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New faces prove their worth in DSU football Spring game

While no one officially kept score, someone had to come out on top in the Dickinson State football Spring scrimmage. In an offense-versus-defense game, both sides of the ball had big plays, but head coach Pete Stanton said one group was particula...

Dickinson State redshirt freshman quarterback Drew Boedecker looks for an open man in the team's Spring scrimmage on Wednesday, April 11 at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State redshirt freshman quarterback Drew Boedecker looks for an open man in the team's Spring scrimmage on Wednesday, April 11 at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

While no one officially kept score, someone had to come out on top in the Dickinson State football Spring scrimmage.

In an offense-versus-defense game, both sides of the ball had big plays, but head coach Pete Stanton said one group was particularly impressive.

"I think our first group offensively did a very good job," he said. "We have most of our offensive linemen back and they're a veteran group. (Sophomore quarterback) Hayden (Gibson) does a really good job commanding the offense and executing and getting balls out. He's been on the money all spring long. He just really executes at a high level and that made a big difference."

The first play of the game, Gibson found junior receiver Randy Ivey far down the field, showing off his accuracy and confidence on Wednesday, April 11 at the Biesiot Activities Center.

New hire, defensive coordinator Jason Thier yelled to his crew, "What we do next, that's what matters!" The defense bounced back, forcing a turnover.

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With key members of the backfield traveling to a track meet, and a line full of new faces, the defense had to work a little harder.

"Defensively I thought we improved," Stanton said. "We had a scrimmage last week and we didn't tackle well. I thought we tackled a lot better defensively today. We're missing some key pieces on defense, but that's okay."

Gibson didn't stay on the turf long though, as redshirt quarterback Drew Boedecker showed what he could do. He was 'sacked' a handful of times and a few of his throws missed the intended target, but Stanton was still pleased.

"It was his first time with live action and I thought he did fine," Stanton said. "It was one of those things, you're working with a different group of running backs, a different center. You're working with a different group of receivers and that's just going to take some time. He made some good throws and did a good job with play-action things."

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback brings a different approach to the game than Gibson. The Sheridan, Wyo. native looks like he'll be more similar to Gibson's predecessor, Kaler Ray, who had the ability to scramble and make plays out of the pocket.

He exhibited that skill a couple of times, but post-game, Boedecker was more concerned with what he didn't do well.

"It felt good to get out with the guys, but I need to be better. My offense needs me to be better," Boedecker said. "It's a team game so one guy can't bring us all down, but quarterback plays a huge part of it and I need to be better."

Although he might have been a little biased, junior defensive end Jerry Gainey thought the defense came out on top.

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"Defense was stronger. Offense had maybe, one, two, three plays, but defense was strong," Gainey said, unable to keep a smile off his face. "The weather was good. I was feeling good. Just was excited."

Gainey, who made a few big stops in the scrimmage, appeared in five games last season. Between recovering from a knee injury and having a veteran d-line ahead of him, he didn't see much time. With only one returner on the line, he'll likely play a larger role in the 2018 season.

"That's his strength, is coming off the end on pass rushing. He was in and out last year for us ... we put him in a lot of second, third and long situations and he had a pretty good year. We expect him to do that. He's got one more year left and hopefully he can make the best of it."

The team lost top receivers to graduation, but with so much depth in the position, familiar faces still played on Wednesday. Ivey, freshman Tyger Frye and junior Seth Moerkerke all saw passes coming their way.

Sophomore Derek Tabor, who scored once in the 2017 campaign, got reps at running back, but red shirt Jameson Crisafulli also saw some time, stringing together some strong runs. It's still up in the air whether the 2017 starting back, Karsten Mack, will return next season.

"We'll know more in the fall," Stanton said. "We're hoping Karsten will still be here. He's taking some classes through the University right now back at home (Texas). We've been in contact with him. ... We have some options, we're just hoping we can move forward with that."

With four months to go until fall practice starts up, the spring competition gave players a benchmark and goals to work towards.

"I just need to make my reads better and get out there and make good throws and put my teammates in a good position," Boedecker said. "Once I know I can get the ball into their hands, I know they're playmakers and will make me look good because they're the best out there."

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Dickinson State freshman receiver Tyger Frye catches a pass in the Blue Hawk's Spring scrimmage on Wednesday, April 11 at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State freshman receiver Tyger Frye catches a pass in the Blue Hawk's Spring scrimmage on Wednesday, April 11 at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

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