After the Valley City State Vikings drew first blood against Dickinson State on Saturday, the Blue Hawks defense clamped down helping them earn another double digit victory, 27-13, at the Biesiot Activities Center.
The win vaulted Dickinson State into first place in the North Star Athletic Association as both teams were previously 2-0.
The Blue Hawks (3-0) were looking to put the nail in the coffin midway through the fourth quarter, but they were driving into a stiff wind of at least 25 miles per hour.
No touchdown had been scored all day in the north end zone due to the wind blowing south, but junior quarterback Drew Boedecker came up huge on a fourth down.
He tossed the ball near the front pylon in the end zone and senior wideout Tyger Frye adjusted, making the catch with just over five minutes left in the game.
Frye said it took guts for Boedecker to throw the ball into the wind on fourth down with the game on the line, but he was happy it worked out.
“Drew stayed with it and credit our offensive line. They did a great job in that second half. He threw a touchdown pass into the wind,” Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton said. “That was a huge play for us. We talk all the time about how when the game is on the line, we have to make a play and finish. Our guys did that.”
Boedecker threw for all of Dickinson State’s touchdowns, finding Frye twice, and Jaret Lee and Kellen Ray for one score each.
The Blue Hawks defense made sure they were in a position to win though as they allowed only 209 total yards.
Valley City State’s (2-1) first score of the game came on their first possession thanks to a fumble by Boedecker, but after that, Dickinson State rolled all game long.
“We had the turnover right away, and they had a short field,” Stanton said. “They put together a short field drive and from that point forward our guys did a really good job with things. We rebounded in the second quarter.”
Boedecker hit Ray early in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7, and then they took the lead for good with only a minute until halftime when he connected with Frye for their first score.
Stanton said that he thought Dickinson State did a good job of rushing the passer as they had two sacks -- one by Evan Henke and one by Aaron Faletoi.
Faletoi nearly scored his first career college touchdown in the second quarter when a sure fire pick six went right through his hands.
“My first thought was coming off the edge and containing the quarterback,” he said. “The running back came out and my teammate was there to take him. He threw it and the ball came right at me. It was a whole different feeling. My feet started acting up and my feet started acting up. My mind and my body were moving way before I started thinking.”
Despite the success, Faletoi wasn’t completely satisfied in the Blue Hawks win.
“I still think we have a lot to work on,” Faletoi said. “We need to keep fixing out mistakes… For me, I could put in a lot more work. As a team we need to stick together and play hard.”
Lee had another day with over 100 yards as he caught seven passes for 132 yards, while running back Riley Linder led the Blue Hawks on the ground with 120 yards.
The Blue Hawks hit the road next week with a contest at Presentation. Kick off is set for 2 p.m. mountain time.
“We wanted to be 3-0 right now,” Frye said. “The biggest thing for us though is that we need to stay focused. We have a lot of games left before the conference championship is handed out.”