DICKINSON, N.D. – The Blue Hawks hosted Presentation College in the North Star Athletic Association football Game of the Week on Saturday (Nov. 1). Dickinson State picked up its fifth win of the season, 42-35. The Blue Hawks are now 5-4 on the season and 3-2 in conference. Presentation fell to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in NSAA play.
When the two teams entered play on Saturday they were the top two rushing teams in the North Star and they did not disappoint. They combined for over 400 yards on the ground and nine rushing touchdowns.
The Blue Hawks opened the scoring in the first quarter. Kaler Ray punched it in for the Blue Hawks and Josh Borm added the point after touchdown. Antoine Scott found the end zone for the Saints three minutes later on a two-yard run to even the score after a Gavin Voss PAT.
Ray found the end zone in the second quarter on a 16-yard quarterback keeper to give the Blue Hawks a 14-7 lead. He would score again on a four-yard run for his third rushing touchdown of the day, after Drew Johnson intercepted a pass from Stephan Braswell.
The third quarter proved beneficial for Ray again. Robert Sterling forced a fumble from Jerome Mayfield, which was recovered by Shawn Alder. Following a defensive face mask penalty, Ray punched it in from nine yards out and giving the Blue Hawks a 28-7 advantage.
The Saints were within striking distance midway through the third quarter. Voss lined up for a field goal, but the snap got away from the holder. Voss initially recovered the ball, but it was coughed up on a hit by Alex Huitzil. Huitzil snatched the ball from the ground and returned it for 53 yards. Myren Moore took advantage of the defense's hard work and broke a 39-yard rush for the score.
Hayden Zenner found the back of the end zone for the Saints on a sweep to the right side from a yard out to cut the deficit. Zenner struck again on the next possession for the Saints. This time, it was a two-yard rush.
On the ensuing drive, the Blue Hawks started from their own 22-yard line and drove down the field in eight plays. Ray from Austin Brown on a 30-yard pass for the score,.
Presentation took over at their own 25-yard line and fought to third and one. A holding penalty nullified the pass from Braswell and the Saints stared down a second and 19. Braswell then found Zenner on a short out and the half back took the pass for 14 yards before being brought down by Michael Thompson. Braswell's next pass, intended for Anthony Bricker, was incomplete.
Presentation took a chance on fourth and five. They sent Sam Desai on to attempt a fake punt. Desai took the snap and immediately scrambled towards the line. Without a hole, Desai tried to find Mayfield for the first down, but the pass was deflected by a defender and then intercepted by punt returner Dylan Skabo, preserving the 42-35 lead for Dickinson State.
Braswell finished 27-of-45 with 281 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Scott rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Zenner rushed for 80 yards on 18 carries, with two touchdowns. Matthew James caught nearly half of Braswell's passes. He recorded 13 receptions for 105 yards. Mayfield caught the lone touchdown pass. The Saints finished with 281 passing yards and 169 rushing yards, for a total of 450 yards.
Ray threw for 175 yards and rushed for another 76. He threw one touchdown pass and ran for four. Moore rushed for 132 yards, and one touchdown, on 12 carries. Johnson and Skabo each had an interception. Johnson also recovered a fumble and had a sack assist. Thomas Sease, Colby Wartman, and Sam Herauf each recorded a sack. Michael Hernandez notched two solo tackles, 10 tackle assists, and half a sack. Huitzil finished with six solo tackles and nine assists.
Dickinson State will be back in action on Saturday (Nov. 8) against Dakota State. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Saints will host No. 17 Valley City on Saturday (Nov. 8) at 6 p.m.