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Ewoniuk transfers to Blue Hawks

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Former Heart River standout Seth Ewoniuk, left, rushes against Killdeer during a Class 1A, Region 4 game on Sept. 28, 2012 at Killdeer. On Tuesday, Ewoniuk signed his letter of intent transferring to play football at Dickinson State from the University of Mary.

Throughout the years Seth Ewoniuk played football for Heart River, he never played a game at the Biesiot Activities Center.

Say never no more. Ewoniuk has signed his letter of intent to play for the Dickinson State football team, transferring from the University of Mary on Tuesday.

“I’ve ran track there and warmed up on the field and I always thought, ‘Man, I wish could play football on this field. It’s so nice,’” Ewoniuk said. “Now, I actually get to do it and I’m pretty excited.”

Ewoniuk is returning to southwest North Dakota after playing football for one year at U-Mary.

Although he redshirted his freshman year, Ewoniuk said he had a good experience with the Marauders.

“It was a good choice going to Mary and I liked the school and I liked Bismarck,” Ewoniuk said. “But DSU was always in the back of mind. It is going to be really nice coming back to my hometown.”

Ewoniuk has always been on DSU’s radar. The 5-foot-8, 155-pound former Heart River standout said the feelings were mutual.

“Pete was always talking with me at football camps,” Ewoniuk said of new DSU head coach Pete Stanton. “When I heard he got the head coaching job, that really helped me make my decision.”

Stanton said the Blue Hawks have had their eye on Ewoniuk for a long time.

“We watched him in high school and we saw how much of competitor he was in high school in all of his sports,” Stanton said. “He was always at our summer camps. The time that impresses me the most with Seth is his work ethic and his toughness. He does a lot of good things on the football field.”

During his redshirt freshman season at U-Mary, Ewoniuk spent time as a slot receiver.

Despite the change in team, Ewoniuk plans to continue playing receiver. Ewoniuk also hopes to see time on kick and punt returns.

“Just practicing in that slot position at Mary in the fall, I’m getting more and more familiar with it,” Ewoniuk said. “I think it’s going to work well. I just need to get into open space, make a couple moves and cuts and then it’s off to the races.”

Stanton added: “He’ll play right away. We’ll put him to work right away as a slot receiver and on the special teams. He’s very versatile in what he can do and we have a lot of plans for him down the road.”

During his time in Heart River, Ewoniuk was named to the 2013 Badlands Bowl and North Dakota Shrine Bowl. He was also a standout on Heart River’s track and field team.

Ewoniuk rushed for 1,519 yards and 22 touchdowns during his senior season in high school. He amassed 4,241 rushing yards and a total of 88 touchdowns — many coming on the ground, but had plenty through the air, and on kick and punt returns — during his high school career.

Yet, there’s no place quite like home — even if it’s 22 miles away.

“I’m beyond words,” Ewoniuk said. “It’s going to be a good time. I think it’s going to be a good fit and I’m excited to play football for DSU.”