Football Preview 2022: Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks have a strong senior class

Led by the dynamic duo of Holt Larson and Levi Olson, D-B expects another strong season

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Dawson-Boyd junior Holt Larson (15) outruns a MACCRAY defender during a Southwest West district game Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at R.B. Clay Field in Dawson.
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DAWSON — Entering his 21st season at the helm of the Dawson-Boyd program, Cory Larson’s Blackjacks are returning six starters to both sides of the ball from a team that finished with a 7-3 record in ‘21.

Senior running backs Holt Larson and Levi Olson accounted for over 90% of Dawson-Boyd’s carries in ‘21. The duo will look to build on their performances from their junior campaigns.

Larson averaged 127.1 yards per game on 168 carries and 1,144 yards, scoring 17 touchdowns. He also had one reception for 29 yards.

Serving as Larson’s backup, Olson tallied 252 yards on 56 carries. He recorded three touchdowns on 4.50 yards per carry.

Senior wide receiver Aiden Swenson also returns to a receiving corps that had 13 touchdowns in ‘21. Swenson tallied 331 yards and three touchdowns on 20 catches.


“We bring back a group of nine seniors that have played big roles and have provided a lot of depth for us over the last couple of years,” Larson said. “We will definitely rely on the nine seniors to control the line of scrimmage.”

Two key losses in production for the Dawson-Boyd are Braxton and Brayden Hahn.

Braxton led the team defensively with 47 tackles and tied for a team-high three interceptions, adding one fumble recovery. He also recorded 238 yards and four touchdowns on 18 receptions.

Brayden was Dawson-Boyd’s quarterback. He threw for 1,244 yards and 12 touchdowns on 82 completions. He also tallied 205 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns on 46 carries.

Drew Hjelmeland served as Brayden’s backup in ‘21, where he completed one pass for an 18-yard touchdown.

“Overall, we should compete each week, but we will need to stay healthy,” Larson said. “Our depth will be an issue. We will need some freshmen and sophomores to provide some depth as our junior class has only four participants.”

The Blackjacks kick off their ‘22 campaign at 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at Minnesota Valley Lutheran.


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Dawson-Boyd head football coach Cory Larson calls out to his players during a Southwest West district game against MACCRAY on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at R.B Clay Field in Dawson.
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Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks

Sept. 1 at MN Valley Lutheran, 4 p.m.

Sept. 9 vs. Canby, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 at YME, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23 vs. LQPV, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 at Lakeview, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 vs. R-T-R, 7 p.m.

Oct. 13 at MACCRAY, 7 p.m.


Oct. 19 vs. Minneota, 7 p.m.

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Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in May 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

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