SD Mines, Black Hills State set to renew historic football rivalry

SPEARFISH, S.D. – It was Thanksgiving Day, November 28h, 1895.

That marked the first ever college football game between South Dakota Mines and Black Hills State.

A game in which Black Hills College, as it was known as back then, won 18-0.

Now 126 years later, the rivalry is still going strong.

Black Hills State will host South Dakota Mines on Saturday, Oct. 30 for the 136th time.

The Hardrockers lead the all-time series with a record of 64 – 60 – 11.

The two teams have split the last 10 match-ups with South Dakota Mines defeating Black Hills State last season, 34 – 17.

After a strong start for both teams, the Hardrockers and the Yellow Jackets have been struggling as of late.

BH has lost three in a row, while South Dakota Mines is riding a two-game losing streak.

In fact, both teams are 2-4 in the conference and 4-4 overall.

The game features a matchup between two dynamic quarterbacks.

Jayden Johannsen has passed for over 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Hardrockers while rushing for seven scores.

On the other hand, Chance Eben has over 1,600 combined yards and 17 touchdowns.

Hardrockers head coach Charlie Flohr expects a tough battle on Saturday.

“They’re in the top two I think in rushing in the conference,” said SD Mines football coach Charlie Flohr. “So they do a great job offensively. Defensively, it’s the same thing. They like to bring pressure and make the opponent’s be one dimensional. So from our standpoint, we’ve just got to go and continue to execute, make plays when we get the opportunity, make sure we’re taking care of the football and go and compete for a full 60 minutes.”

The Battle for the Homestake Trophy will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lyle Hare Stadium in Spearfish.



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