Spearfish Spartans experience a nightmare in Pierre

Published: Nov. 1, 2019 at 1:24 PM MDT
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To say it was a rough Halloween for the Spearfish High School football team is … well … an understatement.

The Spartans, winless going into the game against the Pierre Governors Thursday, were buried 103-0. And, as the Argus Leader stated, that isn’t a typo.

The game was well over after the first quarter when the Governors held a 42-0 lead. Pierre added 33 points in the second quarter, 31 in the third and the final seven in the last quarter.

This wasn’t their first seasonal loss to Pierre. In September, the Spartans were shutout by the Governors, 72-0.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association does have a mercy rule but not in the class of football that Spearfish is in.

SDHSAA Mercy Rule

The mercy rule is for 11-A, 11-B and 9-Man Football 

In 11-A, 11-B and 9-man football, when a team secures a 35 point lead in the second half, the clock will continue to run except for timeouts (team or official) or after a score. If a team secures a 35 point lead in the second half and the score subsequently falls below the 35 point mark, the clock will continue to run as outlined.

If a team secures a 50 point or greater lead at the end of the first half, or if they secure such a lead during the second half, the game is ended immediately. Regulation timing is followed in the first half regardless of the score. 

These regulations shall be followed for all regular-season contests, as well as all first-round, quarterfinal and semifinal playoff contests. Only the 35-point running clock rule shall be in effect for State Championship contests (50 point rule will not take effect in a State Final contest).

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