Stan Plewe, Dixie State Athletics
Dixie State sophomore Blake Barney (right-center) scampers for a 9-yard touchdown vs. Black Hills State on Saturday. Barney rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns to lead DSU to a 38-16 victory.
The Dixie State football team rolled past Black Hills State on Saturday for a 38-16 victory in the Trailblazers 2017 home opener at Legend Solar Stadium.
Dixie State (1-2, 1-2 RMAC) racked up 422 yards of total offense, including 255 yards on the ground, en route to its first victory of the 2017 season. Redshirt sophomore Blake Barney rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, while junior receiver Orlando Wallace snagged touchdown catches of 20 and 40 yards, as the Trailblazers broke in the new field at Legend Solar Stadium in winning fashion.
But it wasn’t all roses. Black Hills State took advantage of two early Dixie State miscues to take a 10-0 lead less than eight minutes into the game.
The Yellow Jackets forced a DSU punt on the game’s first possession, and after a low snap, senior punter Corey Stens was forced to fall on the ball, giving BHSU the ball at the DSU 23 yard line. Black Hills State ran the next play 23 yards to the end zone to open the scoring. Then, after a DSU fumble on the ensuing kickoff, the Yellow Jackets converted a 21-yard field goal to build the two-score advantage.
Dixie State responded on its next possession, driving 70 yards in only four plays to cut the lead to 10-7 with 6:40 remaining in the first quarter. Sophomore running back Sei-J Lauago and Barney split the load on the drive, as Barney broke free for 37 yards to set up the Trailblazers in BHSU territory. Lauago put the finishing touches on the drive two plays later, sprinting to the end zone from 29 yards for DSU’s first score of the game.
The Trailblazers seized control of the game in the second quarter, finding the end zone three more times before halftime to take a 28-10 lead at the break.
DSU marched 71 yards in seven plays to take its first lead at 14-10 early in the second quarter. Graduate senior running back Jeffrey Coprich rushed for 29 yards on the drive, while graduate senior quarterback Malik Watson found junior receiver Brad…