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Can't catch a break: Dickinson State makes costly mistakes, Montana State-Northern shuts out Hawks

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson State junior wide receiver JT Keith, left, battles with Montana State-Northern junior safety Trevor Baum for a loose ball during a Frontier Conference game on Thursday at the Biesiot Activities Center.1 / 2
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson State junior running back Jesse Carney, right, tries to juke MSU-Northern junior cornerback Hunter Chandler during a Frontier Conference game on Thursday at the Biesiot Activities Center. MSU-Northern won the season opener 14-0.2 / 2

Though the weather outside was hot, the Dickinson State football team didn't have the same firepower.

On the other hand Montana State-Northern wasn't scorching hot either.

However, the Lights managed to score a pair of second half touchdowns, while their defense shutout the Blue Hawks 14-0 on Thursday at the Biesiot Activities Center.

"I thought we'd do better, I wanted to do better, but we got to make some strides and got to make them fast," DSU head coach Hank Biesiot said.

The offense and defense both looked nervous, committing several errors throughout the game on little things such as missing tackles, missing easy scoring chances or not lining up properly.

MSU-Northern statistically dominated the game, finishing with 18 first downs, 252 total yards and having possession of the ball for 39 minutes, 3 seconds. DSU finished with 13 first downs and 126 total yards.

The Lights scored both of their touchdowns in the second half. In the third quarter, senior quarterback Derek Lear connected with senior wide receiver Brandt Montelius on a 24 yard pass. Lear struck again in the fourth quarter hitting senior wide receiver Orin Johnson for a six-yard touchdown.

Lear looked like a true veteran, making minimal mistakes, and going 16 of 24 for 123 yards with two touchdowns. He also had an interception early in the game.

DSU punter/kicker Josh Borm was hot on punts, but cold on field goals. Borm averaged 41.8 yards per punt with his longest measuring out at 57 yards. For field goals, however, Borm wasn't as strong, missing his two attempts.

The first half was plagued by penalties, especially for the Blue Hawks. DSU committed eight penalties for 70 yards, while MSU-Northern had five penalties for 40 yards. Both teams registered less than 90 total yards before the end of the half.

"We took too much for granted on some simple things and you should never do that," Biesiot said. "I probably made some mistakes that way, but we got to pick up and make some fast strides especially on the road for the rest of the schedule and play some talented teams."

Sophomore quarterback Thad Lane added: "We had a lot of guys that haven't been in the game very often ... early on we had a few penalties, but it's not about pointing the finger at anyone. Everyone's got nerves and that's something you learn as you play to be able to handle those nerves early in the game."

DSU quarterbacks Lane and Kaler Ray both saw playing time, alternating quarters. Lane went 5 of 9 for 41 yards while Ray went 2 of 11 for 18 yards. Both quarterbacks looked nervous and frustrated. Ray was gutsier, throwing the ball downfield more often, however, overthrowing and underthrowing the ball and rarely making contact with his intended receivers.

"I thought they both showed some moments, but it's not easy playing two (quarterbacks)," Biesiot said. "Looking at that, I don't think there was any big deal that way at the end they got their ears laid back. Both of them have to get better at some things, it wasn't perfect for either of them."

On critiquing both of their performances, Biesiot said that despite only playing every other quarter, Lane was able to keep his poise throughout and showed consistency, but needs to learn to manage his time better. Ray made some technical errors, but Biesiot believes that it'll get better the more he plays.

"We know we have things to work on, but after the first game we will be able to watch the film and figure out and pinpoint what we really need to do," Ray said. "But there were some good things that came out of it, we ran the ball real well tonight and our offensive line had great pass protection all night."

The Blue Hawks have a week to prepare and watch video as they hit the road to take on Rocky Mountain College at 1 p.m. on Sept. 7. The team needs to put their poor performance and nerves behind and look ahead to their next challenge.

"One thing about playing football is you kind of have to have a short memory but then you also can't forget on what you need to keep working on and that's something we need to focus on during practice this week," Lane said. "We need to finish drives and capitalize when we have chances."

Northern 0 0 7 7 -- 14

DSU 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Thirds Quarter

MSUN-Derek Lear 24 pass to Brandt Montelius (Jordan Rueschoff Kick), 0:00

Fourth Quarter

MSUN-Lear 6 pass to Orin Johnson 6 (Rueschoff kick), 3:38.


First downs 18 13

Rushes-yards 37-129 32-67

Passing yards 123 59

Comp.-Att.-Int. 16-25-1 7-20-1

Total yards 252 126

Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-yards 13-123 9-80

Punts-Avg. 1-0 1-25


RUSHING: MSU-N: Zach McKinley 14-73, Jai Johnson 10-33, Lear 7-13, Travis Dean 2-10, Chance Nevarez 1-0. DSU: Jesse Carney 12-44, Myron Moore 11-36, Jerum AuClaire 1-9, Thad Lane 1-6, Zach Sandau 1-(-1), Kaler Ray 6-(-27).

PASSING: MSU-N: Lear 16-24-1 123, Dean 0-1-0 0. DSU: Lane 5-9-0 41, Ray 2-11-1 18.

RECEIVING: MSU-N: Orin Johnson 6-56, Dylan Woodhall 5-27, John Jansen 1-15, McKinley 2-13, Brandt Montelius 2-12. DSU: JT Keith 4-42, Carney 2-9, Brock Overbo 1-8.


TACKLES: MSU-N: Logan Nathe 8, Jordan Van Voast 7, Weston Mudge 6, David Arteaga 6, Tyler Craig 5. DSU: Alex Huitzil 9, Brady Harkless 9, Shane Noonan 7, Collin Baumgart 5.

SACKS: MSU-N: Nathe 2, Van Voast 1, Craig 1, Patrick Barnett 1. DSU: Shane Noonan 1.

INTERCEPTIONS: MSU-N: Josh Baum. DSU: Antwan Smith.

Meaghan MacDonald

Meaghan is the sports page designer and copy editor for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.  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 and was a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press and covered Dickinson State athletics. Meaghan has been working for the Forum since June 2015.