In 2018, Dickinson State fell to Waldorf (IA) in dramatic fashion. The Blue Hawks held a 12 point lead in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors rallied and won, 23-22, by one point to give them first place in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) at the time. The win was the first ever for Waldorf over Dickinson State as the Blue Hawks won the first four meetings which began in 2014.
“I know that our guys are really excited about (playing them),” said Blue Hawk head coach Pete Stanton. “I think that was a good wake up call for us last year.”
Dickinson State is coming off another dramatic finish in a win last week versus Wisconsin La-Crosse, but their focus now is solely on their goal of winning a conference championship.
Both Dickinson State and Waldorf are sitting at 2-1, and they are looking to start their NSAA conference schedule strong.
The Warriors are a team that brings a lot of athleticism to the field on offense, and they try to use that to their advantage.
Quarterback Hilton “Bo” Joseph is the architect of their offense, and he has been very successful in that role. He was the offensive MVP of the NSAA last year.
“They run the run-pass-option, and he is very very athletic. (Joseph) is a guy who could go play wide receiver or running back. He can do it all,” said Stanton. “They are going to go really fast and not huddle and run a lot of RPO type of things. They will be the most athletic team that we have seen offensively all year.”
In the backfield, Waldorf is led by their running back duo of Jeff Jones and Larry Whitfield.
Jones was a four star recruit in 2014 who signed with the University of Minnesota coming out of high school. He was the MVP of the Under Armour All American game that year, but due to off the field issues, he ended up at Waldorf.
Jones is actually the teams leading receiver as well with 176 yards and two touchdowns through two games for him.
For Dickinson State, quarterback Hayden Gibson and running back Amad Andrews Jr. are the two who lead the offense. Gibson averages almost 200 yards passing per game, while Andrews averages nearly 100 yards a game on the ground.
Gibson will look to avenge a poor performance down in Iowa last year where he threw three interceptions in the loss.
On defense for the Blue Hawks, defensive back Justin Tauaefa will not be able to play as he will be out a few weeks with a knee injury.
One of the big keys that the Blue Hawks have been focusing on this week in practice is getting off the field and slowing down the Warriors rhythm on offense. The Blue Hawks also want the limit the big plays by the Waldorf offense.