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Defense on top in BHSU spring game

SPEARFISH - The Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets concluded spring football drills with a 60-play scrimmage Saturday at the Cliff Papik Practice Complex.

 

The first-team offense played against the first-team defense using a multiple scoring system for both units to score points. In the end, the defense forced two big turnovers on the final series came out on top 51-48.

Junior college transfer Josh Fundis' interception of a Dillon Sanders pass on the game's final series sealed the win for the Jacket defense.

The game consisted of live special teams, kick returns and punts. Transfer Kraig Tafoya handled both kicking and punting duties with a 38-yard punt average, and he connected on his lone PAT attempt. His lone field goal attempt was blocked by Camp Crook native Forrest Sainsbury.

Offensively, the Jackets were led by senior quarterback Erik Osborne, who connected on nine of 16 pass attempts for 123 yards. Josh Smith, a sophomore from Buffalo, Wyo., had 65 yards rushing. Spearfish native John Soriano had 45 yards on seven carries. Senior tight end Matt Minter hauled in four catches for 58 yards, and Hot Springs speedster Joe Beehler had three catches for 42 yards.

Defensively, the Yellow Jackets were led by linebackers Sainsbury and Nathan Batteen (Douglas H.S.) along with defensive linemen Andy Seamann, Talon Tucker (White River), and former Gillette Camel Wacey Coleman. Junior Tony Dill (Casper) had three tackles and two knockdowns in heading up the defensive secondary.

DAC Player of the Year, Tanner Tetrault, all-conference defensive linemen Rodney Wasche, running back James Lemke and defensive end Justin Thorpe sat out the scrimmage nursing minor injuries. Each are expected to be fullback at full strength for the fall season when the Yellow Jackets travel to Carroll, Mont., to tangle with Carroll College on Sept. 1.

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