Dixie State Football Returns Home For Black Hills State Game

first_img Tags: Black Hills State Football/Dixie State Football October 3, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Football Returns Home For Black Hills State Game Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Saturday, Dixie State football (3-1), winners of three straight, all on the road, returns to Trailblazers Stadium to face the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets (1-3).The Trailblazers, after dropping the season opener to Colorado State-Pueblo at home, 36-7, have only surrendered 30 net points during their winning streak, at Fort Lewis (23-14), New Mexico Highlands (55-0) and South Dakota Mines (28-16).Dixie State’s scoring offense is tied for 67th nationally with Saginaw Valley State as they score 28.3 points per game.By virtue of his performance against the Hardrockers last Saturday (21-38, 300 yards, 2 TD’s), junior quarterback Keaton Mott may have wrested the job away from Kody Wilstead. Mott currently completes 49.3 percent of his passes on the season (36-73) for 467  yards and 3 TD’s with no interceptions. Wilstead, a redshirt sophomore, meanwhile, has thrown 4 INT’s against 5 TD’s.Senior tailback Sei-J Lauago (41 car, 160 yards, TD) and his junior counterpart D’Arman Notoa (36 car, 125 yards, 2 TD’s) lead the Trailblazers’ rushing attack thus far on the season.Redshirt senior receiver Dejuan Dantzler (11 rec, 223 yards, 3 TD’s, 20.3 yards per reception) and senior tailback Conner Miller (8 rec, 148 yards, TD) are the Trailblazers’ leading receivers. Senior receiver Xavier Smith (5 rec, 114 yards, TD) leads Dixie State with 22.8 yards per catch.In giving up 16.5 points per game, the Trailblazers are tied for 26th nationally in scoring defense with Fort Lewis and Bemidji State.With 15 sacks defensively, the Trailblazers are tied for ninth nationally with California (Pa.), St. Cloud State, Minnesota State-Mankato, Northwest Missouri State and Lenoir-Rhyne.Dixie State amassed seven sacks against South Dakota Mines, with redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Dylan Hendrickson posting a career-high 4.5 of them. His exploits earned him defensive player of the week honors from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this week.Hendrickson’s 5 sacks lead Dixie State on the season. Sophomore defensive back Simote Lokotui and sophomore defensive lineman William Payne have 2 sacks apiece as well for the Trailblazers.Senior defensive back Aaron Simpson has 4 interceptions to lead Dixie State, with 2 more coming from redshirt sophomore defensive back Derrius Nash.Senior defensive back Alex Lilliard has two forced fumbles as well to pace the Trailblazers in that statistical category.Junior kicker James Baird has made all five of his field goal attempts as well on the season for Dixie State.The Yellow Jackets started the season dropping their first three games to Chadron State (31-48), Colorado School of Mines (7-52), Adams State (31-45) and then defeated Fort Lewis (13-7).Black Hills State is tied for 114th nationally (20.5 points per game) in scoring offense, with Newberry, Tusculum, Lake Erie, South Dakota Mines and Benedict.The Yellow Jackets have had two quarterbacks get solid playing time this season, comparable to the Trailblazers.Sophomore signal-caller Andrew Tovar completes 58 percent of his passes (43-74), for 446 yards, 3 TD’s and 5 INT’s. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyler Hammons completes 38 percent of his passes (18-47) for 220 yards, 2 TD’s and an interception.Redshirt freshman tailback Nolan Susel is tied for ninth nationally with 7.8 yards per carry. He has run for 227 yards and a score on 29 carries this season. Senior tailback Payten Gilmore has run for 166 yards and a score on 49 carries as well for the Yellow Jackets.Redshirt junior receiver Kielar Harpham (24 rec, 352 yards, 4 TD’s, 14.7 yards per reception) leads Black Hills State in all significant receiving categories.The Yellow Jackets are tied for 141st nationally in scoring defense (38 points per game) with Chadron State and McKendree.Redshirt sophomore defensive back Bailey Rosenstrauch, redshirt freshman Korby Campbell, sophomore defensive lineman Sampson Rich and sophomore defensive lineman Devyn Vance have a sack apiece for the Yellow Jackets.Redshirt sophomore defensive back Keyshawn Farmer and redshirt freshman defensive back Brady Morris have an interception apiece for Black Hills State.Farmer also has a forced fumble on the season, as do redshirt junior defensive back Lathen Stevens and junior linebacker Kyle Kettlehut.The Trailblazers lead the Yellow Jackets 2-1 all-time, including a 1-0 all-time advantage at St. George. Brad Jameslast_img read more