Phydell Paris runs against SDSM on Saturday.
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Phydell Paris runs against SDSM on Saturday.

Yellowjackets reclaim Homestake Trophy with one point win over SDSM

BHSU Athletics - September 24, 2017

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The Black Hills State University football team won the 132nd playing of the Black Hills Brawl against rival South Dakota Mines, 25-24, on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets take back the Homestake Trophy, after the Hardrockers had control of it for the past two years.

After trailing, 24-6 at halftime, Black Hills State (2-2, 2-2 RMAC) held the Hardrockers (2-2, 1-2 RMAC) scoreless in the second half, allowing just 61 total yards. Conversely, the Yellow Jacket offense racked up 332 yards, scoring 19 points.

The Yellow Jackets got into a quick hole, with SD Mines taking a 7-0 lead after scoring on a 12-play, 75-yard first possession, capped by a Jake Sullivan run from three yards out, just four minutes into the game. After a BHSU fumble, the Hardrockers added another touchdown to lead, 14-0, with 9:17 remaining in the first quarter.

With 1:36 left in the first quarter, Jarrell Ganaway intercepted a pass by Sullivan to give the Yellow Jackets great field position. After Phydell Paris tallied a 12-yard rush, Ryan Hommel hooked up with Tanner Gamble for an 11-yard touchdown, to come within 14-6 at the end of the first quarter. However, the Hardrockers started the second quarter with another touchdown, and added a field goal with three minutes remaining in the half to lead, 24-6.

Both the defense and offense for BHSU stepped it up coming out of the locker room. The Yellow Jackets initial drive resulted in a 54-yard touchdown reception for Shandon Jones. The defense also responded, forcing two consecutive three-and-outs, followed by a turnover on downs for the Hardrockers.

The ensuing drive for the Green and Gold began with a 31-yard hook up between Hommel and Erick Hairston-Belcher, and ended with a 4-yard rushing touchdown for Paris. With 1:17 remaining in the third quarter, the Yellow Jackets trailed, 24-19.

Once again, the defense stepped up, as Josh Gurnaby forced a SD Mines fumble, and jumped on the ball, giving Hommel and the offense a chance to take the lead, with the ball on the Hardrocker 47. The Green and Gold used four plays and 1:14 of the clock to do just that, culminating in a 21-yard run from Paris, which gave the home team a 25-24 lead.

The fourth quarter was scoreless, with the BHSU defense keeping SD Mines on their end of the field the entire period, and making two stops on fourth down.

Hommel, making the start at quarterback after missing last week's game with an injury, finished with 320 yards and two touchdowns. Paris recorded his third 100-yard rushing game of the season, tallying 140 yards and two touchdowns. Jones had 107 yards receiving, including one touchdown, while Gamble had a touchdown and 63 yards receiving.

Defensively, Thayer Sauter had 11 total tackles, including three solo. Luis Bach had a sack and 5.5 total tackles. Jarrell Ganaway and Gurnaby each had an interception, while Sauter and Gurnaby each forced a fumble.

Sullivan threw for 148 yards and one touchdown for the Hardrockers, while also recording 114 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.

With the victory, BHSU is 59-62-11 all-time against SD Mines.

The Green and Gold will next travel to New Mexico Highlands on Saturday, September 30. The game is scheduled to kick off at noon.

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