Following the injury of Mayville State’s star quarterback Creighton Pfau in the second quarter, Dickinson State capitalized on its opponents to pull out a 37-7 victory over the Comets in week six.
The Blue Hawks (6-0) dominated the Comets (0-4) in all aspects of the game. Dickinson State finished with 405 total offensive yards on 71 offensive plays and played strong defense, only allowing 257 offensive yards and forcing five interceptions.
“We did a really good job all game long of being steady on offense and the same on defense,” head coach Pete Stanton said. “I think we just did a good job at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and getting the job done.”
After struggling in the previous game, particularly in the second half, Dickinson State’s offense dazzled against the Comets’ defense, especially in the running game. The team earned a total of 216 yards on the ground, majority of the yards coming from senior rusher Derek Tabor and sophomore Riley Linder. Tabor recorded 77 yards on 11 attempts and scored both of his rushing touchdowns in the first half. Linder recorded 84 yards on 16 attempts and found the end zone once in the fourth quarter.
As for the passing game, junior quarterback Drew Boedecker went 12-23 passing for 148 yards, tallied one touchdown but also threw two interceptions. Senior wideouts Jaret Lee and Tyger Frye combined for a total of 96 yards for the Blue Hawks. Lee was the only receiver to record a receiving touchdown on a 4-yard connection with Boedecker in the second quarter.
Dickinson State may have shown its true strength in numbers during the week six matchup, but the loss of the Comets’ star quarterback played a vital role in the large score victory. Prior to his injury, Pfau went 4-9 for 45 yards and an interception. Following a 1-yard scramble, Pfau was taken out of the game with a potential concussion, he did not return to action.
Comets' freshman quarterback Tim Salmon took the reins for the Comets’ offense, but struggled against the NSAA defensive powerhouse. Salmon finished 8-21 for 136 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Salmon’s touchdown came as a deep 82-yard bomb to wideout Maalik Flowers in the third quarter.
“I thought that their backup quarterback did come in and do a good job,” Stanton said. “He made some good plays for them, threw the touchdown pass and had a few good reads but we did a good job of taking care of business.
“We just had the one shot where they hit the long play on us and then other that I thought we were in pretty good shape,” Stanton added. “Our guys just did a good job of rebounding after that play and came back to score … and anytime you get five takeaways on defense it’s a good day.”
Despite being happy with the win and improving to 6-0, Stanton said the team showed signs of needing to improve, particularly within offensive red zone situations.
“We were inside their 10 yard line twice and didn’t get points,” Stanton said. “We missed a couple opportunities and we got to convert when we get down in the red zone.”
Following the victory, the Blue Hawks now prepare for its upcoming home game against Waldorf (4-2) in week seven.