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BHSU vs Dixie State
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BHSU vs Dixie State

BHSU Football falls on the road to Trailblazers

BHSU Athletics; Media Release - October 5, 2019

ST. GEORGE, Utah – The Black Hills State University football team scored first, but ultimately fell to Dixie State University, 55-22, on Saturday afternoon.  

The Yellow Jackets (1-4, 1-4 RMAC) got the ball first, and had an impressive drive. They took 4:26 off the clock with a 14 play, 65 yard drive, culminating in a 29-yard Sean Dorney field goal, putting the visitors ahead, 3-0. The Trailblazers (4-1, 4-1 RMAC) responded with a field goal of their own with 8:07 remaining in the first quarter.

As time wound down in the first period, DSU had driven into Yellow Jacket territory. On their first play of the second quarter, quarterback Keaton Mott found Chase Hess for a 32-yard touchdown to give the home team their first lead of the afternoon. The Trailblazers would score on their next possession as well to lead, 17-3, with 9:43 to play in the half.

The Yellow Jackets used over five minutes on their next drive, but stalled at the Trailblazer's 34-yard line. Jacob Parks stepped up to take try a 52-yard field goal, just slipping it over the crossbar to narrow the lead to 17-6.

The two teams traded scores on their next possessions. Dixie State's backup quarterback, Kody Wilstead rushed for a 12-yard touchdown, before the Green and Gold responded with Chance Eben hooking up with Isaac Jefferson for a 25-yard touchdown reception. The Yellow Jackets trailed, 24-13, with 1:32 to play in the period, but using two big plays, the Trailblazers were able to move down the field and score with 24 seconds left on the clock. DSU would enter halftime leading 31-13.

The Trailblazers got the ball first in the second half and capped off a 75-yard drive with a touchdown. With DSU leading, 45-13, Parks pinned the home team at their own two-yard line. A holding call in the end zone rewarded the Yellow Jackets with a safety. After getting the ball back, they were unable to take advantage, and Dixie State scored again on their first drive of the fourth quarter.

The Green and Gold took possession with 9:10 to play, and Eben led the team down the field, eventually finding Jordan Pace for a 19-yard score to make the score 52-22.  

Eben finished with 248 passing yards and threw for his first two career touchdowns. Kielar Harpham caught nine balls for 89 yards. Defensively, Josh Gurnaby and Hunter Stephens led the Yellow Jackets with eight tackles, while Bailey Rosenstrauch had seven.

For the Trailblazers, Wilstead threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns. Kasey Allison had 126 receiving yards and two scores, while Chase Hess caught two touchdowns and had 107 yards. Conner McKay led DSU with 10 tackles.    

The Yellow Jackets will next return home for The Battle for the Homestake Trophy. BHSU will host South Dakota School of Mines on October 12 at 6 p.m.

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