No. 8 Carroll College pounds Blue Hawks, 42-6Carroll College wanted to run the football and there wasn't much Dickinson State could do to stop it on Saturday afternoon at the Badlands Activities Center.
By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
Carroll College wanted to run the football and there wasn’t much Dickinson State could do to stop it on Saturday afternoon at the Badlands Activities Center.
The No. 8-ranked Saints had 343 yards rushing as they routed the Blue Hawks 42-6 for their third consecutive Frontier Conference victory.
Senior tailback Chance Demarais rushed for 124 yards and a pair of 1-yard touchdowns while quarterback Dakota Stonehouse had 108 yards rushing, including a 5-yard TD keeper. Sophomore running back Dustin Rinker added 84 yards in mostly mop-up duty in the second half.
“The offensive line just played awesome today, really opened up some holes for Chance, Rinker and myself — especially that draw play,” Stonehouse said. “It’s all on them. They get the right play call and it opens up.”
Through Demarais — the reigning NAIA Player of the Year from Malta, Mont. — was the workhorse with 26 carries, Stonehouse was the playmaker. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior kept plays alive with his feet and extended series with big scrambles on a designed quarterback draw play up the gut that DSU couldn’t quite figure out.
“They did a great job disguising it,” said DSU junior outside linebacker Cord Berg. “We knew it would be coming and we’d still fall for it.”
The Saints (4-2, 3-2 Frontier) outgained DSU 457 to 151 in total yards.
“Their defense is good,” DSU senior running back Presley Straub said. “We had some runs there that were breaking big and a couple that were just one or two tackles away or a missed block away from turning up big. It’s something we need to capitalize on.”
The Blue Hawks (1-4, 1-4 Frontier) could only muster a pair of Chad Bryant field goals. The true freshman connected from 46 yards late in the second quarter and ended the third with a 41-yarder.
“We could have kept them to a couple less touchdowns,” DSU head coach Hank Biesiot said. “We missed a couple chances against them. You’d like to get touchdowns and not field goals.”
DSU’s loss was compounded when senior quarterback Dave Velasquez left the game was carted off the field late in the third quarter with a left leg injury after being sacked by Carroll senior linebacker Joe Dunning.
Velasquez was 2 of 11 for 51 yards passing and was sacked three times.
“It doesn’t look good,” Biesiot said.
Unlike most teams in the Frontier Conference, Carroll doesn’t necessarily have to move the ball through the air to be productive on offense. In fact, the Saints barely had to pass the ball.
When they did, Stonehouse was able to pick his spots. The junior was 7 of 9 for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
He found sophomore Anthony Clarke on a 38-yard TD strike in the first quarter and capped a short drive to wide-open sophomore Jared Mayernik in the third quarter.
Stonehouse’s only real miscue came in the second quarter when he was intercepted by freshman Brady Harkless, who also had a team-high 10 tackles. That play led to Bryant’s first field goal.
Carroll has outscored its last three Frontier opponents 89-19.
“Defensively, we’re a little bit more solid,” Carroll head coach Mike Van Diest said. “We’re not giving up the big plays. … That goes with ball control too. When you run the football well, your defense gets the rest.”
The loss was DSU’s second big one in a row after losing to Southern Oregon 45-7 last week in Ashland, Ore. DSU hosts Montana Tech at 1 p.m. next Saturday in its homecoming game.
It is only the fifth time since 1950 that DSU has started a season with a 1-4 record.
“We’ve just got to forget about it and come back with a positive attitude,” Berg said. “The past two games, we’ve gave up a lot of points but we’ve got to get back into the zone where those first three games, we were right up in it. We’ve got to block this out, come back positive and do what we need to do.”
Carroll 14 7 14 7 — 42
DSU 0 3 3 0 — 6
CC–Chance Demarais 1 run (Scott Lyons kick), 9:55
CC–Anthony Clarke 38 pass from Dakota Stonehouse (Lyons kick), 6:45
DSU–Chad Bryant 46 FG, 9:22
CC–Stonehouse 5 run (Lyons kick), 4:41
CC–Demarais 1 run (Lyons kick), 9:32
CC–Jared Mayernik 9 pass from Stonehouse (Lyons kick), 4:11
DSU–Bryant 41 FG, :00
CC–Mac Roche 12 run (Lyons kick), 8:20
TEAM STATISTICS CC DSU
First downs 28 7
Rushes-yards 66-343 27-79
Passing yards 114 72
Comp.-Att.-Int. 7-9-1 3-15-0
Total yards 457 151
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 3-25 3-20
Punts-Avg. 0-0 7-37.4
RUSHING: CC, Chance Demarais 26-124, Dakota Stonehouse 13-108, Dustin Rinker 17-84, Colter Rood 7-38, Mac Roche 1-12, Yaremko 1-(minus-23). DSU, Myren Moore 8-42, Presley Straub 10-40, Matt Harkless 5-25, Dave Velasquez 3-(minus-27), Blake Pirkl 1-(minus-1).
PASSING: CC, Stonehouse 7-9-1 114. DSU, Velasquez 2-11-0 51, Harkless 1-4-0 21.
RECEIVING: CC, Anthony Clarke 3-71, Drew Clausen 1-28, Jared Mayernik 1-9, Simac 1-5, Demarias 1-2. DSU, Tanner Leak 2-62, Cody Clausen 1-10.
TACKLES (solo-assist-total): CC, Shane Durbin 4-2-6, Dawson Osborn 3-0-3, Dakota Amy ½2-1-3, Matt Upham 2-1-3, Joe Dunning 2-0-2, Daniel Simmons 2-0-2, Kyle Smith 2-0-2, Tucker Vezina 2-0-2, Matt Wymore 2-0-2, Rhakeem Harris 1-1-2. DSU, Brady Harkless 5-5-10, Jordan Moore 6-2-8, Matt McCoy 5-3-8, Cord Berg 4-3-7, Cameron Hughes 4-3-7, Colton Hill 4-2-6, Nolan Schwartz 4-2-6, Matt Seibert 3-2-5, Bo Brooks 3-1-4, Jay Grosz 0-4-4, Meyer Bohn 3-0-3.
SACKS: CC, Dunning 1, Sean Condon 1, Bryan Graupman. DSU, DSU, McCoy 1½, Hill ½.
INTERCEPTIONS: CC, None. DSU, B. Harkless.