Blue Hawks take down Battlin’ Bears in opener

Blue Hawks take down Battlin’ Bears in opener

DICKINSON, N.D. — The Rocky Mountain College football team opened the 2017 season by falling at No 15 Dickinson State (N.D.) 43-28. Rocky committed four turnovers and couldn’t maintain the momentum from its fast start in defeat.

Rocky (0-1) came out fast and went right down the field to take a 6-0 lead. The Battlin’ Bears opening drive went 75 yards on eight plays and was capped with a 4-yard scamper from Max Gray on a pitch from quarterback Jacob Bakken.

Dickinson State (1-0) fumbled the ball on its first play from scrimmage and Denton Wetherell pounced on it for the Bears. Rocky marched down the field again and were closing in on a second straight score when Sam Sparks fumbled through the end zone for the team’s first turnover of the season.

The defenses took over the remainder of the opening quarter and into the second. Dickinson would take the lead when Hayden Gibson found Tyger Frye down the middle of the field for a 47-yard score and a 7-6 lead at 8:01 of the second quarter.

After forcing Rocky into a punt, DSU used another deep pass down the middle to setup a rushing score from Gibson right before the half for a 14-6 Blue Hawks leads at intermission.

The Rocky defense got the Bears on the board on the DSU first drive on the second half. Keenan Fagan recorded an interception and took it back 45 yards for the score. Bakken then scored on a 2-point conversion to level the game at 14-14 with 12:44 left in the third quarter.

After the teams traded defensive stops, DSU went back in front when Gibson hit Seth Ewoniuk for 35 yards down the right sideline. The PAT would miss right and the Rocky deficit was 20-14 with 6:06 to play in the third.

Following a second interception from Bakken, Gibson found Frye on a 7-yard pass play to open a 27-14 lead at 2:46 of the third quarter. Rocky would turn it over a third time in the half and DSU answered with an 18-yard score from Gibson to Deonte Dixon at 14:28 of the fourth.

Prince Shonola gave the Bears some life with a 71-yard kick return to start Rocky in DSU territory. Bakken would find Sparks for a 14-yard score at 12:05 of the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 34-21.

Dickinson put the game away with a 40-yard scamper from Dixon at the 8:11 mark of the fourth.

Rocky turned it over times in the game and the Bears were outgained 396-264. The Bears ran for 145 yards and recorded 167 yards on seven kick returns.

Bakken threw for 93 yards and one touchdown, but had two interceptions. He also ran for a team-high 44 yards. Freshman Drew Korf closed out the game at QB for the Bears and went 5 of 6 for 35 yards and a touchdown pass to Gray.

Mason Melby carried five times for 32 yards and Sparks added 23 yards on 11 carries. Playing for the first time in a year, Jade Olson posted 10 carries for 23 yards in the first half.

Gray led the Bears with 51 yards receiving and one score. He also ran for a score in defeat. Brandon Mosley had four catches for 34 yards.

Rocky moves into Frontier Conference play next weekend when they host Montana State-Northern at Herb Klindt Field on Sept. 2. Kickoff for the home opener is scheduled for 1 p.m.

— Rocky Mountain College Sports Information

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