Titans can't slow down Lions in 50-13 loss
Minot Ryan did what it wanted, when it wanted and there wasn't much Dickinson Trinity could do to stop the Lions Friday night.
"There's ones that you pick the cylinders you want to hit and then there's ones where you hit on all cylinders," Ryan head coach Brad Borkhuis said.
The Lions were just about perfect as they cruised to a 50-13 Class 2A, West Region victory over the Titans at the Badlands Activities Center.
Ryan senior running back Chase Fugere rushed for 224 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries. Lions junior quarterback Austin Eggl was 16 of 22 for 194 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 51 yards and a TD.
The Lions (3-1, 2-0 West) racked up 470 yards of offense, scoring on every possession in the first three quarters.
"We couldn't stop them," Trinity head coach Randy Gordon said. "We could not stop anything."
The Titans (2-2, 1-1 West) had four turnovers -- a Brendin Steiner fumble on the third play from scrimmage and three Ben Gordon interceptions -- and couldn't get anything going offensively.
Ryan, meanwhile, did pretty much whatever it wanted to when it had the ball.
Fugere had TD runs of 13 and 17 yards in the first quarter and Eggl added a 47-yard TD pass to Brandon Bosh to give the Lions a 19-0 lead.
Trinity struck first in the second quarter, marching 61 yards on 15 plays as senior quarterback Ben Gordon snuck into the end zone from 2 yards out on fourth down.
Ryan exploded after that as Fugere and Eggl had back-to-back 1-yard TD runs and Carson Schell booted a 24-yard field goal after the Lions drove 73 yards on 11 plays in the final 1 minute, 40 seconds of the first half to take a 36-7 lead at halftime.
Fugere had TD runs of 12 and 52 yards in the third quarter as Ryan built a 50-7 lead going into the fourth.
"We came out strong," Fugere said. "We all did our job. The line, they blocked well for me. I owe it to them."
Ben Gordon, who was 10 of 19 for 125 yards passing, led Trinity offensively. He had a 6-yard TD pass to Isiah Binstock midway through the fourth quarter.
Brendin Steiner rushed for 68 yards on 18 carries. The senior had a few big runs but often ran into a wall of Ryan defenders.
The blowout loss was a shock to Trinity, which was coming off an impressive 25-24 overtime win over Carrington last week.
"We did it to ourselves," Randy Gordon said. "We have to regroup and come back next week. These kids are capable of coming back and playing a great game next week. We just lost total control defensively, where kids didn't do their assignments. They tried to do it all themselves and it didn't work."
Ryan 19 17 14 0 -- 50
Trinity 0 7 0 6 -- 13
R-Chase Fugere 13 run (kick blocked), 7:14.
R-Broderick Bosch 47 pass from Austin Eggl (pass failed), 4:20.
R-Fugere 17 run (Keaton Zaback kick), 1:55.
T-Ben Gordon 2 run (Connor Friske kick), 8:12.
R-Fugere 1 run (Zaback kick), 6:50.
R-Eggl 1 run (Carson Schell kick), 3:57.
R-Schell 24 FG, :00.
R-Fugere 12 run (Schell kick), 7:40.
R-Fugere 52 run (Schell kick), :25
T-Isiah Binstock 6 pass Gordon (kick failed), 6:00.
RUSHING: R, Chase Fugere 23-224, Austin Eggl 9-51, Brandon Backes 1-1, Tanner Sanders 1-0. T, Brendin Steiner 18-68, Coltyn Nelson 2-32, Gordon 9-18, Lane Herberholz 5-11, Travis Heidt2-9, Mason Heth 1-1, Mickey Folske 1-(minus-9).
PASSING: R, Austin Eggl 16-22-0 194, Sanders 1-1-0 0. T, Gordon 10-19-3 125, Travis Heidt 1-1-0 8, Mickey Folske 0-1-1 0.
RECEIVING: R, Nick Berenston 6-50, Jake Magnuson 4-38, Broderick Bosch 3-80, Luke Nasers 3-26, Brandon Booth 1-0. T, I. Binstock 4-40, Jacob Volk 2-49, Jacob Good 2-29, Mitchell Meyer 1-8, Herberholz 1-5, Heidt 1-2.