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RAPID CITY, SD — The South Dakota School of Mines football got off to a hot start Saturday to open the 132nd playing of the Black Hills Brawl against the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets in Spearfish, SD., but the Yellow Jackets came on in the second half to defeat their rivals, 25-24, on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets took back the Homestake Trophy, after the Hardrockers had control of it for the past two years.
After trailing, 24-6 at halftime, Black Hills State (2-2, 2-2 RMAC) held the Hardrockers (2-2, 1-2 RMAC) scoreless in the second half, allowing just 61 total yards while BHSU collected 332 yards, scoring 19 unanswered points.
The Hardrockers had a quick first strike taking a 7-0 lead after scoring on a 12-play, 75-yard first possession, capped by junior quarterback Jake Sullivan‘s run from three yards out, just four minutes into the game. Then after a BHSU fumble on the first play of their opening drive, the Hardrockers added another touchdown to lead, 14-0, with 9:17 remaining in the first quarter when Sullivan hit freshman Brandon LaBrie on a screen pass that he punched into the end zone.
With 1:36 left in the first quarter, BHSU’s Jarrell Ganaway intercepted a pass and after Phydell Paris tallied a 12-yard rush, Ryan Hommel hooked up with Tanner Gamble for an 11-yard touchdown, to come within 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The Hardrockers started the second quarter with another touchdown on a 61-yard TD run from Sullivan and then and added a field goal from junior Robbie Jo Gerarden with three minutes remaining in the half to lead, 24-6.
In the second half, the Yellow Jackets initial drive resulted in a 54-yard touchdown reception for Shandon Jones. Followed by a 31-yard hook up between Hommel and Erick Hairston-Belcher, and ending with a 4-yard rushing touchdown for Paris. With 1:17 remaining in the third quarter, the Yellow Jackets trailed, 24-19.
After a SD Mines turnover, BHSU used four plays and a 21-yard run from Paris, to give the home team a 25-24 lead and the eventual win.
Hommel, making the start at quarterback after missing last week, finished with 320 yards and two touchdowns. Paris tallied 140 yards and two touchdowns. Jones had 107 yards receiving, including one touchdown, while Gamble had a touchdown and 63 yards receiving.
Sullivan threw for 148 yards and one touchdown for the Hardrockers, while also recording 114 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.
Along with the 25 yard field goal in the second quarter, Gerarden added three extra points and added to his SD Mines career record (98).
Defensively for the ‘Rockers, seniors Blake Stone and Troy Kurtz both finished with 12 tackles. Kurtz also had a sack in the game. Senior Jake Fitzgerald ended the game with seven tackles, two sacks and forced fumble. Senior EJ DeVeaux recorded four pass break-ups and six total tackles.
The loss drops SD Mines to 2-2 on the season and 1-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Next up, the Hardrockers travel to Alamosa, Colo., to face Adams State University on Sept. 30 in a 1 p.m. game.