The Dickinson State Blue Hawks trailed versus Mayville State on Saturday for the first time in years, but the Comets lead didn’t last long and in the end Dickinson State blew out Mayville State, 51-26.
The win was propelled by the connection from junior quarterback Drew Boedecker to senior wide receiver Jaret Lee who caught six balls for 154 yards.
He made big play after big play scoring two touchdowns on catches of 58 and 31 yards.
“Jaret had some one-on-one situations, and he took advantage. He is a playmaker,” Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton said. “He has good ball skills and speed. He did a good job of finding the seams and Drew did a good job of finding him.”
After Mayville State quarterback Creighton Pfau scampered into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown run on the Comets first drive of the game, the extra point was blocked and junior defensive back Dawson McGlothlin ran it back making to score 6-2.
Boedecker went 15-23 passing for 243 yards and two touchdowns with his other scoring pass going to senior Tyger Frye in the fourth quarter.
“Jaret had a big game. Noah (Sickler) is a speed demon who can run by just about anyone and Tyger is just an athlete,” Boedecker said. “Tyger and I finally got that monkey off our back because I got him a touchdown today.”
Boedecker did make one big mistake though throwing an interception late in the first half.
Deep in their own territory, Dickinson State (2-0) led 23-13, and he tried to hit Lee, but it was picked off and the Comets capitalized making the score 23-19 at half.
“We have to continue to do a better job at (turnovers),” Stanton said. “In two games, we have had seven turnovers. We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball all over the place. At the end of the first half, that was on me. We have to get out of there. We were up 23-13 with only a minute or two until halftime and we should have run the football.”
Dickinson State's defense stood tall after the half allowing only seven points, while the offense keep driving the ball down the field in the 25 point win.
On the ground, the Blue Hawks were balanced with Riley Linder leading all rushers with 83 yards and a touchdown. Boedecker made sure the Comets defense respected his legs running for 63 yards and Derek Tabor totaled 53 rushing yards with a score.
Alec Lovegren also scored the first touchdown of the day for Dickinson State on the ground.
Frye added six catches of his own for 74 yards, while Conor McCarvel caught a touchdown pass from backup quarterback Aaron White.
“Everybody game plans for Tyger so much, so it opens everyone else up…,” Lee said. “We definitely compliment each other. If they guard him, then I’ll be open and if they cover me, then he will get open.”
For Mayville State (0-2), Pfau threw for 257 yards and led them in rushing with 58 yards.
Killdeer graduate Cole Dukart ran for 32 yards for the Comets.
Freshman Jayden Heartwell led the Blue Hawks with six tackles and 1.5 for loss, and Jared Smith recorded one sack.
“It is going to be a work progress,” Stanton said. “We did some really good things, and there are some things we have to work on. That is every position… We have to keep learning and getting a little bit better.”
Dickinson State hosts Valley City State next Saturday who was their lone North Star Athletic Association loss last year. The Vikings beat Waldorf on Saturday and are also 2-0.