DICKINSON, N.D. – The Warriors upset plans hit an early bump on the road, and the 18th-ranked Blue Hawks took advantage.
An early turnover gave host Dickinson State the chance to take the lead early and the Blue Hawks never relinquished control, topping Waldorf, 45-0, in North Star Athletic Association football on Saturday afternoon.
"We got beat by a better team today," Waldorf head coach Josh Littrell said. "Our lack of depth and our ability to play assignment-correct football showed up."
While the Blue Hawks (6-1, 5-0 NSAA) proved to be a tough foe, the Warriors didn't back down one bit. Time and time again the Warriors drove into Dickinson State territory: only to see potential scoring marches stall for the lack of one big play.
The Warriors (4-4, 2-3) best threat came on a drive starting at the Waldorf 16, as the guests marched play after play downfield to the Blue Hawks' 7-yard-line before the drive stalled.
Warrior quarterback Hilton Joseph completed 14-of-27 passes for 152 yards on the day, while back-up Edward Dominquez went 3-of-10 for 31 yards..
Alex Pierre, Cameron Newsome and Jordin Roberts led the Waldorf ground game as Pierre ran for 31 yards on six carries, Newsome rumbled for 28 yards on one carry, and Roberts added 24 yards on 13 rushes for Waldorf.
Samuel Huntley was the top target for both Joseph and Dominquez, catching six passes for 54 yards, and Jeremiah Jackson led the defense with 11 tackles, including 1 ½ for loss, and recovered a fumble for the Warriors.
Waldorf now returns home for the start of a three-game home stand to cap the regular season, a stretch that begins with Homecoming next weekend as the Warriors host Mayville State at 1 p.m. at Bolstorff Field.
"We're excited to be back home for the next three games," Littrell said.