The top ranked team according to the most recent media poll in the NDHSAA is Bismarck St. Mary's Saints, who have only lost a single game all season. They continued their strong play, picking apart the Dickinson Midgets Thursday night at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in a 34-0 win.

It was the second time the Midgets were shut out this season, having previously been held scoreless against Bismarck Legacy on Sept. 3.

“Give St. Mary's all the credit. They came out and were the more physical team,” Tuchscherer said. “We knew coming in that they were going to throw the ball around and in the first half I think we really did a good job for the most part giving up only one big pass play. The thing that really hurt us was the option. We weren’t assignment sharp on that and we gave up some big plays to their offense.”

The Midgets held strong in the first quarter, looking like they were in for a close game. No points were gained from either side, with both missing a field goal. St. Mary’s finally pushed through with a 67-yard pass from senior quarterback Nick Schumacher to wide receiver Landon Gerving for a 7-0 lead.

Shortly after, Dickinson senior running back Luke Mavity was hit hard and taken out for the remainder of the game. Their misfortune didn't stop there as they would then find themselves on the wrong side of an interception call that appeared could’ve gone the other way. Replays inside the BAC showed the ball touching the ground before the catch.

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Early in the match, Luke Mavity is taken out after getting rocked from a hard tackle. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)
Early in the match, Luke Mavity is taken out after getting rocked from a hard tackle. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

The Saints took advantage of the interception call and doubled their lead for a rushing touchdown from Schumacher with about a minute left. The first half ended 13-0.

St. Mary’s held the momentum for the rest of the game, adding 21 points in the second half, 15 of which coming in the third quarter, with Dickinson unable to pick up a single first down.

A nine-play drive in the third quarter for the Saints, capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run from Schumacher and a two-point conversion, gave the visitors a commanding 21-0 lead.

Dickinson had a chance to shift the game after St Mary’s Schumacher threw one of two interceptions he had in the game, caught by junior defensive back Chase Selle. However, it would immediately be followed by an interception from their senior quarterback Troy Berg.

Berg had a rough day coming back into the rotation after sitting out for two games due to injury. He threw for 120 yards and three interceptions.

Troy Berg unable is forced to scramble with the Saints' defense putting high pressure on him. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)
Troy Berg unable is forced to scramble with the Saints' defense putting high pressure on him. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

The Midgets were able to stop a big drive in the third quarter, recovering a fumble in the red zone, but would once again run into trouble with a fumble of their own from junior wide receiver Ben Carson. The ball was recovered by Saints senior linebacker Isaac Felchle, who returned it for a touchdown.

It was 28-0 with less than three minutes left in the third.

The Saints would tack on one more touchdown from their running back with 8:51 left in the game to make it 34-0.

Dickinson sits in third in the 11A west region and will need to defeat Belcourt Turtle Mountain next week to have a definitive spot in the playoffs.

“As frustrating as it is, I'd hope the outcome of this game would have been different, but we have to move on and get ourselves prepared for Wednesday,” Tuchscherer said. “We gotta move on from this fast because as I see it, our playoffs start now.”

Quarterback Nick Schumacher celebrates with running back Isaac Felchle after running the ball into the end zone.  (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)
Quarterback Nick Schumacher celebrates with running back Isaac Felchle after running the ball into the end zone. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

SCORING

DHS - 0 0 0 0 0

BSM - 0 13 15 6 34

First Quarter

No score

Second Quarter

BSM - Landon Gerving 67 yard pass from Nick Schumacher (extra point good), 7-0

BSM - Schumacher 28 yard run (extra point no good), 13-0

Third Quarter

BSM - Schumacher 1 yard run (two-point conversion successful), 21-0

BSM - Isaac Felchle fumble return (extra point no good), 28-0

Fourth Quarter

BSM - Felchle 5 yard run (extra point no good), 34-0