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Football - Mon, Oct. 2, 2017

October 2, 2017

MADISON, S.D. – The sixth edition of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Football Players-of-the-Week honors were announced by the conference office Monday.  Hilton Joseph of Waldorf (Iowa) was selected to the Offensive Player-of-the-Week.  Nicholas McBeain of Valley City State (N.D.) was picked as Defensive Player-of-the-Week.  Kaden Hight of Dakota State (S.D.) was chosen as Special Teams Player-of-the-Week for the third time this season.

NSAA Football Offensive Player of the Week
Hilton Joseph – Waldorf (Iowa) – 5'9" – 155 lbs., Sophomore – quarterback – Miami, Fla. – Joseph effectively led Waldorf (Iowa) to a game-winning drive in 39-35 thriller over Valley City State (N.D.).  He led the Warriors to the end zone on a 5-play, 65-yard drive in just 40 seconds.  He capped off the drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Samuel Huntely.  WU's game-winning drive included a 34-yard rush by Joseph.  He finished the game by completing 23 passes in 30 attempts for a total of 282 yards and threw three touchdown passes.  Joseph also added 17 rushes for 95 yards (5.6 yards per rush) and rushed for three touchdowns.      

NSAA Football Defensive Player of the Week
Nicholas McBeain – Valley City State (N.D.) – 6'1" – 238 lbs., Senior – linebacker – Shakopee, Minn. – McBeain reached 500 career tackles at Valley City State (N.D.), despite a 39-35 road loss at Waldorf (Iowa).  He tallied 16 stops (13 solo tackles, 3 assist tackles).  He also had a tackle-for-loss of 1.0 yards.  McBeain is the only player in VCSU's history to reach both 400 and 500 career tackles.  He continues to lead the NAIA in tackles per game, averaging 16.8 tackles per contest this season.

NSAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Kaden Hight – Dakota State (S.D.) – 5'9" – 155 lbs., Freshman – punter – Pierre, S.D. – Hight continued his impressive punting in Dakota State's (S.D.) 20-14 overtime thriller at Jamestown (N.D.).  He recorded five punts for a total of 229 yards, an average of 45.8 yards per punt.  Two of his punts went inside the opponents' 20-yard line, while his other two punts went for a touchback.  Hight recorded a long punt of 56 yards in the game for the Trojans. 

Recap from last week's games
Presentation (S.D.) rallied back from a 21-3 deficit for a 22-21 thriller over Dakota State (S.D.) in a make-up conference game at a rainy Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Sept. 25.  The Trojans outgained the Saints 380-374 in total offensive yards.  DaSU committed four turnovers in the game while PC had one turnover.

Waldorf (Iowa) rallied back for a 39-35 thrilling victory over Valley City State (N.D.) in the Dacotah Bank/Football Game-of-the-Week on Sept. 30.  The Warriors were trailing 35-32 with 52 seconds left in the game, but roared back by using 5 plays for 65 yards in 40 seconds with a touchdown pass from Hilton Joseph to Samuel Huntley with just 12 seconds remaining.  WU outgained VCSU 560-405 in total offensive yards.  The Warriors rushed for 278 yards compared to the Vikings 148 rushing yards.  Waldorf (Iowa) improved to 3-2 overall record and 2-1 record in North Star conference play.  Valley City State fell to 2-3 overall record and 1-2 NSAA conference record.

Dakota State (S.D.) bounced back in the winning column with a 20-14 overtime thriller at Jamestown (N.D.) on Sept. 30.  The Jimmies took the first lead in the first quarter 7-0, but the Trojans answered back to tie at 7-7 by halftime.  UJ regained their lead in the third quarter at 14-7, while DaSU responded back with a touchdown in the fourth quarter with 3:13 to go for a 14-14 tie and forced overtime.  Jamestown failed to score first in the overtime period, despite a blocked field goal.  Dakota State followed up with a game-winning 12-yard touchdown run by Hagan Hines for a six-point victory.  UJ had 301 offensive yards compared to DaSU 255 offensive yards.  Dakota State is 4-2 overall record and 2-1 NSAA record.  Jamestown dropped to 1-5 overall record and 1-2 record in North Star conference play.

Presentation (S.D.) took a 7-6 lead after the first quarter, but No. 20-ranked Dickinson State (N.D.) shut down the Saints 17-0 in the second quarter for a 23-7 lead on Sept. 30.  The Blue Hawks continued their scoring outburst in the third quarter, extending their lead to 40-10 and never looked back.  DiSU defeated PC by the score of 40-17.  Dickinson State racked up a total of 428 offensive yards compared to Presentation 323 offensive yards.  The Blue Hawks had won 10 straight North Star conference games since 2015, lifting their overall record to 4-1 and 3-0 record in North Star conference.  Presentation fell to 2-3 overall record and 1-2 North Star conference record.

Mayville State (N.D.) stepped out of their North Star conference play and hosted Montana State-Northern on Sept. 30.  MSU-N raced to a 19-0 lead before the Comets scored 22 straight points for a 22-19 lead in the third quarter.  Montana State-Northern outscored Mayville State 21-7 in the fourth quarter to secure a 43-29 victory.  MSU-N piled up a total of 503 offensive yards compared to the Comets 347 offensive yards.  Mayville State is winless in five games this season (0-5 overall record).  The Comets are 0-2 record in North Star conference play.

Looking Ahead
This week's edition of the Dacotah Bank/North Star Athletic Association Football Game-of-the-Week will be held at the Trojan Field in Madison, S.D. on Saturday.  Waldorf (Iowa) and Dakota State (S.D.) will battle out for the sole possession for second-place in the North Star conference standings.  Kick-off is set for 6 p.m.

Mayville State (N.D.) concludes their three-game home stand on Saturday, hosting Presentation (S.D.) in the North Star conference action.  The game is set for 2 p.m. at Jerome Berg Field in Mayville, N.D.

Valley City State (N.D.) remains on the road Saturday, visiting No. 20-ranked Dickinson State (N.D.) for their second North Star conference meeting this season.  The Blue Hawks won the first meeting in Valley City, N.D. on Sept. 2 by the score of 30-21.  Kick-off is set for 3 p.m. (Central Time)/2 p.m. (Mountain Time) at Biesiot Activity Center in Dickinson, N.D.

Jamestown (N.D.) will be idle this week and won't return back to action until Oct. 14 at Presentation.

            Saturday's Games
            Presentation (S.D.) @ Mayville State (N.D.) – 2 p.m.
            Valley City State (N.D.) @ (20) Dickinson State (N.D.) – 3 p.m. (Central Time)/2 p.m. (Mountain Time)
            Dacotah Bank/North Star Football Game of the Week
                       
Waldorf (Iowa) @ (RV) Dakota State (S.D.) – 6 p.m.

NSAA Football Standings
 

School

Overall
Record

NSAA
Record

Games
Behind

Streak

(20) Dickinson State (N.D.)

4-1

3-0

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Won 2

(RV) Dakota State (S.D.)

4-2

2-1

1.0

Won 1

Waldorf (Iowa)

3-2

2-1

1.0

Won 1

Presentation (S.D.)

2-3

1-2

2.0

Lost 1

Valley City State (N.D.)

2-3

1-2

2.0

Lost 1

Jamestown (N.D.)

1-5

1-2

2.0

Lost 1

Mayville State (N.D.)

0-5

0-2

2.5

Lost 5

 

            Sept. 25 Result
            Presentation (S.D.) 22, Dakota State (S.D.) 21 – FINAL

            Sept. 30 Results
            Waldorf (Iowa) 39,
Valley City State (N.D.) 35 – FINAL
            (RV) Dakota State (S.D.) 20, Jamestown (N.D.) 14 – FINAL/OVERTIME
            (20) Dickinson State (N.D.) 40
, Presentation (S.D.) 17 – FINAL
            Montana State-Northern 43, Mayville State (N.D.) 29 – FINAL

Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director