On a warm and pleasant afternoon in Wahpeton, North Dakota, the DCB Lumberjack football team remained perfect in the MCAC Western Division with a 21-19 victory over the North Dakota State College of Science. The Jacks spoiled Homecoming in Wahpeton as they get ready for their own homecoming celebration on October 14th.
NDSCS opened the scoring in the first quarter as RB Kingston Myles ran off tackle for 50 yards and a TD to give the Wildcats the early lead. DCB responded with 2 Touchdowns in the 2nd quarter, a TD pass from Jackson Argoe to Quay Harvey and an Argoe touchdown run, to take a 14-7 lead at halftime. Jacks LB Aaron Appleton intercepted a screen pass in the 3rd quarter to set up another Jackson Argoe touchdown run on a QB sneak to put DCB up 21-7. A coverage breakdown in the Lumberjacks secondary set up a touchdown by ND Science to cut the lead to 21-13 at the end of 3 quarters. The Wildcats scored one more TD in the 4th, but DCB sacked QB Malik Gaillard on the 2 pt conversion attempt and then stopped the Wildcats several times late in the game to seal up the victory.
NJCAA national rushing leader Elijah Todd of DCB injured his shoulder in the second quarter and did not play the rest of the day. The DCB offense responded with 201 yards passing from Jackson Argoe to make up for a limited running game. However, late in the game when the Jacks needed it, they ran the clock out with several key rushes. For DCB, QB Jackson Argoe was 13-24 on the day for 201 yards and 1 TD while also accounting for 30 more yards and 2 TD's on the ground. RB DeRante Sanders had 69 yards rushing while WR Devious Brooks caught 3 passes for 82 yards. On defense, Trent Postma collected 14 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and intercepted a pass for the Lumberjacks. PK Francisco Flores was 3-3 on his extra points, helping to provide the margin of victory.
With the win, DCB improves to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the MCAC Western Division. With a win next weekend over Minnesota State – Fergus Falls on homecoming, the Jacks will clinch the Division title and earn home field advantage all the way to the MCAC Championship game November 12th in St. Cloud, Minnesota. DCB also holds on to the "Lumbercats" trophy, the prize the Lumberjacks and Wildcats play for each year, for a second straight year for the first time in the history of the trophy.
Kickoff for the homecoming game will be at noon on Saturday, October 14th. Homecoming Week (Lumberjack Days) itself begins on Monday, October 9th with lots of activities on tap. The whole schedule is posted on the DCB website as well as Facebook and Twitter.