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    BHSU FB: Jackets set to wrap up season at Robert Morris

    Setting the Stage: The Black Hills State University football team fell to No. 12 ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo, 59-0, most recently. Ryan Hommel threw for 106 yards, while Isaac Jefferson had 38 receiving yards. Defensively, Austin Goddard and Hunter Stephenseach had 12 tackles, while Drew Hebel had 11, and Jarrell Ganawayand Josh Gurnaby each tallied 10. The game was the first in which the Yellow Jackets had been shutout since playing CSU-Pueblo last season (Oct. 21, 2017).

    Last Meeting: BHSU and NAIA foe RMU have never met before on the football field.

    About Robert Morris University: The Eagles are currently 2-8 on the season. Most recently RMU fell to the University of Saint Francis, 29-27. Quarterback Quinn Kelly has thrown for 978 yards and nine touchdowns. He has four interceptions on the year. Receiver Michael Berry has caught seven touchdowns to lead the Eagles. Defensively, Kenny Kirkland has 71 tackles to lead RMU.

    Series History: This will be the first meeting between the Yellow Jackets and Eagles.

    Coverage: Yellow Jacket fans can catch Jim Kallas on the call on The Eagle, 95.9/96.3 FM, or live online at Kallas and Steve Ammerman are the voice of Yellow Jacket Athletics and can be heard on every football and men's/women's basketball game throughout the season.

    Temperature: The five-day forecast shows Saturday's temperature around the 2 p.m. (MT) kickoff to be 32 degrees in Arlington Heights, Illinois. There is a 0 percent chance of precipitation, with a wind at 10 mph.

    General Notebook

    Academic Honors: One Yellow Jacket was named to the RMAC Academic First Team this week, while nine others made the Honor Roll. Bailey Rosenstrauch earned First Team honors. Luis BachJake BasingerJess EdensAustin GoddardJarett JensonJack MazurieTrig Olson, Jacob Phelan, and Dylan Reiners all were named to the RMAC Honor Roll.

    Nonconference Foe: The Yellow Jackets will be playing a team outside of the RMAC for the first time since 2016. BHSU took on Dickinson State, and won, 33-20, on October 29, 2016.

    A New Rushing King: Payten Gilmore broke the BHSU single-game rushing record on Oct. 13 against New Mexico Highlands. The junior racked up 248 yards, and scored three touchdowns, including a 60-yard score in the third quarter. Gilmore eclipsed the previous record by four yards (Phydell Paris, 244).

    Under the Lights: The Yellow Jackets played two night games this season. The opening game of the year between the Yellow Jackets and the Eagles was played under the lights. It was the first night game for BHSU since September 16, 2017, when the team played at Dixie State. The Green and Gold then played South Dakota Mines at 6 p.m. in Rapid City on Oct. 6.

    Safety First: The Yellow Jackets recorded a safety against Chadron State (Sept. 1). It was the first safety for BHSU since Sept. 10, 2016, in a 39-36 win over Fort Lewis.

    Captains: The Yellow Jacket captains, as chosen by their teammates, are Ryan HommelPayten GilmoreLuis Bach, and Drew Hebel.

    Putting the "Student" in Student-Athlete: Austin Goddard is a nominee for the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. The senior linebacker currently holds a 3.621 grade point average as an exercise science major. He also is a SAAC representative and four-year member of the football leadership council.

    RMAC Honors: The 2017 season led to several Yellow Jackets being honored by the conference. Phydell ParisDrew Hebel, and Erick Hairston-Belcher were all named All-RMAC Second Team. Thayer SauterAustin GoddardJarrell GanawayDarian WarfordAaron Montoya, and Shandon Jones all earned Honorable Mention. Hebel, Goddard, and Ganaway return as members of the 2018 squad.


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