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Eric Peterson, Published November 08 2010

DAC Bowl has one last hurrah

In hindsight, Bud Etzold thought there would have been a better way to set the matchups for the Dacotah Bank DAC Bowl at the Fargodome.

“Looking back on it, we probably should have matched the teams up where the teams that were leaving played the teams that were staying,” said Etzold, the Jamestown College head football coach. “Maybe that would have added a little excitement.”

Sunday marked the end of the Dakota Athletic Conference football as a recognized NAIA conference. Minot State, Black Hills State and South Dakota Mines are transitioning to NCAA Division II.

Dakota State will be an independent and no longer affiliated with the DAC name. Jamestown College, Dickinson State, Valley City State and Mayville State will operate under the DAC name, but will be considered NAIA independents.

Jamestown College scored a 48-14 victory Sunday against Mayville State in both teams’ DAC swan song. Valley City State rolled to a

62-39 victory against Dakota State.

“There are a lot of mixed emotions,” Valley City State head coach Dennis McCulloch said. “First of all, it’s your seniors last day and that’s always hard, losing those guys, playing their last game. The end of the DAC, that’s not a fun experience and thinking about those things.”

Jamestown College had two record performances on Sunday afternoon. Junior wide receiver Max Boe caught a 42-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to set the Jimmies career record for TD catches with 22. Senior defensive back Dustin Erbes, from Colfax, N.D., had two interceptions, one of which he returned 90 yards for a touchdown. Erbes finished the season with nine interceptions for a school record.

“There were plenty of emotions going, the last game being a senior, not making the playoffs and the DAC being down this year. It was a big game,” Erbes said. “I think our level of play was up for sure today. We brought everything we had today and played our best game.”

Valley City State also had some big performances. The Vikings racked up 658 yards en route to victory with three players rushing for more than 100 yards. Senior quarterback Trent Kosel completed 13 of 18 passes for 255 yards and four touchdowns. Kosel also rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 16 attempts.

“It’s a really competitive great league,” McCulloch said. “We’re all similar. We’re all similar in the types of institutions we are. … Why break it up? But there is a bigger picture for other people, so we have to go find a situation that we fit into.”

Dickinson State, Jamestown College, Mayville State, Valley City State are each scheduled to play each other twice next season in football.

Beyond that, there is no certainty.

“It will definitely be different,” Mayville State coach Nathan Chin said. “There is no doubt about it. As far as the feeling of being the DAC and not, it’s definitely going to have that different feeling where it’s not going to truly be the DAC. It will be odd when you go look for scores on Sundays.”

While Etzold is sad to see the DAC disband, he said there is nothing to do at this point but reflect and look forward.

“It’s also a time to remember all the good times,” Etzold said. “I was probably sadder at the beginning knowing it was going to happen. Now it’s a matter of looking forward. Life goes on. We’ll forge ahead and find something.”

Valley City State 62, Dakota State 39

Dakota State 10 0 14 15—39

Valley City State 14 27 7 14—62

DSU—Berg 84 kickoff return (Lechner kick)

VCSU—Elliot 3 run (Davis kick)

VCSU—Kosel 46 run (Davis kick)

DSU—Lechner 32 FG

VCSU—Pfeifer 42 pass from Kosel (kick blocked)

VCSU—Ziemba 6 pass from Kosel (Davis kick)

VCSU—Derilus 3 run (Davis kick)

VCSU—Derilus 3 run (Davis kick)

DSU—Berg 40 pass from Bagala (Lechner kick)

VCSU—Proctor 38 pass from Kosel (Davis kick)

DSU—Curtis 11 pass from Bagala (Lechner kick)

DSU—Whealy 1 run (McIntire pass from Bagala)

VCSU—Schoenecker 7 pass from Kosel (Davis kick)

VCSU—Proctor 8 pass from Backstrom (Davis kick)

DSU—Trimble 5 pass from Bagala (Lechner kick)


RUSHING: DSU, Bunker 13-34, Trimble 3-30, Bagala 6-20, Curtis 2-16, Whealy 4-5. VCSU, Elliot 16-131, Derilus 21-122, Kosel 16-107, Pfeifer 4-35.

PASSING: DSU, Bagala 15-33-1 198 yards. VCSU, Kosel 13-18-1 255, Backstrom 1-1-0 8.

RECEIVING: DSU, Curtis 6-73, Berg 5-100, McIntire 2-17, Trimble 1-5, Tinklenberg 1-3. VCSU, Proctor 5-132, Elliot 3-9, Ziemba 2-30, Schoenecker 2-30, Pfeifer 1-42, Backstrom 1-20.

Jamestown College 48, Mayville State 14

Mayville State 0 7 0 7—14

Jamestown College 13 14 21 0—48

JC—Ewalt 34 run (pass failed)

JC—Ewalt 20 pass from Beehler (Nygard kick)

JC—Johansen 2 run (Nygard kick)

MSU—Bradley 3 run (Yamanouchi kick)

JC—Hausauer 28 pass from Beehler (Nygard kick)

JC—Boe 42 pass from Beehler (Nygard kick)

JC—Sackmann 5 punt block return (Nygard kick)

JC—Erbes 90 interception return (Nygard kick)

MSU—Bradley 1 run (Yamanouchi kick)


RUSHING: MSU, Bradley 20-90, Ford 17-39, Evenstad 1-2, Carpenter 2-2, Redd 2-0. JC, Mitthaugen 9-60, Johansen 7-46, Volk 6-43, Ewalt 1-34, Gibson 3-0, Boe 1-(minus-1), Team 4-(minus-9), Beehler 1-(minus-12).

PASSING: MSU, Carpenter 9-22-1 151 yards, Evenstad 4-6-2 17. JC, Beehler 11-16-0 179, Gibson 0-1-0 0.

RECEIVING: MSU, Sloan 3-56, Kunkel 4-42, Bradley 1-30, Eisenheimer 3-27, Ramirez 1-7, Redd 1-6. JC,

Minot State 30, South Dakota Mines 7

Minot State 7 9 7 7—30

S.D. Mines 7 0 0 0—7

SDM—E. Brill 1 run (Smith kick)

MSU—Lester 27 run (Richardson kick)

MSU—Safety, Moheit tackled in end zone

MSU—Lester 40 pass from Torgerson (Richardson kick)

MSU—Sorenson 70 fumble return (Richardson kick)

MSU—Lester 25 pass from Torgerson (Richardson kick)


RUSHING: MSU, Schatz 18-69, Lester 4-45, Youngren 12-35, Torgerson 7-32. SDM, 1-19, Van Lacken 6-12, Barth 9-5, E. Brill 2-3.

PASSING: MSU, Torgerson 10-11-0 139 yards. Russell 17-32-2 277.

RECEIVING: MSU, Lester 3-73, Hollinger 2-6, Howard 1-18, Meadows 1-18. SDM, Ostheimer 4-99, Roberts 3-81, Barth 3-21, Van Lacken 2-38.

Dickinson State 21,

Black Hills State 0

Black Hills State 0 0 0 0—0

S.D. Mines 7 0 0 14—21

DSU—Holland 2 run (Escobedo kick)

DSU—Velasquez 1 run (Escobedo kick)

DSU—Velasquez 2 run (Escobedo kick)


RUSHING: BHSU, DeSanti 13-49, Nielsen 13-43, Jager 1-6, Hancock 4-6, Hodgs 4-(-13). DSU, Herr 14-29, Williams 7-9, Haughian 6-10, Velasquez 5-8, Grosz 3-10, Holland 5-7, TEAM 2-0.

PASSING: BHSU, Hodgs 6-15-2 12, Zandstra 1-3-0 10. DSU, Holland 14-21-0 249.

RECEIVING: BHSU, Hancock 3-9, Worthington 2-9, DeSanti 1-6, Nielsen 1-(minus-2). DSU, Leak 5-156, Pauley 2-33, Smith 2-28, Haughian 2-13, Herr 1-9, Grosz 1-5, Straub 1-5.

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