Dickinson, ND-The Dickinson State Blue Hawks overcame a slow start to defeat Rocky Mountain College 43-28 at the Biesiot Athletic Center on Thursday. Hayden Gibson threw for 238 yards and 4 touchdowns, and also rushed for another, to lead a Blue Hawks offense that put up 398 yards of total offense.
After the first quarter it looked like Rocky Mountain was poised to take control of the game, but some gutsy performances by the Blue Hawk defense allowed the offense to rebound from a fumble on their first play from scrimmage and head into half time with a 14-6 lead.
A pick-6 got Rocky back into the game early in the third quarter after a successful two-point conversion tied the game at 14. However, it was all Blue Hawks the rest of the way as Gibson threw touchdown passes to Seth Ewoniuk, Tyger Frye, his second of the game, and Deonte Dixon to give DSU its largest lead of the game 34-14. Dixon added a late rushing touchdown to go with a Cody Johnson field goal for the Hawks final tally. Ewoniuk led a balanced Blue Hawks aerial attack with 64 receiving yards, while Karsten Mack powered Dickinson State on the ground gaining 87 yards on 19 carries.
In a game in which the offense shined, the defense proved equally as capable. Thomas Sease led the team in tackles with 9 and also added an interception. One of the biggest plays of the game came from Michael Almodovar when he intercepted a Jacob Bakken pass over the middle and planted the momentum squarely on the DSU sideline.
The defense limited Bakken to 11-23 for 93 yards and a touchdown on the night. Bakken was also the leading rusher for the Bears managing 44 yards on 7 carries. Drew Korf hooked up with Max Gray late in the fourth quarter for the other RMC touchdown.
Dickinson State moves to 1-0 on the season and plays next at rival Valley City State University on September 2nd.