No. 1 ranked Minot Ryan downs Trinity
MINOT -- The Minot Ryan football team proved -- yet, again -- why it's the No. 1-ranked team in Class 2A.
The Lions' used a tandem of Austin Eggl and Brody Bosch to score six touchdowns.
Minot Ryan used its duo to take a 59-13 win during a Class 2A, West Region game against Dickinson Trinity on Saturday.
"Against a team like Minot Ryan, we knew we had to play nearly perfect football to beat a team like that," Trinity head coach John Odermann said. "They can just kill you in so many different ways and limit your mistakes. Those mistakes that we've been making came back to bite us again."
The Lions' (4-0) scoring started with Bosch returning a 50-yard punt for a touchdown. He also returned a 70-yard kickoff for a touchdown in the third quarter. Bosch and Eggl also connected on a pair of touchdown passes from one and 26 yards out.
For the Titans (0-4), Willy Jahner went 10 of 16 for 120 yards and a seven-yard touchdown pass to Lance Reiter. Jahner did throw three interceptions, but rushed for the team's first touchdown.
Cole Beck led the run game with 53 yards on 17 rushes. Coltyn Nelson had five catches and 70 yards and Joe Mayer supplied one catch for 22 yards.
"It's about getting these guys more experienced and getting these better every week," Odermann said.
Though the Titans came out on the losing end, Odermann said the team can learn from playing No. 1-ranked team in Class 2A.
Two and three years ago, the Lions were in the same boat as Trinity. A young roster with not many X's in the win column. In 2010, the Lions went 3-6. A year later, Minot had a 5-4 record.
"Playing a team like Minot Ryan helps in a bunch of different levels," Odermann said. "You get to show the guys that this is what we need to do to compete at a high level. You can point at them and say, 'these seniors on Minot Ryan's team were where we were at two years ago.' We've got to make that investment, because it isn't going to happen overnight."
The Titans continue their season hosting No. 2-ranked Bismarck St. Mary's at 8 p.m. on Friday.
"We like a lot of what we are seeing from our kids," Odermann said. "We had Brock Messer really show up on the defensive side of the ball and he did some really nice things. We liked our game plan going in and at the end of the game we still liked our game plan, but we had a tough time executing it."
Trinity 0 0 0 13 -- 13
MR 14 24 21 0 -- 59
MR-Brody Bosch 50 punt return (Eric Demchuk kick), 9:33
MR-Jared Will 7 pass from Austin Eggl (Demchuk kick), 4:40
MR-Eggl 3 run (Demchuk kick), 10:31
MR-Drew Smith 1 run (Demchuk kick), 7:55
MR-Demchuk 29 field goal, 4:58
MR-Bosch 1 pass from Eggl (Demchuk kick), 2:04
MR--Bosch 70 kickoff return (Demchuk kick), 11:23
MR--Bosch 26 pass from Eggl (Demchuk kick), 7:55
MR--Cole Dauphinais 45 run (Demchuk kick), 4:25
T-Willy Jahner 1 run (Connor Friske kick), 8:55
T-Lance Reiter 7 pass from Jahner (no kick), 0:00
RUSHING: T, Cole Beck 17-53, Jahner 10-(minus 35), Coltyn Nelson 3-4, Mark Veverka 1-3, Michael Knopik 4-14, Colton Steiner 4-22. MR, Eggl 11-83, Braden Kalamaha 4-25, Berentson 1-6, Smith 3-5, Dauphinais 3-71, Tanner Sanders 2-3.
PASSING: T, Jahner 10-16-3 120, Beck 0-1-0 0. MR, Eggl 12-17-0 163, Sanders 0-1-0 0.
RECEIVING: T, Nelson 5-70, Joe Mayer 1-22, Jaret Lee 1-14, Reiter 2-14, Steiner 1-0. MR, Berentson 2-34, Will 2-17, Bosch 7-77, Magnuson 1-25.