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Dickinson State powers past Valley City State, improves to 3-0

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Posted at 6:04 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 20:04:30-04

DICKINSON, N.D. -- Drew Boedecker threw four touchdowns passes, including two to Tyger Frye, as Dickinson (N.D.) State defeated Valley City (N.D.) State 27-13 for a North Star Athletic Association football win at the Biesiot Activities Center on Saturday.

Boedecker, the first-year starter from Sheridan, Wyo., had his best game to date of the short 2020 season, completing 19 of 30 passes for 265 yards, four TDs and one interception. His first scoring toss of the day came early in the second quarter when he found Kellen Ray from 8 yards out. That tied the game at 7-7 and started a run of 21 unanswered points for the Blue Hawks.

Boedecker found Frye for a 6-yard touchdown just before half and then hit Jaret Lee for a 37-yard score in the third quarter. Lee finished with 132 yards on seven receptions, while Frye, the senior standout from Billings Senior, had eight catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Frye's second TD of the game on a 23-yard strike in the fourth quarter.

While the DSU passing game was responsible for all four of the team's touchdowns, the rushing attack found plenty of room against the Valley City defense. Scobey's Riley Linder toted the ball 27 times for the Blue Hawks, totaling 120 yards.

Valley City got touchdowns from Jalen Pfeifer in the first quarter and Taylor Simmons in the fourth, but otherwise found it tough sledding against the Dickinson State defense. Pfeifer finished the day completing just 14 of 30 passes for 102 yards and one interception.

DSU linebacker Aaric Spring, a Billings West product, had a game-high two tackles-for-loss and was in on five total tackles.

Dickinson State, which has won the past five NSAA conference championships, is now 3-0 on the season and travels to Aberdeen, S.D., to face Presentation College (0-3) next week. Valley City is 2-1.