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Frontier roundup: MSU-Northern snaps 13-game skid; Rocky upends No. 19 Dickinson State

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Posted at 3:36 PM, Aug 26, 2023

HAVRE — Montana State-Northern snapped a 13-game losing streak Saturday with a 14-0 shutout victory over non-conference foe Mayville State.

It stands as the Lights' first victory since Oct. 23, 2021, when they defeated Eastern Oregon 22-20 in Havre.

Saturday against Mayville State, MSU-Northern took a 7-0 lead on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Oakley Kopp to Jeremiah Benson in the second quarter. In the third, Mason Dionne scored on a 3-yard run to put the Lights up by two scores.

Kopp completed 17 of 24 passes for 145 yards with one touchdown and one interception. In a defensive game, the Lights mustered just nine first downs on offense but limited Mayville State to just 145 total yards and 0 for 7 on fourth-down plays.

Devin Carmona made seven tackles (three for loss) with two quarterback sacks to lead Northern's defense. Spencer Lehnerz made eight tackles, intercepted a pass and broke up two others.

Rocky Mountain 20, No. 19 Dickinson State 19

BILLINGS — Rocky Mountain College survived a Dickinson State two-point try in the final seconds Saturday to hang on for a 20-19 victory over the No. 19-ranked Blue Hawks.

Rocky Mountain College upends No. 19 Dickinson State

DSU pulled within one point on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Will Madler to Noah Sickler with eights seconds on the clock to cap a 14-play drive. The Blue Hawks decided to go for the win with a two-point conversion, but a Madler pass attempt to Sickler failed.

Trent Nobach threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns for Rocky. He connected with Jack Waddell and DeNiro Killian for TDs. The Battlin' Bears were limited to 51 rushing yards but possessed the ball for more than 40 minutes.

Madler threw for 251 yards and three scores for DSU, two to Sickler. Sickler finished with 10 receptions for 165 yards.

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Jack Waddell (4) caught a touchdown pass for Rocky Mountain College against Dickinson State on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023.

No. 12 College of Idaho 37, Lincoln (Calif.) 7

CALDWELL, Idaho — Preseason Frontier Conference favorite College of Idaho trounced visiting Lincoln (Calif.) 37-7 in their season opener on Saturday.

Quarterback Andy Peters threw two touchdown passes and ran for another for the No. 12-ranked Yotes. Allmar Alexander and Caden Young each rushed for TDs for C of I.

The Yotes defense forced a pair of turnovers, with Chip Mitchell and Jordan McKean each intercepting passes. Joe Calzaretta led with 10 total tackles.

No. 17 Ottawa (Ariz.) 37, Arizona Christian 7

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Luke Giron threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns and Ottawa's offense rushed for 277 yards in a 37-7 win over Frontier Conference newcomer Arizona Christian on Saturday.

Giron threw both of his touchdown passes in the first quarter as the Spirit jumped to a 21-0 advantage. OUAZ led 24-7 at halftime and 27-7 after three quarters.

Arizona Christian's lone touchdown game in the second quarter on a 14-yard pass from Tyler Duncan to Jarrod Favors, which pulled the Firestorm within 21-7.