DICKINSON- The Blue Hawk football team took the field at the BAC Saturday afternoon to take on NSAA opponent the Waldorf Warriors. The Warriors entered the afternoon 4-2 overall with a 2-2 conference record. The Blue Hawks began with a 5-1 record and 4-0 in NSAA play.
The Warriors began the matchup with the ball, but in their first play they promptly turned it over to the Blue Hawks, a fumble recovered by the Daniel Moreno. The Blue Hawks took advantage of the opportunity quickly. Two hand offs to Karsten Mack Jr. and the Blue Hawks scored first in the game.
The Blue Hawks first half followed suit of those first two possessions. The defense for the Blue Hawks played stout and the offense took the most of their opportunities. The first three drives for the Blue Hawks led to points for DSU, Mack's touchdown, a Hayden Gibson pass to Tyger Frye, and a field goal from Cody Johnson.
It didn't slow down for the Blue Hawks in the second quarter. Two more touchdown runs from Mack and one from Deonte Dixon gave the Blue Hawks a 38 point lead. The Blue Hawks stepped up on defense fending off several long drives from the Warriors. Waldorf was unable to find the end zone in the first half and trailed big heading into half.
In the second half, the Blue Hawks were able to cruise. DSU was able to bring in many of their reserves and give them more playing opportunity in a conference matchup. The lone touchdown in the second half came from Randy Ivey when he caught a pass from Gibson in the first possession of the half. The Blue Hawks held tough on defense and were unable to find the end zone again, finishing the Homecoming match up in a 45-0 victory.
The Blue Hawks forced five turnovers from the Warriors. Two interceptions, one from Matthew VandeBossche and one from Thomas Sease, and three fumbles, recovered by VandeBossche, Moreno, and Hunter Moore. The Blue Hawk defense produced the first shutout since the Hawks beat South Dakota School of Mines in November of 2011.
On the ground the Blue Hawks were lead by Mack who ran for 112 yards on 10 carries, finding the end zone on three occasions. The aerial attack was successful for DSU as well, Gibson completed 20 passes for 268 yards finding Frye 8 times for 104 yards and a score. The defense was able to tame the potent Waldorf offense for only 286 yards.
A Look Ahead: The Blue Hawks wrapped up their three game home stand and will take to the road again. The next game on the schedule is against the University of Jamestown October 21 at 1:00. The Jimmies are currently 1-5 on the year, but will be taking on Presentation this evening. The Blue Hawks' next home game will also be their last when they take on Mayville State on November 11.