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BHSU captures first win of season.
Courtesy of Adam Munoz, BHSU Athletics.
BHSU captures first win of season.

Jackets win defensive battle over Skyhawks; Hardrockers fall to Dixie State

BHSU Athletics; Media Release & School of Mines Release - September 28, 2019

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The Black Hills State University football team defeated Fort Lewis College, 13-7, in a defensive battle on a windy Saturday afternoon for Swarm Days.

The Skyhawks (2-2, 2-2 RMAC) had the ball first, and marched down the field in nine plays, using 4:10 of the clock. However, with a third-and-six at the Yellow Jacket 20-yard line, FLC looked to the endzone, where Brady Morris stepped in front of the pass to intercept the ball for the Green and Gold (1-3, 1-3 RMAC).

After two first downs put the home team near midfield, the Yellow Jackets lined up in a wildcat formation. Kielar Harpham took the snap and turned the corner around the right edge, scampering down the sideline for 52 yards and a touchdown.

On the Skyhawks' ensuing possession, they once again methodically moved the ball down the field into the red zone. However, once again the Yellow Jacket defense held firm, forcing a 24-yard field goal try, which hit the left upright, keeping the score, 7-0, in favor of the Green and Gold.

The two defenses traded stops into the second quarter until Fort Lewis recovered a Yellow Jacket fumble with 2:37 to play in the half. The Skyhawks took advantage of the short field, punching it in with 31 seconds left to tie up the game, 7-7.

The Yellow Jackets got the ball first in the second half and drove 66 yards down the field in 2:34. Chance Eben rushed the ball in from eight yards out for his first career touchdown. The extra point was blocked, and the Green and Gold held a 13-7 lead.

The Skyhawks continued to play their slow and steady type of game, moving the ball 53 yards in 17 plays, taking 8:24 off the clock. However, the BHSU defense continued to hold firm, forcing another field goal try, this time from 39-yards out. Once again the field goal was missed to keep the 13-7 cushion for the home team.

The game continued apace until a Yellow Jacket fumble once again game FLC a short field with 8:33 to play. The Skyhawks started with first-and-goal at the 10-yard line. Sampson Rich made two big plays at the line of scrimmage to bring up fourth down. Erik Ornduff found Arealous Hughes at the one-yard line, but Josh Gurnaby met him immediately, bringing him down short of the goal line for a huge stop which gave the ball back to the Green and Gold. Fort Lewis would have one more possession, but the BHSU defense once again forced a fourth-down stop, this time at the Yellow Jacket 18-yard line with less than two minutes to play which secured the conference victory.

Nolan Susel rushed for 127 yards, including a 67-yard run. Harpham rushed for 80 yards and a score, while Eben had 70 passing yards and 24 ground yards including a rushing touchdown. Defensively, Gurnaby had 10 tackles, including seven solo. Morris had nine tackles and an interception, while Bailey Rosenstrauch had eight tackles. Korby Campbell and Rich each recorded a sack in the game.

For the Skyhawks, Jeff Hansen rushed 28 times for 96 yards. Ornduff rushed for 60 yards and a score, and threw for 70 yards after coming in following an injury to the starting quarterback.   


The South Dakota School of Mines dropped their Saturday game to Dixie State.

Dixie State scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 28-16 victory.

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