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Football - Thu, Aug. 31, 2017

August 31, 2017



· Dakota State (S.D.) (1-0 overall record) plays its first road game of the season Saturday afternoon.

· The Trojans visit Saint Ambrose (Iowa) (0-0 overall record/receiving votes in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 national poll) of Mid-State Football Midwest conference.  It will be their third meeting in the all-time series history.

· Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. at Brady Street Stadium (3600 Brady Street) in Davenport, Iowa.

· DSU is playing the first game of the two-game road stretch.  The Trojans will play in Sioux City, Iowa on Sept. 9 versus Briar Cliff (Iowa).


· Saint Ambrose (Iowa) will provide a live stats/play-by-play on  Stay tuned to the DSU Athletics website to see if there will be any live video webcast.  At this point, St. Ambrose do not have live video webcast available.  

· KJAM Radio with Paul Vold will have a live audio broadcast of the football game on Thursday evening.  To listen live from KJAM Radio online, go to or tune in on KJAM Radio FM 103.1.

· Check out the DSU Athletics website for all information on live coverage links and recaps.  Go to for more information.


· Dakota State (S.D.) have a total of six road games scheduled for the 2017 season.

· The Trojans play their first road game on Saturday afternoon at St. Ambrose (Iowa).

· DSU continues their road trip with a non-conference contest at Briar Cliff (Iowa) in Sioux City on Sept. 9.

· After Dakota State's two-game home stand, the Trojans travel to Jamestown (N.D.) for the Dacotah Bank/North Star conference game on Sept. 30.

· DSU only play one road game during the month of October.  The Trojans head to Lokken Field on Oct. 21 against North Star's member Valley City State (N.D.).

· Dakota State concludes their 2017 regular-season schedule with a pair of games in the month of November.  The Trojans visit Mayville State (N.D.) on Nov. 4 and Presentation (S.D.) on Nov. 11.  Both games are counted toward to the Dacotah Bank/North Star Football conference standings.


· Numerous records had been broken in Dakota State's (S.D.) 56-39 season home opener over long-time rival No. 17-ranked Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) at Trojan Field on Aug. 24.  It was the second annual Ag Bowl game, which saw over a record 5,500 fans at the game.

· It was the second straight year that the Trojans defeated a nationally-ranked Tigers.  DSU also claimed their first-ever Chamber of Commerce Traveling Trophy with DWU.

· The Trojans broke a 44-year old school record of 642 offensive yards in the victory.  The previous old record was set in 1973 with 566 yards versus Black Hills State (S.D.).

· Deadlocked at 21-21 late in the second quarter, the Trojans grabbed the lead just 1 second before halftime.  The Trojans used 17 plays for 87 yards in 7 minutes, 19 seconds for their final scoring drive of the first-half.  Jacob Giles threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell Galloway, while Brywn Ratcliffe added the PAT extra-point kick to put DSU up 28-21 by halftime.

· Dakota State outscored Dakota Wesleyan 14-12 in the third quarter, extending their lead to 42-33.

· The Trojans opened up the fourth quarter with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Giles to Austin Opdahl to widen their lead to 49-33 (Ratcliffe's PAT kick was good) with less than 14 minutes left in the game.

· DWU could get no closer than 10 points (49-39) as DSU secured the victory.  The Trojans scored another touchdown, a 2-yard touchdown run by Hagan Hines, to make it the final score 56-39 (Ractliffe's PAT kick was good) with 5:47 remaining.

· Giles finished the game with career-highs of 40 completions, 452 yards and tied the DSU school record with 7 touchdown passes for DSU.

· DSU's Opdahl also had a career night, recorded career-bests 17 receptions for 333 receiving yards.  He also had four touchdown catches in the game.

· Hines rushed 24 times for 123 yards and a touchdown.  Brodie Frederiksen had 12 rushes for 51 yards.

· Dereck DeVries led the Trojans' defense with eight tackles.  Danny Jordan, Ryan Dozier and Baily Edwards each added six tackles.

· Mike McAlister, Curt Boeke, Ron Tortorello and John Trout each registered a quarterback sace for Dakota State.


· Two Dakota State (S.D.) football players were selected to the first edition of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Football Players-of-the-Week on Aug. 28 after their performances versus Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Aug. 24.

· Austin Opdahl was picked as the Offensive Player-of-the-Week, while Brywn Ractliffe was chosen as Special Teams Player-of-the-Week for the Trojans.

· Opdahl, a 6-foot-1 senior wide receiver, broke the DSU single-game school record for most catches with 17, breaking his previous old record of 15 receptions on Sept. 10, 2016 at the Trojan Field versus St. Ambrose (Iowa).

· Opdahl also broke the school's single-game receiving yards with 333 receiving yards.  The DSU single-game receiving yards record was held for 16 yards by Mark Maples with 231 receiving yards versus Mayville State (N.D.) in 2001.

· Opdahl had four touchdown receptions in the game for Dakota State.  He caught touchdown receptions of 38-, 4-, 34-, and 2-yards.  Opdahl extended his DSU career school record touchdown receptions to 32.

· Ractliffe, a 5-foot-10 junior kicker for DSU, was perfect 8-for-8 on his PAT extra-point kicks in Trojans' victory over Dakota Wesleyan.

· He tied the DSU single-game school record for most PAT extra-point kicks made in the game with Mitch Lynch (versus Mayville State in 2004).

· According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website, 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.


· Dakota State's (S.D.) Jacob Giles had set numerous passing single-game records in their 56-39 upset victory over Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Aug. 24.

· Giles completed 40 passes in 48 attempts for an impressive 452 yards for the Trojans.  He threw seven touchdowns in the game.

· His 40 completed passes broke the previous single-game record that Giles held in 2016 twice (32 completed passes vs. Mayville State, N.D. on Oct. 29 and vs. St. Ambrose, Iowa on Sept. 10—both at Trojan Field).

· Giles' 452 passing yards also broke a 17-year old record held by Justin Thielke.  Thielke held the previous DSU single-game record of 432 passing yards versus Minot State (N.D.) in 2000.

· Giles tied the DSU single-game school record with seven passing touchdowns.  He did threw seven touchdowns in a game versus St. Ambrose (Iowa) on Sept. 10, 2017.

· He extended the DSU career touchdown passes record to 66.  Thielke held the old record of 58 touchdown passes from 1997-2000.


· According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Thursday, Dakota State (S.D.) have several categories ranked in the NAIA's Top 5.

· The Trojans leads the nation in the following categories:  opponents fourth-down conversion (0.0 percent), PAT extra-point kicking (100.0 percent), and punting yards per attempt (57.0 yards),

· DSU ranks second in the NAIA in the following:  pass efficiency (210.0), 3rd-down conversion (70.6 percent), total pass offense (452) and total offense per game (642).

· The Trojans rank fifth in the nation in quarterback sacks with four (4).  Mike McAlister, Curt Boeke, Ron Tortorello and John Trout each had a quarterback sack for DSU (11th-most in the NAIA).

· Individually, Brywn Ractliffe ranks first in the nation in PAT extra-point kicking percentage (100.0) for Dakota State.

· Austin Opdahl leads the NAIA in receptions (17), receiving yards (333) and total scoring (24 points) for DSU.

· Dakota State's Jacob Giles is second in the nation in passing yards with 452 yards.  He is also third in total offense yards with 468 yards.


· RushingHagan Hines—24 attempts for 123 yards (5.1 yards per carry)

· Passing:  Jacob Giles—83.3 percent completion rate, 452.0 passing yards per game

· Receptions/Yards:  Austin Opdahl—17 receptions /333 yards (17.0 receptions/333.0 yards per game)

· Tackles:  Dereck DeVries—8 tackles (8.0 tackles per game)

· Tackles-for-Loss:  Mike McAlister, Ron Tortorello, Curt Boeke, John Trout—1.0 tackle-for-loss

· Quarterback Sacks:  Mike McAlister, Ron Tortorello, Curt Boeke, John Trout—1.0 sacks

· Interceptions:  N/A

· Fumble Recoveries:  N/A

· Scoring:  Austin Opdahl—24 points (4 touchdowns)


· Make sure to mark on your calendar for the next Dakota State (S.D.) Trojan Football home games at Trojan Field.

· The Trojans open up their Dacotah Bank/North Star Football conference season on Sept. 16 versus Mayville State (N.D.).  Kick-off is set for 6 p.m.  The game is scheduled as Parents Night for DSU Football team.

· The annual Trojan Days' homecoming game is slated for Saturday, Sept. 23.  Dakota State hosts North Star's fellow Presentation (S.D.).  Kick-off is set for 4 p.m.


· Dakota State (S.D.) and Saint Ambrose (Iowa) will be meeting for the third time in all-time series history on Saturday afternoon.

· The series record is 1-1 after both teams won on their own home field, most recently last year at Trojan Field where DSU posted a 62-48 high-scoring affair victory over SAU.

· The Fighting Bees won the first-ever meeting with the Trojans by the score of 39-35 on Sept. 26, 2015 at Brady Street Stadium.

· In the last meeting, Saint Ambrose was ranked No. 24 in the NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 poll.   A total of 110 points were scored in the game.

· Jacob Giles finished the game by completing 32 passes in 42 attempts for 400 yards.  He threw 7 touchdowns in the game.  Austin Opdahl had 15 receptions for 177 yards and caught four touchdowns.

· A total of 1,030 offensive yards were registered in the game.  DSU had 519 offensive yards compared to SAU 511 offensive yards.

· The Trojans outrushed the Fighting Bees 119-106.

· Dakota State had a single-game school record 35 first-downs in the game.


· According to the Weather Channel ( as of Thursday, the forecast in Davenport, Iowa calls for sunny skies.

· There is no chance of precipitation.

· Forecast highs will be in the upper 70's with the overnight lows of 50's

· The wind forecast comes from the southwest at 5 to 10 miles-per-hour.


· Dakota State (S.D.) is entering in its 98th year of competition.

· The Trojans own an all-time record of 290-482-17.

· Dakota State opened their first year of competition in 1908 with an overall record of 4-1-1.

· Since joining the North Star Athletic Association, DSU landed 25 players on the All-Conference teams, including Ben Kullos as NSAA Defense Most Valuable Player in 2015 and Austin Opdahl as NSAA Offense Most Valuable Player in 2016.


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Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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