The Lumberjack football team, after 3 tough non-division losses to open up 2019, unleashed a strong running game Saturday and defeated Northland CTC 38-7 at Les Christian Field. With the win, DCB opens up MCAC West play with a victory before a key showdown against North Dakota Science this upcoming Saturday.
After stopping Northland on the opening drive, the Jacks drove down to the Northland 4 yard line on their first posession, but had to settle for a field goal by Travis Hissom and an early 3-0 lead. DCB scored twice more in the first quarter, a 5 yard touchdown run by Tim Dallaire and a 35 yard touchdown pass from Dallaire to Keion Burrell. The Jacks extended the lead to 24-0 early in the second period with a 40 yard interception return for a TD by Ta'Ron Britt.
Both offenses were sluggish in the 2nd and 3rd quarters with the only touchdown coming from Northland. DCB's running game came alive again in the 4th quarter with touchdown runs of 31 yards from Abdul Bangura and a 1 yard plunge from DJ Starks which capped off a 70 yard drive all on the ground.
For the game, the Jacks ran for 219 yards while holding Northland to 32 on the ground.
DCB, now 1-0 in the MCAC West Division, will now travel to Wahpeton to face traditional rival ND Science on Saturday. This game always has meaning in the MCAC as well as posessing the "Lumber-Cat" trophy. DCB had one the trophy in 2016 and 2017 before the Wildcats claimed it with a 9-7 win last year in Bottineau. Game time will be at 2 PM at Frank Vertin Field in Wahpeton.