The Dakota State Trojans handed the Presentation Saints a 43-16 defeat on Saturday, October 5th. The Trojans had a shaky start but after the first quarter there was no question to who the dominant team on the field was.
Dakota State scored first with a 28-yard touchdown run by Brenner Furlong giving them a 6-0 lead. However, the Saints would answer with an eight-yard touchdown pass. With an extra kick that was good, they would take the lead 7-6. They weren’t done yet adding another touchdown pass late in the first quarter. The Trojans found themselves down 14-6 heading into the second quarter. Certainly not a position they expected to find themselves in.
The Trojans would wake up in the second quarter though. In the first drive to start the quarter, they would use 14 plays to march into the endzone. Quarterback Torren Devericks would connect with freshman Dajshon Keel for a 17-yard touchdown pass. With the score 14-12, the Trojans were getting closer to taking back their lead. After the Saints went three-and-out the offense would quickly return to the field and do just that. Devericks would find Cooper McDermott in the endzone for a 28-yard touchdown pass making the score 19-14.
The second half was dominated by the Trojans. Their success started with a 60-yard touchdown pass from Devericks to Treshawn Roberts to grow the lead to 26-14. On the ensuing kickoff, Dakota State would regain possession after Riley Janke forced a fumble on the Saints 19-yard line. This time the Trojans would tally up points from a 26-yard field goal that was kicked by Joshua Snook. However, the Trojans would quickly get the ball back again and this time score from a Brodie Frederiksen touchdown run to make the score 36-14.
The Saints would get the ball back in an attempt to make a late-game rally, but the Trojan’s defense would quickly put a halt to this. Safety Jordan Thomas would intercept the Saints’ pass and give the offense the ball on their own 45-yard line. On the next play, the Trojans would make Presentation pay for their turnover with a 55-yard touchdown pass from Devericks to Frederiksen.
Going into the fourth quarter the Trojans found themselves up 43-14. With this lead, they were able to make some substitutions and give their starters some rest. A bad snap for the Trojans’ punting team would give the Saints two points, but this would be the only score from either team in the last quarter making the final score 43-16.
With this win, Dakota State moves to a 3-2 overall record. Up next the Trojans will stay at home another week to face Dickinson State. It will be a tough matchup against the conference’s four-time defending champions, but these Trojans hope to keep themselves undefeated at home. Come cheer on the team next Saturday (Oct. 12) at 1 p.m. to hopefully another DSU victory. Good luck and go Trojans!