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Burros blank Trinity in Class A semifinals

Dickinson Trinity quarterback Aric Knopik, left, fires a pass against the pressure of Hillsboro-Central Valley defensive end Tyler Bergstrom in Saturday's 34-0 H-CV win in a North Dakota Class 1A semifinal in Hillsboro. (Photo courtesy of Cory Erickson / Hillsboro Banner1 / 2
Dickinson Trinity running back Nathaniel Jilek, middle, rushes upfield against Hillsboro-Central Valley defenders Oscar Benson, left, and Mark Hastings in Saturday's 34-0 H-CV win in a North Dakota Class 1A semifinal in Hillsboro. (Photo courtesy of Cory Erickson / Hillsboro Banner)2 / 2

Following their sixth shutout of the season, the Dickinson Trinity football team traveled to face Hillsboro-Central Valley in the Class A semifinals.

The Burros turned the tables on the Titans, shutting them out 34-0 on Saturday, Nov. 4 in Hillsboro.

With the win, HCV moves on to face Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich in the championship game on Friday, Nov. 10 at noon at the Fargodome.

"It was one of games where everything that could go wrong went wrong," Trinity head coach John Odermann said. "Hillsboro is a really good, physical football team. You got to give them a lot of credit for how they came out to play today."

The home team started strong, putting up 12 points in the opening quarter.

"We really got hurt by turnovers," Odermann said. "Early on in the game we got some stuff going offensively and fumbled. Turnovers were the key part of the game for us. Whenever we got something going, we turned the ball over."

Coming into the game, the Titans (8-2) knew the Burros (11-0) would rely on senior running back Grant Skager. Even so, he rushed for 245 yards and three touchdowns over 32 carries.

HCV senior Mark Hastings ran in the fourth touchdown on the ground. Hastings finished the day with 22 yards over eight carries.

Burros quarterback Ryan Troftgruben found senior receiver Riley Pederson with a 37-yard throw for the only touchdown scored in the air.

Going into the second half, the Titans were down 20-0. The Burros had been putting men in the box to hinder the Titan's running game, so the boys in red leaned towards passing.

"They really shut us down on the run really well," Odermann said. "We maybe weren't on the running game as much as we possibly should have. "

Trinity junior quarterback Aric Knopik completed six of his 24 throws for 66 yards. Freshman Nathaniel Jilek led the team with 28 yards over two catches. Jilek also led the Titans with 43 rushing yards, followed by Knopik who rushed 20 yards.

"I got to give credit to our guys," Odermann said. "They didn't give up. They held their heads high and were tight to the end. That's really what we asked of them."

Results Saturday

Hillsboro-Central Valley 34, Dickinson Trinity 0

HCV 12 8 7 7 — 34

T 0 0 0 0 — 0

First quarter

HCV — 4 rush (PAT no good)

HCV — 9 rush (PAT no good)

Second quarter

HCV — 36 pass (conversion)

Third quarter

HCV — 21 rush (kick)

Fourth quarter

HCV — 3 rush (kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: T, Nathaniel Jilek 14-43, Aric Knopik 9-20, Joe Bates 4-14. HCV, Grant Skager 32-245 3 TD, Mark Hastings 8-22, 1 TD.

PASSING: T, Knopik 6-24-2 66 yards. HCV, Ryan Troftgruben 1-6 37 yards, 1 TD

RECEIVING: T, Jilek 2-28, Bates 2-16, Easton Walby 1-12, Noah Sickler 1-10. HCV, Riley Pederson 1-37 1 TD.

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