With the season opener just a few days away, the Dickinson State football coaches have selected a starter for the all-important quarterback position.
Kaler Ray was the incumbent, but a broken collarbone has him on the sidelines. The Blue Hawks are going with Seth Moerkerke. He's a freshman from Campbell County High School in Gillette.
"When I first came in I thought I would be a backup, taking second team reps and I was really trying to be perfect in all of those," Moerkerke said. "I think we did a really good job, but when Kaler went down it elevated that even more where I try to learn the plays even faster but I didn't really know them but it was just trying to make the right reads fasters and trying to see it as fast as I could."
Even though he does not have any college experience, Moerkerke says a lot of players around him do.
"We have depth at receiver and was have some running backs that can step in and play. Our line is super strong, the strongest you'll see in the league, and they're tough. They're going to battle in there and a lot of those guys can switch around, those guys can push real hard," Moerkerke said.
And speaking of running backs, Beach's Jake Hardy is listed as the starting tailback after playing some fullback for the Hawks.
Montana State-Northern is at Dickinson State on Saturday night. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. MDT.