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Press Photo by Royal McGregor Southern Oregon junior quarterback Austin Dodge, right, looks down the field for a receiver against Dickinson State during a Frontier Conference game on Saturday at the Biesiot Activities Center. DSU sophomore defensive end Matt McCoy, back right, pursues Dodge out of the pocket.

Raiders crush DSU: Dodge threw 460 yards to lead Southern Oregon past Blue Hawks

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Raiders crush DSU: Dodge threw 460 yards to lead Southern Oregon past Blue Hawks
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Line up. Score. Repeat.

In the blink of an eye the Southern Oregon football team's offense would be halfway down the field or already in the endzone.


The Dickinson State football team couldn't catch its breath as the Raiders sped past them Saturday afternoon, 66-21. DSU fell to 0-5, the program's worst start under head coach Hank Biesiot.

"It was an old fashioned butt kicking," Biesiot said. "I thought they looked good it kind of was advertised as we thought, their quarterback is a good player and had a good day. They're a good team offensively and we let them get going on us but at the same time it's a two way either you hold on to it or you stop them and we didn't do anything."

The Raiders were off to a quick start with 28 unanswered points in the second quarter and led DSU 42-7 at halftime. The team's offense was nothing short of electric, snapping the ball in five or six seconds and scoring on drives lasting under a minute. In the second quarter, one of the Raider's scoring drive was three plays, 80 yards and only lasted 46 seconds.

"I was proud of our players, they played well on both sides of the ball," Southern Oregon head coach Craig Howard said. "Coach Biesiot is rebuilding his program, they're a young team lot of inexperience but they're going to get better because he's a great coach. But our boys came in and did well with defensive pressure they had six and a half sacks, some interceptions and turnovers. And the offense got rolling; we have an awfully good quarterback in Austin Dodge."

Good is an understatement for Dodge's performance Saturday. In the first half alone, Dodge went 23 of 28 for 283 yards and three touchdowns. Dodge was pulled out in the third quarter and finished his day 32 of 39 with 460 passing yards -- accounting for more than half for the Raiders' 695 total yards -- and five TDs.

"It's what he does," Howard said. "He's the No. 1 passer in the country at the NAIA level and had another great performance today again."

The Blue Hawk's offense never could get into a rhythm, starting with Kaler Ray overthrowing his intended receiver Brock Overbo in triple coverage. Poor decisions were plentiful, but the Raider's quickness and near perfection on offense and defense didn't help either. The Raiders' defense successfully held the Blue Hawks to 172 total yards.

But Ray was able to find a way to score in the first half, starting with a quick pitch to running back Jesse Carney with a reversal to receiver Wyatt Mirich for a 22-yard TD run. Carney finished the game with DSU's two other touchdowns and had 17 carries for 92 yards.

But it went from bad to worse, to nightmarish for DSU as nothing seemed to click on the offense or defense. There were several no loss, no gain plays as Southern Oregon's defense successfully kept the Hawks in check and adding pressure to Ray. The defense constantly got to Ray and sacked him five times. Ray finished 5 of 15 for 17 yards.

"That's a really good football team, one of the best in the nation and their defense really showed," Ray said. "They have great DBs, their defensive line caused a lot of penetration and caused a lot of pressure as well so they like to bring it and played real well today."

Next Saturday is homecoming and the Blue Hawks are set to host the University of Jamestown at 1 p.m. This week in practice, a crucial spot to work on is the overall offense as well as the passing game at the quarterback position.

"We just have to get better assignment wise and fundamentally," Biesiot said. "We have to catch some balls, hold on to some balls."

Ray added: "We didn't get the ball rolling fast enough, that's something we really really need to work on and something we try to preach every week. We just need to put up points faster and more efficiently whenever we get the ball we need to come out and put up some points."

SOU 14 28 17 7 -- 66

DSU 7 0 7 7 -- 21

First Quarter

SOU- Zach Marshall 1 run (Aldrick Rosas kick)

SOU- Jeremy Scottow 4 pass from Austin Dodge (Rosas kick)

DSU- Wyatt Mirich 22 run (Josh Borm kick)

Second Quarter

SOU- Scottow 16 pass from Dodge (Rosas kick)

SOU-Sean Tow 10 run (Rosas kick)

SOU-Ryan Retzlaff 21 pass from Dodge (Rosas kick)

SOU- Dylan Carlson 2 run (Rosas kick)

Third Quarter

SOU-Rosas FG

SOU-Scottow 30 pass from Dodge (Rosas kick)

SOU-Dylan Young 34 pass from Dodge (Rosas kick)

DSU- Carney 44 run (Borm kick)

Fourth Quarter

SOU-Tow 4 run (Rosas kick)

DSU- Carney 1 run (Borm kick)


First downs 39 11

Rushes-yards 40-203 49-155

Passing yards 492 17

Comp.-Att.-Int. 36-50-1 5-17-1

Total yards 695 172

Fumbles-lost 2-2 2-2

Penalties-yards 5-47 3-39

Punts-Avg. 3-102 10-398


RUSHING: SOU, Marshall 12-79-1, Tow 14-59-2, Chris Kammel 5-28, Carlson 3-20-1. DSU, Carney 17-92-2, Myren Moore 14-54, Mirich 1-22-1.

PASSING: SOU, Dodge 32-29-460, Kammel 4-11-32. DSU, Ray 5-15-17.

RECEIVING: SOU, Scottow 7-129-3, Ryan Retzlaff 6-80-1, Matt Retzlaff 6-80, Young 5-76-1, Marshall 5-66, Donald Drisdom 3-29, Tow 2-14, Austin Schaffer 1-18. DSU, JT Keith 3-6, Borm 1-11, Carney 1-0.


TACKLES: SOU, Laurence Calgagno 5, Mylz Blake 4, Steven Josephson 3, Colton Grimwood 2, Rasjen Hines 2, Julius Rucker 2. DSU, Antwan Smith 8, Brady Harkless 8, Alex Huitzil 4, Quincy Mason 3, Shawn Alder 3.

SACKS: SOU, Trevor Kuyper 2, Nick Gentry 1, Grimwood 1, Michael Bibbee 1.5. DSU, none.

INTERCEPTIONS: SOU, Heston Altenbach 1, Grimwood 1. DSU, Shad Standford 1.

Meaghan MacDonald
Meaghan is the sports reporter for the Dickinson Press, focusing primarily on Dickinson State athletics and rodeo. After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism.