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Midgets travel to No. 3 Minot

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High senior William Schwindt, middle, tackles Mandan running back on Friday at the Biesiot Activities Center. Dickinson teammates Aaron Sayler, right, and Mitchell Mehrer, back left, converge on the play.

The road schedule for the Dickinson High football team was brutal.

In two of the first three road games of the season, the Midgets traveled to play the Nos. 1 and 2 Class 3A teams in the state.

Dickinson already lost to No. 2-ranked Bismarck Century, 23-3, and top ranked Bismarck High, 44-12, in back-to-back weeks. The Midgets are looking to turn their fortunes around against the top teams in the state traveling to No. 3-ranked Minot at 6 p.m. today.

"We've had a tough schedule as far as being away from the BAC and being on the road against some of the tougher teams in our conference," Dickinson head coach John Tuchscherer said. "Here or there, I think we have a pretty good chance of competing with them and beating them. Our guys have to believe that. This is an important game for us."

The Midgets (3-2) are coming off a 42-7 win against Mandan, which also happened to be their first West Region victory. Tuchscherer said it was good for the team to get the winning feeling back before traveling to Minot.

"It was important to get a win in the conference and try to get back on track after a tough couple weeks," he said. "The kids are excited and we'll be ready to go."

Dickinson senior offensive and defensive lineman Blake Vance said the team is continuing to fix mistakes and is becoming well-rounded.

"We haven't played the best that could yet," he said. "We are all playing well. Everybody is playing as hard as they can and there isn't a problem with that. We can only get better from here on out."

The Magicians this year were dealt an early-season blow when their starting quarterback, Alex Yanosko, tore his ACL and is out for the season. He tore his ACL in a 27-0 win against West Fargo in the season opener.

Last year, Yanosko ran for the 172 yards on 32 carries and scored the five touchdowns in a 34-23 win. He went 5 of 10 for 118 yards through the air.

However, the Magicians haven't skipped a beat with Yanosko out for the season. Minot went 4-0 in the next four games and had a pair of shutouts against Williston and Mandan. The Magicians are scoring an average of 38.2 points, while allowing 9.6.

"This will be a good game," Vance said. "I'm excited. I think we are all excited. We all know that we can pull this game off."

Michael McChesney, a sophomore running back and linebacker, is playing his first varsity football season for the Midgets. He has scored three touchdowns this season -- two rushing and one interception return.

The sophomore said the early stage of the season has been a learning experience, but the team is continuing to make adjustments and getting better.

"We are always here in practice to fix things," McChesney said. "We lost a couple games and we just had to come back and fix a couple of things against Mandan. We fixed most of the things, but there are still a couple things we can fix both offensively and defensively."