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Titans trying to build off OT win

The Dickinson Trinity football team has won three games this season.

Two were one-point victories in overtime.

"We don't know how to make it any easier," Trinity head coach Randy Gordon said. "We're going to make it hard, as hard as we can. We're better at winning overtime games than we are other ones. We'll take them any way we can get them."

With three games remaining in the regular season, including tonight's West Region road contest against Turtle Mountain in Belcourt, Trinity wants to begin putting the pieces together from those three victories into one strong performance.

Trinity isn't out of the Class 2A playoff race, though at 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the West Region, they will likely miss the postseason if they drop two of the remaining three games.

"I think it'd be nice to send everybody else a message that we're still here, we're still going to compete and get a win," Trinity senior quarterback Ben Gordon said.

Last year, a 20-19 loss at home against Turtle Mountain -- the first time the Braves defeated Trinity -- knocked Trinity out of the playoffs for the first time in two decades.

Turtle Mountain is winless this season with a 0-6 overall record. But that doesn't mean the Titans are going in expecting the Braves to roll out the proverbial red carpet to the end zone.

"We'd be foolish now to think that we're going to come out and make things easy on us. We'd be foolish to do that," Randy Gordon said. "We know we have to work for every inch."

Senior linebacker and running back Travis Heidt echoed his coaches' comments, adding that last year's loss to Turtle Mountain is still stuck in the minds of Titans who played in that game.

"We don't want to overlook them," Heidt said. "We did that last year and the year before too."

Trinity has been good this season when they have to work for wins.

Last week, the Titans rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to beat Bismarck St. Mary's 35-34 in overtime. Earlier in the year, Trinity had to come from behind to beat Carrington 25-24 in overtime.

"By all means, you have to hand it to them and give them credit for never giving up and playing with heart those last few minutes," Randy Gordon said.

But, the Titans' coach said winning from here on out means capitalizing on chances early in games. This season, the Titans have been outscored 45-19 in the first quarter and 114-46 before halftime.

"We're pretty tough from 20 to 20-(yard lines)," Randy Gordon said. "That's been our biggest problem all year. We can move the ball the whole game and we can't get in the end zone the first three quarters, or the first quarter."

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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