The North Dakota Fighting Hawks jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead then added a touchdown in each of the final three quarters to comfortably beat the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils.
The Hawks actually extended their lead to 21-0 before the visitors finally found the end zone on a 29-yard strike from Chris Fowler to Demarcus Frazier.
North Dakota, meanwhile, was led by transfer quarterback Nate Ketteringham. The redshirt junior sat out last year after transferring from Sacramento State where he started 16 games in two seasons. His debut in a Fighting Hawks’ uniform reflected his experience, and Ketteringham played a part in North Dakota’s first four touchdowns.
Three of those came via the airwaves where Ketteringham connected on a 40-yard pass to junior Travis Toivonen to get things started just three minutes into the game before adding another touchdown on a 2-yard run later in the first quarter.
His 9-yard delivery to Garett Maag at the 3:55 mark of the second quarter effectively put the game out of reach on a night when the Fighting Hawks held their guests to just 236 yards of total offense including minus 27 yards on the ground.
Things will get a little more complicated for the Fighting Hawks the next time out as they pay a visit to the FBS Washington Huskies.
Mississippi Valley State will have another tough road trip to Jacksonville State which is ranked No. 12 in the FCS.
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