The Dickinson Midgets Football team picked up their first win of the season behind a big night from their quarterback Troy Berg against the Fargo North Spartans Thursday night at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center. It wound up being 35-21 Dickinson, with Berg accounting for over 300 yards and five touchdowns.
The Midgets went right to work from their opening kickoff, forcing Spartans into a fourth down punt and claiming the first touchdown. Going into the second half, they would cement their lead by a 14 point margin, which would stay the same by the end with both sides scoring two additional touchdowns in the second.
“We talked all week about taking another big step forward in the right direction and we definitely did that,” Dickinson head coach John Tuchscherer said. “I mean, when we talk about playing with energy I really thought that energy came from our special teams. I really think that they set the tone and both sides of the ball fed off and it's fun when all three phases are playing well.”
Senior quarterback Troy Berg showed his versatility with two passing and three rushing touchdowns. He had 230 rushing yards on 29 attempts and was 7-10 passing for 100 yards, a total of 330 yards by himself
Their first touchdown came from a nine yard pass to Carson Weiler off of the Midgets’ 47 yard drive. The Spartans would quickly tie it up with a passing touchdown of their own from 62 yards out. Berg then ran in his first touchdown from 14 yards out to reestablish the lead 14-7.
“Troy is a great player, but I think Troy would also give credit to those receivers, those offensive linemen … out of any guys on this team, those guys have made the biggest strides and I am just so happy for them,” Tuchscherer said. “ A lot of these guys, this is their third varsity football game that they ever played and just the progress they continue to show every single week has been great.”
North Fargo thought they had tied the game on a touchdown catch, but the officials would overturn the decision and ruled it an incomplete pass. On the very next play, the Spartans fumbled the ball, seeing their excitement quickly turn into pain.
“It's about getting 11 guys to the ball, ” Tuchscherer said. “We had guys in the right spot and guys tackling and like I said, when you get 11 hands to the ball it is really tough to get anything going in the run game.”
Late in the third quarter, the Midgets would grab another rushing touchdown from the red zone to increase their lead 28-7. The Spartans would throw for another touchdown in the fourth quarter, followed by Berg and the Midgets’ final touchdown to put the score 35-14 with three and half minutes left in the game.
North Fargo completed one more passing touchdown with just over a minute left for Dickinson to kill. The Spartans never established their running game, recording only 58 yards on the ground, but their quarterback Daniel Boutain showed good effort completing deep passes, having three touchdowns with one interception.
The Midgets will have their work cut out for them next Friday as they’ll host Bismarck Century, who are the defending state champions and are currently ranked as the No. 1 team in Class AA, according to the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.