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Pierre QB Lincoln Kienholz narrows list down to four
May 25, 2022

PIERRE — Pierre Governor quarterback Lincoln Kienholz has been catching the eyes of college coaches all over the country in recent months. 

The senior-to-be has been attracting college football offers from in-state programs, FCS powerhouses, and several Power 5 and Group of 5 FBS schools.

On Wednesday, Kienholz announced that he has narrowed his list of schools down to four, including North Dakota State, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Kienholz, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder, is a three-star prospect according to recruiting services and He’s the 59th-ranked quarterback in the 2023 Class, according to

This past fall, Kienholz led the Governors to a 10-2 season and their fifth straight Class 11AA state championship. In the 2021 state championship game, Pierre trailed Tea Area by a 27-7 score in the third quarter. That’s when Kienholz, both throwing and running the ball, orchestrated a 23-point heart-pounding comeback for the state championship. He racked up 537 total yards and four total touchdowns on his way to Joe Robbie MVP honors. 

For the season, the Class 11AA all-state quarterback threw for 3,359 yards and 37 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,165 yards and another 12 touchdowns on 146 carries. Entering his senior season, Kienholz has a school-record 5,678 passing yards and 58 passing touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 2,067 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Kienholz is also an outstanding baseball and basketball player. He pitches and plays shortstop for Pierre High School and Post 8. On the hardwood, he’s a two-time all-stater and has scored more than 1,000 career points.