Dickinson State and Montana Western kick-off season in Miles City

The Dickinson State University Blue Hawks and the University of Montana Western Bulldogs kicked off their football season at Denton Field in Miles City on Saturday. Western came out on top of Dickinson State with a 29-13 win.

Denton was filled almost to capacity with the bleachers full enough to force some spectators to sit on the grass in the end zones and spend the majority of the game in the DSU tailgating area.

The event started off honoring the Stanton family, who were honorary captains for the Blue Hawks. Dickinson head coach Pete Stanton is a brother of legendary Custer County High School varsity football coach Dan Stanton, who died last year.

The game started very evenly for both teams, the defenses keeping each side from making it too far down field. The Blue Hawks finally broke through when Jamion Lindsey caught a touchdown pass. The two-point conversion failed, giving Dickinson a 6-0 lead.

Western answered in the second quarter with Sam Rutherford running four yards for a touchdown. With the point after, the Bulldogs were up 7-6.

The Blue Hawk defense continued to play well through the quarter, keeping the Bulldogs out of the end zone, but allowing them to get close enough for a field goal attempt. The kick was shanked far to the left.

The second half started as the first ended — with strong defense. Rutherford was the Bulldogs go-to guy and he ran for three yards for another touchdown. He followed up a few plays later with another short run for a TD, putting the Bulldogs up 20-6.

The Bulldogs continued to control the ball.

Austin Urlacher added another touchdown to the Bulldogs score, putting some more padding between the Bulldogs and the Blue Hawks.

A field goal by kicker Connor Greth, were the final points for the Bulldogs who were now up 29-6.

Late in the fourth quarter the Blue Hawks had a short run for a touchdown. The point after cut the lead to 29-13.

Miles City natives Dalton Reid and Robert Nalejawa both saw some playing time. Nalewaja had three solo tackles, 13 assists and an interception. Reid had two catches for two yards.

Dickinson State finished the game with 12 first downs, 49 yards rushing and 169 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

UM-Western finished with 29 first downs, 247 yards rushing, 216 yards passing, four touchdowns, a field goal and two interceptions.