The Dickinson State Blue Hawks set a school record of 79 points earlier this fall when they played the Mayville State Comets.
The Comets will look to avenge the beatdown in the regular-season finale and senior day for the Blue Hawks on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. at the BAC.
Coming off an emotional win last week at Waldorf, Dickinson State is in a position to earn at least a share of their fifth straight North Star Athletic Association with a win.
“We will use the approach that we have been for a while now. We are in playoff mode,” said head coach Pete Stanton. “We have to take care of our business, and if we don’t then we don’t get to move on. That is our mentality.”
In order to take down the Comets, Dickinson State must contain dual-threat quarterback Creighton Pfau from Mayville State. He leads the Comets in passing and rushing, with over 2,000 yards passing and nearly 400 yards rushing.
Out wide, Jacquante Pitts has been the go-to target for Mayville State, and he has played a big role in the red zone with 10 touchdown receptions.
Stanton sees a mentality in his team that he likes as a playoff berth will not come to fruition for the Blue Hawks with a loss.
“Our seniors have lost only one home game in five years,” said Stanton. “Our guys want to make sure that in their last home game that they go out not only winning, but playing well and playing really sharp. I can see that in our mindset this week.”
As for the Dickinson State offense, they will be without one of their star receivers in Jaret Lee, who went down with a season-ending shoulder injury last weekend.
Despite the loss of Lee, the Blue Hawks still have Tyger Frye and Noah Sickler at receiver, but after the big week last week in the air, the Blue Hawks will look to try and be more balanced against the Comets.
They will look to get senior running back Amad Andrews Jr. going in the backfield in what will be his final regular-season game for Dickinson State.
While a win will go a long way, Dickinson State will still have to wait and see what their postseason fate will be. Waldorf takes on Valley City State, and the Blue Hawks will clinch the outright NSAA title and a playoff berth with a win and Valley City loss.