September 24, 2016
Photos credits by Kaden Huntrods, Donald Weidler, Nicholas Hauser
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) hosted Jamestown (N.D.) Saturday evening in the annual Trojan Days homecoming football game and North Star Athletic Association conference opener at Trojan Field. The Trojans used a fast start in each half and defeated the Jimmies by the score of 36-17, recording their seventh victory in the last nine games dating to last season. It was the second straight year that DSU earned their homecoming victory.
Dakota State, playing as a ranked team for the first time this year (since 1998 when the Trojans were ranked as high as No. 16 in the NAIA's Division II national poll) at No. 24 in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25, finished their three-game home stand undefeated. DSU raised their overall record to 4-1 and 1-0 NSAA conference.
The Trojans posted its best start for the first time since 1998. DSU also earned its fourth victory in the last five meetings with the Jimmies. Jamestown fell to 1-4 overall record and 0-1 NSAA conference.
The game was delayed one hour later than the previous scheduled kick-off time due to lightning.
Dakota State scored its first points in the opening drive of the game by using 14 plays for 73 yards in 5 minutes, 14 seconds. Facing third down and ten situation, Jacob Giles threw a 20-yard pass to Mitchell Galloway from DSU's 27-yard line to 47-yard line.
The Trojans faced another third-and-long situation (3rd and 15), Giles found Austin Opdahl for a 16-yard pass for another first down on UJ's 42-yard line. DSU continued to move the ball down on UJ's end zone after Giles threw a 22-yard pass to Galloway followed by Robert Johnson's 4-yard rush to UJ's 19-yard line.
After DSU could not convert their third down situation on UJ's 19-yard line, the Trojans added another first-down as Giles connected to Opdahl for a 10-yard pass for a first-and-goal situation on UJ's 9-yard line.
Johnson rushed for five yards for the Trojans to Jimmies' 4-yard line. Giles recorded a 4-yard touchdown pass to Opdahl for the first score of the game with 9:46 on the scoreboard. Nic Behrens hit a successful PAT extra-point kick to put DSU up 7-0.
Jamestown went three-and-out on their first drive of the game, forcing them to punt. The Trojans quickly scored on the ensuing possession.
Giles started the second scoring drive with a 17-yard rush from DSU's 45-yard line to UJ's 38-yard line. Johnson added a pair of rushing plays for another DSU's first down to UJ's 26-yard line. Opdahl caught a 20-yard reception from Giles to earn their seventh first-down of the game on UJ's 6-yard line.
Giles threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Johnson as DSU's lead grew to 13-0 with 7 minutes, 9 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Jamestown went on to use 12 plays for 62 yards in 5:29 to earn their first points of the game. The Jimmies had a first-and-goal on DSU's 7-yard line, but the Trojans' defense halted them to score a touchdown.
UJ settled for a 20-yard field goal by Grant Linde to cut Dakota State's lead to 13-3 with 1:40 left in the first quarter.
The second quarter score went to Jamestown with less than two minutes to go before intermission. The Jimmies intercepted Giles' pass on DSU's 37-yard line and was able to convert their scoring chance.
Jamestown used seven plays for 37 yards in 4:04 when Keldrick Sullivan rushed for an 8-yard touchdown run with 2:29 on the clock in the second quarter. Linde's PAT kick was no good after UJ committed a false start as the Trojans held on to a 13-9 lead.
There were only 65 total offensive yards were recorded in the second quarter, with the Jimmies recording 59 yards compared to the Trojans' 6 yards. DSU held a 13-9 halftime lead.
Dakota State used another fast start in the third quarter. The Jimmies committed a fumble on UJ's 35-yard line and was recovered by DSU's Dereck DeVries with 14:09 on the clock in the third quarter.
The Trojans began their first drive of the second-half with 4 plays for 34 yards in 1:20. Facing fourth-and-five situation on UJ's 29-yard line, Opdahl had one foot down in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown pass from Giles. Behrens added the PAT extra-point kick as the Trojans extended their lead to 20-9 with 12:49 left in the third quarter.
Alvin Reels, Jr. intercepted UJ Dylan Klatt's pass at DSU 45-yard line and recorded a 'Pick 6' with a 55-yard return for touchdown with no time left in the third quarter. Behrens hit the PAT kick as the Trojans ballooned their lead to 27-9.
Dakota State outscored Jamestown 14-0 in the third quarter.
Jamestown turned the ball on downs on the next possession, despite using 10 plays for 56 yards in 3:50.
The Trojans began their next drive on DSU's 16-yard line with 11:10 to go in the fourth quarter. After a 6-yard run by Johnson, Opdahl caught a 69-yard pass from Giles to UJ's 9-yard line. Giles then found Opdahl again for a 9-yard touchdown pass with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game, extending DSU's lead to 33-9.
Jamestown used 11 plays for 78 yards in 2:02 as Klatt threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Pete Fehr. The PAT pass from Klatt to Braden Edwards was good as UJ trimmed DSU's lead to 33-17 with 7:48 left. The highlight of UJ's scoring drive was a 48-yard pass from Klatt to Zeb Taber on a third-and-ten situation from UJ's 35-yard line to DSU's 17-yard line.
Dakota State extended their lead to 36-17 after a 33-yard field goal by Behrens with 2:16 remaining. The Trojans used 12 plays for 69 yards in 5:32 in the final scoring drive of the game, recording six first downs in the drive.
The Trojans scored 30 or more points in all five games this season, which was the first time in DSU school history that they have scored 30-plus points in the first five games of the season. Dakota State, who was ranked third in the nation in total points scored, racked up a total of 210 points this season. It was the second straight game that DSU scored 36 points.
Dakota State's defense also held its opponents to 17 or less points for the second straight game.
Opdahl finished the game with 8 receptions for a total of 175 yards with three touchdown receptions for the Trojans. It was the fifth straight game this season that he has recorded over 100 receiving yards, his third game producing 175 or more receiving yards. It was Opdahl's fourth game that he had caught three or more touchdown passes.
Giles went 20-of-39 with 298 passing yards with four touchdown passes and an interception for the Trojans. It was his third game this season that he had threw four or more touchdown passes. He broke the 40-year old DSU school record for most touchdown passes in a single season with 22, previously set by Terry Kasperbauer in 1976.
Johnson rushed 19 times for a total of 71 yards for Dakota State. He also had a receiving touchdown in the game. Giles added 10 rushing attempts for 16 yards.
Baily Edwards led the Trojans' defense with nine tackles. Michael Cleveland, DeVries, Thomas Romack and Clifton Marshall each added seven tackles. Preston Madden and Reels, Jr. each tallied six tackles.
Reels, Jr. had an interception return of 55 yards for a touchdown for DSU. DeVries registered a fumble recovery while Terell Johnson had a forced fumble.
Dakota State's defense recorded nine break-up passes in the game, with three break-up passes coming from Cleveland. Darion Office added two broken-up passes. Edwards, Reels, Jr., Cole Potter and Tyrell Smith each recorded a broken-up pass.
Klatt went 23-of-50 with 246 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Jimmies. He threw to 10 different receivers in the game, led by Edwards with 7 receptions for 91 yards. Ty Myron added four catches for 21 yards. Fehr caught a touchdown reception.
Sullivan ran 17 times for 59 yards with a touchdown for UJ. Myron added five rushes for 29 yards. Klatt recorded four rushes for 20 yards.
Caleb Ellingson led Jamestown's defense with 13 tackles. Kaleb Garcia added 11 tackles. Both Ellingson and Garcia each recorded a quarterback sack and 2.5 tackles-for-loss. Keith Rogers had an interception.
Dakota State edged Jamestown 398-384 in total offensive yards. The Trojans had 21 first-downs in the game compared to the Jimmies 20 first downs.
The Jimmies rushed for 138 yards while the Trojans had 90 rushing yards. DSU recorded 308 passing yards while UJ registered 246 passing yards.
Jamestown had a time possession of 34 minutes, 24 seconds. Dakota State had the ball for 25 minutes, 36 seconds.
UJ was 11-of-21 on third-down conversions compared to DSU 5-of-14 third-downs. The Trojans converted 2-of-3 on fourth-down situations while the Jimmies failed in two attempts.
Dakota State continues their NSAA conference action next Saturday (Oct. 1) as they visit Waldorf (Iowa). They will be meeting for the second time, which the Trojans won the first meeting on Sept. 17 by the score of 36-14. Kick-off from the Bolstorff Field is set for 4 p.m. in Forest City, Iowa.
Jamestown returns home next Saturday as they host Presentation (S.D.) with a 1 p.m. kick-off at Rollie Greeno Stadium in Jamestown, N.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director
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