The DCB Lumberjacks dropped to 3-3 with a hard fought 9-7 loss to undefeated NDSCS, now 6-0, on a wet, slippery and muddy field today in Bottineau. The conditions and rock solid defense on both sides limited both teams offenses to paltry numbers. The Jacks managed just 19 yards passing and 127 yards on the ground. NDSCS had 11 yards passing and 166 yards rushing.
After a scoreless first half, the Lumberjacks opened the scoring with a 7 yard touchdown run by Jalen Wilson. Alex Knoebel added the extra point. With 4:57 remaining in the third quarter, Wildcat DB Habonimana Simon picked up a lose ball on the Jacks 3 yard line and easily scored a TD. Spencer Skeesick added the PAT to knot the game at 7.
In the fourth quarter the Wildcats would tackle DCB Quarterback Jackson Argoe in the end-zone for a safety putting the Cats up 9-7.
With just over 3 minutes left in the game the Jacks forced the Wildcats into a fourth and 4 from mid-field. With the Wildcats in punt formation a Jacks defender went offside (the Jacks 7th offside/illegal procedure penalty of the game) giving the Cats the ball and a first down. With the Cats out of timeouts they could not stop NDSCS from simply running the clock down for the 9-7 victory.
The defense and special teams were sharp as they forced and recovered three fumbles and blocked a field Goal attempt. Nekio Hayes-Thurman, Aaron Appleton and Isaiah Dennis-McLaen all had a big games defensively. Hayes-Thurman had 9 tackles, 2 tackles for losses and a fumble recovery. Appleton raked in 14 tackles, 2 for a loss and a QB hurry, Dennis-McLean, who seemed to be around the football all night, had 14 tackles, a tackle for a loss, a pass knockdown and a fumble recovery.
Offensively Wilson ran for 85 yards on 26 carries until leaving the game with an undisclosed injury in the thrid quarter. The Wilcats attempted to poung the ball between the tackles and mix in the odd end run. Nothing fancy just hard nose football. Dontay Watson did most of the damage for the Wildcats picking up 77 yards on 21 carries. Jay-len Brown added 78 yards on 9 carries, most of that coming on a 60 yarder in the second half.
The Jacks will look to re-group as they take on Minnesota State Community and Technical College next Saturday October 13th at 3:00pm in Fergus Falls. The Spartans were scheduled to play Ridgewater today but Ridgewater announced earlier this week they would be suspending their program.