BUTTE, MT- The Dickinson State University seen their great season come to an end on Saturday when the NSAA Conference Champions were defeated by the Frontier Conference Champions 44-10 in the 2015 NAIA Football Championship Series First Round.
Dickinson State got on the board first in the first quarter on a Joshua Perry-Kruse field goal to put the Blue Hawks up 3-0 early in the first quarter but Montana Tech came right back scoring twice in the first quarter on a Clay Cavender 26 yard rush and a Nolan Saraceni three yeard rush to put the Orediggers up 13-3 at the end of the first quarter.
It was all Montana Tech in the second quarter, scoring 10 points off a Matt Berg field goal and a Saraceni four yard rushing touchdown giving the Orediggers a 23-3 lead going into halftime.
The second half started off with the Blue Hawks scoring first off an Austin Brown touchdown catch from Kaler Ray putting Dickinson State down 23-10. The Orediggers once again answered with a 51 yard touchdown pass from Andrew Loudenback to Kolby Kansala to put Montana Tech up 30-10 after three quarters.
Montana Tech kept putting it on the Blue hawks in the fourth quarter scoring two more touchdowns. Saraceni scored his third touchdown of the day with a three yard touchdown run while Cavender scored his second touchdown of the day on a two yard ruching touchdown to end the game 44-10 in favor of the Orediggers.
Dickinson State finished the game with 296 total offensive yards while the Orediggers finished with 514 total offensive yards.
The Blue Hawks finish their great season with a 8-3 overall record after finishing 5-1 in the NSAA and winning the NSAA crown for 2015.
With the final loss of the season, the Blue Hawks say goodbye to 10 seniors. The Dickinson State University Blue Hawk Family would like to wish Matt McCoy, Riley Moore, Awa Poggi, William Cunningham, Colten Johnston, Sefa Fatu, Meyer Bohn, Lane Millay, Joshua Perry-Kruse, and Michael Hernandez the best of luck in their future.