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Blue Hawks put up 70 in rout of Presentation College

The last time Dickinson State put up 70 or more points in a game was against Mayville State on Oct. 5, 2019 in a 79-14 win over the Comets.

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Blue Hawks wide receiver Noah Sickler (5) celebrates after Dickinson State recover a fumbled snap deep in Saints' territory in the second quarter Saturday afternoon at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson. (Race Archibald / The Dickinson Press)
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The Blue Hawks came out flying against Presentation College and took advantage of miscues by the Saints as they cruised to a 70-14 win Saturday afternoon at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson.

Coming into the game, the Saints had utilized three different quarterbacks on the season. Senior Hunter Giffrow got the call to start the game, but the Blue Hawks applied the pressure early and forced him into a couple of mistakes that jump-started the day for the home side.

On Presentation’s first offensive play, linebacker Keaton Meschke stripped Giffrow to set up the Blue Hawks inside the red zone. Three plays later, quarterback Drew Boedecker found wide receiver Noah Sickler for a 5-yard score to take a 7-0 lead.

On the next offensive play for the Saints, Giffrow coughed up the ball again, this time on a designed quarterback run as Dickinson State recovered the fumble on the 20-yard line.

Running back Riley Linder found the end zone three plays later as the Blue Hawks took a 15-0 lead after the two-point conversion just two minutes into the game.

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Blue Hawks wide receiver Tyger Frye makes the catch inside the five-yard line in the second quarter against Presentation College Saturday afternoon at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson. (Race Archibald / The Dickinson Press)

“We took advantage of it and talk all the time about creating turnovers,” Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton said. “Taking advantage of those short fields and our guys did a good job.”

From there Dickinson State ran away with the game, putting up 22 points in the first quarter to take full control. The Blue Hawks had 271 yards in the first half, 205 coming from Boedecker’s arm. The score stood at 36-7 at half.

Any notion that Dickinson State would let up on the scoring would be thrown out the door as the Blue Hawks continued to rack up points, scoring three more touchdowns in the third quarter.

Tight end Kellen Ray scored his first touchdown of the season on a 22-yard catch and run to make it 43-7. Sickler caught another touchdown later in the quarter and running back Braden Zuroff ran down the right side of the field for a 57-yard score to make it 57-7.

“We didn’t play sloppy in the second half,” Stanton said. “We talked about coming out in the second half and playing at a high level. We got a score, forced a three-and-out, scored again, got another three-and-out, and that’s what we wanted to do.”

Boedecker finished with 288 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns to four different receivers. The last time Dickinson State put up 70 or more points in a game was against Mayville State on Oct. 5, 2019 in a 79-14 win over the Comets.

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“We were able to use last week as an opportunity to get better and prepare for Presentation and it showed in the score because we gave it to them,” Boedecker said.

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Blue Hawks quarterback Drew Boedecker scrambles in the third quarter against Presentation College Saturday afternoon at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson. (Race Archibald / The Dickinson Press)

Everything that could’ve gone wrong, went wrong for the Saints as they couldn’t stop the Blue Hawks and turned the ball over five times. Defensive back Javonte Oliphant and Jackson Willems both had an interception return for a touchdown in the second half.

Even when Dickinson State was forced to punt three times in the fourth quarter, they pinned Presentation inside their ten-yard line each time.

Stanton noted how tough they played despite holding a big lead as he dipped into the depth chart to give others a chance to see game action.

“Our 3s and 4s came in and played at a good level, we didn’t drop off and have a sloppy game,” Stanton said.

Dickinson State capitalized on four of the five turnovers, all of them for touchdowns. They also scored five of six red zone opportunities. None of the Blue Hawks points on the day came from a field goal.

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Dickinson State had 211 yards rushing, led by Zuroff with 85 yards. The offense averaged 7.6 yards per play

The Blue Hawks held Giffrow to 184 yards and intercepted him three times. Running back Innocent Okoh was held to 77 yards on 18 attempts.

While four different receivers caught a touchdown for Dickinson State, wide receivers Conor McCarvel and Tyger Frye combined for 16 of the 25 completions Boedecker had.

Frye finished with 9 catches for 82 yards while McCarvel had 8 for 97. Both receivers had a touchdown.

Oliphant had two interceptions in the game. Blue Hawks defensive lineman Krew Mathern had 2.5 sacks, bringing his season total to 4.

The Blue Hawks have leveled the ship after an 0-2 start, taking care of a couple of opponents they have dominated in recent years. It was the 10th straight win over the Saints, who they have never lost to.

“We went through those tough two games and it brought us together as a team because we hadn’t been through that, we went 9-0 last year,” Boedecker said. “We came together and worked hard the last couple of weeks.”

SCORING

PC - 0 7 0 7 14

DSU - 22 14 28 6 70

First Quarter

DSU - Noah Sickler 2 yard pass from Drew Boedecker (extra point good), 7-0

DSU - Riley Linder 4 yard run (two-point conversion successful), 15-0

DSU - Tyger Frye 9 yard pass from Boedecker (extra point good), 22-0

Second Quarter

DSU - Alec Lovegren 2 yard run (extra point good), 29-0

DSU - Conor McCarvel 33 yard pass from Boedecker (extra point good), 36-0

PC - Marshal Chace 10 yard pass from Hunter Giffrow (extra point good), 36-7

Third Quarter

DSU - Kellen Ray 22 yard pass from Boedecker (extra point good), 43-7

DSU - Sickler 3 yard pass from Boedecker (extra point good), 50-7

DSU - Braden Zuroff 57 yard run (extra point good), 57-7

DSU - Javonte Oliphant 35 yard interception return (extra point good), 64-7

Fourth Quarter

DSU - Jackson Willems 10 yard interception return (extra point missed), 70-7

PC - Innocent Okoh 8 yard run (extra point good), 70-14

DICKINSON STATE STATS

Passing - Boedecker 23-44, 288, 5 TD.

Rushing - Zuroff 7-85, 1 TD; Lovegren 8-41, 1 TD; Boedecker 5-38; Michael Yeamen 5-21; Linder 4-17, 1 TD.

Receiving - McCarvel, 8-97 1 TD; Frye 9-82, 1 TD; Tyler Burk 1-38; Sickler 3-25, 2 TD; Ray 1-22, 1 TD; Linder 1-17; Kaden Kuntz 1-7.

Race Archibald is a Green Bay, Wisconsin native and graduate of Eastern Illinois University. From a young age he loved watching, competing and talking about sports — a passion that lead him to participate in nearly every sport available growing up. Swimming would be his bread and butter, and Archibald continued his athletic career at the Division I level where he earned a degree in journalism. Today he leads a team focused on providing the very best coverage of southwest North Dakota sports.
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