Football downs Dickinson State, faces Tech Saturday

UMW News Bureau

University of Montana Western football beat Dickinson State 28-13 last Saturday, Sept. 8 to earn their first win of the 2012 season. By Sarah McNamee University of Montana Western football beat Dickinson State 28-13 last Saturday, Sept. 8 to earn their first win of the 2012 season. The Bulldogs are now 1-1 in conference and overall play. Head coach Ryan Nourse was pleased with the effort his team put forth for the win. “I feel confident that we have improved a lot from week one to week two,” Nourse explained. “We still have to focus on a lot of different things and continue to get better.” Nourse added that the team will need to improve their play down the home stretch as they prepare to face Montana Tech. “The number one thing we need to change before the Tech game is our ability to finish out a game,” Nourse continued. “We have not played well so far in the fourth quarter. Our first three quarters are good, but we need to play all four quarters in order to beat good teams. On defense, we are still missing a few too many tackles, so we are going to continue working hard to improve in that area.” Nourse said the Bulldogs did a number of things right to get the win against Dickinson State, one area of which was Kenney Bradley, who passed for 246 yards. Bradley threw three of the four touchdowns and completed 23 of 40 passing attempts. Nourse was very pleased with the freshman’s performance after he came in to replace injured quarterback Jeff Logan. “Kenney handled the pressure very well for a freshman,” Nourse said. “He made a couple of questionable decisions, but those decisions are all very fixable things. Overall, I thought he acted very mature and poised.” Along with Bradley’s passing yards, the Bulldogs had a number of standout players both offensively and defensively. Tyrell Braun and Dylan Kramer, both freshman, rushed for a combined 151 yards, Braun with 95 yards and Kramer with 56 yards. Junior Rashad Peniston had nine receptions for 84 yards, while freshman Jordan Pastras has five receptions for 47 total yards. Returning sophomore Jesse McCloud had one interception while freshman Dakota Wainwright snagged one as well. Lastly, Jackson Lang had nine total tackles while Ryan Otto, Kasey Griffith and Will Fields all contributed with eight total tackles each in the game. The Bulldogs dominated the rushing game as they rushed for 211 yards while Dickinson State rushed for 190 yards. Montana Western is currently averaging more rushing yards per game, with 181 yards, than they have averaged in the past eight years. Montana Western will play Montana Tech this up coming Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at 6 p.m. at Vigilante Field in Dillon, Mont.