Class 11AA Has Struggled In 2019 Against 11A Teams
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So far during the 2019 high school football season in South Dakota, Class 11AA has a .500 record against Class 11A. Additionally, Class 11AA has two losses against Class 11B.
In Class 11AA, for at least this year and next year, there are eight teams. The regular season schedule, however, requires that each school play a total of nine games. This means that each team in the class ‘could’ face each other once, and then find two games from Class 11A to fill out the remainder of their schedule.
For seventy-five percent of the class, this is what they did. Two teams, however, Huron and Spearfish, will play a schedule that consists of six teams from their own class and three from Class 11A.
2019 – Class 11AA vs Class 11A
Pierre 2-0 (West Central and Tea Area)
Brookings 2-0 (Lennox and Madison)
Yankton 1-1 (L – Dakota Valley and W – Vermillion)
Huron 1-1 (W – Milbank, L – Canton)
Sturgis 0-1 (St Thomas More)
Mitchell 0-2 (Sioux Falls Christian and Dell Rapids)
Spearfish 0-2 (Custer and St. Thomas More)
Douglas 0-1 (Belle Fourche)
Upcoming 11AA vs 11A Games
Spearfish vs Belle Fourche October 11th
Douglas vs St. Thomas More – October 11th
Huron vs Tri-Valley – October 18th
Sturgis vs Belle Fourche – October 18th
Some feel that the competition gap between Class 11AA and 11A isn't that significant, while others claim it's simply just an unusual year.
In Class 11B, St. Thomas More recently moved down from Class 11A. They've beaten two opponents in Class 11AA, Spearfish and Sturgis. The Cavaliers also have a match up against Douglas in mid-October.
In past years, it was common to see Class 11AAA and 11AA meet up on a minimal basis during the regular season. However, Class 11AAA now has a total of ten teams, and with a nine-game regular season, each team plays each other once.