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Football - Thu, Sep. 14, 2017

September 14, 2017



· Dakota State (S.D.) (2-1 overall record, 0-0 North Star record) returns home after a two-game road trip Saturday evening.

· The Trojans open up their North Star Athletic Association conference season with two games at home, starting this Saturday versus Mayville State (N.D.) (0-2 overall record, 0-0 NSAA record).  Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. at Trojan Field.

· Both teams will be playing in the second North Star meeting later this season on Nov. 4 in Mayville State (N.D.). 

· There will be tailgate area on the east side of the Trojan Football's parking lot.

· Rosebud Appreciation Night will be held on Saturday evening.  Parents Night for the Trojan Football and cross country teams will also be held.


· Dakota State (S.D.) will have a live video webcast of the football game on Saturday evening.  Go to to view the live video webcast.  There will be a live stats.

· 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.) is 2-2 record in North Star Athletic Association football season opener, including a 28-20 victory over Mayville State (N.D.) at Trojan Field on Aug. 30, 2014.

· The Trojans defeated Jamestown (N.D.) 36-17 in the North Star conference opener last season during DSU's homecoming game on Sept. 24, 2016.


· Dakota State (S.D.) finished their non-conference schedule with a 2-1 record.

· The Trojans were 2-0 record against members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, including a 56-39 victory against then-No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) and Briar Cliff (Iowa).

· DSU fell short to St. Ambrose (Iowa) on Sept. 2.  SAU is currently ranked No. 23 in the poll.


· Dakota State (S.D.) racked up over 600 offensive yards for the second time this season, pulling away past Briar Cliff (Iowa) 49-33 on Sept. 9 at Memorial Stadium in Sioux City, Iowa.

· After a scoreless first quarter, the Trojans earned a 21-14 halftime lead.  DSU's first score came in the early second quarter where BCU's punt was blocked by Trojan Brock Reinhiller and was recovered by Austin Opdahl for a 7-yard touchdown return with 9:36 on the clock.

· DSU prevented the Chargers from scoring where Dereck DeVries intercepted BCU's pass in the end zone and returned it for 68 yards with no time left in the first-half.

· Jacob Giles threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brendon Waldner with 12:12 to go in the third quarter, thanks to a 66-yard rush by Brodie Frederiksen during DSU's scoring drive to widen their lead to 28-14.

· After Briar Cliff trimmed Dakota State's lead to 28-21, the Trojans answered back with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Giles to Trever Listman for a 35-21 lead by the end of the third quarter.

· Dakota State's lead ballooned to 49-27 late in the fourth quarter and secured the victory.

· DSU's Giles finished the game by going 26-of-42 for 354 passing yards with five touchdown passes.  He extended his DSU career record of 74 touchdown passes.

· Frederiksen rushed 17 times for a season-high 190 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans.  He also had three receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown.

· Opdahl caught seven passes for a total of 104 yards for Dakota State.  Listman added six catches for 73 yards and a touchdown.  Waldner had four receptions for 45 yards and two touchdowns.

· Brywn Ractliffe was perfect 7-for-7 on PAT extra-point kicks for the Trojans.  Kaden Hight recorded three punts for a total of 133 yards (44.3 yards per punt).

· Ryan Dozier led the Trojans' defense with 12 tackles and half quarterback sack.  Curt Boeke and Levar Colbert each added nine tackles.  Colbert had 1.5 sacks, while Boeke had a quarterback sack.

· DeVries tallied eight tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble for Dakota State.  Boeke and Hunter Smith each had a fumble recovery.

· DSU had 628 offensive yards compared to Briar Cliff 498 offensive yards.  The Trojans rushed a season-high 274 yards.


· Dakota State (S.D.) had two athletes being honored by the North Star Athletic Association for the third straight week.

· Dereck DeVries was honored as the Defensive Player-of-the-Week, while Brywn Ractliffe was chosen to Special Teams Player-of-the-Week for Dakota State.

· DeVries, 6-foot-2 and 205 lbs. defensive back, tallied eight tackles (4 solo, 4 tackles) as well as two interceptions in DSU's 49-33 victory at Briar Cliff (Iowa).

· He had an interception in the first quarter for DSU.  His second interception of the game came in the BCU's end zone and returned it for 68 yards with no time left in the first-half.  DeVries also forced a fumble in the game.

· DeVries registered a total of 27 tackles this season for the Trojans.  He also had a fumble recovery and returned it for 26 yards.  He had seven career interceptions at DSU.

· Ractliffe, 5-foot-10 and 190 lbs. kicker, earned the conference's Special Teams Player-of-the-Week for the second time this season.

· He was perfect 7-of-7 PAT extra-point kicks in the victory.

· Ractliffe made all 18 PAT extra-point kicks this season, including tying school-record 8 PAT extra-point kicks made versus DWU on Aug. 24.


· According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Wednesday, Dakota State (S.D.) leads the nation in PAT extra-point kicking percentage (100.0 percent).

· The Trojans are 4th in the nation in punt returns yard per attempt with 29.0 yards.  

· Dereck DeVries is second in the nation in total interceptions with two for DSU. 

· Casey Bourque leads the NAIA in field goals percentage (100.0 percent).  Brywn Ractliffe also leads the nation in PAT extra-point kicking percentage (100.0 percent).

· Kaden Hight averages 43.5 yards per punt for the Trojans, which is the fourth-best in the NAIA.


· Dakota State (S.D.) will stay home next Saturday (Sept. 23) as they play in their annual Trojan Day Homecoming football game.

· The Trojans host Presentation (S.D.) at the Trojan Field.  Kick-off is set for 4 p.m.

· It will be the second game of the two-game home stand at the Trojan Field for Dakota State.


· Dakota State (S.D.) is sixth in the NAIA in total pass offense with 1,006 passing yards through three games this season.

· The Trojans had tallied a total of 129 points, which is 10th-best in the nation.

· DSU averages 525.7 offensive yards per game (12th in the NAIA.  The Trojans are also 17th in the NAIA in total rushing yards with 571 yards.  DSU averages 190.3 rushing yards per game (28th in the NAIA).

· Austin Opdahl leads the NAIA In total receiving yards with 535 yards.  He is second both the receiving yards per game (178.3 yards) and  total scoring with 42 points.  He is third in the NAIA In total receptions with 28.

· Jacob Giles is fourth in the nation in total passing with 1,006 yards for Dakota State.  He is also seventh in passing yards per game with 335.3 passing yards average.  He is also 8th in total offensive yards with 350.0 yards per game.

· Brodie Frederiksen is 16th in the NAIA in total rushing with 269 yards, while Hagan Hines is 21st with 257 rushing yards. 

· DSU averages 25 first-downs per game (18th-best in the NAIA).

· Dakota State had racked up over 600 total offensive  yards this season.  The Trojans had a team-record 642 offensive yards in their 56-39 home victory over No. 17-ranked Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Aug. 24.

· DSU leads the North Star conference in scoring offense (43.0 points per game), total offense and rushing offense.  The Trojans are second in passing offense.


· Rushing:  Brodie Frederiksen—35 attempts for 269 yards (7.7 yards per carry)

· Passing:  Jacob Giles—67.5 percent completion rate, 335.3 passing yards per game

· Receptions/Yards:  Austin Opdahl—28 receptions/535 yards (9.3 receptions/178.3 yards per game)

· Tackles:  Ryan Dozier—30 tackles (10.0 tackles per game)

· Tackles-for-Loss:  Curt Boeke—5.5 tackles-for-loss for 15.5 yards

· Quarterback Sacks:  Curt Boeke—2.0 sacks

· Interceptions:  Dereck DeVries—2 interceptions

· Fumble Recoveries:  Dereck DeVries, Hunter Smith—1 fumble recovery

· Scoring:  Austin Opdahl—42 points (7 touchdowns)


· Mayville State (N.D.) and Dakota State (S.D.) will be meeting for the 28th time all-time.

· The Comets hold a 14-13 all-time series over the Trojans.  MSU edged DSU 27-25 in both teams' last meeting at the Trojan Field on Oct. 29, 2016.

· DSU outgained MSU 395-372 in total offensive yards in the last meeting, but the Trojans committed three fumbles in the game.  MSU had a 21-10 lead, but the Trojans' comeback fell short after outscoring the Comets 15-6 in the final quarter.

· The series began in 1986 where Mayville State won the first nine meetings with Dakota State.  Then, the Trojans reeled off 11 straight victories over the Comets until MSU ended that streak in 2010.

· The game was decided within one– to eight-point in the last seven meetings between the Comets and the Trojans.

· The last time both teams opened up their North star conference play was on Aug. 30, 2014 at the Trojan Field.  DSU prevailed for a 28-20 victory over MSU.  After trailing 6-0 in the opening quarter, the Trojans reeled off 28 consecutive points and held on to the victory over the Comets.


· According to the Weather Channel ( as of Wednesday, the forecast in Madison, S.D. calls for cloudy skies.

· There is 20 percent chance of precipitation.  

· Temperature will forecast in the upper 70's on Friday before falling into the lower 60's on Saturday.  Overnight lows are expected to be in the upper 40's.

· The wind forecast comes from the northwest at 10 to 15 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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