Kaler Ray Named Final NSAA Offensive Player of the Week

Kaler Ray Named Final NSAA Offensive Player of the Week

MADISON, S.D. – The final edition of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Football Players-of-the-Week was announced by the conference office Monday.  Kaler Ray of Dickinson State (N.D.) was selected as Offensive Player-of-the-Week.  Nicholas McBeain of Valley City State (N.D.) was named as Defensive Player-of-the-Week, while his teammate Harrison Hammel was chosen as Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.

NSAA Football Offensive Player of the Week
Kaler Ray – Dickinson State (N.D.) – 6'5" – 235 lbs., Senior – quarterback – Glendale, Ariz. – Ray compiled 359 total yards of offense in No. 14-ranked Dickinson State's (N.D.) 41-14 non-conference victory at Jamestown (N.D.).  He was 5-of-9 for 78 passing yards with a pair of touchdown passes of 22- and 20-yards.  Ray also ran 12 times for a total of 275 rushing yards with two touchdowns.  He recorded 41- and 90-yard touchdown runs for the Blue Hawks.

NSAA Football Defensive Player of the Week
Nicholas McBeain – Valley City State (N.D.) – 6'1" – 240 lbs., Senior – linebacker – Shakopee, Minn. – McBeain set three new school records in Valley City State (N.D.) 17-13 upset victory over No. 14 Southeastern (Fla.).  He had 24 tackles, a quarterback sack and a forced fumble in the game.  McBeain set new records for single-season tackles (188), single-season assisted tackles (134) and career solo tackles (183).  His quarterback sack came deep in Viking Territory as the Fire was driving in the final two minutes.  It put Southeastern in 3rd-and-18 and VCSU proceeded to intercept the pass in the end zone to seal the victory.  McBeain finished his VCSU career with 446 tackles, which is 70 more than the previous school record of 376.

NSAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Harrison Hammel – Valley City State (N.D.) – 6'0" – 175 lbs., Freshman – kicker – Valley City, N.D. – Hammel was perfect 3-of-3 on kicks in Valley City State's (N.D.) 17-13 upset over No. 14 Southeastern (Fla.).  The Vikings trailed 13-0 before Hammel started VCSU's comeback with a 31-yard field goal late in the third quarter.  He nailed a pair of critical extra-point on VCSU's next two touchdowns, putting the Vikings up 17-13 and forcing the Fire to try for a touchdown in the final minutes.    

Recap from Saturday's games
Valley City State (N.D.) fell behind in the early third quarter by the score of 13-0 to No. 14-ranked Southeastern (Fla.) in a non-conference contest in Lakeland, Fla. on Nov. 10.  The Vikings roared by outscoring the Fire 17-0 in the final 16 minutes, 23 seconds of the game, holding on to a 17-13 victory.  SEU outgained VCSU 342-294 in total offensive yards, while the Vikings maintained the ball for 34 minutes, 25 seconds.  Valley City State concluded their season with an overall record of 6-4.

Presentation (S.D.) won the final edition of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Football Game of the Week after storming to a 23-0 first quarter lead over Mayville State (N.D.) in Aberdeen on Nov. 12.  The Saints never looked back as they earned a 49-22 victory, moving in a three-way tie for third in the NSAA conference standings.  PC racked up 445 offensive yards while the Comets had 288 offensive yards.  Presentation concluded their season with an overall record of 7-3 while MSU ended their 2016 season with 4-6 overall record.

Current No. 14-ranked Dickinson State (N.D.) cruised to a 41-7 halftime lead and defeated Jamestown (N.D.) 41-14 a non-conference regular-season finale in Jamestown.  The Blue Hawks outgained the Jimmies 488-291 in total offensive yards.  DiSU improved to 9-2 overall record while UJ fell to 4-7 overall record.

Dickinson State won their second straight NSAA conference title outright for the second straight year with a 6-0 conference record this year. Valley City State maintained their sole possession for second place with 4-2 record.  Dakota State (S.D.) (6-4 overall record), Presentation and Jamestown are in a three-way tie for third-place with 3-3 NSAA conference record.  Mayville State finished sixth with 2-4 record, while Waldorf (Iowa) placed seventh with 0-6 record (1-9 overall record) in the conference standings.

Looking Ahead
No. 14-ranked Dickinson State (N.D.) will represent the North Star in the NAIA Football Championship Series on Saturday.  The Blue Hawks open up the national playoffs on the road, visiting No. 6-ranked Montana Tech (9-1 overall record, 9-1 Frontier) of the Frontier Conference.  The game is set for 2 p.m. (Central Time)/1 p.m. (Mountain Time) in Butte, Mont.

It is the second straight year that Dickinson State opened up their NAIA national playoffs at Montana Tech.

            Saturday's Game
            (14) Dickinson State (N.D.) @ (6) Montana Tech – 2 p.m. (Central Time)/1 p.m. (Mountain Time)

NSAA Football Standings






x-(14) Dickinson State (N.D.)




Won 2

Valley City State (N.D.)




Won 1

Dakota State (S.D.)




Won 1

Presentation (S.D.)




Won 1

Jamestown (N.D.)




Lost 1

Mayville State (N.D.)




Lost 2

Waldorf (Iowa)




Lost 8

x-clinched North Star Athletic Association Conference Regular-Season Title


            Nov. 10 Result
            Valley City State (N.D.) 17, (14) Southeastern (Fla.) 13 – FINAL

            Nov. 12 Results
            Presentation (S.D.) 49, Mayville State (N.D.) 22 – FINAL
            (15) Dickinson State (N.D.) 41, 
Jamestown (N.D.) 14 – FINAL 

Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director