BHSU dominates DSU's homecoming
By ARIY-El BOYNTON, Sports Editor
After Dakota State University lost to Black Hills State, DSU Coach Josh Anderson said that it was almost like his team was a high school freshman team taking on a high school varsity team.|
With many DSU freshmen taking the field against a junior/senior-dominated squad, the Trojans fell to Black Hills State 44-7 at Trojan Field in the sixth annual Missouri Shoot-Out and homecoming on Saturday in front of about 2,000 fans.
The Trojans ended up with just eight total yards on offense on 51 total plays. Five out of six DSU ball carriers had negative yards total rushing. DSU's Mike Trimble had nine rushes for 12 yards.
Black Hills State gained 513 yards on offense and was on the field for nearly 38 minutes.
"We're just not getting it done on offense, pure and simple," said Anderson, who has suffered three losses in a row in his first year at DSU. "They came here and beat us. We'll take the field next week ready to go."
While BHSU trailed early on, quarterback Drew Hodges connected on three consecutive touchdown passes to Yellow Jacket wide receivers. Daniel Hancock came away with two touchdown catches, and Hodges threw a touchdown pass to Daniel Hadley to put the game away at 30-7.
Hodges threw for 220 yards.
With the win, BHSU improved to 2-0 in the conference (3-1 overall) and keeps the Shoot-Out traveling trophy for the fifth straight year.
"Seeing them with the trophy really hurts. We played our hardest, but it just wasn't enough," said Trojan defender Eric Liles, who led the team with five solo tackles.
The game started off well for the Trojans, as Dana Felderman blocked a punt which was later kicked out of bounds by punter Levi Millikin. As a result of the illegal touching penalty, DSU took over on the 2 yard line.
Trojan quarterback Ed O'Conner ran the short run into the end zone for the early 6-0 lead.
"It was great to get on the scoreboard. I think that it got us some momentum and we wanted to keep it going," said Matt Engelmann, DSU's starting fullback.
Black Hills State controlled the ball for over 21 minutes in the first half. They also had 23 more first downs (26-3) in the game.
BHSU's Cole Benne had 133 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
"We tried to contain them, but we know we've got some things to work on," said Liles. "We need some senior leadership right now, and we're just not getting it."
Just like the week before, both O'Connor and freshman Paul Bagala played quarterback in this game. Bagala went into the game after O'Connor came out with a shoulder injury.
O'Conner completed four passes in 10 attempts. Bagala was 0-for-8.
Dax Thompson had the lone sack for DSU. In just their second game on defense this year, Joe Whealy and Joe Monize had 11 tackles apiece.
DSU will head to Minot State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
"We've got to go out and play our hardest. What else can we do? On Saturday there's 60 more minutes of football," said Monize, who recovered a fumble in the game.
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