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Football - Wed, Sep. 20, 2017

September 20, 2017



· Dakota State (S.D.) (3-1 overall record, 1-0 North Star record) concludes their two-game home stand at Trojan Field Saturday afternoon.

· The Trojans continue their North Star conference action versus Presentation (S.D.) (1-2 overall record, 0-1 North Star record).  The annual Trojan Day homecoming football game is set to kick off at 4 p.m.  There will be a tailgate area on the east side of the Trojan Field parking lot.

· Both teams will be playing in the second North Star meeting later this season on Nov. 11 at Swisher Field in Aberdeen, S.D. (in both teams' regular-season finale).

· Orthopedic Institute Appreciation Night will be held on Saturday afternoon.


· Dakota State (S.D.) will have a live video webcast of the football game on Saturday afternoon.  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 Saturday afternoon.  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.) had won the last two annual Trojan Day Homecoming football games at the Trojan Field.

· The Trojans defeated Jamestown (N.D.) last season in a lightning delayed game.  The game was pushed one hour later due to lightning as DSU rolled to a 36-17 victory over the Jimmies.

· Dakota State used a fast start with a 13-3 lead after the first quarter over Jamestown.  The Trojans outscored the Jimmies 23-8 in the final 30 minutes of the game.

· The Trojans roared past Trinity Bible (N.D.) two years ago in the Trojan Day homecoming football game.  DSU won by the score of 60-6.

· Saturday's football game is also the feature of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association Football Game-of-the-Week on


· Dakota State (S.D.) opened up the North Star Athletic Association conference season on Sept. 16 at Trojan Field versus Mayville State (N.D.).

· The Trojans jumped to a 14-0 lead and never looked back, rolling to a 48-16 victory over the Comets.

· It was the second straight victory for the Trojans and their fourth win in the last five games dating back to last year's regular-season finale at Presentation (S.D.).

· Dakota State had a 21-10 halftime advantage over Mayville State.

· The Trojans shut down the Comets 21-0 in the third quarter.  DSU also outscored MSU 27-6 in the final 30 minutes of the game.

· Jacob Giles completed 22 passes in 35 attempts for a total of 314 yards for Dakota State.  He had threw six touchdown passes in the first three quarters.  Jared Richardson added 5-of-8 for 29 yards with a rushing touchdown.

· Eight different players recorded at least a reception in the game for the Trojans.  Brendon Waldner had seven catches for a game-high 106 yards with three touchdowns.

· Austin Opdahl added five catches for 75 yards for DSU.  Listman also caught five receptions for 75 yards with a touchdown.  Mason Leighton recorded four catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns.

· Mitchell Galloway had three catches for 25 yards for the Trojans.  Daulton Mercer, Conner Tell and Alex Babock each had a catch.

· Brodie Frederiksen ran 16 times for a total of 132 yards for DSU.  Mercer added six rushes for 25 yards.

· Danny Jordan led the Trojans' defense with 10 tackles.  Curt Boeke added nine tackles, 1.5 quarterback sacks and a forced fumble.  Ryan Dozier also recorded a quarterback sack with a loss of 13 yards.

· Kaden Hight recorded three punts for a total of 146 yards, averaging 48.7 yards per punt for Dakota State.  Two of his three punts went inside the 20-yard line, including a 56-yard punt in the early fourth quarter.

· Brywn Ractliffe converted 6-of-7 PAT extra-point kicks for DSU.

· DSU outgained MSU 513-337 in total offensive yards.  The Trojans had 343 passing yards while the Comets registered 183 passing yards.  DSU rushed 30 times for 170 yards compared to the Comets' 32 rushes for 154 yards.


· Dakota State (S.D.) swept the fourth edition of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association Football Players-of-the-Week honors.

· It was the fourth consecutive week that the Trojans had at least two players being honored by the North Star conference.

· Jacob Giles was selected to the conference's Offensive Player-of-the-Week for the second time this season for DSU.

· Giles, 6-foot-2 and 210 lbs. quarterback, completed 22-of-35 passes for a total of 314 yards with six passing touchdowns for Dakota State.  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 the DSU Football single-game record book, extending his career all-time record of 80 passing touchdowns.

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

· Kaden Hight was honored as the conference's Special Teams Player-of-the-Week for the second time this year for DSU.

· Hight, 5-foot-9 and 155 lbs. punter, recorded three punts for a total of 146 yards in the game for the Trojans.

· 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 56-yard punt in the early fourth quarter, DSU's Riley Janke forced a fumble on the MSU's 15-yard line and was recovered by Jeb Sanford on the MSU's 4-yard line. 

· The Trojans eventually went on to score on the following play, thanks to a 4-yard touchdown run by Jared Richardson.

· Curt Boeke was chosen as the conference's Defensive Player-of-the-Week for the first time this season for Dakota State.

· Boeke, 6-foot-5 and 250 lbs. defensive lineman, tallied nine tackles (4 solo, 5 assists) in the game.  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 also had a forced fumble during one of his quarterback sacks for the Trojans.


· Jacob Giles had accumulated an impressive 6,923 passing yards during his career at Dakota State (S.D.).  Justin Thielke holds the all-time school record of 7,617 passing yards from 1997-2000.

· Giles had threw 21 touchdown passes this season, which is currently tied for the second-most touchdown passes in a single-season record book with Terry Kasperbauer in 1976.  Giles owns the DSU single-season record of 28 passing touchdowns last season.

· Giles owns the DSU career touchdown passes of 80, which is 22 more touchdown passes than the previous record holder by Thielke with 58 touchdown passes.

· Austin Opdahl records an astounding 2,691 career receiving yards at DSU.  Former NAIA All-American Tommy Hofer holds the current school record of 3,456 receiving yards from 2002-05.

· Opdahl holds the DSU all-time school record of 34 career touchdown passes, which was previously set by Hofer and Zach Ely (2011-14) with 26 career touchdown receptions.

· Opdahl already set a new DSU school record for most receiving yards in a single game with 333 yards in Trojans' 56-39 victory over Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Aug. 24 at Trojan Field.  Mark Maples held the old record mark of 231 receiving yards versus Mayville State (N.D.) in 2001.


· Rushing:  Brodie Frederiksen—51 attempts for 401 yards (7.9 yards per carry)

· Passing:  Jacob Giles—66.5 percent completion rate (107-of-161), 330.0 passing yards per game (1,320 total passing yards)

· Receptions/Yards:  Austin Opdahl—33 receptions/610 yards (8.3 receptions/152.5 yards per game)

· Tackles:  Danny Jordan—34 tackles (8.5 tackles per game)

· Tackles-for-Loss:  Curt Boeke—8.0 tackles-for-loss for 44.5 yards

· Quarterback Sacks:  Curt Boeke—3.5 sacks (for loss of 26.0 yards)

· Interceptions:  Dereck DeVries—3 interceptions (68 total yards after interception)

· Fumble Recoveries:  Dereck DeVries, Hunter Smith, Danny Jordan, Curt Boeke, Jared Richardson—1 fumble recovery

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


· Saturday's game will mark the fifth all-time meeting between Presentation (S.D.) and Dakota State (S.D.) since joining the North Star Athletic Association conference in 2013.

· The Trojans hold a 3-1 all-time series record with the Saints, including the most recent victory in both teams' regular-season finale on Nov. 5, 2016.

· DSU led wire-to-wire in the last meeting, registering a 24-10 victory over PC at the Swisher Field.  Dakota State led 17-3 at halftime and 24-3 after three quarters.  The Trojans outgained the Saints 348-284 in total offensive yards. 

· The series began in 2013 where Dakota State won the first meeting at Swisher Field in Aberdeen, S.D.  Trailing 28-21 at halftime, DSU shut down PC 14-0 in the final 30 minutes of the game for a 35-28 victory.

· Dakota State is 2-0 record at home, while Presentation is 1-1 record on the road this season.

· Both teams will be meeting for the second time later this season.  Presentation will host Dakota State in both teams' regular-season finale on Nov. 11 at Swisher Field in Aberdeen, S.D.


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

· There is 100 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms.

· The temperatures forecast on Saturday are expected to be in the 60's, while the overnight lows will be in the 50's.

· The wind forecast comes from the north 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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