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Bulldogs roll DSU: Rutherford, Montana Western dominate Blue Hawks

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Montana Western freshman running back Sam Rutherford races past Dickinson State defenders for a touchdown during the second quarter on Saturday at the Biesiot Activities Center. Rutherford ran for 245 yards and two touchdowns to lead Western to a 55-21 win against DSU.

The weather at the Biesiot Activities Center wasn't the only thing dreary Saturday afternoon.

The Dickinson State football team looked lifeless on the field as the Montana Western Bulldogs won big, 55-21.

Falling 0-3 on the season, DSU head coach Hank Biesiot wasn't pleased with the start his team got off on and blames a little on himself.

"I think we just got outcoached and outplayed in every phase of the game today," Biesiot said. "Our start was something you can't have on the road or at home and that falls on the coach a little bit. You got to start a little better than that for whatever reason, we haven't started fast."

The Bulldogs were off to a swift start, scoring their first touchdown in the first few minutes of the first quarter on a 33 yard pass from Tyler Hulse to Connor Lamping.

After the initial touchdown, Western took hold in the first half accumulating 317 total yards and a 34-0 score at halftime. More than half of those yards came from the Bulldog's freshman running back Sam Rutherford. He had 21 carries for 191 yards and three touchdowns. Rutherford finished the game with 31 carries for 245 yards.

As well as the Bulldogs performed Saturday, head coach B.J. Robertson still saw areas his needs to work. He also saw things in DSU's offense and defense which were impressive.

"We need to learn to play four quarters," said Roberston, who is in his first season as head coach. "They did a great job, compliments to their kids and coach Biesiot, they just play and play and play so we had a few great breaks that went our way but they never quit and that's the sign of a well-coached team and a good team."

The key to Western's success was their overall run game. Both Rutherford and Michael Lake finished the game each rushing over 150 yards. Lake had 20 carries for 180 yards.

"Sam's doing a great job and it all starts off up front with our O-line I thought they did a great job," Robertson said. "Unfortunately, Dylan Kramer tweaked his ankle early so Lake was our backup guy and he did a great job and when his number was called he stepped in. And Sam just continues to be Sam. He's a downhill runner and very physical and just gets north and south does a great job."

Western's defense was on point as well. The Bulldogs stymied the Blue Hawk's offense and leaving them with 280 total yards and a mere 79 yards in the first half.

But in the second half, the Blue Hawks looked as if they had regained a little of life and were able to capitalize on scoring opportunities. DSU's first touchdown came on a seven-yard Myren Moore run with 7 minutes, 42 seconds left, followed by freshman quarterback Kaler Ray completing an 80-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver JT Keith. Ray also opened up fourth quarter play with a six-yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver Dalton Reid, which was his first career touchdown.

On the defensive end of the ball, junior Matt Harkless and freshman Hector Islas each picked off Hulse. Sophomore Matt McCoy, senior Colton Hill and freshman Colby Wartman each collected a sack on Hulse.

Biesiot liked the no-quit attitude his team had throughout the game despite being down by 20-plus points and the fact they put up some big scoring plays. However, the team also allowed some big plays and something the team will work on trying to eliminate this week.

"The positive thing was everyone kept playing through the fourth quarter and you like that," Biesiot said. "It's a good bunch of guys and I love that about them.

"We had some big plays that makes scoring always easier and that's a good thing. But the other thing is we didn't give up any big plays against an explosive team last week and conversely we gave up a couple big plays today."

The Blue Hawks go back on the road this weekend to face Montana State-Northern, a team they lost their season opener to 14-0 at-home on Aug. 29. In order to prepare, Biesiot said that the team will be practicing as hard as any team does in the first week of the season.

"When you come off a performance like in the two games we had, you just got to go right back to the basics," Biesiot said. "We need to enter next week as if it's the first day of two-a-day practices in August."

MW 24 10 14 7 -- 55

DSU 0 0 14 7 -- 21

First Quarter

UMW-Connor Lamping 33 pass from Tyler Hulse (Seth Mason kick)

UMW-Tim Mundaniohl 45 FG

UMW-Sam Rutherford 40 run (Connor Greth kick)

Second Quarter

UMW-Rutherford 39 run (Mason kick)

UMW-Mason 24 FG

Third Quarter

DSU-Myron Moore 7 run (Josh Borm kick)

UMW-Tyler Bergren 46 pass from Charlie Switzer (Mason kick)

DSU-JT Keith 88 pass from Kaler Ray (Borm kick)

UMW-Jeremy Price 26 pass from Switzer (Mason kick)

Fourth Quarter

DSU-Dalton Reid 6 pass from Ray (Borm kick)

UMW-Michael Lake 5 run (Mason kick)


First downs 12 29

Rushes-yards 34-141 60-464

Passing yards 221 189

Comp.-Att.-Int. 15-28-1 11-20-2

Total yards 362 653

Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0

Penalties-yards 2-15 11-91

Punts-Avg. 6-43 2-29


RUSHING: MW, Sam Rutherford 31-245, Michael Lake 20-180, Tyler Bergen 1-28, Connor Lamping 1-14, Charlie Switzer 1-10, Kyle Cool 1-5, Noah Widgins 1-4, Tyler Hulse 3-(-22). DSU, Jesse Carney 14-117, Myron Moore 12-36, Kaler Ray 6-4, Thad Lane 1-(-5), Hector Islas 1-(-11).

PASSING: MW, Charlie Switzer 5-8-1 122 yards, Tyler Hulse 6-12-1 67 yards. DSU, Ray 11-21-1 150 yards, Thad Lane, 3-4-0 55 yards, Brian Cronnelly 1-3-0 16 yards.

RECEIVING: MW, Tyler Bergren 4-95, Connor Lamping 3-41, Price 1-26, Smith 1-15, Rashad Peniston 1-12, Rutherford 1-0. DSU, JT Keith 6-158, Dalton Reid 3-31, Jesse Carney 3-5, Josh Borm 1-16, Sterling 1-10, Jake Hardy 1-1.


TACKLES: MW, AJ Wilson 6, Joe Coker 5, Philip Selin 3. DSU, Brady Harkless 13, Matt McCoy 8, Collin Baumgart 6, Tyler Plughaupt 6, Hector Islas 5, Greg Lensert 5, Sam Herauf 4.

SACKS: UM, Selin 1. DSU, McCoy .5, Lensert .5, Colby Wartman .5, Colton Hill .5.

INTERCEPTIONS: UM, Tim Mundaniohl 1. DSU, Islas 1, Harkless 1.

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.