Dakota Hills triumphs over Sisseton with a 29-20 win
Dakota Hills brought home the gold on Sept. 10 with a 29-20 win against the Sisseton Redmen. The quarter scores were o-o, 7-6, 6-6 and 16-8.
Trey Jurgens rushed o yards with one attempt as a result of a fumble. Damon Opdahl rushed for 197 yards in 29 attempts, averaging seven yards per carry. Jurgens scored three touchdowns for the Grizzlies. Jurgens also had two, two-point conversions.
Khayri Bergman rushed for 10 yards in two attempts, averaging five yards per carry. Seth Gaikowski rushed for 16 yards in four attempts, averaging four yards per carry. Ben Kasuske rushed for nine yards in three attempts, averaging three yards per carry.
Gaikowski had passed two completions in nine attempts for 34 yards, one resulting in a touchdown. Opdahl received two catches for 34 yards, including one touchdown.
“Opdahl had a rushing touchdown in the second quarter, PAT good by Gaikowski, then he had a receiving touchdown from Gaikowski in the third quarter, 2 point try no good. Then we had two rushing scores in the fourth quarter from Opdahl and got both 2 point conversions from Opdahl,” Coach Zach Noffsinger said.
J Gulbraa kicked it into high gear with two punts for 84 yards.
Gaikowski returned one punt for 10 yards. Bergman returned two punts for 30 yards.
Opdahl returned one kick for a 45 yards, Bergman returned one kick for 10 yards.
Gaikowski kicked things off with three kickoffs for 170 yards along with Gulbraa who had two for 47 yards.
In terms of defense, Tait Campbell led the way with six solo tackles. Both Gulbraa and Kasuske had four solo tackles and three assists. Kasuske also had one tackle for a loss. Logen Tomac had four solos, two assists, including one for a loss, a forced fumble and one sack. Opdahl had four solos and one assist. Gaikowski and Jurgens each had three solos and one assist. Jurgens also had one tackle for a loss. Brayden Ebben had two solos and two assists. Hayden Niles had two solos, three assists and a fumble recovery. Following Pearson was Nathan Pearson with one solo, one assisted and one interception. Dylan Rumpza had one solo and three assisted tackles. Jackson Wohlleber had one solo and two assisted tackles. Khayri Bergman had one solo and two assisted tackles and one 21 yard interception.
“We are continuing to work on different ways to open up our offense and trying to add a small wrinkle each week that can help us,” Noffsinger said.
The Grizzlies will have a bye on Sept. 24. Their next game will be against the Groton Tigers on Oct. 1 at Waubay.
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