Midgets start slow, handle Firebirds
DEVILS LAKE -- The Dickinson High football team's strength is speed.
Yet, it a kind of tough to use the speed while battling raining and howling winds.
Though the team's offense didn't get off to a fast start, the Midgets manage to finish off nonconference opponent Devils Lake with a 27-6 win on Friday.
"The conditions weren't great, but the kids showed up," Dickinson head coach John Tuchscherer said. "You are going to have football games like we had tonight where offensively you aren't going to be able to do a whole lot. Our defense kept at it. Overall, they played a good football game."
Dickinson's Jace Dukart scored his first touchdown of the season on a 45-yard run for the game's opening score. The Midgets tacked on another touchdown before halftime as Levi Jordheim caught a 37-yard TD.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Midgets tacked on a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. Andrew Heckaman, who sat out the last two weeks after suffering a concussion against Bismarck High, scored a TD with 6 minutes, 21 seconds left in the game. Dickinson's scoring touch was finished by senior defensive lineman Aaron Sayler, who scored a 20-yard pick six.
"Aaron Sayler made a great play," Tuchscherer said. "It is something that we worked on all week with the middle screen and we played it the right way. He made a fantastic catch and walked into the endzone."
The Midgets continue their season hosting West Region opponent Jamestown, which could determine the fourth and final playoff spot from the West, at 1 p.m. next Saturday.
"We fighting for our playoff lives next week," Tuchscherer said. "We did some nice things this week that can build on and there's always room for improvement. We'll get back to work this week and get ready for next Saturday."