Dylan Skabo Named NSAA Special Teams Player of the Week

Dylan Skabo Named NSAA Special Teams Player of the Week

MADISON, S.D. – The ninth edition of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Football Players-of-the-Week was announced by the conference office Monday.  Colby Lum of Valley City State (N.D.) was selected as Offensive Player-of-the-Week.  Caleb Ellingson of Jamestown (N.D.) was chosen as Defensive Player-of-the-Week.  Dylan Skabo of Dickinson State (N.D.) was named as Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.

NSAA Football Offensive Player of the Week
Colby Lum – Valley City State (N.D.) – 5'9" – 180 lbs., Senior – wide receiver – Mililani, Hawaii – Lum set the tone early in Valley City State's (N.D.) 28-7 victory over Presentation (S.D.).  He caught four passes for a total of 125 yards with a touchdown.  Lum caught a 63-yard touchdown on just the second play of the game. 

NSAA Football Defensive Player of the Week
Caleb Ellingson – Jamestown (N.D.) – 5'10" – 200 lbs., Sophomore – linebacker – Jamestown, N.D. – Ellingson had a career-high 14 tackles (7 solo) in Jamestown's (N.D.) 20-13 victory over Mayville State (N.D.).  He tallied three tackles-for-loss of 10 yards, including a quarterback sack.  Ellingson also forced a fumble and made a fumble recovery.  He leads the team with 81 tackles, an average of 10.1 tackles per game.    

NSAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Dylan Skabo – Dickinson State (N.D.) – 5'10" – 160 lbs., Junior – wide receiver – Dickinson, N.D. – Skabo returned one kick-off for 18 yards and three punt returns for a total of eight yards in No. 12-ranked Dickinson State's (N.D.) 31-12 victory over No. 23-ranked Dakota State (S.D.).  He also recorded a tackle on a punt and downed a punt inside the Trojans' 10-yard line. 

Recap from Saturday's games
No. 23 Dakota State (S.D.) earned a 6-3 halftime lead over No. 12 Dickinson State (N.D.) in the Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association Football Game of the Week.  The Blue Hawks went on to score 28 unanswered points in the third quarter to prevail for a 31-12 victory over the Trojans, clinching at least a share of the NSAA Football conference title.  Dakota State committed six turnovers in the game, while Dickinson State outgained the Trojans just by five yards (291-286).  The Trojans recorded 22 first-downs compared to the Blue Hawks' 16 first-downs in the game.  Dickinson State won their seventh straight game to raise their overall record to 7-1 and 5-0 record in NSAA.  Dakota State fell to 5-3 overall record and 2-2 NSAA.

Valley City State (N.D.) opened up with a 21-0 halftime lead and extended their lead to 28-0 after three quarters versus Presentation (S.D.).  The Vikings never looked back as they won their third straight game with a 28-7 victory over the Saints.  PC committed three turnovers in the game while VCSU did not commit a turnover.  The Saints outgained the Vikings 290-281 in total offensive yards.  Valley City State is 5-3 overall record and 4-1 NSAA record.  Presentation dropped to 5-2 overall record and 1-2 NSAA.

Jamestown (N.D.) rallied back in the fourth quarter for their first NSAA conference win of the season over Mayville State (N.D.).  The Jimmies opened up with a 9-0 lead in the first quarter before the Comets trimmed UJ's lead to 9-7 by halftime.  MSU then overtook the lead for the first time in the game at 13-9 in the third quarter.  Jamestown closed the gap at 13-12 after making a field goal near the end of the third quarter before making a comeback in the fourth quarter.  The Jimmies scored a touchdown in the final quarter and held off the Comets' scoring chances as UJ intercepted MSU's pass on UJ's 12-yard line with three seconds remaining for a 20-13 victory.  Jamestown outgained Mayville State 314-228 in total offensive yards.  The Comets suffered five turnovers in the game while the Jimmies did not commit a turnover.  UJ is 2-6 overall record and 1-3 record in NSAA, while MSU is 3-4 overall record and 1-2 record in the North Star conference games.

Waldorf (Iowa) was idle last week.  The Warriors are 1-7 overall record and 0-4 record in the North Star.

Looking Ahead
Three North Star Athletic Association football conference games are on schedule for Saturday.  Jamestown (N.D.) hosts Valley City State (N.D.) in their Paint Bucket game in Jamestown, N.D.  Dakota State (S.D.) returns home as they host Mayville State (N.D.) in Madison, S.D.  Presentation (S.D.) welcomes Waldorf (Iowa) in the North Star battle in Aberdeen, S.D.

Dickinson State (N.D.) steps aside their NSAA conference play, visiting NCAA Division II Black Hills State (S.D.) on Saturday.

            Saturday's Games
            Valley City State (N.D.) @ Jamestown (N.D.) – 1 p.m.
            Waldorf (Iowa) @ Presentation (S.D.) – 1 p.m.
            Mayville State (N.D.) @ (23) Dakota State (S.D.) – 1 p.m.
            (12) Dickinson State (N.D.) @ Black Hills State (S.D.) – 5 p.m. (Central Time)/4 p.m. (Mountain Time)

NSAA Football Standings






(12) Dickinson State (N.D.)




Won 7

Valley City State (N.D.)




Won 3

(23) Dakota State (S.D.)




Lost 2

Presentation (S.D.)




Lost 1

Mayville State (N.D.)




Lost 1

Jamestown (N.D.)




Won 1

Waldorf (Iowa)




Lost 6


            Oct. 22 Results
            (12) Dickinson State (N.D.) 31, (23) Dakota State (S.D.) 12 - FINAL
            Valley City State (N.D.) 28, Presentation (S.D.) 7 - FINAL
            Jamestown (N.D.) 20, 
Mayville State (N.D.) 13 – FINAL

Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director