SPEARFISH — Black Hills State University’s football team earned a 13-7 Swarm Days victory over Fort Lewis, Saturday afternoon, at Lyle Hare Stadium in Spearfish.
“Our motto towards the end of the week was ‘Whatever it takes to win, find a way,’” Yellow Jackets’ head coach John Reiners said. “The score, the stats, it doesn’t matter. They found a way, and I’m just very proud of those guys.”
Fort Lewis took the opening kickoff and drove to the Black Hills State 20-yard line. Yellow Jacket defensive back Brady Morris intercepted a pass in the end zone to end the threat.
Black Hills State needed only three plays to take the lead. Kielar Harpham sprinted 52 yards along the right sideline for the touchdown. Sean Dorney’s extra-point kick gave the Yellow Jackets a 7-0 lead.
The visiting Skyhawks drove from their 25-yard line to the Black Hills State 7. A field goal attempt was unsuccessful.
Fort Lewis’ Shane Wetzel recovered a Yellow Jacket fumble with 2 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter. The ensuing 25-yard drive ended on Erik Ornduff’s 4-yard touchdown run. Hogan Keasler added the extra point to pull Fort Lewis into a 7-7 halftime tie.
King Josh Vaith and queen Rachel Hopperdietzel were introduced during halftime festivities.
Also at halftime, six individuals and two teams were welcomed as the newest members of the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame. Individuals were Jaime Bentley, Lacey Haughian, Aaron Nida, Aubrey (Baxter) Schuurmans, Tim Treick, and Allen Finch. Teams were the 2003 men’s cross country squad and the 2005 women’s cross country team.
Black Hills State marched 66 yards in seven plays on the second half’s first drive. Chance Eben found the end zone on an 8-yard run, but a blocked extra-point try kept the score at 13-7.
Fort Lewis responded by driving from its 25-yard line to the Black Hills State 22. A field goal try missed the mark.
Skyhawk Jayden Helms recovered a fumble at the Black Hills State 10-yard line with 8 1/2 minutes left. Three plays gained a total of zero yards to set up a fourth and goal from the 10.
Arealous Hughes caught a short pass and headed to the end zone. Josh Gurnaby made the stop at the 1-yard line to give possession to Black Hills State.
Fort Lewis’ next drive went from its 37-yard line to the Yellow Jacket 17. A fourth-down pass fell imcomplete, and Black Hills State regained possession.
Nolan Susel recorded runs of 11 and 67 yards to put the Yellow Jackets at the Fort Lewis 3-yard line to seal the win.
“He’s been running really well the last couple of weeks,” Reiners said in describing Susel’s efforts. “He stepped up and did a great job.”
Black Hills State claimed a 239-190 edge in net rushing yardage. Susel gained 127 yards for the Yellow Jackets, with Jeff Hansen gaining 96 yards to pace Fort Lewis.
Fort Lewis outgained Black Hills State 131-89 in passing yardage. Eben passed for 70 yards for Black Hills State, with Ornduff throwing for 70 yards for Fort Lewis.
Harpham caught four passes for 40 yards to lead Yellow Jacket receivers. Parker Strahler’s efforts for the Skyhawks featured six catches for 51 yards.
“It just gives them confidence,” Reiners said in describing the impact of defensive stops. “That’s one thing we’ve lacked.”
Reiners said the Yellow Jacket offense moved the ball, but turnovers hurt.
Statistical leaders follow.
Net rushing — Black Hills State: Nolan Susel 11 carries for 127 yards, Kielar Harpham 6-80, Chance Eben 5-24. Fort Lewis: Jeff Hansen 28-96.
Passing — Black Hills State: Chance Eben 5 completions in 8 attempts, 70 yards; Tyler Hammons 2-5, 10 yards; Harpham 1-1, 9 yards. Fort Lewis: Erik Ornduff 10-17, 70 yards.
Receiving — Black Hills State: KielarHarpham 4 catches for 40 yards, Jordan Pace 1-30, Payten Gilmore 1-9. Fort Lewis: Parker Strahler 6-51.
Total tackles — Black Hills State: Josh Gurnaby 10 (7 solo and 3 assist), Brady Morris 9 (4 solo and 5 assist), Bailey Rosenstrauch 8 (3 solo and 5 assist). Fort Lewis: Darrian Stickney 9 (9 assist).
Black Hills State (1-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, 1-3 overall) will visit Dixie State on Saturday, Oct. 5. Fort Lewis is now 2-2 in the conference and 2-2 overall.
In Saturday’s other conference games, Dixie State defeated South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 28-16 while Colorado Mesa downed Chadron State 42-30. Adams State edged Western State 38-31, and Colorado Mines defeated New Mexico Highlands 42-13.
CSU-Pueblo played nonconference foe Texas A&M University and prevailed 24-17.