During the regular football season Dickinson State University averaged under 150 yards of offense per game through the air. With starting quarterback Kaler Ray out for much of the season it wasn't a surprise that the Hawks leaned heavily on the run game. Ray's absence combined with the emergence of junior college transfer Tray Boone helped propel the Hawks to a conference title.
"We've always been a pretty run heavy team, something we take pride on that and we've taken pride for a long time at DSU," said Ray. "We've really been able to do that. Tray Boone's a freak back there and when he's tired when he can't go Jake Hardy and Riley Moore can both step in. So our running attack's great and our offensive line up front gets the job done every game. You know we can't ask much more out of them they're doing a good job."
The Blue Hawks averaged over 250 yards on the ground. The backs feel their offensive line has just continued to get better as the season has gone on.
"I've seen a lot of heart," said junior running back Boone, referring to the offensive line. "The offense we put our heart out there on the field for each other. Especially the big guys up front it starts there so I see a lot of heart being put out there so they get it in return."
The Hawks will make their first appearance in the post season since 2010 on Saturday when they take on the Orediggers of Montana Tech. Kickoff set for noon MDT.