BHSU, South Dakota Mines football improve to 2-0

courtesy BHSU, SD Mines SportsSeptember 12, 2021Sports
BHSU/SD Mines Football

LIBERTY, Mo. – Black Hills State football defeated William Jewell, 31-21 Saturday afternoon, advancing to 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2016.

Kielar Harpham had himself a three touchdown day, finding the end zone on a punt return and two receptions. He finished the day with four catches for 86 yards, and four punt returns for 108.

Connor Boyd totaled 100 yards on the day, catching three passes, while quarterback Chance Eben completed 11 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns.

On the ground, Matthew Collier led the way for the second straight week, totaling 84 yards on 14 attempts.

Elsewhere, the Hardrockers also improved to 2-0 with a win.

The Hardrocker Football team dominated the game on Saturday from the first snap to the last, to start 2-0 for the first time since 2017.

The first quarter started fast, starting with a 7-play 75-yard drive capped with a 2-yard touchdown run by Ahmad Lewis. The offense got the ball back a couple of plays later thanks to a Gavin Chaddock sack-fumble. One play later, Jayden Johannsen found Lewis for an 8-yard touchdown through the air. On the ensuing Mayville State possession, the Hardrocker defense would step up again, with Chaddock intercepting a pass. Orlando Westbrook III finished off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown, giving South Dakota Mines a 21-0 lead. Before the end of the first quarter, Conner Taylor would add a 27-yard field goal, and Johannsen would connect with Isaiah Eastman for a 6-yard passing score after a Kendahl Johnson interception gave the Hardrockers good field position.

Going into the second quarter, the Hardorckers held a 31-0 lead and didn’t let up, getting a second sack-fumble, this time from Otutoa Afu. Unfortunately, the Hardrockers would give the ball right back to the Comets, this would happen one more time a couple of drives later, however, the South Dakota Mines defense was up to the task, getting stops and turnovers all night long, posting a shutout through 3 and a half quarters. The Hardrocker offense would get going again a few minutes later on a connection from the Zur brothers, Spencer Zur hit Collin Zur for a 41-yard touchdown through the air. A few drives later Lewis would score his third touchdown of the day to give South Dakota Mines a 45-0 lead going into halftime.

Mayville State broke the shutout in the fourth quarter on a 34-yard passing touchdown. The South Dakota Mines offense would score one more time, with Kaleb Roth running it in from 5-yards out, giving the Hardrockers the 52-7 lead that they would end the game with.