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Blue Hawk Bites: DSU vs. Montana Tech

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.

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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