The South Dakota School of Mines football team rolled up 62 points last week against rival Black Hills State University to easily win the 133rd meeting of the Black Hills Brawl.
The Hardrockers didn't need all of those points, as the Jackets scored just 14.
Today, Mines just might need to put 62 on the board against a red-hot Adams State squad today, with kickoff set for 1 p.m. at O'Harra Stadium. The Grizzlies, winners of four straight games, put 65 up last week in the three-point win over Chadron State College.
With the Hardrockers, 2-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and 3-3 overall, at the halfway mark of their season,Saturday's matchup with Adams State, 4-2, 4-2 is a big one for his team.
"We have a huge challenge coming into town with Adams State," Mines coach Zach Tinker said after the win over BHSU. "It won't take much to get our guys' attention."
If the last two games between the two programs are any indication of what could be in store today, don't blink. You might miss a score.
Last season the Grizzlies held off the Hardrockers on their home turf 52-44, but two years ago Mines had the upper hand in Rapid City, 62-35.
The Grizzlies are averaging 53 points a game in their last four wins. Quarterback Nick Rooney has thrown at least four touchdowns in each of the Grizzlies wins and at least 300 passing yards in each win. Rooney currently leads the RMAC in passing touchdowns (22), yards (1,952), average/game (325.3), total offense (2,134 yards), and total offense/game (355.7 yards). In Division II, his 22 touchdowns and 1,952 yards are second most. His 325.3 passing yards and 355.7 total yards per game per game are both third.
A part of Rooney's success is he has found a trio of receivers that have stepped in different way in Chad Hovasse, Marquese Surrell, and Miles Fishback. Hovasse is second in the RMAC in receiving touchdowns with 11, which is tied for second in Division II. His 723 receiving yards are second in the RMAC and fourth in Division II. He is third in the league in receiving yards a game (120.5), while ranking in Division II. He also leads the RMAC in receptions per game and is second in Division II at 8.8 per game.
The Hardrockers counter with the passing attack of senior Jake Sullivan, who has completed 147-of-231 passes for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns, and is the program's all-time leader in touchdown passes with 57.
His main targets include senior Isaiah Manley (40 catches, 556 yards and five TDS) and Joe Luebbers (26-325).
Mines has one of the top running back tandems in the RMAC, led by senior Connor Silveria, who has 603 yards and eight TDS. Last week Silveria ran for 227 yards and two touchdowns, catching four passes for 33 yards and two more scores.
Senior Kevin Thompson also has 278 yards, while Sullivan adds 196 yards on the season to his total offensive numbers.
Jackets still searching for first win
Black Hills State has two three-point defeats this season that could have gone the other way. Yet, they came up short and are still win-less on the season at 0-6.
They'll get a shot for that elusive victory today when they host New Mexico Highlands at 1 p.m. at Lyle Hare Stadium.
The Cowboys, 1-3 in the RMAC and 2-3 overall, are coming off a 48-3 loss to Colorado State University-Pueblo. Danny Cameron threw for 96 yards and was intercepted three times. Dione Alston had 50 yards rushing, while Zach Drew-Toles had 47 receiving yards.
After missing two straight games with injury, the Jackets got starting QB Ryan Hommel back last week and Hommel was 15-of-22 for 153 yards, one toucdown and one interception. Also back is starting running back Payten Gilmore, although Gilmore ran for just 12 yards on two carries in the loss to Mines.
Eagles have a week off
After seeing their three-game win streak snapped last weekend, the Chadron State Eagles have a bye this week before hosting Dixie State on Oct. 20.
It was a wild game at Adam State, as the Grizzlies led 45-42 at halftime. Neither team scored in the third quarter before both teams put up 20 more points in the fourth.
Going into the game, the Eagles, 4-2, 4-2, had averaged 34 points a game in their last three contests and kept up the offense and then some against Adams State.
Quarterback Dalton Holst was just 12-of-29 passing for 205 yards, but threw five TD passes — two each to Cole Thurness (St. Thomas More graduate) and Brandon Fullerton.
Running back Kevin Coy ran for 153 yards and three scores.