Larry Leeds

There will be no home field advantage for the Dakota State University Trojans for their homecoming contest against the Presentation College Saints. Originally scheduled for Saturday, the game will now be played at 2 p.m. Monday at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls.

The biggest question: Why at 2 p.m. on a work day? Why not later, such as 6 p.m.?

I am not sure of the reason why it was moved to Howard Wood Field. How many fans can just take off work and go to a game at 2 p.m. on a Monday? Will DSU have to pay a rental fee for its homecoming contest? I would think there would be a charge.

The only reason that I could see for moving the game is that no one wants to ruin Trojan Field after the weekend rain; there are still a number of games to be played here this season. However, I have seen games played at Trojan Field in rain storms. Not too many years ago, Madison played Pipestone in a driving rain storm. At halftime, I went to the press box for the rest of the game.

How many fans will be able to get off work early enough to get to Sioux Falls for the game?

Could the game have been pushed back to another date at Trojan Field? I am not sure of Presentation College’s schedule, and I know trying to make up a football game is an awful headache.

I am hoping there will be lots of Blue and Gold in the stands at Howard Wood Field today cheering on the Trojans.


Larry Leeds was born and raised in South Dakota, graduating from Colman High School in 1974. He continued his education at USD/Springfield and Dakota State University and received a bachelor's degree in physical education and history in 1979. He later obtained a journalism degree from South Dakota State University.

Before coming to Madison, Leeds worked at weekly papers in Flandreau, St. James, Minn., Redfield and Hayti (Hamlin County Publishing with Castlewood and Estelline).

He has a passion for all sports, especially high school sports and amateur baseball, because these teams are filled with players who want to be playing the game.

His favorite teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves, and New York Yankees.

Leeds is also a NASCAR fan whose favorite drivers are Dave Blaney and his son Ryan.