The North Star Athletic Association announced their final selections for the Dakotah Bank/NSAA Football Players of the Week honors on Monday. Dakota State University once again swept the weekly honors after their dominating 59-21 victory over Presentation College on Saturday. Quarterback Jacob Giles brought home the Offensive player award, defensive lineman Curt Boeke was the Defensive Player and kicker Brywn Ractliffe was the Special Teams Player of the Week.
Giles finished his stellar 4-year career at Dakota State by completing 31 passes on 49 attempts for 357 yards with 4 touchdowns. He also rushed 4 times for 15 yards and score against the Saints. Giles this set new single season records for most completions (243), most passing yards (3,133) and most touchdown passes (39) for the Trojans. The Madison native has also been named the Offensive Player of the Week five total times in his senior season.
Boeke, a junior defensive lineman from Clear Lake, SD, helped Dakota State with 3 quarterback sacks for total loss of 21 yards against Presentation. He also had two pass break-ups in the win, and finished the season as the team leader in tackles with 97 tackles and 19 tackles for loss. This is also Boeke’s second time bringing home Defensive Player of the Week honors from the NSAA.
Ractliffe wrapped up a fantastic 2017 and senior season with a perfect 8-for-8 performance in PAT’s, tying his own DSU school record for the third time this season. He also notched a 21 yard field goal in the first half against Presentation College. Ractliffe set a new single season records for most PAT extra-point kicks made (55) and most points (67) for the Trojans Football program. This also Ractliffe’s 2nd NSAA Special Teams Player of the Week honors for 2017.
Dakota State University finished 2nd in the North Star Conference standings with a 6-2 record while finishing 8-3 overall. The Trojans picked up non-conference victories over in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan and Briar Cliff University, while also falling to St Ambrose University early in the season. DSU also ended their season with a #23 ranking in the NAIA Football Coaches Top 25 national poll.