If history is an indicator, the Dickinson High School football team should like its chances to pick up its first victory of the season on Friday, Oct. 5, when Williston rolls into town.
The Midgets have emerged victorious in their last six contests against the Coyotes, including a 29-13 win on the road last season. During that stretch, Dickinson's average margin of victory is 25.3 points.
However, for head coach John Tuchscherer, the past is in the rear-view mirror, as he tries to ready a team that has struggled to string together a quality 48-minute performance all season long. While the team has shown glimpses of improvement over the last couple of weeks, Dickinson is in no position to feel comfortable.
"I think our kids are confident because we've been playing better, but I don't think there's any room for us to be overconfident. We haven't really put together a four-quarter game," Tuchscherer said. "So for us to be overconfident, I don't see that and I'm not sure why we would be. I want our kids to be confident going into this, but we have to put together four quarters; it can't be a half or a quarter, it has to be four quarters."
In order to play a complete game this week, Tuchscherer says the defense has to pressure Coyotes junior Charles Whitlock, who leads all West Region quarterbacks with 85 completed passes. Seventy-five percent of Williston's yardage has come through the air.
Friday also marks the final home game of the season for the Midgets. The seniors expect to be energized as it will be their last time walking onto Fisher Field at the Biesiot Activities Center in a Dickinson uniform.
"I've been thinking about it a little bit and I know it will be an emotional game for all of us seniors," defensive back Sebastian Weidner said. "I think it will be a pretty great night with all of the support from everyone at Dickinson High."
The 17 seniors set to wear their home colors just one more time have been through several ups and downs over the years, but have always set a positive example for the kids following them in the program.
"Those kids want to end their home careers with a win, they want to end their Senior Night with a win. I think it's more motivation for us," Tuchscherer said. "These kids mean the world to me, especially the seniors when they've gone through our program, put the time in and been here for four years. ... Other guys in our program see what these seniors have done and the leadership they've provided. Hopefully, they play for those guys and try to get them a win on Friday night."