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Football - Sun, Oct. 8, 2017

October 7, 2017

Photos credits by Nathan Meyer and Lori Waldner

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) grabbed a 14-0 early lead and never looked back, scoring a season-high 59 points in 59-20 victory over Waldorf (Iowa) Saturday evening in a key Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association Football conference game at the Trojan Field.  The Trojans extended their winning streak to two games and recorded their fourth win in the last five games.  DSU also remained undefeated at home with a 3-0 record.

Dakota State, receiving votes in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 national poll, raised their overall record to 5-2 and maintain a sole possession for second-place in the NSAA conference standings with a 3-1 record.  The Trojans are one game behind the conference's leader No. 21-ranked Dickinson State (N.D.), who is 4-0 NSAA record after a 35-20 home victory over Valley City State (N.D.) Saturday.

Waldorf fell to 4-3 overall record.  The Warriors are in a two-way tie for third place with Presentation (S.D.) with a 2-2 conference record.

Dakota State won third third straight meeting with Waldorf.  The Trojans are 6-1 all-time record versus the Warriors.


Dakota State received the ball first in the game and marched down the field for the first score of the game.  Jacob Giles connected to Mitchell Galloway for a 2-yard touchdown pass to give DSU the first lead of the game with 8 minutes, 56 seconds on the clock in the first quarter.  Brywn Ractliffe hit a successful PAT kick to give DSU a 7-0 lead. 

The Trojans used 11 plays for 70 yards in 6:04 in the first scoring drive of the game.

Waldorf was forced to punt on their first drive of the game.

Dakota State extended their lead to 14-0 on the ensuing possession, thanks to a 38-yard touchdown pass from Giles to Mason Leighton.  Ractliffe also added the PAT extra-point kick for the Trojans with 3:46 on the clock.


The Warriors got on the scoreboard in the early second quarter.  Hilton Joseph rushed for a 7-yard touchdown, followed by PAT extra-point kick by Lavelle Cook as WU trimmed DSU's lead to 14-7 with 11:51 on the clock.  Waldorf recorded 10 plays for 76 yards in 3:44 in their scoring drive.

Facing third-and-one situation on DSU's 44-yard line, Giles threw a 55-yard pass to Leighton to WU's 1-yard line.  Giles threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Brendon Waldner as the Trojans ballooned their lead to 20-7 with 9:13 left in the second quarter.  Ractliffe made it 21-7 in favor of DSU after a successful PAT extra-point kick.

Waldorf started their next drive on WU's 33 yard-line and opened up with a 32-yard pass from Joseph to Samuel Huntley.  The Warriors moved the ball to DSU's 9-yard line, but the Trojans' defense team made a stop where WU turned the ball on downs with 6:40 to go in the second quarter.

Dakota State answered on the ensuing drive, thanks to three plays of 20-plus yards (including a pair of 20-plus passing yards from Giles to Waldner).  Giles connected to Leighton for the second time in the game, recording a 24-yard touchdown pass with 3:39 to go before intermission.  Ractliffe hit the PAT extra-point kick as DSU widen their lead to 28-7.  The Trojans registered 7 plays for 91 yards in 3:01 in the scoring drive.

Waldorf closed the first half with a touchdown with no time remaining.  Huntley rushed for a 1-yard touchdown, followed by Cook's PAT extra-point kick as WU trimmed DSU's lead to 28-14 by halftime.  The Warriors closed the second quarter with 10 plays for 75 yards for their scoring drive.


Waldorf was forced to punt on the opening drive of the third quarter.  Adam Rademacher wasn't able to punt after a bad snap, where Austin Opdahl recorded tackle on WU's 35-yard line with 11:11 on the clock.

Dakota State only needed 43 seconds as they added another touchdown on the ensuing possession.  Brodie Frederiksen rushed for a 24-yard touchdown, followed by Ractliffe's PAT extra-point kick as DSU's lead grew to 35-14 with 10:28 remaining in the third quarter.

The Warriors committed a turnover on their next drive, thanks to an interception by DSU's Michael Cleveland.  Cleveland intercepted Joseph's pass on WU's 49-yard line and returned it for 18 yards to WU's 31-yard line with less than nine minutes on the clock.

Giles opened the drive after the interception with a 10-yard pass to Alex Babcock, followed by a 21-yard rushing touchdown by Frederiksen with 8:11 on the clock.  Ractliffe's PAT extra-point kick was good as Dakota State widen their lead to 42-14.

WU's Joseph committed his second interception of the third quarter.  DSU's Marcus Vanden Bosch intercepted Joseph's pass on WU's 42-yard line and returned it for 22 yards to WU's 20-yard line with 6:53 remaining in the third quarter.  The Trojans were unable to convert their scoring opportunity as they turned the ball on downs on WU's 11-yard line with 6:02 left in the third quarter.

Waldorf broke their scoring drought with 14 plays for 89 yards in 5:29.  Joseph recorded a 10-yard touchdown pass to Benjamin Mau with 33 seconds remaining in the third.  Cook's PAT extra-point kick was no good.


Dakota State expanded their lead to 49-20 with 13:32 remaining in the game as Giles threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Opdahl.  Ractliffe made a successful PAT extra-point kick for the Trojans.  A 28-yard pass from Giles to Babcock and 18-yard rush by Frederiksen highlighted in the scoring drive for DSU.

DSU's Mike McAlistar recovered the ball on WU's 38-yard line after WU's Joseph was sacked and fumbled with 13:15 on the clock.

Ractliffe hit a 31-yard field goal as the Trojans' lead grew to 52-20 with 10:07 remaining in the game.

Jeb Sanford rushed for a 5-yard touchdown, followed by Ractliffe's PAT extra-point to give DSU a 59-20 lead with 2:41 remaining.

The Trojans shut down the Warriors 17-0 in the fourth quarter.


Giles was 18-of-25 for 283 yards and threw five touchdown passes in the game for the Trojans.  He extended the DSU school record with 85 career touchdown passes, including 26 touchdown passes this season.  Giles also rushed two times for 14 yards.  Jared Richardson added 4-of-7 for 69 yards.

Leighton had four receptions for a season-high 120 yards with two touchdowns for Dakota State.  Waldner added five catches for 90 yards with a touchdown.  Galloway also had five receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown.  Babcock recorded three receptions for 41 yards.  Opdahl had three catches for 17 yards and a touchdown.  Daulton Mercer had a catch for 36 yards.

Frederiksen rushed 19 times for 170 yards with two rushing touchdowns for DSU.  Waldner added a rush for 18 yards.  Sanford had a rushing touchdown.

Ractliffe was perfect 8-of-8 on his PAT extra-point kicks for the Trojans.  It was the second time this season that he had made eight PAT extra-point kicks, tying the DSU school record for most PAT extra-point kicks in a game.  He also added a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Danny Jordan led DSU's defense with nine tackles.  Curt Boeke added eight tackles.  Darby Neal and Hunter Smith each tallied seven tackles.  Neal and Montana Jackson each had a quarterback sack.  McAlistar recorded two fumble recoveries.  Neal and McAlistar each recorded a forced fumble.

Michael Cleveland and Marcus Vanden Bosch each had an interception for Dakota State.  Cleveland returned an interception for 18 yards, while Vanden Bosch returned an interception for 22 yards. 

As a team, Dakota State registered a total of 8.0 tackles-for-loss of 55.0 yards in the game.

Joseph was 24-of-41 for 213 passing yards with a touchdown and recorded two interceptions for Waldorf.  Huntley had six catches for 78 yards and a recorded a rushing touchdown.  Mau had five catches for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Jordin Roberts recorded 16 rushing attempts for 73 yards for the Warriors.  Joseph added 10 rushes for 65 yards and a touchdown.  Alex Pierre had four rushes for 45 yards. 

Derris Key tallied seven tackles for WU.  Connor Curran added six tackles.  James Bell III had five tackles. 


Dakota State racked up a total of 564 offensive yards in 64 plays (8.8 yards average per offense play).  Waldorf recorded 83 offensive plays for a total of 392 yards.

DSU registered 352 passing yards and 212 rushing yards.  WU had 239 passing yards and 153 rushing yards.

The Warriors recorded 26 first-downs compared to the Trojans 23 first-downs.  DSU was 7-of-11 on third-down situations, while WU was 9-of-15 third-downs.

Waldorf had the ball possession of 31 minutes, 59 seconds.  Dakota State had the ball for 28 minutes, 1 second. 


Dakota State will take a week off before returning back to action on Saturday, Oct. 21.  The Trojans visit Valley City State (N.D.) in the North Star conference action.  Kick-off is set for 4 p.m. at Lokken Stadium in Valley City, N.D.

Waldorf stays on the road next Saturday (Oct. 14) as they visit No. 21-ranked Dickinson State (N.D.).  The game is set for 2 p.m. (Central Time)/1 p.m. (Mountain Time) at Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson, N.D.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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