ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Blue Hawks football announces 2019 schedule

One hundred and eighty-two. That's how many days until the Dickinson State football team opens the 2019 season against Rocky Mountain College (Mont.) on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Biesiot Activities Center. After facing the Battlin' Bears for the ...

One hundred and eighty-two.

That's how many days until the Dickinson State football team opens the 2019 season against Rocky Mountain College (Mont.) on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Biesiot Activities Center.

After facing the Battlin' Bears for the 12th time in the last 10 years, the Blue Hawks will have two more non-conference games before battling a North Star Athletic Association opponent, according to a press release on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Last season, Dickinson State traveled to Billings, Mont., to take on Rocky Mountain, a game that resulted in one of two regular-season losses for the boys in blue and white.

On Sept. 7, the Blue Hawks will travel east on I-94 to play the University of Jamestown, now of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Last fall, the Blue Hawks routed the Jimmies 51-0 in the season opener at home.

ADVERTISEMENT

Before hosting Wisconsin - La Crosse on Sept. 21, Dickinson State will enjoy a bye week, a luxury it didn't have in 2018.

"It's a better schedule this year. For one, we start a little bit later," Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton said. "Even though the calendar is a little bit later this year, it allows for us to have that bye in September, and I think that's important. When you go through the whole preseason, then you have a couple tough games, it's really nice in September to have a bye in there before you start getting going with the conference season."

The Blue Hawks competed against La Crosse for the first time in program history last year, as both teams were looking for a final non-conference matchup. Despite the lengthy drive to the NCAA Division III school, Dickinson State came away with a 35-17 victory.

The next week, on Sept. 28, the University of Waldorf (Iowa) will come to Dickinson. Those are the only back-to-back home games of the year.

An Oct. 19 meeting with Presentation College (S.D.) will serve as the homecoming game, and the Blue Hawks will close out the season at home on Nov. 9 against Mayville State.

As is typical, the Blue Hawks will meet a pair of conference opponents twice - one being the Comets from across the state, while the other is Waldorf University (Iowa).

In 2018, the Warriors earned a 23-22 win over the Blue Hawks at Bolstorff Field, granting the future NSAA conference champs their only blemish in conference play.

"There's a lot of difficult things on the schedule, and obviously one is our non-conference schedule, but you look at our opponents in conference and we got to travel to Valley City, we have to travel to Dakota State again, and then we have to travel to Waldorf," Stanton said. "And not only travel there, but play them twice. It's gonna be a very challenging schedule in that way. Waldorf beat us last year and we have to go back there. We also play them at home. Valley City is always a tough place to play and we're back there; then Dakota State's the same, so we have three very tough conference opponents on the road."

ADVERTISEMENT

The Blue Hawks will face Dakota State in Madison, S.D., on Oct. 12, then travel to Valley City on the 26th to take on the Vikings before closing out the road schedule at Forest City, Iowa, on Nov. 2.

While the team lost a large and talented bunch of seniors, the Blue Hawks return 87 players, including 12 starters.

Date Opponent Result last year

8/29 vs. Rocky Mountain College (Mont.) L 21-10

9/07 at University of Jamestown W 51-0

9/21 vs. Wisconsin - La Crosse W 35-17

9/28 vs. Waldorf (Iowa) L 23-22

10/05 at Mayville State W 40-14

ADVERTISEMENT

10/12 at Dakota State (S.D.) W 33-27, 41-25

10/19 vs. Presentation College (S.D.) W 48-24

10/26 at Valley City State W 31-26

11/02 at Waldorf

11/09 vs. Mayville State

What To Read Next
Members Only
Dickinson's Michael McChesney helps lead Team USA to a silver medal finish in the World University Games, inspiring young athletes to strive for greatness
Members Only
Midgets’ late goal would only serve as a consolation, falling to the Demons 2-1 in gritty performance highlighting signs of season-long improvement
With talented players from 6 different states, including North Dakota and Montana, the Blue Hawks are poised for another winning season with key additions to the team's roster.
The Tuesday, Jan. 31, game between Sioux Falls Lincoln and Watertown was forced to move after junior JT Rock broke the rim with a powerful two-handed dunk. Rock is committed to play at Iowa State.