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DHS football faces Bismarck for senior night

Dickinson High senior quarterback Antonio Nunez looks for a receiver against Minot on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

Following a 41-7 loss to Minot last week, the Dickinson High football team's hopes of a playoff appearance were eliminated. Still, the Midgets have something to play for when they face Bismarck High on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in their final West Region matchup of the season.

"The biggest thing is we have to have some pride," head coach John Tuchscherer said. "We want to finish the season out on the right foot and most importantly we have to play for our seniors. Even though this year hasn't gone the way we hoped it had, they've had a lot of success with this football program and it meant a lot to a lot of people who have taught this group of kids."

The Midgets (1-7) are hoping to give everything they've got against the Demons (6-2) to close out their season on a positive note.

Tuchscherer said he's hoping to force a physical Bismarck team into more passing situations.

"They're a run heavy team.," he said. "They have a really good quarterback. If they're able to get their run game going, they can get their play action going and that'll be tough on our defense."

Bismarck junior quarterback Will Madler, who has thrown over 1,100 yards this year, and senior running back Jalen Sprecher lead a strong Demons offense.

"They're very physical up front," Tuchscherer said. "There have been times this year where we've played physical up front, so we're going to match that physicality."

Dickinson earned their first win at Williston with a 29-13 victory on Friday, Oct. 6. While they weren't able to do it last week, the Midgets are hoping to carry their success against the Coyotes into their game Wednesday.

Ahead of kickoff, the Midgets will honor and say goodbye to 12 seniors who will be suiting up in the orange and black for the final time.

While the graduating class is smaller than others in the past, the Midgets will be losing plenty of valuable players including quarterback Antonio Nunez and running back Connor Hoenke.

"I'm really impressed with all 12 of them," Tuchscherer said. "All 12 bring different levels of experience to our football team. They bring a different level of knowledge of the game. All in their own way, they contribute to our football team."