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South Dakota to open MVFC play with Leathernecks

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The University of South Dakota Coyotes (1-2) open up Missouri Valley Football Conference play at Saturday against Western Illinois. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. in Macomb, Ill.

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USD quarterback Josh Vander Maten leads the offense with 358 passing yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, he has gained 176 yards and three touchdowns.

The Leathernecks (2-2) have outscored their opponents 95-85 this season and are led by quarterback Trenton Norvell. Norvell has thrown for 665 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, WIU has recorded seven interceptions with Jonathon Rollins recording two.

The Coyotes and the Leathernecks are coming off a pair of losses, and WIU beat USD 24-17 last season in Vermillion.

Augustana (2-1) vs. St. Cloud State (3-0), 6 p.m. Saturday in St. Cloud, Minn.

The Vikings enter the contest with a five-game winning streak over the No. 20-ranked Huskies, yet St. Cloud State leads the all-time series 20-14.

Augustana quarterback Trey Heid leads the Vikings with 514 passing yards for four touchdowns. Mitchell native Justin Greenway averages 18.8 yards per kick return this season, which leads the team.

For the Huskies, quarterback Phillip Klaphake has thrown for 863 yards and six touchdowns. His main target is Damon Treat, who has hauled in 18 receptions for 322 yards and three touchdowns.

Both teams are in the North Central Conference.

Crookston (0-3) vs. Sioux Falls (1-2), 1 p.m. Saturday at Bob Young Stadium in Sioux Falls

The University of Sioux Falls takes on University of Minnesota-Crookston its final contest against an NSIC North opponent.

This is the first-ever meeting between the teams, and the Cougars have won their last 11 games at Bob Young Field.

Crookston’s freshman starting quarterback, Kyle Larson, has improved in every game this season for the Golden Eagles, throwing for 258 yards and threetouchdowns last week.

For the Cougars, quarterback Luke Papilion has 310 rushing yards for seven touchdowns.

Northern State (1-2) vs. Minnesota State (3-0), 2 p.m. Saturday in Mankato, Minn.

The No. 2 Mavericks are set to host Northern State in their homecoming game Saturday, and MSU leads the all-time series 5-1.

NSU is led by Jared Jacobsen with 182 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the season. He has also completed 43 of 105 passes for 528 yards and six touchdowns.

MSU quarterback Jon Wolf is the team’s biggest threat, throwing for 504 yards and five touchdowns and rushing for 188 yards and three touchdowns.

Concordia (3-0) vs. Dakota State (1-3), 4 p.m. Saturday in Madison

The Trojans return home this week to host Concordia in their annual homecoming game.

Last week, DSU rallied to earn its first-ever North Star Athletic Association conference football victory after beating Presentation College on the road.

Quarterback Cole Whisenhunt went 11-for-16 with 234 passing yards for DSU in the win last week.

No. 20 Concordia is led by Bryce Collins and Trey Barnes on the ground. Collins has 274 yards for three touchdowns, while Barnes has 206 yards and five touchdowns on the season.

Black Hills State (0-3) vs. Colorado Mesa (1-2), 1 p.m. MST Saturday in Grand Junction, Colo.

The Yellow Jackets look to get their first win of the season on the road this week.

Offensively, BHSU has averaged nearly 370 yards per game this season and 27.7 points per game. But it’s also given up an average of an average of 48 points per game in three games.

Colorado Mesa has scored all of its touchdowns on the ground this season with Jake Cimolino leading the way with three scores and 358 yards.

SD Mines & Technology (3-1) vs. William Jewell (1-2), 1 p.m. Saturday in Liberty, Mo.

SD Mines quarterback Evan Sanders looks to lead the Hardrockers to their fourth victory of the season.

Sanders has thrown for 835 yards and six touchdowns this season with wide receiver Patrick Berke recording three touchdowns and 208 yards on 10 receptions. Sanders has also rushed for four touchdowns this season.

For the Cardinals, quarterback Sean Shelton has thrown for five touchdowns and 493 yards on the season.

Trinity Bible (1-3) vs. Presentation (2-1), 1 p.m. Saturday in Aberdeen

Presentation hosts Trinity Bible College in its annual homecoming game Saturday.

The Saints won their two opening games of the season but fell to Dakota State 35-28 last week.

Quarterback Stephen Braswell has thrown for five touchdowns this season.

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