posted on October 06, 2009 10:38
This past weekend the Yellow Jackets traveled to Valley City, North Dakota to take on DAC Conference opponent Valley City State University. The Yellow Jackets took an early lead into halftime 7-0. In the second the half BHSU again got off to a fast start increasing their lead to 23-7 entering the fourth quarter. The Vikings put together a good fourth quarter to close the gap to 23-21. On the two point conversion senior linebacker Nic Prather from Marysville, California tackled the Valley City State quarterback for a loss which sealed the game for the Yellow Jackets. “As a team we put together three good quarters of football. The fourth quarter we had to deal with some adversity and I was proud that our guys answered the challenge,” said Head Coach Jay Long. Another bright spot for the Yellow Jackets was freshman punter Levi Millikin who pinned the Vikings four times inside their 20 yard-line. His longest punt on the afternoon was of 47 yards, which earned him DAC Special Teams Player of the Week.
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This weekend the Yellow Jackets return home for their battle with Dickinson State University. Both the Yellow Jackets and Blue Hawks enter the game undefeated in league play. Over the past four years Black Hills State University and Dickinson State University have combined for the last four DAC Conference Titles with two apiece. “When playing Dickinson State we will have to be ready for a very physical game. Our guys are extremely excited to be back at home and for the challenge,” added Coach Long.
Keys to the Game Offensively:
Offensively the Yellow Jackets will look to control the line of scrimmage and be able to establish a running game. Statistically and traditionally the Blue Hawks are led by a stern defense that keys on stopping the run. The Yellow Jackets will look to freshman running back Cole Benne from Rapid City, South Dakota who has rushed for 490 yards and five touchdowns on the season.
Keys to the Game Defensively:
The Yellow Jackets number one goal this weekend will be to stop Dickinson’s running game led by senior James Macey who has 396 yards and four touchdowns on the season so far. BHSU will also look to contain junior quarterback Cody Holland who is a duel threat quarterback.
This Saturday will begin with the tailgate festivities in the Young Center Parking lot at 11 AM. The tailgate will be headlined by Brandon Flanagan. Kickoff is set for 1 PM in Lyle Hare Stadium as the 4-1 #23 Yellow Jackets host 3-2 Dickinson State University. If you are unable to attend please visit the BHSU Athletic Website to watch the game live through pay per view.