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Football - Thu, Oct. 5, 2017

October 5, 2017



· Dakota State (S.D.) (4-2 overall record, 2-1 North Star record) returns home Saturday evening in a key Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association football contest at Trojan Field.

· The Trojans host Waldorf (Iowa) (3-2 overall record, 2-1 North Star conference record) in their seventh-meeting all-time.  Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. as part of Manufacturing Night.

· Dakota State and Waldorf are both tied for second-place in the North Star conference standings, one game behind the conference's leader No. 21-ranked Dickinson State (N.D.).


· Dakota State 9S.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 also 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.


· Dakota State (S.D.) have five games remaining on their 2017 schedule, including two games at the Trojan Field and three games away from the Trojan Field.

· After Saturday's game versus Waldorf (Iowa) in Madison, S.D., the Trojans take a week off before returning back to action on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Valley City State (N.D.).

· DSU plays their final home game of the 2017 season on Saturday, Oct. 28 against nationally-ranked Dickinson State (N.D.).  Seniors will be honored prior to the game.  Kick-off is set for 12 noon at Trojan Field.

· Dakota State plays their final two regular-season games on the road, visiting Mayville State (N.D.) on Nov. 4 and Presentation (S.D.) on Nov. 11.  It will be the second North Star conference meeting this season for the final two regular-season games.


· Dakota State (S.D.) and Jamestown (N.D.) faced windy conditions on Sept. 30 at Rollie Green Field in Jamestown. 

· The Trojans rallied back from a 14-7 deficit in the fourth quarter and knotted the game at 14-14 and forced into overtime, where DSU went on to win in a 20-14 thriller.

· UJ took advantage of DSU's turnover in the late first quarter and used 5 plays for 31 yards for the first points of the game at 7-0 with 46 seconds left on the clock.

· DSU got on board in the second quarter.  Facing fourth-and-goal situation on UJ's 3-yard line, Jacob Giles rushed for a 3-yard touchdown.  Ractliffe followed up with a successful PAT extra-point kick to tie the game at 7-7 with 6:03 to go before halftime.

· The game was tied at 7-7 by halftime.

· Jamestown kicked off the third quarter with 14 plays for 74 yards in 7:04 to regain their lead at 14-7.

· The Jimmies controlled the third quarter, retaining the ball for 13 minutes, 29 seconds.  Dakota State only had a time possession of 1 minute, 31 seconds.

· With Dakota State starting their drive on their own 29-yard line with 6:11 to go, Giles opened up with a 30-yard pass to Austin Opdahl to UJ's 41-yard line.

· The Trojans produced another first down, thanks to an 11-yard rush by Hagan Hines from UJ's 26-yard line to UJ's 15-yard line.  Hines followed up with a 9-yard rush to UJ's 6-yard line.

· Facing 3rd-and-1 situation, Hines rushed for a 6-yard touchdown with 3:13 left.  Ractliffe added the PAT extra-point to knot the game at 14-14.

· Jamestown had the first possession in overtime and failed to score, thanks to a 40-yard field goal attempt blocked by DSU's Curt Boeke.

· Then it was DSU's turn.  Giles kicked off with a 13-yard pass to Mason Leighton to UJ's 12-yard line.  Hines followed up with a 12-yard game-winning touchdown run.

· Hines finished the game with 15 rushes for 139 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans.  Brodie Frederiksen added 12 rushes for 50 yards.

· Giles had 83 passing yards for DSU.  Opdahl had two catches for 34 yards.  Leighton recorded two receptions for 32 yards.

· Baily Edwards led the Trojans' defense with 12 tackles and John Trout with 10 tackles.  Boeke had nine tackles and a blocked field goal.


· Kaden Hight of Dakota State (S.D.) was recognized by the North Star conference for the third time this season as its Special Teams Player-of-the-Week, the sixth edition of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association Football Player-of-the-Week was announced Monday by the conference office.

· Hight—5-foot-9 and 155 lbs. punter—continued his impressive punting in DSU's 20-14 overtime thriller at Jamestown (N.D.) on Sept. 30. 

· He recorded five punts for a total of 229 yards, an average of 45.8 yards per punt for Dakota State.

· Two of his punts wen inside the opponent's 20-yard line.  His other two punts also went for a touchback.  He had a long punt of 56 yards in the game for the Trojans.

· Hight ranks third in the NAIA in punt yards per attempt with an average of 44.4 yards for DSU.  He recorded 23 punts for a total of 1,021 yards.

· Seven of his punts went inside the opponents' 20-yard line for Dakota State.  He registered a season-long punt of 76 yards at Saint Ambrose (Iowa) on Sept. 2.


· No. 21-ranked Dickinson State (N.D.) maintained their sole possession for first-place in the North Star conference standings with a 3-0 record.

· Dakota State (S.D.) and Waldorf (Iowa) are both 2-1 record in the conference standings, tying for second-place.  Both teams are one game behind the conference leader Blue Hawks.

· Presentation (S.D.), Valley City State (N.D.) and Jamestown (N.D.) are in a three-way tie for third-place with 1-2 record.

· Mayville State (N.D.) is seventh in the standings, winless in the North Star conference play.

· Each North Star member plays a total of eight conference games in 2017.  Each team also will have two meetings against a pair of North Star conference members (DSU played MSU and PC earlier this season and will play again for the second time in November).


· According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Wednesday, Austin Opdahl ranks in the NAIA's Top 10 receiving category.

· He ranks third in the nation in total receiving yards with 724.  He had a career-high 333 receiving yards during Trojans' 56-39 upset victory over then-No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Aug. 24.

· Opdahl also ranks fourth in the nation in total receptions with 42.  He had a career-high 17 receptions versus DWU this season.

· He is sixth in the nation in receiving yards per game with an average of 120.7 yards for the Trojans.

· Opdahl averages 7.0 receptions per game for DSU, which is ninth most in the NAIA.

· Opdahl currently owns the school's single-game receptions (17), receiving yards (333) and career touchdown receptions (34).


· Dakota State (S.D.) leads the North Star conference overall in PAT extra-point kicks and PAT percentage.

· Brywn Ractliffe converted 29-of-30 PAT extra-point kicks for DSU, recording the NSAA's best overall PAT extra-point percentage of 96.7 percent.

· DSU also leads the NSAA overall in punting category.  Kaden Hight had 23 punts for a total of 1,021 yards, an average punt yards of 44.4 yards.  The 44.4 yards per punt ranks first in the North Star and third in the NAIA.

· The Trojans are second in the North Star overall in punt return yards per attempt, averaging 11.0 yards per return.  DSU is also third in NSAA overall for kick-off return yards average 20.0 yards.


· Curt Boeke ranks third in the NAIA in total tackles-for-loss, recording a total of 10 tackles-for-loss for Dakota State (S.D.).

· Boeke is also 30th in the nation in total quarterback sacks.  He tallied a total of 3.5 sacks through six games this season for the Trojans.

· DSU's Dereck DeVries is sixth in the nation in total interceptions with three.

· Dakota State ranks 31st in the nation in scoring defense per game, allowing an average of 25.2 points per game.  The Trojans gave up a season-low 14 points in 20-14 overtime thriller at Jamestown (N.D.) on Sept. 30.


· Rushing:  Brodie Frederiksen—94 attempts for 590 yards (6.3 yards per carry)

· Passing:  Jacob Giles—61.4 percent completion rate (132-of-215), 269.8 passing yards per game (1,619 total passing yards)

· Receptions/Yards:  Austin Opdahl—42 receptions/724 yards (7.0 receptions/120.7 yards per game)

· Tackles:  Baily Edwards/Curt Boeke—49 tackles (8.2 tackles per game)

· Tackles-for-Loss:  Curt Boeke—10.0 tackles-for-loss for 46.3 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)


· Waldorf (Iowa) and Dakota State (S.D.) will be meeting for the seventh time in the all-time series on Saturday evening.

· DSU owns a 5-1 all-time series record, including a season series sweep last season.

· The Trojans recorded its first 22 points of the game for a 22-0 lead and never looked back for a 36-14 victory over the Warriors on Sept. 17, 2016 at the Trojan Field.  That game was the 1st Annual Ag Bowl for Dakota State.

· In both teams' second meeting of the season in a span of 14 days on Oct. 1, 2016, DSU led 16-13 after the third quarter and pulled away for the victory.

· Dakota State outscored Waldorf 21-0 in the fourth quarter for a 37-13 North Star conference victory.

· The series began on Aug. 27, 2005 in Forest City, Iowa where the Trojans exploded for 16 points in the third quarter to earn a 16-2 win.

· DSU won the first three meetings with WU.  The Warriors earned its first win in the series meeting on Sept. 12, 2015.

· Dakota State is 2-0 record at the Trojan Field this season.  Waldorf is 1-2 record on the road.  WU is on their two-game road trip.


· According to the Weather Channel ( as of Wednesday, the forecast in Madison, S.D. on Saturday calls for clear skies with breezy conditions during the day.

· The sunset is scheduled for 6:57 p.m. on Saturday.  The temperatures forecast for Saturday are in the upper 60's.

· The wind forecast comes from the west-southwest at 15 to 25 miles-per-hour during the day, diminishing down to 5 to 10 miles-per-hour during the evening time.


· 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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