DSU rallies for first win against Waldorf

FOREST CITY, Iowa -- The Dickinson State football team's fate rested on its own one-yard line. With less than three minutes left and up four points against Waldorf College, the Blue Hawks' defense came through during their inaugural North Star At...

FOREST CITY, Iowa - The Dickinson State football team’s fate rested on its own one-yard line.
With less than three minutes left and up four points against Waldorf College, the Blue Hawks’ defense came through during their inaugural North Star Athletic Association game.
DSU’s defense stopped opposing quarterback Christopher Smith for a turnover on downs and solidified the team’s first win of the season 27-23 on Saturday.
“It’s just a big, big win in a lot of ways. One, to go on such a long road trip and come out of there with the win was huge and then it was just important for our team and program, that’s the big thing,” said Pete Stanton, who picked up his first career win as head coach for DSU. “On the road it’s hard enough to win games, but to go 600-plus miles and to get the win even when it didn’t look very good at times was big for us. I’m really proud of the guys.”
Week-in and week-out Stanton urged the importance of getting the run game started. The stability of running backs finally came through against the Warriors. All four of DSU’s touchdowns were rushing, as running backs Jesse Carney and Myren Moore combined for 23 carries for 219 yards and three TDs. Sophomore wide receiver Dalton Reid had a 16-yard rushing TD in the third quarter. Reid also caught three passes for 42 yards.

DSU sophomore quarterback Kaler Ray returned after missing last week’s game with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. He finished the game 13 of 23 with 189 yards and an interception. He also had 10 carries for 67 yards.
“They both did a great job, they rushed between them for over 200 yards and our running backs ran hard and our offensive line did a really good job controlling the line of scrimmage,” Stanton said. “We ran the ball well, hit some receivers when they were wide open.”
The Blue Hawks’ defense caused Waldorf to commit four turnovers - Awa Poggi had a 70-yard interception return after a blocked kick and Robert Nalewaja picked off Smith in the second quarter.
However, DSU’s offense had five turnovers of its own. The Blue Hawks (1-2, 1-0 NSAA) also committed 12 penalties for 103 total yards. Waldorf’s Cory Evans intercepted Ray for a 33-yard return and DSU lost three fumbles.
After the first quarter, the Blue Hawks held a 9-0 lead. But due to several mistakes, the Warriors (2-2, 1-1 NSAA) scored 17 unanswered points to take the lead at halftime.
For Waldorf, Smith completed 27 of 48 attempts with 255 yards and two interceptions. He finished with one passing and rushing TD. Receiver Wayne Davis had nine catches for 99 yards and a TD. The Warriors’ offense finished with a game-high 498 total yards, 42 more than DSU.
“We need to be more disciplined on both sides,” Stanton said. “We had 12 penalties, and five turnovers and you got to be more disciplined and that starts with me and everybody on the team. We just got to do a better job and we can’t have 15-yard penalties, we can’t have motion penalties when we score touchdowns.”
After hitting the road two weeks in a row, the Blue Hawks return home and host Valley City State at 2 p.m. Saturday. Though the game won’t count in the conference, DSU will enter practice and Saturday’s game with a much-needed boost in confidence to continue facing the NSAA teams.
“It was just a much-needed win for our team and for their confidence and our guys that worked so hard,” Stanton said. “To come out of there with that big win was just huge and the fact it was a conference game for us makes it even more important. We battled until the end, we finished it even though things weren’t pretty in a lot of ways.”

DSU 9 0 6 12 - 27
WC 0 17 6 0 - 23
First quarter
DSU– Jesse Carney 5 run (Josh Borm kick failed)
DSU– Borm 26 FG
Second quarter
WC– Emmanuel Osuchukwu 7 run (Dustin Wilke kick)
WC– Wilke 22 FG
WC– Christopher Smith 2 run (Wilke kick)
Third quarter
DSU– Dalton Reid 16 run (Kaler Ray run failed)
WC– Wayne Davis 21 pass from Smith (Nathan Sahr run failed)
Fourth quarter
DSU– Myren Moore 8 run (Ray pass failed)
DSU– Moore 4 run (Ray pass failed)
First downs 21 34
Rushes-yards 37-261 57-243
Passing yards 195 255
Comp.-Att.-Int. 13-23-1 27-48-2
Total yards 456 498
Fumbles-lost 5-3 4-2
Penalties-yards 12-103 7-74
Punts-Avg. 5-35.4 6-37
RUSHING: DSU, Carney 11-140, Moore 12-82, Ray 10-67, Reid 1-16, Seth Ewoniuk 1-2. WC, Osuchukwu 18-106, Smith 16-80, Lavelle Maddox 17-68, Dedarius Bridges 6-24.
PASSING: DSU, Ray 12-22-1 189, Thad lane 1-1-0 6. WC, Smith 27-47-1 255.
RECEIVING: Ewoniuk 5-72, Reid 3-42, JT Keith 2-57, Jake Hardy 2-18, Carney 1-6. WC, Davis 9-99, Maddox 5-53, Jestaro Reynolds 4-49, Osuchukwu 3-30, Clayton Colquhoun 1-16, Douglas Woolfolk 1-5, Lashawn Chapman 1-5.
TACKLES: Sefa Fatu 11, Matt Perdue 8, Robert Nalewaja 7, Michael Thompson 6, Awa Poggi 6, Drew Johnson 6. WC, Cory Evans 8, Giano White 8, Toddrien Cousar 4, Jamaar Crayton 3, Paul Hall 3, Preston Landon 3.
SACKS: DSU, none. WC, Hall, Evan Van Klei.
INTERCEPTIONS: DSU, Poggi 1-70, Nalewaja 1-0. WC, Evans 1-33.

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