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Football - Thu, Sep. 7, 2017

September 7, 2017



· Dakota State (S.D.) (1-1 overall record) stays on the road for another non-conference contest on Saturday afternoon.  It will be DSU's final non-conference regular-season game before starting their North Star conference season on Sept. 16.

· The Trojans look to bounce back in the winning column as they visit Briar Cliff (Iowa) (0-2 overall record) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. 

· Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. at Bishop Heelan Memorial Stadium (100 West 17th Street—east side of Hamilton Blvd.) in Sioux City, Iowa. 

· For Dakota State fans and alumni, there will be a pre-game gathering at Tanners located at 1790 Hamilton Blvd. in Sioux City, Iowa (Memorial Field is located just across the parking lot from Tanners).  The pre-game gathering begins at 11 a.m.


· Briar Cliff (Iowa) will provide a live video and live stats/play-by-play on  All live coverage links are available on the DSU Athletics website.  

· 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.) will return home for their next two football game at Trojan Field.

· On Sept. 16, the Trojans kick off the North Star conference season versus Mayville State (N.D.).  Kick-off is set for 6 p.m.

· Rosebud Appreciation Night will be held during DSU's home football game on Sept. 16.  The Trojan Football will also have their Parents' Night.

· The annual Trojan Day homecoming game is slated for Saturday, Sept. 23 versus Presentation (S.D.) in the North Star conference action.

· After a pair of DSU home games during the month of September, the Trojans have two remaining home games in October.

· DSU hosts Waldorf (Iowa) on Oct. 7.  The Trojans close out the home schedule on Oct. 28 versus Dickinson State (N.D.) as part of Senior Day.


· Saint Ambrose (Iowa), receiving votes in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 national poll, rallied back to defeat Dakota State (S.D.) 27-24 in a non-conference football game on Sept. 2 in Davenport, Iowa.  It was the third all-time meeting between those two teams (SAU 2-1 all-time record).

· The Fighting Bees outgained Dakota State (S.D.) 525-307 in total offensive yards at Brady Street Stadium. 

· SAU opened up the game after a pair of field goals in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead.  Saint Ambrose added a touchdown and PAT kick in the early second quarter to extend their lead to 13-0.

· The Trojans quickly answered after SAU's touchdown.  Mason Leighton returned a kick-off of 20 yards from DSU's 5-yard line to DSU's 25-yard line.  Hagan Hines began the drive with a 51-yard rush to SAU's 24-yard line.  Jacob Giles connected to Austin Opdahl for a 24-yard touchdown pass, followed by Brywn Ractliffe's PAT kick as DSU trailed 13-7 with 9:46 on the clock in the second quarter.

· Trojan Mahcia Davis forced a fumble and was recovered by Dereck DeVries on DSU's 25-yard line.  He ran for 26 yards to SAU's 49-yard line.  Giles opened up the drive to SAU's 39-yard line, followed by a roughing the passer penalty by SAU.

· Casey Bourque made a 41-yard field goals when the first-half expired, trimming SAU's lead to 13-10.

· Dakota State earned its first lead of the game in the third quarter after a 36-yard touchdown pass from Giles to Opdahl with 10:29 in the third quarter.  Ractliffe added a PAT extra-point kick for 17-13 DSU lead.

· SAU answered back with a touchdown and regained their lead to 20-17 with 9:18 remaining.  The Trojans earned the lead for the second time in the game in the early fourth quarter.

· DSU jumped to a 24-20 lead with 6:27 remaining in the game, thanks to a 39-yard touchdown pass from Giles to Leighton (Ractliffe added PAT).

· SAU rallied back late in the fourth quarter with 2:04 left with a touchdown.  The Trojans could not make a comeback in the final possession of the game.

· Giles finished the game by going 19-of-36 with 200 passing yards and three touchdowns for DSU.  Opdahl had four catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

· Hines rushed 9 times for 77 yards for the Trojans.  Bailey Edwards led the Trojans with 13 tackles, while Ryan Dozier had 12 tackles.  Danny Jordan and Daidrick Kibbie each had an interception.


· Jacob Giles and Kaden Hight of Dakota State (S.D.) were chosen to the second edition of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Football Players-of-the-Week on Sept. 4.

· It was the second straight week that the Trojans were named to both Offensive and Special Teams Players-of-the-Week (Austin Opdahl and Brywn Ractliffe in the first edition on Aug. 28).

· Giles, 6-foot-2 and 210 lbs. senior quarterback, was selected to the conference's Offensive Player-of-the-Week.  He was 19-of-36 for 200 yards and threw three touchdown passes in the game for DSU.

· All of Giles' 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 Opdahl for a 24-yard touchdown.

· Giles threw a second touchdown pass to Opdahl, a 36-yard touchdown pass to give Trojans their first lead of the game at 17-13 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 old record holder by Justin Thielke (58 career touchdown passes from 1997-2000).

· Hight, 6-foot-3 and 155 lbs. freshman kicker/punter, recorded a total of 9 punts in the game for Dakota State on Sept. 2.  He registered a total punt yards of 376 yards, including the game's longest punt of 76 yards (season high).

· He 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 nation in punts yards per attempt with an average of 43.3 yards. 

· For the season, Hight had 10 punts for a total of 433 yards for the Trojans.


· According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Thursday, Dakota State's (S.D.) special teams are ranked in the Top 10.

· The Trojans rank first in field goal percentage (100.0 percent) and PAT kicking percentage (100.0 percent). 

· DSU's Casey Bourque ranks first in the NAIA in field goal percentage (100.0 percent).  Brywn Ractliffe also ranks first in PAT kicking percentage (100.0).

· DSU is also seventh in the punt yards per attempt (43.3 yards per punt).   Kaden Hight ranks fifth in the nation in punt yards per attempt (43.3 yards per attempt).


· Austin Opdahl leads the NAIA in scoring categories for Dakota State (S.D.).

· Opdahl ranks first in total scoring touchdowns with 36 points.  He also leads the NAIA in scoring per game with an average of 18.0 points per game.

· Opdahl is second in the nation in receptions per game with an average of 10.5 receptions per game for the Trojans.  He is also second in receiving yards per game (215.5 yards per game), all-purpose yards (431), total receptions (21) and total receiving yards (431).

· Opdahl extended his career touchdown receptions school record with 34.  He currently have six touchdown catches this season for Dakota State.


· Rushing:  Hagan Hines—33 attempts for 200 yards (6.1 yards per carry)

· Passing:  Jacob Giles—70.2 percent completion rate, 236.0 passing yards per game

· Receptions/Yards:  Austin Opdahl—21 receptions /431 yards (10.5 receptions/215.5 yards per game)

· Tackles:  Dereck DeVries, Baily Edwards—19 tackles (9.5 tackles per game)

· Tackles-for-Loss:  Curt Boeke—3.0 tackles-for-loss for 7.0 yards

· Quarterback Sacks:  Mike McAlistar, Ron Tortorello, Curt Boeke, John Trout—1.0 sack

· Interceptions:  Danny Jordan, Daidrick Kibbie—1 interception

· Fumble Recoveries:  Dereck DeVries—1 fumble recovery

· Scoring:  Austin Opdahl—36 points (6 touchdowns)


· Danny Jordan and Daidrick Kibbie each record an interception this season for Dakota State (S.D.).  Both are ranked No. 14 in the nation in total interceptions.

· Curt Boeke ranks 18th in the NAA in total tackles for loss with three for DSU.  Boeke, Mike McAlistar, Ron Torotrello, Curt Boeke and John Trout each have a quarterback sack (44th in the nation).

· The Trojans' defense had a fumble recovery and a return of 26 yards, two interceptions and two forced fumbles during the game at Saint Ambrose (Iowa) on Sept. 2.


· Saturday's game will mark the fifth meeting all-time between Dakota State (S.D.) and Briar Cliff (Iowa).  Briar Cliff is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

· The last time both teams met was on Oct. 16, 2014 in a Thursday night football game at USD DakotaDome, previously home games for the Chargers.  DSU came on top by the score of 22-17.

· In the last meeting on Oct. 16, 2014, the Trojans were trailing 17-16 in the fourth quarter.  DSU used 10 plays for 70 yards to regain their lead after Jacob Giles threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ely with 8:19 left and secured the victory.

· The first-ever meeting was held on Oct. 15, 2011 at the Trojan Field where Dakota State won by the score of 24-16. 

· The last time both teams played in Sioux City, Iowa was on Oct. 13, 2012 where DSU won by the score of 35-28.

· Dakota State owns a 3-1 record in all-time series record with Briar Cliff.  The Chargers handed the Trojans the first loss in series meeting at Trojan Field on Oct. 19, 2013 by the score of 37-31.


· According to the Weather Channel ( as of Thursday, the forecast in Sioux City, Iowa calls for sunny skies and warm temperatures.

· There is only 10 percent chance of precipitation.  

· Forecast highs will be in the upper 70's, reaching close to 80 degrees.

· The wind forecast comes from the southeast at 10 to 20 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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