Bismarck Century’s strong rushing game led by Grant Anderson, who recorded 127 total rushing yards and two touchdowns, forced the Dickinson High football team to a 41-6 loss in its final home game of the season Wednesday.
It was a perfect night for football, a beautiful dim blue sky with no wind. One would think it was the beginning of football season and not near the end. Sadly, for Dickinson High, the perfect weather would only be rained out by the top AAA football team in North Dakota.
“Give credit to Bismarck Century. They are No. 1 for a reason,” head coach John Tuchscherer said. “I did like how our (players) battled, unfortunately we just dug ourselves too big of a hole (in the first half) and then kinda moved the ball a little bit, but a real (inconsistency).”
The Midgets defense showed a strong effort to start the game out, forcing the Patriots to punt on their opening drive of the game. However, Midgets sophomore running back Luke Mavity would take a snap on Dickinson’s own 34-yard line but would fumble the ball and the Patriots would recover, giving them strong field advantage. Following the turnover, the Patriots would get the ball to the Midgets 1-yard line and a QB sneak by senior quarterback Cade Feeney would give the Patriots the lead. The Patriots would miss the field goal and would take a 6-0 with 8:05 left in the first quarter.
Dickinson High would be unable to answer on their next possession and were forced to punt back to Bismarck Central. The Patriots, with the help of junior running back Cade Garcia, were once again able to get the ball back to the Midgets own 1-yard line and score a touchdown run by Garcia, giving the team a 13-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
After another Midgets punt, the Patriots were able to get into the end zone once again on a 13-yard run by Anderson, giving the Patriots a 20-0 lead going into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, the Midgets offense was finally able to get into rhythm. The team would start its drive from its own 35-yard line and after a series of plays, Midgets junior quarterback Landon Aman would connect with senior wideout Jaiden Weright to get the ball to the Patriots’ own 19-yard line. The Midgets would eventually get the ball to the Patriots own 2-yard line and score with Aman, connecting with Weright wide open on the far right corner. The Midgets would not complete the 2-point conversion and trailed 27-6 midway through the second.
The Patriots would later respond with another touchdown, once again with a run by Feeney, giving the Patriots a 27-6 lead. After a series of runs by Anderson, they were able to get to the Midgets’ 1-yard line for the third time and allow Anderson to punch the ball into the end zone for his second touchdown of the night, giving the Patriots a 34-6 lead at the end of the half.
Dickinson High battled hard in the second half, allowing Bismarck Central only one scoring drive, which came in the final quarter when senior running back Tyse Leier scored a 1-yard touchdown, giving the Patriots a 41-6 lead with 9:44 left to play, allowing the mercy rule to take effect and end the game.
Despite the Dickinson High seniors walking off their home football field with a loss, coach Tuchscherer was proud of his team and their effort in the game.
“I’m just really proud of (the seniors),” Tuchscherer said. “We have eight seniors on our football team, which isn’t a big number for us...we’ve played some really quality football teams and we’ve played some quality football teams really tough and had chances to win those football games, and I give credit to those seniors for getting us back on track with their leadership and just bringing those underclassmen along and showing them how we want to play football (at Dickinson High).”
Dickinson High will close out the 2019 season on the road at Legacy on Oct. 27.