BUTTE, MT—The Dickinson State Blue Hawks were defeated by the Montana Tech Orediggers 28-21 in the first round of the 2016 NAIA Football Championship Series.
In the first quarter, Montana Tech's Andrew Loudenback found the endzone on a shovel pass from quarterback Quinn McQueary from the three yard line. McQueary scored again in the first quarter, giving the Orediggers a 14-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
Tech's lead increased to 21-0 midway through the second quarter when Zach Bunney found the endzone on a 13 yard run. With one minute left in the first half the Blue Hawks would answer back. Kaler Ray would complete a 43 yard touchdown pass to Jed Fike. The touchdown pass put the Blue Hawks behind 21-7 going into halftime.
After halftime and with six minutes left in the third quarter, DSU's Jed Fike would find the endzone on a 67 yard run that cut the Oredigger lead to a touchdown. With twenty-five seconds left in the third quarter McQueary found Mitchell Keeton on a fourth down conversion pass that resulted in a touchdown. The Orediggers would enter the fourth quarter up 28-14.
With the Diggers ahead 28-14 and 15 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Ray busted loose for a 54 yard scoring run to put the Blue Hawks down a touchdown again. The Blue Hawk defense would get one more stop in the fourth quarter to give the offense an opportunity. However, DSU was stopped at midfield with zero seconds left on the clock. Montana Tech won 28-21.
Dickinson State finished the game with 16 first downs, 78 passing yards, 314 rushing yards, for a total of 392 total yards of offense.
Montana Tech would finish the game with 27 first downs, 241 passing yards, 189 rushing yards, for a total of 430 offensive yards.
Ray also had 78 yards passing with one touchdown.
Thomas Sease led the Blue Hawks defense with 13 tackles and one sack. Liggins, Nalewaja, and Johnson each recorded 8 tackles as well.
Quinn McQueary led Tech through the air with 241 yards passing with two touchdowns and one interception.
Braden Feisthamel led the Orediggers on the ground with 128 yards on 22 attempts.
Nic Amestoy recorded a team high 12 tackles for the Orediggers.
Dickinson State finishes their 2016 season with an overall record of 9-3.