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FOOTBALL: BSU cruises to 69-7 win on senior day

BSU senior Andrew Lackowski (33) runs the football against Minot State on Saturday at Chet Anderson Stadium. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)1 / 5
BSU sophomore Mannie Kugmeh (8) dives a yard short of a touchdown in Saturday’s game against Minot State at Chet Anderson Stadium. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)2 / 5
BSU quarterback Alec Ogden (16) connects with junior Matt Gross (48) for a touchdown against Minot State on Saturday at Chet Anderson Stadium. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)3 / 5
The BSU defense brings down Minot State’s quarterback Ben Bolinske (2) in Saturday’s game at Chet Anderson Stadium. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)4 / 5
BSU celebrates a touchdown in the first half of Saturday’s game against Minot State at Chet Anderson Stadium. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)5 / 5

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State football sent its seniors off in style with a 69-7 win over Minot State on senior day to conclude the 2018 season at Chet Anderson Stadium Saturday afternoon.

BSU scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, and three more in the second quarter, to take a 41-0 lead. MiSU got on the board late in the half but Bemidji’s Beavers went to halftime up 41-7.

Bemidji State outscored Minot State, 28-0, in the second half, sealing the win on freshman defensive back Jake West’s 83-yard interception return for a touchdown.

“It went about as well as it can,” said head coach Brent Bolte. “You score in every phase, outside of probably a kickoff return.”

Eight different players accounted for BSU’s touchdowns: senior running back Andrew Lackowski, freshman running back Jalen Frye, sophomore receiver Mannie Kugmeh, senior receiver Landon Jones, junior fullback Matt Gross, junior receiver Jacob Anderson, senior receiver Jameson White and West.

Jones’ scores came on an 85-yard punt return and a seven-yard reception, while Frye’s two touchdown runs both went for five yards.

“Going out with a win with my teammates, it couldn’t be a better feeling,” Lackowski said.

Lackowski capped his senior season by rushing for a career-high 189 yards, his sixth 100-yard game of the season and his 10th as a Beaver. The native of El Dorado Hills, Calif., broke the 1,000-yard barrier, finishing the season with 1,028 yards.

“Beginning of the season, I took a knee injury and missed a couple games. Getting 1,000 means a lot,” Lackowski said. “I can’t thank my offensive line enough. Like I’ve been saying since the beginning of the season, they do so much for me.”

Lackowski arrived at BSU as a transfer prior to the 2017 season. Though he was only a Beaver for two seasons, his 1,987 rushing yards left a mark on the program.

“I thank coach Bolte and the whole coaching staff for recruiting me and giving me a chance,” Lackowski said. “That’s always been something that I didn’t really have coming out of high school. I just never really got a chance. I can’t thank these coaches enough for giving me that chance.”

Freshman quarterback Alec Ogden passed for four touchdowns, matching his career-best mark of a week ago, while also throwing for 188 yards.

The “Gang Green” defense kept Minot State (1-10, 1-6 NSIC North) to just one touchdown and 132 passing yards.

Junior defensive back Michael Junker intercepted two passes to end the year with a team-high five interceptions, and West recorded the third. Senior defensive lineman Jeff Harris made six tackles to lead the team and forced two fumbles, including one recovery.

Bemidji State concluded its season with a 7-4 record overall and a 5-2 mark against NSIC North Division opponents.

The 2018 senior class is responsible for 31 wins over the past four seasons, the most by the program in a four-season period since 2004-07.

“They’re pretty much in some elite company there,” Bolte said. “I think again, like a lot of things, you want to leave the foundation set and the table set for the younger generations. And I think this group of guys left the program in a better state than it was when they found it.”

Bemidji State 69, Minot State 7

MiSU 0 7 0 0 -- 7

BSU 20 21 14 14 -- 69

First Quarter

BSU-9:08, Lackowski 1 yd TD run (Aanerud kick).

BSU-4:38, Frye 5 yd TD run (Aanerud kick).

BSU-1:10, Kugmeh 15 yd pass from Ogden (Aanerud kick fails).

Second Quarter

BSU-13:25, Jones 85 yd punt return TD (Aanerud kick).

BSU-9:42, Gross 7 yd TD pass from Ogden (Aanerud kick).

BSU-4:54, Anderson 15 yd TD pass from Ogden (Aanerud kick).

MiSU-1:49, Bushnell 22 yd TD pass from Bolinske (Moreno kick).

Third Quarter

BSU-10:11, White 19 yd TD pass from Ogden (Aanerud kick).

BSU-5:18, Jones 7 yd TD pass from Henning (Aanerud kick).

Fourth Quarter

BSU-9:43, Frye 5 yd TD run (Aanerud kick).

BSU-6:21, West 83 yd interception return TD (Aanerud kick).

Austin Monteith

Austin Monteith is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is an Illinois native and a Butler University graduate. Follow him on Twitter @amonteith92.

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