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Eric Peterson, Published August 23 2009

Small college football capsules

Dakota Athletic Conference

Black Hills State

Coach: Jay Long (first season)

2008 record: 6-4

Returning starters: 17

Players to watch (2008 statistics): Corey Wheeler, Sr., WR (35 catches, 793 yards, 7 TDs); Tanner Ehrlich, Jr., RB (174 carries, 1,163 yards, 9 TDs); Josh Breske, Sr., OL; Jason Boeding, Sr., OL; Wacey Coleman, Jr., DE (43 tackles, 11 tackles for loss).

Schedule: Sept. 5–at Southwest Minnesota State, 6 p.m. Sept. 12–at Northwestern Oklahoma State, 1 p.m. Sept. 19–Mayville State, 1 p.m. Sept. 26–at Dakota State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3–at Valley City State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10–Dickinson State, 2 p.m. Oct. 17–at Minot State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24–Jamestown College, 2 p.m. Oct. 31–South Dakota Mines, 2 p.m. Oct. 8–Dacotah Bank DAC Bowl at Fargodome, TBA.

On the web: www.bhsu.edu

Dakota State

Coach: Josh Anderson (first season)

2008 record: 3-7

Returning starters: 4

Players to watch (2008 statistics): Brandon Stahl, Sr., DE (46 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks); Joe Whealy, Jr., FB (72 carries, 224 yards, 4 TDs); Austen Hanten, Jr., P (43 punts, 36.0 yards per punt); Chris Schiller, Sr., DT (30 tackles, 9 tackles for loss); Randall Shannon, Sr., OL; David Bowen, So., DB (31 tackles, 2 interceptions).

Schedule: Sept. 12–Minnesota-Morris, 7 p.m. Sept. 19–at South Dakota Mines, 2 p.m. Sept. 26–Black Hills State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3–at Minot State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10–Valley City State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17–at Jamestown College, 1 p.m. Oct. 24–Dickinson State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31–Mayville State, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8–Dacotah Bank DAC Bowl at Fargodome, TBA.

On the web: www.dsuathletics.com

Dickinson State

Coach: Hank Biesiot (35th season)

2008 record: 7-4

Returning starters: 14

Players to watch (2008 statistics): Blaine Berg, Sr., WR (31 catches, 563 yards, 7 TDs); James Macey, Sr., RB (medical redshirt); Derek Pauley, Jr., TE (20 catches, 341 yards, 3 TDs); Mike Keyser, Sr., LB (77 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss); Derion Williams, Jr., DB (40 tackles, 2 interceptions); Zach Hepperle, Sr., RB (173 carries, 741 yards, 11 TDs).

Schedule: Aug. 29–at Rocky Mountain College, 2 p.m. Sept. 5–Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1 p.m. Sept. 19–at Jamestown College, 1 p.m. Sept. 26–Valley City State, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3–Mayville State, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10–at Black Hills State, 2 p.m. Oct. 17–South Dakota Mines, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24–at Dakota State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31–Minot State, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8–Dacotah Bank DAC Bowl at Fargodome, TBA.

On the web: www.dickinsonstate.edu/athletics.asp

Jamestown College

Coach: Bud Etzold (second season)

2008 record: 7-3

Returning starters: 13

Players to watch (2008 statistics): Jay Tweed, Sr., RB (89 carries, 470 yards, 6 TDs); Clint McGovern, Sr., OL; Dustin Erbes, Jr., LB (79 tackles, 3 tackles for loss); Nate Nygaard, So., PK (40-for-41 PATs, 10-for-10 FGs).

Schedule: Sept. 5–at Peru State, 1 p.m. Sept. 12–Wisconsin-Stout, 1 p.m. Sept. 19–Dickinson State, 1 p.m. Sept. 26–at Minot State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3–South Dakota Mines, 1 p.m. Oct. 10–at Mayville State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17–Dakota State, 1 p.m. Oct. 24–at Black Hills State, 2 p.m. Oct. 31–at Valley City State, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8–Dacotah Bank DAC Bowl at Fargodome, TBA.

On the web: www.jc.edu/athletics/athletics.php

Mayville State

Coach: Jody Ford (second season)

2008 record: 1-9

Returning starters: 6

Players to watch (2008 statistics): Terri Holt, Jr., DL (40 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss); Jake McLean, Jr., QB (85 of 188, 788 yards, 2 TDs); Kasey Koepplin, Sr., DL (24 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss); Darrell Reed, Sr., DL (34 tackles, 4 tackles for loss); Luke Ringler, Jr., LB (45 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss); Chris Williams, Sr., WR (35 catches, 286 yards, 2 TDs).

Schedule: Sept. 3–Minnesota-Crookston, 7 p.m. Sept. 12–Trinity Bible College, 2 p.m. Sept. 19–at Black Hills State, 1:00 p.m. Sept. 26–South Dakota Tech, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3–at Dickinson State, 1 p.m. Oct. 10–Jamestown College, 2 p.m. Oct. 17–at Valley City State, 1 p.m. Oct. 24–Minot State, 1 p.m. Oct. 31–at Dakota State, 1 p.m. Nov. 8–Dacotah Bank DAC Bowl at Fargodome, TBA.

On the web: www.masu.nodak.edu/athletics/index.cfm

Minot State

Coach: Paul Rudolph (third season)

2008 record: 6-4

Returning starters: 16

Players to watch (2008 statistics): Bart Archdekin, Sr., OL; Brian Rohles, Sr., OL; Jon Meier, Sr., QB (50 of 113, 691 yards, 6 TDs); Layvester James, Jr., QB (60 of 117, 715 yards, 4 TDs); Jeremy Kessler, Sr., DB (72 tackles, 2 interceptions).

Schedule: Aug. 27–at Bemidji State, 7 p.m. Sept. 5–Concordia-St. Paul, 1 p.m. Sept. 19–at Valley City State, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26–Jamestown College, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3–Dakota State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10–at South Dakota Mines, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17–Black Hills State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24–at Mayville State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31–at Dickinson State, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8–Dacotah Bank DAC Bowl at Fargodome, TBA.

On the web: www.msubeavers.com

South Dakota Mines

Coach: Dan Kratzer (fifth season)

2008 record: 5-5

Returning starters: 21

Players to watch (2008 statistics): Jamie Dale, So., RB (160 carries, 865 yards, 12 TDs); Dustin Meneley, Jr., DB (44 tackles, 3 interceptions); Nick Russell, So., QB (182 of 298, 1,969 yards, 13 TDs); Tyrell Anderson, Sr., LB (74 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss); Tom Lunzman, Jr., DB (84 tackles, 6 interceptions); Tom Luchini, Jr., LB (72 tackles, 7 tackles for loss).

Schedule: Aug. 29–Montana Tech, 7 p.m. Sept. 19–Dakota State, 2 p.m. Sept. 26–at Mayville State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3–at Jamestown College, 1 p.m. Oct. 10–Minot State, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17–at Dickinson State, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24–Valley City State, 2 p.m. Oct. 31–at Black Hills State, 2 p.m. Nov. 8–Dacotah Bank DAC Bowl at Fargodome, TBA

On the web: www.sdmt.edu/athletics

Valley City State

Coach: Dennis McCulloch (13th season)

2008 record: 5-5

Returning starters: 15

Players to watch (2008 statistics): Tommy Butler, Sr., DT (40 tackles, 2.5 sacks); Kevin Strang, Jr., LB (97 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss); Cody Beck, Jr., LB (77 tackles); Jason Hollett, Sr., TE (15 catches, 244 yards, 5 TDs).

Schedule: Aug. 29–at Minnesota State Moorhead, 1 p.m. Sept. 12–Concordia College, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19–Minot State, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26–at Dickinson State, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3–Black Hills State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10–at Dakota State, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17–Mayville State, 1 p.m. Oct. 24–at South Dakota Mines, 2 p.m. Oct. 31–Jamestown College, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8–Dacotah Bank DAC Bowl at Fargodome, TBA.

On the web: http://vikings.vcsu.edu

OTHER SMALL COLLEGES

North Dakota State College of Science

Coach: Chuck Parsons (third season)

2008 record: 5-5

Returning starters: 10

Players to watch (2008 statistics): Derek Earls, So., LB; Bowen Andersen, So., OL; Jon Caspers, So., OL; Brian Miller, Fr., RB; Cecil Boe, Fr., WR; Milhomme Jean-Charles, Fr., DE; Angelo Ruiz, Fr., FS; Aireal Boyd, So., CB.

Schedule: Aug. 29–at Dakota College of Bottineau, 2 p.m. Sept. 5–at Joliet Junior College, 1 p.m. Sept. 12–Grand Rapids Community College, 1 p.m. Sept. 19–at Harper College, 1 p.m. Sept. 26–College of DuPage, 1 p.m. Oct. 3–at Rock Valley College, 1 p.m. Oct. 8–Concordia JV, 6 p.m. Oct. 17–Iowa Western, 1 p.m. Oct. 22–at Ellsworth Community College, 7 p.m. Oct. 31–Iowa Central Community College, 1 p.m.

On the web: www.ndscs.nodak.edu/athletics/index.jsp