Black Hills State University

BHSU Football drops season opener to St Thomas

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Black Hills State football fought hard against Division I St. Thomas in a 36-26 loss to open the 2023 season.

In the program’s first matchup with a DI opponent since 2015, the Yellow Jackets (0-1, 0-0 RMAC) outperformed St. Thomas in total yards 366 to 334, and in passing yards, 325 to 109.

Quarterback Tanner Clarkson completed 17 of 25 attempts for two touchdowns and 280 yards.

Nolan Susel rushed seven times for 22 yards and a touchdown on the ground while adding four catches for 71 yards and a receiving touchdown.

TJ Chukwurah had one reception on the day, but it was for a 17-yard touchdown.

Cameron Goods totaled 31 yards on nine carries on the ground and hauled in a 40-yard catch.

Jamin Wurtz hauled in four passes for 71 yards, Hasaan Williams caught five for 50 yards and Mitch McKibbin had 38 yards on two receptions.

John Noordsy had a catch for 31 yards while Connor Boyd also finished with a catch for seven yards.

Coleman Chapman was two-of-two on field goal tries, booting through one from 36 yards out, and one from 21. He was also two-of-two on extra point tries.

Defensively, Doodles Quinones tallied 10 tackles including one for loss, and two pass breakups.

Ryder Blair finished with nine tackles, Nicc Quinones had seven and Jayden Marquez had six.

Zechariah Rodriguez-Brown broke up two passes with Deunte MoodyLovenski Simon and Chase Stewart each with one.

Cooper Brown and Nikolas Arnold came up with a blocked kick each.

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