The second half of the season opener for the Dickinson Trinity Titans got away from them, and more specifically the third quarter was their downfall in a 30-12 loss against Bishop Ryan in Minot.
The first half of a game against Bishop Ryan was competitive as the Titans were down by a score of 3-0 entering the second half.
The second half was much different and more exciting than the first as each team found their stride on offense.
Bishop Ryan took off in the third quarter when they put the game out of reach with three touchdowns to take a 24-0 lead.
‘Overall, I was happy with how our kids played tonight. They have a bunch of dudes up front who just wore us down, but we will learn from it and get better,” said Titan coach John Odermann.
In the fourth quarter, Dickinson Trinity showed fight.
Quarterback Jake Daniel hit Seth Herner over the middle of the end-zone with 4:45 left in the contest. With time running out on the clock Daniel tossed another touchdown, but this time to Chayden Hauf for a 54-yard scoring play.
Daniel finished 11-19 passing with 166 yards, the two touchdowns and two interceptions as well.
The defense came up with a few of their own turnovers as they intercepted Bishop Ryan twice to help mitigate the offense’s miscues.
Daniel’s arm was a bright spot, but the rushing attack felt the loss of all star Kaden Kuntz from last fall.
Nathaniel Jilek and Bryant Merry led the Dickinson Trinity with only 21 rushing yards a piece. As a team, the Titans totaled only 50 yards on the ground.
Herner led Dickinson Trinity with seven tackles and a sack for the contest.
“The biggest improvement comes between games one and two. We think we can take lessons from this game and improve,” said Odermann.