Dickinson state football is 2-0 after a late defensive effort sealed last Saturday’s 30-21 win over Valley City.
Junior corner Jay Liggins is coming off a two-interception performance that helped secure a win against rival Valley City State. But when you ask him about what allowed him to pull off a dominant performance, he’ll say it was just another day at the office.
“Last Saturday I didn’t do anything special that I didn’t do any other game. I just got my chance. The quarterback saw something he liked and I saw something I liked even more.”
Liggins is no stranger to stepping up in big situations. In fact, it’s basically a part of his job description.
“We match him up against the best receiver that we play against,” head coach Pete Stanton said. “So every week he gets the toughest task, but he steps up to the challenge.”
Liggins says the coaching he’s received has helped him develop a ballhawk mentality.
“Every time the ball’s in the air I feel like I’m entitled to it,” Liggins said. “When I see [the ball], I definitely want it.”
But at the end of the day, Liggins says a two-interception performance could come on any day from any one his teammates in the secondary.
“All it takes is everyone doing their job,” Liggins said. “If I can guard my guy and not get too aggressive and not get too greedy and try to just think I’m going to force a play, I know things are going to come together.”
It’s a mantra Liggins will carry with him all season long.
DSU is back on the field this weekend looking to go 3-0 as they play their second game of a three-game road series against Northwestern, a team out of the Iowa. Kickoff for the contest is slated for 12 p.m.