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Football - Mon, Sep. 4, 2017

September 4, 2017


MADISON, S.D. Jacob Giles and Kaden Hight of Dakota State (S.D.) were chosen to the second edition of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association Football Players-of-the-Week, announced by the conference office Monday.  Giles was selected to the Offensive Player-of-the-Week, while Hight was picked as Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.

It was the second straight week that the Trojans were named to both Offensive and Special Teams Players-of-the-Week.  Dakota State fell short on the road to Saint Ambrose (Iowa) on Sept. 2 by the score of 27-24.

Giles, 6-foot-2 and 210 lbs. quarterback, was 19-of-36 for 200 yards and threw three touchdown passes in the game for DSU.  All of his three touchdown passes are over 20 yards.

His first touchdown pass of the game came in the second quarter with 9:46 on the clock, where he connected to Austin Opdahl for a 24-yard touchdown (DSU trailed 13-7).

Starting on the SAU's 36-yardline in the early third quarter, Giles opened up the drive after connecting to Opdahl for a 36-yard touchdown pass to earn the first lead of the game.  Dakota State earned a 17-13 lead with 10:29 left in the third quarter.

Giles threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Mason Leighton as DSU regained their lead at 24-20 with 6:27 left in the game.

Giles extended his DSU career school record touchdown passes to 69, which is 11 more touchdown passes than the previous record holder by Justin Thielke (58 career touchdown passes from 1997-2000).

According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Monday, Giles ranks seventh in the nation in total passing with 652 yards.  He is 12th in the nation in passing yards per game (326.0) and 13th in passing efficiency (174.7).  This season, Giles is 59-of-84 (completion rate of 70.2 percent) and threw 10 touchdown passes. 

Jacob is the son of Chris and Karen Giles of Madison.  He is senior English Education major at Dakota State University.

Hight, 6-foot-3 and 155 lbs. punter/kicker, recorded a total nine (9) punts in the game for the Trojans.  He registered a total punt yards of 376 yards, including the game's longest punt of 76 yards (season high).

Hight averaged 41.8 yards per punt for DSU.  Two of his nine punts went inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website, Hight ranks fifth in the NAIA in punt yards per attempt with an average of 43.3 yards.  For the season, he had 10 punts for a total of 433 yards for the Trojans.

Kaden is the son of Todd and Twila Hight of Pierre, S.D.  He is a freshman Elementary Education major at Dakota State University.

Dakota State (1-1 overall record) stays on the road Saturday.  The Trojans play their final non-conference game of the season, visiting Briar Cliff (Iowa).  Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. at Memorial Field in Sioux City, Iowa.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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