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Football - Mon, Sep. 18, 2017

September 18, 2017

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) swept the fourth edition of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association Football Players-of-the-Week honors, the conference office announced Monday.  It was the fourth straight week that the Trojans had at least two players being honored by the North Star conference.

Dakota State opened up the North Star conference season with a 48-16 dominating victory over Mayville State (N.D.) on Sept. 16 at Trojan Field.

Jacob Giles was selected to the Offensive Player-of-the-Week, while Kaden Hight was chosen to the Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.  It was the second time that Giles and Hight were honored by the North Star conference.  Curt Boeke was named to Defensive Player-of-the-Week.

Giles, 6-foot-2 and 210 lbs. quarterback, completed 22-of-35 passes for a total of 314 yards with six passing touchdowns for the Trojans.  All of his six passing touchdowns came from the first three quarters to give DSU a 42-10 commanding lead.  Giles' six touchdown passes is the second-most passing touchdowns in a DSU Football single-game record book, extending his career all-time record of 80 passing touchdowns.

Giles had touchdown passes of 21-, 9-, 48-, 17, 12- and 8-yards for Dakota State.  He threw three touchdown passes to Brendon Waldner, two to Mason Leighton and one to Trever Listman.

According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Monday, Giles ranks fifth in the nation in total passing yards with 1,320 yards.  He is also 10th in passing efficiency (175.9), 11th in passing yards per game (330.0 yards) and 12th in total offensive yards per game (343.5 yards).

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

Hight, 5-foot-9 and 155 lbs. punter, recorded three punts for a total of 146 yards in the game for DSU.  He averaged 48.7 yards per punt, while two of his punts went inside the opponent's 20-yard line.  His longest punt of the game was in the early fourth quarter where he registered a punt of 56 yards. 

While on the same play from the punt in the early fourth quarter, Riley Janke from the Trojans' punt team forced a fumble on the opponent's 15-yard line and was recovered by Jeb Sanford on the opponent 4-yard line.  The Trojans scored on the following play with a 4-yard touchdown run by Jared Richardson.

Hight currently ranks third in the NAIA in punt yards per attempt with an average of 44.5 yards.

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

Boeke, 6-foot-5 and 250 lbs. defensive lineman, tallied nine tackles (4 solo, 5 assists) in the game for the Trojans.  He also had 1.5 quarterback sacks for a total loss of 16 yards.  Boeke registered 2.5 tackles-for-loss of 29.0 yards.  He had a forced fumble during one of his quarterback sacks.

Boeke ranks second in the nation in total tackles for loss (8.0) and eighth in total sacks (3.5) for DSU.  He averages 2.0 tackles-for-loss per game, which is 11th-most in the NAIA.

Curt is the son of Neal Boeke and Kim Thomas of Clear Lake, S.D.  He is a junior Business Management major at Dakota State University.

Dakota State (3-1 overall record, 1-0 North Star conference record) remains home this Saturday.  The Trojans host Presentation (S.D.) in the North Star conference action.  The annual Trojan Day homecoming game is set to kick off at 4 p.m. at Trojan Field.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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