The time has come to start ranking 50 states that we covered this football season. 

To say I’m overwhelmed with the work that comes along with this is an understatement.

We had 10 Student Section of the Week winners in South Dakota and that helped us determine who had the best Student Section and which ones wanted it more.

Just showing up in large crowds isn’t enough. It might fool other outlets that don’t cover Student Sections, but not us. We have to know how bad you want it and marketing is key. 

You will see top-notch Student Sections miss out at the top spot, but we kept saying it over and over and over again, in order to be considered number one, you have to win the Student Section of the Week title. Otherwise, what is the point of having that contest?!

I know Student Sections complain, but remember it’s thousands of Student Sections and only me. Social media is your friend if used correctly.

This is our second year covering Football Student Sections in South Dakota, so we hope we were accurate.

I feel like we haven’t gotten a solid grasp of South Dakota Student Sections yet, but we have noticed more Student Sections in this state, so we hope to be more accurate.

The South Dakota Football Student Section Champion will move on to Regionals in hopes to get the National Championship banner as voting will now get involved!

So, let’s see who made the list and who is the best in the Mount Rushmore State.


  1. O’Gorman

O’Gorman came away with a last second effort in the stands to show everyone just how amazing their Student Section is. I’ll excuse Christmas in November since football ends before the end of November. O’Gorman can celebrate early as they’re the 2023 South Dakota Football Student Section of the Year!

  1. Dakota Valley Pit Crew

The Pit Crew is always an amazing Student Section, not just in South Dakota, but in the nation. You can never get enough of Purple and Black.

  1. Washington

Washington has a loud and colorful Student Section. They can handle any theme it seems and can bring a good number to the stands.

  1. Harrisburg Jungle

This has always been a solid Student Section. This photo is amazing. The white out theme and the white powder. It’s tough to see just how deep this Student Section is with all that powder in the way.

  1. Deuel

A small, but mighty Student Section cheered on all season as their Cardinals went 9-1 on the season.

  1. Ipswich Tiger Den
  2. Lincoln Crazies
  3. Tea Area
  4. Dell Rapids
  5. Elk Point-Jefferson
  6. Huron
  7. Yankton
  8. Sioux Valley
  9. Groton Jungle
  10. Riggs
  11. Rapid City Central Cobbler Crowd
  12. Roncalli Cavalier Crazies
  13. Webster Bearcat Nation 
  14. Brandon Valley 
  15. Beresford