Larry Leeds

Congratulations goes out to the Colman-Egan Hawks on their 32-28 win over the Warner Monarchs in the Class 9A title game on Thursday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.

The area has one football championship team. Will Madison make it two on Saturday? Only time will tell.

Heading into this weekend's football championship, the northeast section of the state had a lot of bragging rights as there were four teams from that area in the championship games: Langford, Warner, Webster and Groton.

Well, three of the teams -- Langford, Warner and Webster -- all suffered setbacks on Thursday in 9-man games.

Now the southcentral portion of the state is looking to be the top area for football with Gregory and Colome already picking up championships. Winner (the favorite) will play Groton.

However, no one is mentioning the Highway 34 Corridor, which has one champion already in Colman-Egan, and Madison will be looking for the second championship for this area.

Madison has put together a strong four years in football. The Bulldogs have lost just four games in the last four years and no more than two in one season.

The championship game on Saturday will pit the Bulldogs against the Tea Area Titans in a rematch of a game held at Trojan Field earlier this season. Tea Area was able to win that game 28-25.

Madison's players are not seeking revenge in this title showdown. To the Bulldogs, it's just another game on the schedule, and their only mission is to win.

The loss to Tea earlier hurt just the record for Madison, but it did not dampen the spirit of the Bulldogs.

This game could be an instant classic, just like the Colman-Egan game against Warner.

And what a way to end a season with another instant classic that will be remembered for a lifetime and put two Highway 34 Corridor teams 2-0 in the football championships for 2016.