These signs wishing the Pride luck hang outside the north lockerroom door at the Freeman Junior-Senior High School gym. No. 3 Canistota/Freeman takes on No. 1 Britton-Hecla today at 11 a.m. at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings. The Pride are looking to repeat as Class 9A champions while the Braves are playing inspirited football in the name of their quarterback, Trevor Zuehlke, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in the final game of the regular season.
Canistota/Freeman, meanwhile, has rallied around lineman Ty Balvin, who continues to recover for a suicide attempt.
Britton-Hecla is 10-0 while Canistota/Freeman is 10-1. The game is being carried by PBS and also live-streamed at sdpb.org. Watch the Courier's Twitter and Facebook feeds for updates, and check back here later today for a game recap and photos.