RAPID CITY, SD — The South Daktoa School of Mines football team delivered a dominate performance Saturday against Simon Fraser University, as the Hardrockers defeated their old GNAC foes, 52-28, to cap of homecoming week on Dunham Field at O’Harra Stadium in Rapid City, S.D.
Three touchdowns in the first quarter followed by two in the second period gave the Hardrockers a 42-0 halftime advantage. SD Mines added another seven points in the third quarter before Simon Fraser got any sort of offense going. The Clan scored three TD’s in the final frame as the ‘Rockers had the opportunity to play a number of their younger players. But even the ‘Rocker reserves tacked on 10 points before the final horn blew.
SD Mines tallied 486 total yards of offense, collecting 292 through the air and accumulated 194 on the ground. The Clan finished with 416 yards of total offense with 32 rushing yards and 384 through the air.
Individually for the ‘Rockers, sophomore Korder Cropsey led the rushing attack, carrying the ball 10 times for 84 yards and a breakaway third-quarter touchdown of 47 yards. Senior Connor Silveria ended with 68 yards on 10 carries and score and senior quarterback Jake Sullivan added a rushing touchdown, and senior Isiah Manley also scored a rushing touchdown on a second-quarter end around play.
Sullivan also got the lion’s share of the snaps Saturday completing 24-31 passes for 269 yards and threw two touchdown passes.
Eleven different Hardrocker receivers found their way into the stat book. Freshman Joe Luebbersled the receiving corp. racking up 86 yards on five catches. Sophomore Jeremy Gonzales hauled in four passes (15 yards), Matthew Dietz caught three passes for 46 yards and Silvera had three catches for 43 yards and caught a TD pass. Manley had two receptions for eight yards and also had a touchdown reception.
Sophomore placekicker Enis Sefa had an outstanding performance, making good on a 39-yard field goal to go along with his 7-7 performance on PAT’s on the night. He also had nine kickoffs for 547 yards.
The ‘Rocker Dawg defense also delivered Saturday with four turnovers. They came up with two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by Theodore Scheafer in the second quarter. The defense also recorded eight sacks on the night.
Freshman Will Carroll paced the defense with seven total tackles including a sack. Freshman Cole Peterson also had seven total tackles. Freshman Kyante Christian and junior Michael Retland both notched two sacks in the game and both had five total tackles.
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