This past Saturday the Yellow Jackets were in Madison, South Dakota to take on the Dakota State University Trojans.  The Trojans took the early advantage scoring on a blocked punt near the end zone.  After the score by Dakota State the game turned in favor of the Yellow Jackets as they went on to score 44 straight points to take the Missouri River Shootout trophy for the fourth consecutive year.

Defensively the Yellow Jackets held the Trojans to an impressive eight total yards which was a school record.  The previous record was set in 1969 when the Yellow Jackets took on Huron College and held them to only 44 yards of total offense.  “Our defense had a terrific game plan and adapted well.  Going into the game Dakota State was an option oriented offense.  Early in the game we noticed that they were no longer an option team,” said Head Coach Jay Long.  The second record on the afternoon that was broken was total rushing yards allowed by the Yellow Jackets. BHSU held Dakota State to -29 yards rushing which broke the previous record set by the 1977 team against Dakota Wesleyan only allowing seven yards.  Junior defensive end Wacey Coleman from Rozet, Wyoming led the way with three tackles for loss, one sack, and a forced fumble.  “Defensively we have played at a high level the past three games,” added Coach Long.

The Yellow Jackets offensively got off to a slow start Saturday but picked up momentum after the second series.  Freshman running back Cole Benne from Rapid City, South Dakota rushed 20 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns.  Junior quarterback Drew Hodgs from Douglas, Wyoming connected 17 times for 220 yards and three touchdowns.  On the receiving end of Hodgs passes was freshman wide receiver Daniel Hancock from Douglas, Wyoming who caught 10 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.  Hancock has over 200 yards and five touchdowns in the past two games.  “Offensively I was disappointed in how we started the game.  However, I was pleased in the way we finished the game,” stated Coach Long.

The 3-1 Yellow Jackets will travel again this weekend to Valley City, North Dakota to take on the 0-4 Valley City State University Vikings.  Game time is set for 1:30 PM CST in Valley City.  If you are unable to attend the game you can view it live through pay per view on the Valley City State Athletic website or you can listen live to the game on KDSJ 980 Radio.



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