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Spearfish, S.D. - The Black Hills State football team was picked to finish third in the Dakota Athletic Conference preseason poll. The Yellow Jackets tallied 36 points and received one first place vote.

The Yellow Jackets are picked to finish behind last season’s co-conference champions, Dickinson State and Valley City State. Dickinson State earned the top spot with 46 points and five first place votes. Valley City State finished two points ahead of Black Hills State in the voting and garnered two first place votes. Minot State came in one point behind the Yellow Jackets to earn the fourth poll spot and Jamestown was fifth in the balloting with 27 points. Dakota State ranked sixth overall with 22 points. Mayville State and South Dakota Tech rounded out the poll tying for seventh place with 10 points each.

Black Hills State will open the 2006 season on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. in Spearfish, S.D. against the four-time defending NAIA National Champions, Carroll College.

“For us to be competitive this weekend, we must go on to the field with a genuine confidence,” said head coach John Scott. “That will be the single most determining factor in our success against such a quality team.”

Scott also talked about what to expect from the Yellow Jackets and the Saints on Saturday.

“We will need to be successful running the ball. If we keep ourselves out of third and long situations, it will be a good sign for us,” said Scott. “Carroll has a lot of speed on defense. They are very quick to the ball and extremely well coached. They are the preseason favorite to repeat for a reason. They are very good.”

Tickets for the game are $7 for adults and $3 for students. Black Hills State students, faculty and staff are free with a valid ACE card.

Prior to the game two tailgates will be held. A Burger King tailgate party will be held on the northwest side of the stadium and will offer a Whopper, chips and a Coke for $1 a person. The Green & Gold Club will host another tailgate party sponsored by Sand Creek Printing at Salem Park. The tailgate at Salem Park will feature burgers, brats and beverages for $5 per person.

Dakota Athletic Conference Preseason Poll
No. Team Points (First Place Votes)
1. Dickinson State 46 (5)
2. Valley City State 38 (2)
3. Black Hills State 36 (1)
4. Minot State 35
5. Jamestown 27
6. Dakota State 22
T7. Mayville State 10
T7. South Dakota Tech 10
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