Kyle Foote (32) tackles Pierre’s Peyton Zabel (16) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Sam Michels (14) and Mitchell's Kyle Foote (32) combine for the tackle on Pierre's Garrett Stout (7) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) and Mitchell’s Kyle Foote (32) combine for the tackle on Pierre’s Garrett Stout (7) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) is hoisted up by Mitchell's Bryce Geraets (58) after a score during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) is hoisted up by Mitchell’s Bryce Geraets (58) after a score during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) is brought down by a Pierre defender during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) is brought down by a Pierre defender during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) fights his way through a pair of Pierre defenders during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) fights his way through a pair of Pierre defenders during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) runs through the Pierre defense during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) runs through the Pierre defense during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) follows his blocker Mitchell's Carson Max (33) as a pair of Pierre defenders close in during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) follows his blocker Mitchell’s Carson Max (33) as a pair of Pierre defenders close in during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Sam Michels (14) returns a kickoff during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) returns a kickoff during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Sam Michels (14) returns a kickoff during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) returns a kickoff during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The Kernels stand for the national anthem prior their class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The Kernels stand for the national anthem prior their class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Kiel Nelson (3) is introduced to the crowd prior their game against the Pierre Governors in class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Kiel Nelson (3) is introduced to the crowd prior their game against the Pierre Governors in class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) and Mitchell's Kiel Nelson (3) wait to be introduced prior to the Kernels class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) and Mitchell’s Kiel Nelson (3) wait to be introduced prior to the Kernels class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The Kernels wait to be introduced prior to their class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The Kernels wait to be introduced prior to their class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Head Coach Kent VanOverschelde talks with his kids prior to the Kernels class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Head Coach Kent VanOverschelde talks with his kids prior to the Kernels class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Head Coach Kent VanOverschelde's kids play around prior to the Kernels class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Head Coach Kent VanOverschelde’s kids play around prior to the Kernels class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Pierre's Garrett Stout (7) is brought down by Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) and Mitchell's Carson Max (33) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Pierre’s Garrett Stout (7) is brought down by Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) and Mitchell’s Carson Max (33) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) is brought down after an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) is brought down after an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) is brought down after an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) is brought down after an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Jed Schmidt (24) runs towards the sideline after an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Jed Schmidt (24) runs towards the sideline after an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Briggs Havlik (15) and the rest of the Kernels celebrate their class 11AA state semi-final win over the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Briggs Havlik (15) and the rest of the Kernels celebrate their class 11AA state semi-final win over the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Bryce Geraets (58) and Mitchell's Sam Michels (14) celebrate the Kernels class 11AA state semi-final win over the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Bryce Geraets (58) and Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) celebrate the Kernels class 11AA state semi-final win over the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Cody Riechelt (31) and Mitchell's Sam Michels (14) celebrate the Kernels class 11AA state semi-final win over the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Cody Riechelt (31) and Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) celebrate the Kernels class 11AA state semi-final win over the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Jed Schmidt (24) returns an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Jed Schmidt (24) returns an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) carries the ball during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) carries the ball during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) breaks through the Pierre defense during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) breaks through the Pierre defense during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Head Coach Kent VanOverschelde signals to his players they have one game left vs. Harrisburg in the DakotaDome after winning their class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Head Coach Kent VanOverschelde signals to his players they have one game left vs. Harrisburg in the DakotaDome after winning their class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Offensive Coordinator Joe Kramer speaks to the team after their win in a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Offensive Coordinator Joe Kramer speaks to the team after their win in a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) hugs Mitchell's Tayler Reichelt (43) before their victory jumping jacks following the Kernels win over Pierre in a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) hugs Mitchell’s Tayler Reichelt (43) before their victory jumping jacks following the Kernels win over Pierre in a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The Kernels celebrate their win over Pierre during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The Kernels celebrate their win over Pierre during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Defensive Coordinator Travis Carpenter congratulates Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) in the final minutes of the Kernels game against the Pierre Governors during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Defensive Coordinator Travis Carpenter congratulates Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) in the final minutes of the Kernels game against the Pierre Governors during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Koby Larson (87) and Mitchell's Spencer Morgan (76) have fun with fellow teammate Tayler Reichelt (43) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Koby Larson (87) and Mitchell’s Spencer Morgan (76) have fun with fellow teammate Tayler Reichelt (43) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Tayler Reichelt (43) celebrates the Kernels win over Pierre during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Tayler Reichelt (43) celebrates the Kernels win over Pierre during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Cody Riechelt (31) hugs Mitchell's Drew Kitchens (22) after a Kitchens touchdown during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Cody Riechelt (31) hugs Mitchell’s Drew Kitchens (22) after a Kitchens touchdown during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Drew Kitchens (22) scores a touchdown during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Drew Kitchens (22) scores a touchdown during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Drew Kitchens (22) breaks out of the grip of a Pierre defender during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Drew Kitchens (22) breaks out of the grip of a Pierre defender during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Jed Schmidt (24) returns an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Jed Schmidt (24) returns an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Jed Schmidt (24) runs back an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Jed Schmidt (24) runs back an interception during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Cody Riechelt (31) tackles Pierre's Peyton Zabel (16) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Cody Riechelt (31) tackles Pierre’s Peyton Zabel (16) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) follows his blocker Mitchell's Carson Max (33) during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) follows his blocker Mitchell’s Carson Max (33) during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Kiel Nelson (3) makes a toss during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Kiel Nelson (3) makes a toss during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) fights through the Pierre defense during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) fights through the Pierre defense during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Sam Michels (14) knocks the ball out of the arms of Pierre's Bradley Dean (4) for an incomplete pass during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) knocks the ball out of the arms of Pierre’s Bradley Dean (4) for an incomplete pass during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Jed Schmidt (24) and Mitchell's Briggs Havlik (15) tries to bring down Pierre's Nathanael Thompson (40) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Jed Schmidt (24) and Mitchell’s Briggs Havlik (15) tries to bring down Pierre’s Nathanael Thompson (40) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Head Coach Kent VanOverschelde's kids run down balls on the sideline for the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Head Coach Kent VanOverschelde’s kids run down balls on the sideline for the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Kiel Nelson (3) calls a play in the huddle during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Kiel Nelson (3) calls a play in the huddle during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) is brought down by a Pierre defender during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) is brought down by a Pierre defender during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Jed Schmidt (24) goes for a tackle on Pierre's Nathanael Thompson (40) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Jed Schmidt (24) goes for a tackle on Pierre’s Nathanael Thompson (40) during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) celebrates a touchdown with Mitchell's Sam Michels (14) during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) celebrates a touchdown with Mitchell’s Sam Michels (14) during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Kiel Nelson (3) calls a timeout during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Kiel Nelson (3) calls a timeout during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Middle School kids cheer on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Middle School kids cheer on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Middle School kids cheer on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Middle School kids cheer on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell's Spencer Neugebauer (8) escapes an attempted tackle by a Pierre defender during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell’s Spencer Neugebauer (8) escapes an attempted tackle by a Pierre defender during a class 11AA state semi-final game on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Middle School reach out for a t-shirt shot into the air on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

Mitchell Middle School reach out for a t-shirt shot into the air on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The crowd cheers on the Kernels during a class 11AA state semi-final game against the Pierre Governors on Friday night at Joe Quintal Field. (Matt Gade/Republic)