Blue Hawk Bites: DSU vs. Montana TechFor each Dickinson State football game this season, Press Sports Editor Dustin Monke will give you four items to keep an eye on.
By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
No. 13 Montana Tech (4-1) at Dickinson State (1-4)
1 p.m. today at Badlands Activities Center
Radio: KDIX, 1230 AM
For each Dickinson State football game this season, Press Sports Editor Dustin Monke will give you four items to keep an eye on.
— Win one for Hank: Despite all their troubles in adjusting to the Frontier Conference this season, DSU is a team that no opponent overlooks — especially No. 13-ranked Montana Tech. But wouldn’t it be great to see the young Blue Hawks could do enough to push head coach Hank Biesiot past Frosty Westering on the NAIA all-time wins chart on the same day he has a stadium renamed in his honor?
— Harkless gets first start: DSU sophomore quarterback Matt Harkless gets the start today in place of injured senior Dave Velasquez. The two are a lot alike – despite about 30 pounds and a 3-inch height difference – in that each can use their ability to scramble to make plays. But, don’t be surprised if DSU experiments a little with redshirt freshman QB Thad Lane a few times today.
— Slowing down the Diggers: For the third time in as many weeks, DSU’s defense takes on the task of stopping a high-powered offense. Montana Tech has been able to move the football pretty much however it wants this season thanks to junior QB Nick Baker and sophomore RB Pat Hansen. DSU needs to slow down one part of the Orediggers’ offense to have a chance.
— Surprise me: In a game like this, the Blue Hawks need something shocking, whether it’s on a big play or having someone unassuming step up. One way or another, DSU cannot rest on its laurels against a team like Tech.