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Army ROTC cannon to be at Dakota State football games

Army ROTC fires cannon
The SDSU Army ROTC program fired a cannon Tuesday as part of a message for One Day for STATE, which was Thursday. Lynn Sargeant, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, participated in the firing. The cannon, which has been used for SDSU football games, will be used this fall at Dakota State football games. Dakota State students participate in the U.S. Army ROTC program at SDSU.

Members of the South Dakota State University Army ROTC program will be coming to this fall Dakota State’s football games. With no home football games held at SDSU in Brookings this fall, the SDSU Army ROTC program will be making a move to Trojan Field this fall.

During the football games at South Dakota State, members of the SDSU Army ROTC program shoots off a touchdown cannon. That will happen at the Trojan Field this fall when the Trojans scored a touchdown. The Trojans open the 2020 season Saturday against Dickinson State in the fifth-annual Ag Bowl, an event that recognizes the importance of the local agriculture economy in the Madison area and local communities. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

“We are looking forward to strengthening our partnership with DSU by taking advantage of this incredible opportunity,” said Lt. Col. Stephen Sewell, SDSU professor of military science. “Our talented and well-trained cannon crew expects to burn through a lot of ammunition watching the Trojans score touchdowns this season.”

Alice Foote, a junior from Little Falls, Minnesota, is the cannon officer in charge Saturday.

DSU senior linebacker Riley Janke is also member of the SDSU Army ROTC program. Janke's brothers Jaxon and Jadon, are student-athletes at SDSU.