On a cold and snowy day, DCB's regular season came to an end with a 48-43 defeat to Mesabi Range College in the MCAC Semifinals. Mistakes in all three facets of the ballgame and a defense that was playing shorthanded with both starting strong safeties out of the game doomed the Jacks.
With 4-6 inches of snow falling in the Bottineau area on Friday night and Saturday morning, Les Christian Field was covered. Workers cleared a lot of the snow, but the field was still slippery and the game started a half hour late. DCB scored first with a 38 yard touchdown pass from Jackson Argoe to Michael Dunn, but DCB's special teams broke down on the ensuing kickoff, which was returned for a touchdown and the score was DCB 7, Mesabi Range 6. There was no more scoring until about 4 minutes left in the 1st half when Mesabi scored again to take a 14-7 lead. DCB scored with about a minute to go to retake the lead, but Mesabi drove down to score again and take a 20-15 lead into the locker room.
Elijah Todd returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a TD to give DCB a 23-20 lead and the game went back and forth from there. After Mesabi took a 34-31 lead, DCB had several chances to score, but turnovers and breakdowns allowed Mesabi to hold on. After stopping DCB on the 1 yard line early in the 4th quarter, a Mesabi RB went around the right end for a 98 yard touchdown run to open up the lead 41-31. DCB Drove down again, but a Jackson Argoe interception was returned 85 yards for a TD to put Mesabi up 48-31. DCB drove again, but another interception in Mesabi territory stopped a drive. With about 4 minutes to go, the Jacks scored twice to cut the lead to 5 with a 1:45 left, but an onside kick was recovered by the Norse to end the game.
For the Lumberjacks, Todd finished with 110 yards rushing and 2 TD's scored, adding another TD on the kickoff return. Devious Brooks and Michael Dunn each had a touchdown receiving as the Lumberjacks compiled 424 yards of total offense. Defensively, LB's Trent Postma and Aaron Appleton had 10 and 9 tackles respectively to lead the Jacks defense.
DCB finishes the regular season with an 8-2 record and will now wait for a possible bowl bid. NJCAA bowl bids will be announced on Tuesday, November 14th.