SPEARFISH, S.D. (KOTA TV)
The Black Hills State University football started the 2017 season at home with a 47-41 win against Adams State.
The Yellow Jackets got down to a 31-3 deficit with less than five minutes remaining in the first half. But a combination of junior quarterback Ryan Hommel's efficiency and senior running back Phydell Paris finishing two drives with touchdowns made it a 31-17 game at halftime.
Paris had 192 yards on the ground, one rushing TD, and one receiving TD. Hommel passed for 327 yards with four TD's and added 73 rushing.
Three second half interceptions (including one from junior safety Drew Hebel who had more than any player in DII last season) kept the momentum on the Yellow Jackets' side.
The game came down to a fourth down as the clock was expiring. BHSU still trailed 38-30. Ryan Hommel took the snap from the Adams State 39 yard line, zipped a pass to senior receiver Shandon Jones who was standing at about the 10 yard line. Jones made a would-be tackler miss and crossed the goal line with zeros on the game clock.
After a made two-point conversion and a blocked field goal attempt in double overtime the Yellow Jackets completed possibly their best comeback in the RMAC era.