The South Dakota School of Mines football team has a tall order ahead of them today as the Hardrockers travel to Pueblo, Colorado to face 16th-ranked CSU-Pueblo. The contest is set for a 2 p.m. kickoff at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.

The ThunderWolves are coming off a 23-13 win against then-No. 1 Texas A&M-Commerce. The victory marked the second time the Pack have defeated a No. 1 team, with the first time coming against Minnesota State University, Mankato in the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship.

South Dakota Mines is 2-2 on the season with a 1-2 record in conference, with wins against Western (38-21) and Simon Fraser (52-28) and losses to Colorado Mesa (36-33) and Dixie State (51-47).

The Hardrockers are coming off the tough road loss to Dixie State. Mines led 33-27 at the half in a shootout of a first half. The back-and-forth match continued in the second frame as the Hardrockers led 47-44 with 5:23 remaining, but a Dixie State touchdown with 1:39 remaining.

Yellow Jackets to hosts Dixie State in Swarm Days game

Black Hills State University will be searching for its first win of the season when it hosts Dixie State in its annual Swarm Days homecoming tilt.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. today at Lyle Hare Stadium.

The Trailblazers, 3-1, are coming off a wild 51-47 win over South Dakota Mines last Saturday in St. George, Utah. The two teams combined for 1,166 yards of offense.

Black Hills State, meanwhile, played without an injured starting quarterback Ryan Hommel and fell to 0-4 on the season with a tough 34-14 loss to Fort Lewis in Durango, Colorado. The Yellow Jackets had five turnovers, while forcing three. Collin Powers threw for 177 yards and one touchdown, while Tyler Hammons threw for 77 yards and one score.

Eagles to host Western in homecoming game

After coming off one of its biggest wins this decade, the Chadron State College football team will look to keep the momentum Saturday whenit hosts Western State Colorado today in its homecoming game at Elliott Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Now 3-1 for the season, rallied last week for a big 38-34 win over then No. 14 Colorado Mesa In Grand Junction, Colorado.

The Eagles rolled up 645 yards of offense.

The Mountaineers are 0-4, but have been close, losing to Adams State 44-41 last week.

Supporting coach for Cure MD

Many of the coaching staffs in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, including South Dakota School of Mines and Black Hills State, will be wearing patches this weekend in support of Coach to Cure MD.

This will be the 11th consecutive year that collegiate coaches have worn the patch, and the annual effort has raised nearly $2 million dollars to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Fans can help support the fight to end Duchenne by either going to CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 50555 to make a $10 donation.

"Coach To Cure MD has become a strong partner of the AFCA and college coaches around the country, and we're proud to support the cause again this season and bring awareness to the need for medical research," said Hardrocker coach Zach Tinker.

Duchenne is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood, primarily affecting boys of all races and cultures. People with Duchenne develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency, and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne. But thanks to Coach to Cure MD and the work of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, there is hope.

RMAC Players of the Week

Offense

Chadron State sophomore quarterback Dalton Holst completed 26-of-40 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns against Colorado Mesa. Mesa was the fourth-best scoring defense in the RMAC (after week 4). He had the fifth highest yardage total in the nation, and currently ranks No. 30 for the season.

Defense

CSU-Pueblo linebacker Brandon Payer led the ThunderWolves defense in the 23-13 victory at No. 1 Texas A&M Commerce. He totaled 10 tackles (six solo) against the defending NCAA Division II National Champions and recorded 3.5 tackles for loss. He also recovered a key fumble in the fourth quarter to stop a Lion drive at midfield. Payer leads the RMAC with 46 tackles (20 solo) and has an RMAC-best 10 tackles for loss (-18 yards).

Special teams

CSU-Pueblo’s Mitchell Carter scored 11 points in the 23-13 victory. In raining and windy conditions, he went 3-for-4 on field goal attempts, as he hit from 38, 20 and 35 yards (missed from 41). On six kickoffs he totaled 315 yards with one touchback. Carter also got in on the action and recovered a Lion fumble on a kickoff. 

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