MOBRIDGE, SD (AP) — Opening night for North Central South Dakota Polytechnic Institute (Norcentral) proved delightful for Plover Nation as the Freaking Plovers defeated the 5th ranked Boise State Broncos 42-6.
The Plover offense struck early and never let up. Senior quarterback J. P. Richardson led the way completing 6 of 10 passes for 180 yards and 4 touchdowns. Junior Dan Tyson threw another TD in fourth quarter mop up duty.
With starters Lance Atkins and Sean Marks suspended for violating team rules, the Plover defensive secondary showed glaring deficiency. Bronco quarterback Gil Bates lit them up with 4 passes of 40 yards or more, setting up the two field goals.
But Norcentral was steadfast against the run, throwing Boise to a total -32 yards rushing. Junior linebacker Adam Phillips led the charge with 6 tackles for loss.
During his post game press conference, Norcentral’s Head Football Coach and Chancellor (for life) Gomer S. Blake spoke in an unusually cautious style.
“I was generously pleased with the outcome tonight. Let’s win!”, he muttered. I was
pleased the way the offense was clicking on all 8 gears and protected the ball. Let’s win! You know, I have always stressed ball protection. Let’s win! Paint the ball green and tell them it’s a cantaloupe I always say. Let’s win!”
“I am not so happy about the defense. While the front line and linebackers played with veracity, the backs got totally refuddled. I wish I could dismember why I suspended Lance and Sean. Let’s win!”
|How They Scored:|
|1st Quarter||2:38 TD Plovers:K. Powell 53 yd pass from J. Richardson (B. Todd kick)|
|0:24 TG Plovers: J. Burch 40 yd pass from J. Richardson (B. Todd kick)|
|2nd Quarter||2:03 TD Plovers: K. Mc Donald 7 yd pass from J. Richardson (B. Todd kick)|
|0:25 TD Plovers: J. Burch 54 yd pass from J. Richardson (B: Todd kick)|
|0:01 FG Boise: E. Winston 41 yards|
|3rd Quarter||2:25 FG Boise: E. Winston 47 yards|
|4th Quarter||4:56 TD Plovers: K. Mc Donald 3 yd run (B. Todd kick)|
|2:38 TD Plovers: G. Williams 17 yd pass from D. Tyson (B. Todd kick)|
|4-9||3rd Down Conv||7-8|
|0-2||4th Down Conv||0-0|