Coll FBall: 10/4 Soarin' with the Blue Hawks

As Mark Gibson watches the Dickinson State football players perform the Hawk Walk before a game, he looks for his son and DSU starting quarterback Hayden Gibson.

"This is one of my highlights," Gibson said.

Mark attends as many as games as he cans because he knows these moments only come around once.

"One thing I expressed to him is that it's going to go fast," Gibson said. "It's also going to go fast for us a parents."

With the Gibson men consumed with their own football game preparation during the week, father and son usually talk closer to the end of the week. Or when Hayden ask for the one thing every college kid needs.

"If you need anything," Gibson said, "and usually it's money. That's the only thing we do is just deliver money every Saturday."

But the biggest delivery Mark made was emotional support. Last season, Hayden tore his rotator cuff on Nov. 5.

"It's hard a parent," Gibson said. "You want your kid to do well. You don't want your kid to be the cause of something that goes bad."

And with Hayden back on the field, Coach Gibson has another problem to tackle.

"When you're in a crowd," Gibson said, "and he's doing poorly and you have a lot of people saying a lot of not-so-good things about your son those are tough things to handle."

DSU is back at home this week for a game with Valley City State at 2 p.m. Mountain Time.

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