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Yellowjackets fall to Orediggers
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Yellowjackets fall to Orediggers

Yellow Jackets stung by Orediggers; Western Colorado Surprises Hardrockers


BHSU Athletics & Brad Blume, SDSM Sports Information Director - September 14, 2019

GOLDEN, Colo. – The Black Hills State University football team fell to No. 17-ranked Colorado School of Mines, 52-7, on Saturday afternoon.  

The Yellow Jackets (0-2, 0-2 RMAC) got the ball first and started off hot, getting two first downs and advancing 24 yards, before the Oredigger (2-0, 2-0 RMAC) defense firmed up and forced a punt. The nationally ranked Mines team then mechanically moved down the field, using over five minutes on the clock on a 12 play, 83-yard touchdown drive to get on the board first.

A week after allowing negative rushing yards, Mines would hold the Green and Gold to just one first down the rest of the first quarter. The home team would score on five of its six first half possessions to hold a 35-0 lead at the break.

Keeping the momentum, the Orediggers started the second half with the ball, and marched downfield in six plays to score on a 36-yard touchdown pass from John Matocha to Brandon Farmer. After a punt, the Yellow Jacket defense caused Mines' first turnover of the day, when Lathen Stevens forced a fumble, and Clayton Koch covered it up to give BHSU the ball. The Orediggers would add a field goal on its next possession to stretch the lead to 45-0.

In the second half, the Yellow Jackets continued to struggle to move the ball. However, after Mines scored again to make it 52-0, BHSU got the ball back with 10:32 to play. After a penalty and a 40-yard pass to Jordan Pace got things going, the Green and Gold eventually got into the red zone for the first time all game. The Orediggers were called for a penalty on a field goal try, giving the Yellow Jackets a first-and-goal, and Andrew Tovar would connect with Kielar Harpham for a 13-yard touchdown to get BHSU on the board.

Tovar threw for 172 yards and a touchdown, while Harpham caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Josh Gurnaby recorded 13 tackles, including one for a loss. Stevens had eight tackles and a forced fumble.

For the Orediggers, freshman quarterback Matocha threw for 249 yards and three scores, while Josh Odam rushed for 95 yard, and Cameron Mayberry had 84 yards rushing.

The Yellow Jackets will next return home to host Adams State University on September 21. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 1 p.m.

Elsewhere,

GUNNISON, Colo. --- The South Dakota School of Mines football team fell to Western State Colorado, 27-7, Saturday afternoon on the road in Gunnison, Colorado.

The only score on the day for the Hardrockers came with 10 minutes and 42 second remaining in the first half when Kyante Christian blocked a Mountaineer field goal attempt and Steven Nolasco scooped it up and returned it 40 yards in for the score. Enis Sefa made good on the point after.

Western Colorado then went on to score two touchdowns before halftime to take a 14-7 edge ad then added a score in the third quarter followed by two field goals in the final frame to earn the win.

The 'Rockers' offense had trouble getting established Saturday, producing 177 total yards while the Mountaineers tallied 434. SD Mines had 65 passing yards and 112 rushing yards. WCU threw for 154 yards and racked up 280 on the ground. The 'Rockers had nine first downs in the game while Western collected 29.

Individually for SD Mines Spencer Zur took the majority of snaps, completing 6-16 for 65 yards and he rushed for 20 yards on two attempts. Ahmad Lewis rushed for 47 yards on 14 attempts. Ira Murphey had 21 receiving yards on one catch and Anthony Ullrich hauled in two passes for 18 yards.

On defense, Nolasco and Justin Broekemeier both tallied 11 total tackles while Cole Peterson and Gavin Chaddock each collected 10 tackles. Christian, Dominick Jackson, Bryan Akunna and Francisco Dicochea all had tackles for a loss with Dicochea notching two sacks. Jackson had an interceptions along with Adrian Eastman and Kendahl Johnson.
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