The biggest challenge for Dickinson State’s third conference contest of the season may take place well before the game kicks off.

With winter weather tormenting the Dakotas, the Blue Hawks will have to travel through snow and ice to get to Madison, S.D., to take on the Dakota State Trojans on Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon Mountain time.

Dickinson State is coming off statistically the most explosive offensive performance in school history with a 79-14 victory over Mayville State, while the Trojans took down Presentation by a score of 43-16.

The Blue Hawks are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) play, while Dakota State is 3-2 and 1-1 in conference play.

The Trojans rush defense was especially strong in their win over Presentation; they gave up only 16 yards on the ground.

On the opposite side of the ball, the Trojans boast one of the most explosive backs in the country in Brodie Frederiksen. He leads in the nation in all-purpose yards with over 1,000 through five games. He also is first in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in rushing yards with 770.

“Everybody talks about you have to stop their running back, and everyone knows they are going to run the football. He is really explosive and he can cut effectively,” said Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton. “He doesn’t go down on the first tackle. You look at some of the games they have lost and he has had 160 or 170 yards. We know he is going to get his carries and get some yards, but we have to limit explosive carries.”

Dakota State is looking to stay undefeated at home this season, while the Blue Hawks are looking to back-to-back road wins.

After starting the first half of their first four games of the year slow, Dickinson State finally kicked their offense in gear from the opening kick last week against Mayville State.

The Blue Hawks are looking to continue the momentum they build in their 615 yard performance.

“Our offensive line has gotten back healthy and we had a couple new receivers in Noah Sickler and Brandon Singh getting in the mix..,” said Stanton. “The last couple weeks we have made some strides there, and I expect us to continue to keep doing some good things there.”

The offense will try to remain balanced under the veteran leadership of senior quarterback Hayden Gibson.

He didn’t have to throw the ball much against the Comets last week, but he was efficient as he went 12-14 for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Traditionally, Dickinson State has dominated the series versus the Trojans as they have won 17 of the 19 contests and five straight.