In the first two games of the season, the Dickinson High team has found itself on the losing side of the scoreboard.
However, the Midgets’ season has just begun.
Dickinson hosts No. 2-ranked and West Region opponent Bismarck High as part of homecoming at 7 p.m. today at the Biesiot Activities Center.
“It’s a little easier to stay relaxed with it being homecoming, but we still have a good mentality,” Dickinson senior lineman Austin Lindborg said. “We are all still getting pumped for the game.”
The Midgets’ losses to Valley City and Grand Forks Central were by a total of nine points.
Central edged Dickinson by three and Valley City won by six.
“The close ones are always the toughest ones, especially when you know you had chances throughout the game to put points on the board and win the game,” Dickinson head coach Josh Tuchscherer said. “Any loss is tough, but anytime it’s that close it’s tougher.”
Dickinson’s leading rusher is senior Kass Dvorak, who has 35 carries for 187 yards and two touchdowns, while senior quarterback Andrew Heckaman is 16 of 34 for 193 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The leading receivers are seniors Tony Kostelecky, Ben Twist and Carter Blackwell, who have a combined 15 catches.
Bismarck is coming off wins against Grand Forks Red River and West Fargo. The Demons have outscored their opponents 73-43.
“Bismarck is going to be a tough team, but our coaches told us that they aren’t the team of the past,” Heckaman said. “It will be a tough game, so we’ll have to bring our ‘A’ game. Bismarck High is our first conference game and with it being our homecoming game it brings a little more excitement.”
The Midgets want to continue to limit their mistakes.
Dickinson knows it won’t completely fix the miscues in one week, but it will be a continually learning experience until the end of the season.
“We’ve done some really good things this year both offensively and defensively, but we just have to cut down on the mistakes,” Tuchscherer said. “We aren’t going to win any games with the amount of mistakes we making. If we can cut down those mistakes and play a four-quarter football game, we can compete with Bismarck.”
McGregor is the sports editor of The Dickinson Press. Call him at 701-456-1214 and tweet him @SirRoyal.