The Dakota State Trojans can’t overcome the Dickinson State Blue Hawks on the road, losing 40-14.
It was the Blue Hawks who came out on top in this one and remained undefeated in North Star Athletic Association play. They controlled from the early going with a pair of scores in the opening quarter, both through the air and on the ground. For the game, Dickinson State outgained Dakota State 445-250 in total offense.
DSU got it as close as 14 points only once in the game. Which was after the scoring opened up when Roger Moore caught the first touchdown of the day for the Trojans and made it 21-7 early in the second quarter.
The Trojans defense did all they could with this potent Dickinson State offense. Even when they prevented TDs, the Blue Hawks still obtained points through a sharp kicking game. Going 2-for-2 on field goals with a long of 48 yards.
Quarterback Tray Hettick did well against the best team in the conference in his first outing as a starter. Finished 21-for-34 in the game on 223 yards passing with two TDs and two interceptions. Both picks were not as much on Hettick as they were just great defensive plays by the reigning Defensive MVP in the conference, senior Krew Mathern. Hettick’s two TD passes were the most in a game by a Trojan QB this season.
Senior wide receiver Michael Hybertson had a season-high 124 yards receiving and season high in receptions with seven. He was the go-to target from the get-go for Hettick.
The Trojans will now see the second round of contests against the conference and host Waldorf this week at the Dan Beacom Track Complex. All teams will play each NSAA opponent twice this season – one home and one away. That game is set for kickoff at 4pm with the pregame beginning at 3:30pm on Jammin Country 103.