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Football - Mon, Aug. 28, 2017

August 28, 2017


MADISON, S.D. – Two Dakota State (S.D.) football players were selected to the first edition of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association Football Player-of-the-Week honors, the conference office announced Monday.  Austin Opdahl was chosen as the Offensive Player-of-the-Week, while Brywn Ractliffe was picked as Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.

Dakota State defeated nationally-ranked No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) in a high-scoring affair by the score 56-39 at Trojan Field.  It was the second straight year that the Trojans defeated nationally-ranked Tigers in the season opener.  In addition, it was the first time since 1999 that DSU earned a victory at home (Trojan Field) over the Tigers.

DSU also recorded their fourth victory over the NAIA's Top 25 football team in the past three years.

Opdahl, 6-foot-1 and 185 lbs. senior wide receiver, had a monstrous night for the Trojans on Aug. 24.  He caught career-highs 17 receptions for an astounding 333 receiving yards with four touchdowns. 

Opdahl broke the DSU single-game school record for most catches, breaking his previous old record of 15 receptions on Sept. 10, 2016 versus St. Ambrose (Iowa).  He also broke the school's single-game receiving yards, which was held for 16 years.  Mark Maples was the previous old record holder with 231 receiving yards versus Mayville State (N.D.) in 2001.

Opdahl's first touchdown of the game came in the second quarter where he recorded a 38-yard touchdown reception to put DSU up 21-14 with 8:35 on the clock.  He also had a 4-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter (6:35 on the clock).

After a poor punt by Dakota Wesleyan on the ensuing possession, Dakota State quickly answered with a 34-yard touchdown catch by Opdahl to extend DSU's lead to 42-27 with five minutes on the clock in the third quarter.

His fourth touchdown catch came in the early fourth quarter, a 2-yard touchdown reception with 13:58 remaining (DSU led 49-33).

Opdahl extended the DSU career touchdown receptions to 32.  Currently, he leads the NAIA in total receptions, receiving yards, and scoring (24 points). 

Austin is the son of Nick Opdahl and Jen Tieszen of Madison, S.D.  He majors in Professional Accountancy at Dakota State University.

Ractliffe, 5-foot-10 and 190 lbs. junior kicker, was perfect 8-for-8 PAT extra-point kicks for the Trojans.  He tied the DSU single-game school record for most PAT extra-point kicks made with Mitch Lynch (versus Mayville State in 2004).

According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Monday, Ractliffe leads the nation in PAT extra-point kicking percentage (100.0 percent).  He also ranks fifth in the NAIA in total scoring (kicking category) with eight points.

Brywn is the son of Jon and Tam Ractliffe of Canton, S.D.  He is majoring in General Studies at DSU.

Dakota State (1-0 overall record) heads on the road Saturday.  The Trojans take on St. Ambrose (Iowa) in a non-conference contest.  Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport, Iowa.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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