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Mack, Blue Hawks dominate Presentation

Dickinson State sophomore running back Karsten Mack had 160 rushing yards against Presentation College on Saturday at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

Karsten Mack Jr. had his best game of the season.

The Dickinson State running back found the end zone three times in the first half of the game Saturday against Presentation College. He finished the afternoon with 160 yards over 29 carries, a season-high, in the 40-17 win at the Biesiot Activities Center.

The Blue Hawks, eager to carry their success from last Saturday at Mayville State into this week, scored first in their first home game in a month. Mack ran 20 yards to score and followed with touchdown rushes of 4 and 3 yards. Dickinson State added a 36-yard field goal as well.

"We definitely rode Karsten," head coach Pete Stanton said. "He's very physical, and he did a good job of balancing up and just staying with his blocks and then just made some great reads and runs."

Leading up to the matchup, Mack was averaging just under 100 yards per game.

"We all said it's time to step up and play together as an offense and play hard and we executed all week and it paid off," Mack said. "It wasn't really me. My job is easy. I just run wherever my linemen take me. I give my linemen credit."

For a few minutes, the Saints (2-3, 1-2 NSAA) held a lead after scoring their first touchdown. William Braswell caught a short pass from quarterback Austin Eggl and the kick by Jaiden Machuca made it 7-6, but the edge would last less than three minutes.

Mack later added his two other touchdown runs, and Cody Johnson supplied a 36-yard field goal, giving the Blue Hawks a 23-7 lead at halftime.

"Defensively, it was just a great overall effort," Stanton said. "They got some yards late but we had good pressure. I think we got in Eggl's face and did a good job of getting some pressure on him."

The Blue Hawks (4-1, 3-0 NSAA) sacked Eggl four times, proof of the pressure they applied.

Dickinson State quarterback Hayden Gibson completed a goal he's had all season: not throw an interception. He threw 219 yards and completed 17-of-27 attempts.

"Hayden did a great job. He was very heady," Stanton said. "Offensively, we were very good. Very balanced without turning the ball over. Very efficient. Our offensive line did a good job of getting a good vertical push."

Eggl completed 20-of-37 throws for 192 yards. He also threw two interceptions. Blue Hawk defensive backs Matt VandeBossche and Cain Boschee each earned one.

"They have a really good receiving core," VandeBossche said. "One of the best we've seen all year. When we were watching film they run very good routes so we wanted to make sure we got a good under help and stayed over the top on everything."

In the second half, the Saints added 10 more points. Machuca added a field goal in the third quarter, and with just 38 seconds remaining in the game, Dominic Encinas ran 16 yards for a touchdown.

Dickinson State was held scoreless in the final frame, but added 17 more points in the third quarter. Gibson threw a 20-yard pass and found Chase Andersen for a touchdown, and Johnson kicked a 27-yard field goal.

Penalties were the biggest downfall of the game.

"It's just the little things," Mack said. "We had one penalty on the goal line and the linemen jumped. People make mistakes. It's going to happen. It's part of the game."

The Blue Hawks gave up 84 yards on 11 penalties while their opponent gave up 51 yards.

"It was just a great team effort in all three phases of the game," Stanton said. "We were extremely pleased. Is it ever perfect? No. Do we have to continue to get better? Yes."

Dickinson State 40, Presentation College 17

PC 7 0 3 7 — 17

DSU 6 17 17 0 — 40

First Quarter

DSU — Karsten Mack 20 rush (PAT no good), 10:03

PC — William Braswell 3 pass from Austin Eggl (Jaiden Machuca kick), 2:27

Second Quarter

DSU — Mack 4 rush (Cody Johnson kick), 14:22

DSU — Johnson 36 field goal, 9:09

DSU — Mack 3 rush (Johnson kick), 5:35

Third Quarter

PC — Machuca 30 field goal, 11:54

DSU — Chase Andersen 20 pass from Gibson, 10:51

DSU — Johnson 27 field goal, 2:19

Fourth Quarter

PC — Dominic Encinas 16 rush (Machuca kick), 0:38


First downs 26 21

Rushes-yards 47-235 32-131

Passing yards 233 192

Comp.-Att.-Int. 18-28-0 20-38-2

Total yards 468 323

Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1

Penalties-yards 11-84 6-51

Punts-Avg. 7-257 8-260


RUSHING: DSU, Karsten Mack Jr 29-160, Nick Miller 5-45, Kooper Ray 3-29, Derek Tabor 4-5, Seth Ewoniuk 1-2, Deonte Dixon 3-2. PC, Zachary Sebern 9-74, Dominic Encinas 14-70.

PASSING: DSU, Hayden Gibson 27-17-0 219 yards, Kooper Ray 1-1 14 yards. PC, Austin Eggl 20-37-2 192 yards, Sam Pond 0-1-0

RECEIVING: DSU, Seth Ewoniuk 6-88, Randy Ivey 4-38, Chase Andersen 3-37 1 TD, Adrian Hughes 1-23, Tyger Frye 2-18, Dylan Skabo 1-16, Seth Moerkerke 1-13. PC, William Moffet 4-81, Logan Weisser 7-77, Jesse Babcock 2-14.


TACKLES: DSU, Derick VandeBosche 7, Elijah Staton 5, Cain Boschee 5, Thomas Sease 4, Javonte Oliphant 4. PC, Adail Froome 11, Eric Bell 10, Courland Drummond 8.

INTERCEPTIONS: DSU, Matt VandeBosche 1, Cain Boschee 1.