DICKINSON, N.D. -- Dickinson State used two scoring bursts -- 23 unanswered points in the first half and 21 consecutive in the second half -- to secure a 51-26 football win over Mayville State at the Biesiot Activities Center on Saturday.
The Blue Hawks fell behind 6-0 in the first quarter but quickly shifted the momentum back their way. Dawson McGlothlin, a former Sidney High School standout, blocked the point-after try and DSU returned it to score two points. Alec Lovegren, another Sidney product ran in a 19-yard touchdown moments later to give the Blue Hawks a 9-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
DSU went to the air for its next two touchdowns with starting quarterback Drew Boedecker finding Jaret Lee for a 58-yard touchdown and Aaron White forming a Montana connection with Conor McCarvel for an 8-yard score. White is a Shelby native and McCarvel, the son of DSU offensive coordinator Russell McCarvel, played his high school football at Helena Capital.
Mayville State responded with two more touchdowns, both passes from Creighton Pfau, to cut the Blue Hawks' lead to 23-19 at halftime.
The teams alternated touchdowns in the third quarter, with Scobey's Riley Linder first scoring from 1 yard out. Pfau added a rushing touchdown, his second of the day, before Boedecker again found Lee.
Dickinson State had a 37-26 lead going to the fourth, and would tack on two touchdowns -- a 15-yard pass from Boedecker to Billings Senior alum Tyger Frye and a Derek Tabor 3-yard run.
DSU's balanced offense totaled 540 yards Saturday, with 241 coming on the ground. Linder had a team-high 83 yards on 13 carries, while Lovegren added 34 yards on six attempts. Boedecker, from Sheridan, Wyo., had 63 rushing yards and 243 passing yards on 15-of-23 passing. White completed five of his eight attempts for 56 yards. Lee had an impressive stat line at receiver, catching six passes for 154 yards and two TDs. Frye also had six catches for 74 yards and one score. McCarvel had two catches for 11 yards and a touchdown.
Pfau had a big game for Mayville State, recording 58 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and throwing for another 257 yards and two more TDs.
Jared Smith, from Glasgow, had four tackles for the Dickinson State defense, recording one sack, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and one pass break-up.
The Blue Hawks, who are chasing their sixth consecutive North Star Athletic Association conference championship, are now 2-0 to start the season. They're home again next Saturday, hosting Valley City State for a 2 p.m. kick off on Sept. 26.