Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, had no answer for the powerful rushing attack of Derek Jackson, senior of Pueblo West, Colorado, in CSC’s win over the Yellowjackets, 35-14.
Jackson finished with 173 yards and two touchdowns. He was the work horse of the game, carrying the ball 39 times, averaging a little more than four yards per try. He moved into fifth all-time in the CSC record books for career yards, with 3,059.
Redshirt freshman of Gillette, Wyoming, Dalton Holst led the Eagle offense efficiently, throwing for 209 yards on 12 completions and two scores. His longest completion of 55 yards went to Colt Foster, redshirt sophomore of Hemingford, on a touchdown strike down the middle of the field. Holst also had a 44-yard touchdown toss to Jackson Dickerson, redshirt sophomore of Chadron, for the first score of the game.
Foster led the receivers with 79 yards on four receptions.
Once again, the defense showed their dominance, holding the Yellowjackets to less than 100 yards in the first half.
The Eagles forced four turnovers, three interceptions and a fumble recovery late in the first half by Tyler Lewis, redshirt sophomore of Arvada, Colorado, who scooped the ball and returned it 67 yards for CSC’s final score. The Eagles went into the halftime break up 35-0.
Lewis was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week, finishing with eight tackles, four solo, and two pass breakups.
Offensively, the Eagles struggled more in the second half, while the Yellowjackets picked up their offense, adding two scores, one right at the start of the second half, and the last with five minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
Senior safety Brian Wood, of Stockton, California, sealed the win for CSC with an interception, with less than three minutes to play.
The Eagles finish the season Saturday against Colorado State University-Pueblo, at noon. It will be the final game played at Elliott Field before construction begins on the multi-million dollar renovation project.