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Football - Thu, Sep. 28, 2017

September 28, 2017



· Dakota State (S.D.) (3-2 overall record, 1-1 North Star record) looks to bounce back in the winning column as they continue their North Star Athletic Association conference action on Saturday

· The Trojans will be playing on the road at Jamestown (N.D.) (1-4 overall record, 1-1 North Star conference record).  Kick-off from the Rollie Greeno Field is set for 1 p.m. in Jamestown, N.D. (6000 College Lane).  DSU had won the last two meetings held at Rollie Greeno Stadium.

· Saturday's game will be the last North Star conference meeting between Dakota State and Jamestown.  The Jimmies will be competing in the  Great Plains Athletic Conference, starting in the fall 2018.


· Jamestown (N.D.) will have a live video webcast of the football game on Saturday afternoon.  Go to to view the live video webcast.  UJ will also provide live stats/play-by-play via DakStats online.

· 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.


· Five teams—Dakota State (S.D.), Presentation (S.D.), Valley City State (N.D.), Waldorf (Iowa) and Jamestown (N.D.)—are currently tied for second with a record of 1-1 in the North Star Athletic Association conference football standings.

· Dickinson State (N.D.), currently ranked No. 20 in the latest NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 national poll, remains in sole possession for first-place with a 2-0 record.

· Mayville State (N.D.) is last in the North Star conference standings with a 0-2 record.

· Each team is scheduled to play a total of eight games.  There will be two games that each team will be play two North Star conference games.

· Dakota State will play Mayville State and Presentation again later this season.  The Trojans visit the Comets on Nov. 4 and wrap up the regular-season schedule on the road in Aberdeen, S.D. versus the Saints on Nov. 11.


· Dakota State (S.D.) was originally scheduled to play Presentation (S.D.) at Trojan Field on Sept. 23 for Trojan Day homecoming game, but lightning and heavy rain had prompted to postpone the game to Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Sept. 25.

· The Trojans maintained a 21-3 lead over the Saints in the second quarter on Sept. 25 at the rainy Howard Wood Field.  The Saints took advantage of Trojans' turnovers in the second half, scoring 19 straight unanswered points for a 22-21 victory.

· Presentation took the first lead of the game in the first quarter, settling in for a 25-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 7:26 on the clock.

· Dakota State scored its first points of the game in the early second quarter, where Jacob Giles rushed for a 7-yard touchdown.  Brywn Ractliffe followed up with a PAT extra-point kick to give DSU a 7-3 lead with 14:17 remaining in the first-half.

· The Trojans added another touchdown, this time an 11-yard touchdown run by Brodie Frederiksen.  Ractliffe's PAT extra-point kick was good for DSU 14-3 lead with 8:51 on the clock in the second quarter.

· DSU ballooned their lead to 21-3 after Frederiksen added a 6-yard touchdown run with 43 seconds left before halftime.  Ractliffe added a successful PAT extra-point kick.

· The Saints quickly cut DSU's lead to 21-10 with 4 seconds remaining before intermission.

· Presentation shut down Dakota State in the final 30 minutes of the game.  The Saints recorded four field goals (2 field goals in each quarter) in the second-half, outscoring the Trojans 12-0.

· Frederiksen rushed 31 times for 139 yards with two touchdowns for the Trojans.  It was his third straight game that he had rushed over 100 yards.

· Giles went 17-of-29 for at total of 216 yards and a rushing touchdown for DSU.  Austin Opdahl caught seven passes for 80 yards.  Trever Listman added four receptions for 49 yards.  Brendon Waldner had three catches for 29 yards.  Alex Babcock registered two catches for 37 yards.

· Ryan Dozier led DSU's defense with 11 tackles.  Curt Boeke added nine tackles and a fumble recovery.  Michael Cleveland and Baily Edwards each had eight tackles.

· Mike McAlistar had seven tackles, including two quarterback sacks, for the Trojans.  He recorded 4.0 tackles-for-loss of 10.7 yards.

· Cleveland and Dereck DeVries each had three broken-up passes for Dakota State.


· Jacob Giles of Dakota State (S.D.) was one of the 181 semifinalist listed on the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy, announced by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) on Sept. 27.

· The William V. Campbell Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

· Giles is a three-time North Star Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete.  He was named to Daktronics-NAIA Football Scholar-Athlete last fall for his academic success.

· Giles was also named to the North Star Athletic Association Football All-Conference First team in his junior season.  He currently owns the all-time record of 80 passing touchdowns.  He also broke the single-game record for most completions with 40 versus Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Aug. 20, as well as single-game record for most touchdown passes with seven twice (most recent versus DWU).

· The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1.  The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5. 


· According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Thursday, Dakota State (S.D.) is third-best in the nation in punt yards per attempt with an average of 44.0 yards.

· The Trojans are also 24th in the NAIA in punt returns yards per attempt (11.0).  DSU is 40th in kick-off return yards per attempt with an average of 19.2 yards.

· Kaden Hight averages 44.0 yards per attempt for DSU, ranking him fifth-best in the nation.  He recorded the longest punt of the season on Sept. 2 at Saint Ambrose (Iowa), recording a 76-yard punt.

· Brywn Ractliffe converted 27-of-28 PAT extra-point kicks for the Trojans this season.  He is 16th in the nation in total scoring in kicking category.  He is also 30th in the nation in PAT extra-point percentage of 96.4 percent.

· Brendon Waldner ranks 16th in the NAIA in kick-off return yards per attempt with an average of 26.4 yards for Dakota State.  He registered a total of 185 kick-off return yards, which is 36th-most in the nation.

· Casey Bourque recorded a total of 33 kick-offs this season for the Trojans.  He had accumulated a total of 1,812 kick-off yards, averaging 54.9 yards per kick-off.  Five of his kick-offs were touchbacks.


· Dakota State (S.D.) leads the North Star Athletic Association overall offense categories.

· The Trojans lead the North Star with 905 rushing yards, averaging 5.2 rushes per carry (173 rushes).

· DSU also leas the NSAA overall in scoring offense with 39.6 points per game.  The Trojans racked up a total of 196 points this season, the most by any North Star conference members.

· Dakota State leads the North Star conference in passing yards per game.  The Trojans accumulated 1,565 passing yards with 21 touchdown passes.  DSU averages 313.0 passing yards per game.


· Dakota State (S.D.) have a pair of players in the top two in the tackles-for-loss categories for the North Star conference.

· Curt Boeke leads the overall North Star conference with 9.0 tackles-for-loss.  Mike McAlistar is also second in the NSAA conference with 6.5 tackles-for-loss.

· Dereck DeVries is third in the nation in total interceptions for Dakota State.  He had three interceptions this season, including two interceptions in a 49-33 road victory at Briar Cliff (Iowa).

· The Trojans are 41st in the NAIA in scoring defense  per game, allowing an average of 27.4 points per game.


· Rushing:  Brodie Frederiksen—62 attempts for 540 yards (6.6 yards per carry)

· Passing:  Jacob Giles—65.3 percent completion rate (124-of-190), 307.2 passing yards per game (1,536 total passing yards)

· Receptions/Yards:  Austin Opdahl—40 receptions/690 yards (8.0 receptions/138.0 yards per game)

· Tackles:  Ryan Dozier—42 tackles (8.4 tackles per game)

· Tackles-for-Loss:  Curt Boeke—9.0 tackles-for-loss for 45.3 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:  Curt Boeke—2 fumble recoveries

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


· Saturday's game between Dakota State (S.D.) and Jamestown (N.D.) will be the 28th meeting all-time.

· The Jimmies currently own the all-time series record of 19-8.  The Trojans had won four times in the last five meetings with the Jimmies.

· Dakota State won their second straight meeting with Jamestown on Sept. 24, 2016 in the an hour lightning delay Trojan Day Homecoming football game.

· The Trojans jumped to a 13-0 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Jimmies by the score of 36-17. 

· DSU had won the last two meetings at Rollie Greeno Field, including 38-13 victory on Sept. 19, 2015 and 31-28 win on Oct. 12, 2013.

· The series began in 1982 where Jamestown had won the first six meetings.  The Trojans noticed their first victory over the Jimmies in 1994, where DSU shut down UJ by the score of 37-0.

· There was only one meeting in the all-time series between the Trojans and the Jimmies that went into double overtime.  Dakota State won the thriller by the score of 35-34 at Trojan Field in 2012.


· According to the Weather Channel ( as of Thursday, the forecast in Jamestown, N.D. on Saturday calls for partly cloudy skies during the morning followed by cloudy and windy conditions in the afternoon.

· There is a slight chance of a rain shower (20 percent).

· The temperatures forecast on Saturday are expected to be in the upper 60's.

· The wind forecast comes from the south-southeast at 15 to 25 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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