Brandon Valley Back On Top, 20 Years After Last State Football Championship


Brandon Valley is the first team outside of Sioux Falls to win a class “11AAA” state football championship since the class was introduced in 2013. It’s also the Lynx’s first state football title in two decades. 

Brandon Valley avenged a week one loss to Washington by dethroning the three-time defending champion with a 28-22 win in the state title tilt on Saturday night.

“I knew that “AAA” was pretty wide open and so I figured if our kids would mature and we’d start executing what we really had laid down for the groundwork this summer, I thought things would be really good,” head coach Chad Garrow said. 

The Lynx put together a complete team effort, forcing three turnovers and rolling up more than 350 yards of offense, to win the program’s first state football championship since 1998.

“This is unbelievable. Our team played so well, the coaches called an excellent game, our line blocked, our defense was amazing once again and it’s just fun,” senior Carter Olthoff  said. 

Junior quarterback Thomas Scholten and senior wide receiver Carter Olthoff connected 8 times for 134 yards including a first quarter touchdown to put Brandon Valley on top 14-0.

“He’s got confidence, his arm’s getting stronger, he’s trusting himself, he’s trusting his team more. It’s just fun to watch,” Olthoff  said. 

“It was tough for us finding ways to get the ball with how they, everyone’s been covering him lately so I mean he’s just an amazing receiver,” Scholten said.

Brandon Valley had previously played in two state title games since their last championship win, with the latest runner-up finish in 2016 fresh on the minds of the current Lynx team. 

“This championship’s for those seniors and the seniors that came before us that didn’t get the opportunity to win,” Olthoff  said. 

“It’s just really unbelievable. There’s no words for it,” Scholten said.

“How long’s it been? Like 20 years? Yeah, it’s about time. This, it’s awesome,” Carter Olthoff  said. 

The Lynx finish the season 10-2 by winning the program’s seventh state football championship.

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