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Second-quarter surge puts Blue Hawks over Saints

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Capitalizing on a pair of interceptions, the Dickinson State football team scored three times in the second quarter en route to a 48-24 victory over conference opponent Presentation College on Saturday, Oct. 27 from Clark Swisher Field.

Capping off a nine-play, 74-yard drive, junior running back Roderick Ashford scored three minutes into the second frame to give Dickinson State a 14-7 advantage.

Four plays later, the Saints traveled to the Blue Hawks 24-yard line. On third-and-10, junior safety Derick VandeBossche intercepted a pass intended for junior receiver Dylan Paulsen.

After another lengthy drive, which included three third-down conversions, the Blue Hawks scored with an 8-yard pass to sophomore slot receiver Tyger Frye from junior quarterback Hayden Gibson.

Three play later, senior cornerback Jay Liggins intercepted a pass from Saints senior quarterback Austin Eggl intended for senior wideout Logan Weisser at the Presentation 20-yard line. The Blue Hawks took advantage of his snag as well, scoring with a 13-yard reception by tight end Jordan Walker.

"That was a real big sequence," Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton said. "Jay Liggins gets an interception there and then we score right before half to get that lead. That was a big sequence. Presentation, we knew offensively they were going to do a good job. They battled back and got within a score. Offensively, we did a good job of separating. We had some big throws on first down. We were just really balanced. Anytime you run 88 plays and have 35 first downs, it's a good day."

Presentation put up a 31-yard field goal in the closing seconds second quarter, giving the Blue Hawks a 28-10 lead at halftime.

As it does, the Presentation offense kept scoring.

Minutes into the second half, Eggl found Weisser with a 31-yard pass to close the gap to 28-17.

Following Gibson's second touchdown pass to Frye late in the third, the Saints (5-4, 3-3 NSAA) answered on the ensuing drive. Dickinson State couldn't get the stop on third-and-12, as Eggl found sophomore Marshal Chace with a 22-yard pass. With another big play, Paulsen made a 33-yard catch to score, trimming the lead to 35-24 with 14:53 left to play.

Paulsen led all players with 120 receiving yards over six catches and Weisser followed with 99 yards over five receptions.

Paulsen and Weisser head an offense that averages 446 yards per game, but was held to 335 by a bruised but effective Blue Hawks defense.

"They put up big numbers against everybody. They got a few big plays on us. They've been averaging almost 500 yards, to hold them to the yardage total we did and them only having 56 plays, you're going to take that anyday," Stanton said. "I thought we did a pretty good job of running down the football. They're going to hit some big plays. They got an explosive offense. We just did a good job of hanging in on defense."

The Blue Hawks (7-2, 5-1 NSAA) broke away with two unanswered touchdowns in the final five minutes. Junior running back Amad Andrews Jr. scored his second touchdown of the day with a 1-yard carry and with 2:14 remaining, Gibson found Nick Miller with a 10-yard toss into the endzone.

Gibson completed 26 of his 38 attempts for 241 yards, threw four touchdowns and for the fourth time this season, no interceptions.

"Hayden did a really good job of making a lot of good throws and making a lot of good reads," Stanton said. "I think our offensive line just did a good job of staying with things."

With Ivey out nursing an ankle injury, Gibson targeted Frye 10 times for 86 yards and senior wide receiver Seth Moerkerke four times for 56 yards.

The Blue Hawks offense, which put up 530 yards of total offense, thrived on third down, earning first down yardage on 12 of 17 attempts.

"We just did a good job of protecting the passer," Stanton said. "Hayden made some good reads and our receivers did a good job of finding the space and keeping the chains moving."

Results Saturday

Dickinson State 48, Presentation (S.D.) 24

DSU 7 21 7 13 — 48

PC 7 3 7 7 — 24

First Quarter

DSU — Amad Andrews 18 rush (Cody Johnson kick), 11:19

PC — Dylan Paulsen 34 pass from Austin Eggl (Jaiden Machuca kick), 0:42

Second Quarter

DSU — Roderick Ashford 3 rush (Johnson), 12:02

DSU — Tyger Frye 8 pass from Hayden Gibson (Johnson), 3:54

DSU — Jordan Walker 13 pass from Gibson (Johnson), 1:13

PC — Machuca 31 field goal, 0:14

Third Quarter

PC — Logan Weisser 31 pass from Eggl (Machuca), 11:27

DSU — Frye 10 pass from Gibson (Johnson), 1:20

Fourth Quarter

PC — Paulsen 33 pass from Eggl (Machuca), 14:53

DSU — Andrews Jr. 1 rush (Johnson), 5:07

DSU — Nick Miller from Gibson (PAT no good), 2:14

TEAM STATISTICS DSU PC

First downs 35 16

Rushes-yards 50-289 18-61

Passing yards 241 271

Comp.-Att.-Int. 26-38-0 17-38-2

Total yards 530 332

Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0

Penalties-yards 5-55 2-27

Punts-Avg. 4-37.8 5-38.2

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: PC, Nathan Jones 8-29; Innocent Okoh 5-20. DSU, Amad Andrews Jr. 19-108, 2 TDs; Roderick Ashford 12-79, TD; Derek Tabor 8-54; Nick Miller 9-38; Hayden Gibson 1-10.

PASSING: PC, Austin Eggl 17-38-2, 271 yards, 3 TDs. DSU, Gibson 26-38, 241 yards, 4 TD.

RECEIVING: PC, Dylan Paulsen 6-120, 2 TDs; Logan Weisser 5-99, TD. DSU, Tyger Frye 10-86, 2 TDs; Seth Moerkerke 4-56; Miller 3-24, 1 TD; Adrian Hughes-Tovar 3-30; Jordan Walker 3-30, TD; Andrews Jr. 1-2; Randy Ivey 1-9; Gabe Meschke 1-4.

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

TACKLES: PC, Zach Sebern 3-14, 2 TFL; Donald Cook 5-9; Ty Fox 4-7. DSU, Daniel Moreno 2-9, 0.5 TFL; Paxton Miller 0-5; Quaid Larsen 0-4; Blake Murray 4-0.

INTERCEPTIONS: DSU, Derek VandeBossche, Jay Liggins.

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