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Dickinson eager to start their season

Dickinson Midgets will host their opening game against Jamestown Blue Jays

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Head Coach John Tuchscherer has his linemen hit the sled in practice in preparation for their first game against Jamestown Blue Jays. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

High School gridiron is back for the Dickinson Midgets and they will be excited to bring out familiar faces and some new ones onto the field this season. It is going to be depth that will make or break this team as they work to fill positions and continue playing a similar style to last year's squad.

Though the Midgets finished sixth in the WDA division last year, the class 11A team hopes to see more success this season despite losing top scoring players, like wide receiver Chris Henderson and quarterback Landon Aman.

With a quarter of their 2020 roster graduated leave cleats needed to be filled, but senior and All State First Defense Team linebacker Troy Berg has already stapled his leadership role according to head coach of the Dickinson Midgets John Tuchscherer..

“The thing with Troy is that he is not the most vocal, but he has always been a great leader, the fact that he works hard with great effort,” Tuchscherer said. “And is one of those guys who is always willing to help out the younger guys, take them under his wing and show them how we do things and what you have to do to be successful.”

On offense Berg was last year's lead scorer for the Midgets and was fourth in the 2020 WDA in rushing yards with 642.

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Another veteran RB returning to the orange and black is senior Luke Mavity who scored three TDs last season and caused two fumbles from the linebacker position. Tuchscherer is going to be depending on both Berg and Mavity to fill leadership roles as they are both going on their fourth year of playing varsity football.

Juniors Chase Selle or Britten Alexander are two top candidates to take the primary quarterback position, but coach Techscherer believes there could be other possibilities and that they aim to play the quarterback that will fight for his spot.

“It's a really important position at any level of football and it's a competition right now,” Tuchscherer said. “This early in the season we are trying to see where we can put guys in successful situations and we have three or four guys right now that are competing to get those reps at quarterback.”

Because of the amount of underclassmen experiencing some level of varsity play the year prior, Tuchscherer is comfortable having starting lineman positions open to some sophomores and perhaps some dedicated freshmen willing to put in the work.

“We graduated quite a few seniors last year and we have a lot of underclassmen at those vital positions, but we have a lot of those guys that played a lot last year whether it was starting or guys that were in our rotation on both sides of the ball,” Tuchscherer said. “I feel pretty good where we are on our offensive and defensive line.”

The opening game for the Midgets will be against the Jamestown Blue Jays who went 4-4 last season. They beat Dickinson last year 28-21, so the Midgets will look to set the record straight and will focus on developing players until game day set for 6 p.m., Aug. 27.

“Like I said, we just have to continue developing that continuity with each other and develop depth,” Tuchscherer said. “The bigger teams that we play dont have as many guys playing both ways. For us to have success we are gonna have to develop that depth and make sure we are rotating when guys need breaks and that the level of play does not fall.”

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Dickinson Midgets afternoon practice. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

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Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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