Titans blow out Bowman County
Dickinson Trinity scored early and often in the first half on its way to a 46-0 victory over Bowman County in a Class AA, West Region game on Friday night at Whitney Stadium.
Five different players rushed for touchdowns for the Titans, who gained 234 yards on the ground and improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the West Region.
Trinity head coach Randy Gordon said his team's goal was to be more physical and control the line of scrimmage - and control the line of scrimmage they did. Trinity scored on their first seven drives.
"This is the first game this year we controlled the line of scrimmage, our guys really manned up and played more physical," Gordon said.
After receiving the opening kickoff Trinity put the ball in play at its own 30-yard line and took only eight plays and 3:50 to reach the end zone, culminating the drive on a 12-yard quarterback keeper by junior Aaron Grinsteinner.
Trinity needed only two plays to score its second touchdown with 2:46 left in the first quarter on a 59-yard sweep by junior Robbie Morey.
Trinity senior lineman Ethan Krebs recovered a fumble on the Titans' 49-yard line less than 2 minutes later.
Trinity wasted little time, using only two plays again to score when Grinsteinner connected on a 44-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Ryan Jones, giving the Titans a 19-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Grinsteinner finished 5-for-6 with 125 yards passing.
Trinity senior defensive lineman Nathan Binstock and junior linebacker Tommy Peters each sacked Bowman County quarterback Kyle Palczewski on the ensuing possession to force a Bulldog punt, which Trinity blocked and recovered on the Bowman County 15-yard line.
Peters made up for a holding penalty by rushing 19 yards for a touchdown to give Trinity a 25-0 lead with 6:30 left in the first half.
Trinity would score three more times in the first half.
Senior running back Kaden Ficek had runs of 3 and 20 yards and junior Kohl Koppinger to extend the Titans' lead to the final score with a 29-yard touchdown run with 32 seconds left before halftime.
Bowman County coach Larry Tibor was proud of his team's effort in the second half.
"We could have quit, but I thought the guys played with more pride in the second half and refused to quit," Tibor said
Bowman County came close to scoring in the second half when a it recovered a bumbled punt recovery at Trinity's 21-yard line.
However, after Bulldogs sophomore running back Nevada Turbiville put the ball on the Titans' 6-yard line on second-and-goal, Trinity's defense stiffened didn't let Bowman County get any closer to the goal line.
"Trinity did a nice job and has some good athletes," Tibor said. "We're in a transition year. The whole coaching staff is new but the number of kids we have out has increased and that will help in the future."
BC 0 0 0 0 - 0
DT 19 27 0 0 - 46
DT-Aaron Grinsteinner 12 run (kick failed)
DT-Robbie Morey 59 run (Grinsteinner kick)
DT-Ryan Jones 44 pass from Aaron Grinsteinner (run failed)
DT-Tommy Peters 19 run (kick failed)
DT-Kaden Ficek 3 run (Grinsteinner kick)
DT-Ficek 20 run (Scott Gordon kick)
DT-Kohl Koppinger 29 run (Gordon kick)
RUSHING: BC, Dave Stebbins 10-55, Nevada Turberville 8-25, Andy Hansey 4-32, Mark Downing 3-4, Nick Germann 2-4, Dustin Maher 1-2, Kyle Palczewski 4-(minus-10). DT, Ficek 10-55, Jaden Kuhn 6-17, Peters 3-32, Klark Rummel 3-12, Morey 2-64, Koppinger 1-29, Grinsteinner 1-13, Jones 1-12, Mark Frank 1-2, Scott Wandler 2-(minus-1), Scott Gordon 4-(minus-1).
PASSING: BC, Palczewski 2-5-0 12, Germann 1-3-0 7. DT, Aaron Grinsteinner 5-6-0 125.
RECEIVING: BC, Travis Teske 1-7, Cole Miller 1-7, Shawn Sanford 1-5. DT, Morey 2-45, Jones 1-44, Peters 1-0, Brooks Thorson 1-10, Gordon 1-26, Kuhn 1-13, Cutler Brost 1-6.