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Blue Hawks win their first game of the season over Mayville State

Dickinson State extended their win streak to 12 against the Comets Saturday afternoon.

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The Blue Hawks secured their first win of the season on Saturday against Mayville State. (Race Archibald / The Dickinson Press)
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The Dickinson State Blue Hawks got back to winning ways in style.

From the start, the Blue Hawks asserted their dominance against the Comets of Mayville State as they scored touchdowns on their first five possessions on their way to a 51-13 win on the road Saturday afternoon.

Coming into the game, it remained to be seen if senior quarterback Drew Boedecker would be able to play in a full capacity after suffering a shoulder injury late in last week’s loss to Montana-Western.

Those concerns were alleviated early on as he guided the Blue Hawks (1-2, 1-0) to a 37-6 halftime lead, contributing three touchdown passes in the opening half.

“It was a gutty performance from Drew,” Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton said. “He played a complete game. He showed a lot of toughness coming back but also did a good job of taking care of the ball.”

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Dickinson State scored the first two touchdowns of the game after forcing a three-and-out on the Comets’ (0-4, 0-1) first possession after the Blue Hawks received the ball first and scored. Senior wide receiver Tyger Frye caught the first touchdown from Boedecker from 13 yards out on a screen pass over the middle to make it 7-0.

Sophomore wide receiver Noah Sickler caught the next touchdown from 10 yards out to extend their lead 14-0 after the Blue Hawks converted a 4th and 14 earlier in the drive. The long conversion was a sign of good things to come for Dickinson State on the day.

Frye caught another touchdown early in the second quarter to make it 20-6 as the Blue Hawks offense began to find it’s groove.

Dickinson State’s struggles to run the ball were noted throughout the first two games, but it was a different story this time around.

The Blue Hawks were finally able to find success on the ground from a new source, sophomore running back Braden Zuroff. He finished with 11 rushes for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns.

“It was one of the goals of this game, to get Braden more involved,” Stanton said. “It’s a long season and we want to make sure we give different running backs carries over the season.”

The Blue Hawks finished with 180 yards on the ground as a team.

Him and junior running back Riley Linder had rushing scores in the second quarter as Dickinson State took a 34-6 lead. Junior Kicker Jace Johnson added a 32-yard field goal as time expired in the half to make it 37-6.

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The six points from Mayville State came from their most common source of scoring this season, a long touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Javeion Davison. His 54-yard strike was the lone offensive highlight in the first half and the game for the Comets. Davison would have another touchdown reception in the third quarter, but it was only a consolation score as Mayville State were down 44-13 in the third.

Dickinson State kept the offense rolling in the second half with two more touchdowns, one from the arm of Boedecker to junior wide receiver Conor McCarvel and another from a 26-yard run by Zuroff. It stood at 51-13 as the Blue Hawks’ offense went into low gear with them being satisfied with the result.

The defense was just as good as the offense was, holding the Comets’ rushing attack to just 9 yards total. Mayville State freshman quarterback Tim Salmon had 196 yards and 2 touchdowns, but didn’t gain any traction while the game was still in reach for them.

The Blue Hawks defensive line was constantly in the face of Salmon, sacking him four times. Junior defensive lineman Krew Mathern led the way with 1.5 sacks. It was a clean game in terms of turnovers, with both teams able to prevent a careless giveaway.

“We weren’t going to give them a heavy box, we were going to invite them to run, but when we got into passing situations we were going to get after the quarterback,” Stanton said. “We knew their receivers were excellent with speed and were going to be able to hit a few things if they protected well.”

Fry, Sickler, and McCarvel all had at least one touchdown and 70 yards receiving. Boedecker finished 17-28 for 286 and 4 touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Bridger Grovom was able to see the field for a bit after the game was out of reach for the Comets, giving Boedecker an early exit. He completed only two passes for 39 yards.

The Blue Hawks were excellent on third downs, converting 12 of 15 chances. They only had to punt once and it was a superb one by junior Jeremiah Paine, who saw his kick downed at the one-yard line. Dickinson State had 28 first downs compared to 9 for Mayville State.

The Blue Hawks will be off next week before returning home on Saturday, Oct. 2 for a matchup with Presentation College.

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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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