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Eastern wins first game against Dickinson State

DICKINSON, North Dakota — The Eastern Oregon University football team squared off with Dickinson State for the first time in program history Saturday.

And to kick off the rivalry, the Mountaineers did something to the Blue Hawks that hadn’t been done in 241 games: shut them out.

The Eastern Oregon defense came up with stop after stop and the offense did just enough to give the Mountaineers a 14-0 victory.

“I told them (Friday) that this wasn’t a game-plan game,” coach Tim Camp told the Dickinson Press. 

“This was a game of passion, this was a game of being physical and this was a game of executing. I thought the defense did a great job of executing today.”

As has been the theme this season, EOU used two quarterbacks.

Jason Simonis started the game only to be replaced by Ray Walser in the second quarter.

And for the second week in a row, Walser was able to spark the offense.

The junior completed 10 of 14 passes for 89 yards and connected with Jace Billingsley for a nine-yard touchdown pass to give the Mounties a 7-0 lead at halftime.

Walser then orchestrated a 16-play, 71-yard drive to start the third quarter. The drive ended when Sean Hurlbut pounded it in from two-yards out to add to the lead.

But it was the EOU defense that had the biggest impact in the win.

The Mountaineers had eight sacks, two intereceptions and recovered a fumble.

Howard McDonald had 12 tackles, a sack, an interception and forced a fumble that he recovered.

Hurlbut ran for 57 yards on 13 carries, while Chris McGinnis-Parker had 54 yards on 14 attempts.

Justin Reynolds caught five passes for 46 yards, and Billingsley had four for 25 yards.

The Blue Hawks also used two quarterbacks, with Thad Lane completing six of 13 passes with an interception, and Matt Harkless completing five of 13 with one pick.

The Mountaineers are now 4-4 overall this season and will return home to Community Stadium Saturday against Southern Oregon.

The Raiders defeated Eastern Oregon 68-22 earlier this season.

Saturday’s game will be EOU’s senior day.

Kickoff is scheduled for noon, not 1 p.m. like previous games. 

Live video and stats will be available on EOUSports.com, with live radio on KCMB 104.7 FM. Grande.

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