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Trinity focuses on finishing against Beulah

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson Trinity sophomore Zach Kubas, left, looks to tackle Bismarck St. Mary's Kendrick Rummel, middle, during a Class 2A West Region game on Sept. 27 at the Biesiot Activities Center.

The theme for the Dickinson Trinity football team this week was finish.

Whether it's finishing a tackle, a drive or more importantly, a win -- the key word this week is finishing.

Finishing is going to be important as the Titans travel to Class 2A West Region opponent Beulah at 6 p.m. today.

"Finishing really has been the theme this week and the kids know that and they've been working on getting better," Trinity head coach John Odermann said. "Beulah runs kind of an unorthodox offense and we don't see it from any other team during the year. Their offense is their offense and you have to prepare specifically for their offense."

With Trinity searching for its first win of the season, Odermann said the team isn't letting a winless record deter them from the big picture -- gaining experience and continuing to grow.

Though Odermann knew this season was going to tough, he couldn't ask for better players to coach.

"We knew it was going to be a tough year coming in," he said. "First year, fifth year, fiftieth year, to have a group of kids like this that keep working for you is exactly what a coach wants. A coach wants kids that aren't going to give up on you, because as a coach your job is not to give up on them. I'm not going to give up on these guys, because this job means more to me than just being able to coach kids. This is giving back to a school that I got a lot from and giving back to a program I got a lot from. We are 0-6 and I couldn't ask for a better group of kids to be coaching."

Trinity sophomore offensive lineman and linebacker Zach Kubas added: "It has been tough at times, but it's a growing period. We're learning how to play football with each other."

Through the first six games, the toughest loss came last Friday in Belcourt where the Titans lost 14-6. However, Trinity fullback Justin Meyer said every loss is tough and the 24-hour rule is in effect: think about the game and then look to the future.

"You play on game at a time and you don't really try to look back," Meyer said.

With Trinity's starting fullback Mark Veverka out this week, Meyer will be filling in his place. Despite not being able to play, Meyer said Veverka has been helpful. For Meyer, it's a positive to have the respect of his fellow teammate and from his head coach.

"Mark has been great," Meyer said. "He's really trying to help me and he thinks that I can do a really good job.

"I just have to go out there and do my job and hope I don't disappoint him."

There's a strong possibility the Titans will have Coltyn Nelson back in the lineup after missing last week's game. Colton Steiner, a sophomore running back, took a majority of the carries last week with 42 yards on 10 carries.

Though losing six games in a row can be mentally draining, Trinity is looking at the flipside and is hungrier each week.

"We really want to get that first win," he said. "Everyone is fighting for it and everyone really wants that one."

Odermann added: "The guys have responded really well, just like they have responded all year. They continue to respond and they aren't hanging their heads. Coach Kyle Steffes said earlier in the week to these guys, 'There's no such thing as stagnation in sports. You are either getting worse or you are getting better.' We can honestly say that we've been getting better every day all year."