Long after the final play, Titans remained on the field, seniors grappled in each other's brotherly arms, knowing that they ended their season the best way they could, with a 22-6 victory on their home turf.

Dickinson Trinity (3-4, 4-4) came out hot, scoring 16 points in the first quarter against the Southern McLean Roughriders (1-6, 2-7) and though they would lose steam in the middle of the game, they would be able to cap off their final win of the season with one more touchdown. Head coach John Odermann said it was a perfect allegory of the season’s performance.

“This game kind of summarized and spoke to our whole season. If you look at it, we started strong at the beginning of the season and then we kind of had that mid-season lull and we kind of had a mid-game lull tonight,” Odermann said. “ It's actually kind of poetic how this game went … I think that is an opportunity to see that divine providence in football and see that hand working through the season and working through this game.”

The first points on the scoreboard was from a safety caused by Titans’ linebacker Aiden Haich after they punted the ball from their first drive, pinning the Roughriders deep in their own territory.

Aiden Haich (3) sacks Roughriders quarterback Alex Ratterath for a safety. Friday night at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)
Aiden Haich (3) sacks Roughriders quarterback Alex Ratterath for a safety. Friday night at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

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They would add to their lead on their second drive of the night, starting on Southern McLean’s 41 yard line. Wide receiver Tysen Praus caught the first touchdown of the night from 20 yards out to make it 9-0 inside the first five minutes of the game.

Another touchdown pass came near the end of the first quarter on a 16-yard strike to Haich, who broke tackles and ran it in for a 16-0 lead.

The game would slow down for the next to quarter with neither side able to get much traction, with both sides having trouble establishing their running game. The Roughriders only had 30 yards on the ground; Trinity was only able to double that with 60 rushing yards.

However, late in the fourth, both of their offenses would come alive starting with Trinity’s five yard pass touchdown to senior wide receiver Matthew Schagunn. It came from a 12-play drive that was aided by senior running back Carter Ehlis, who gained 39 yards on a screen pass.

“Seeing Carter get back onto the field was definitely a highlight of the night after breaking his collarbone against killdeer. We definitely missed him this year,” Odermann said. “It's just one of those years where you are working and fighting to get healthy every week and it's too bad it wasn't till the end of the year.”

The game was 22-0, but would quickly be altered after Southern/McLean junior running back John Marshall returned the ensuing kickoff across midfield to the Titans’ 35 yard line. After two plays, quarterback Alex Ratterrath would throw a 20-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Dawson Beck.

Two more drives would end the game at 22-6. They each had four turnovers in the game. The Roughriders gave up two fumbles and two interceptions and Titans had three fumbles and a single interception.

“We didn't want to go down on a loss, having a win just makes it so much better for the seniors and for everyone else who is going to keep it going next year,” Kovash said. “I’m proud of all the young guys that stepped up and are a big part of our team. I love the effort and attitude of this team. It really made it fun for all the seniors.”

Drew Kovash completed 16 out of 32 passes against Southern McLean, Friday night at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)
Drew Kovash completed 16 out of 32 passes against Southern McLean, Friday night at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

Kovash ended his high school career with three touchdown passes and 210 passing yards. Odermann expressed his pride in his seniors and underclassmen that made their final game, one to look back on.

“Can't say how excited I am for the years to come, but I am really excited to have sent this great senior class off on a high note,” Odermann said. “We talked about it before the game, ‘Play the game tonight like the game you fell in love with when you first played football in the front yard or the backyard or on the playground with your brothers and your friends.’ I think they did that tonight. We had fun and this will be a game for them to remember.”

 Dickinson Trinity's offense lines up on the line of scrimmage against Southern McLean, Friday night at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson Trinity's offense lines up on the line of scrimmage against Southern McLean, Friday night at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center in Dickinson. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

SCORING

DT - 16 0 0 7 22

SM - 0 0 0 6 06

First Quarter

DT - Aiden Haich sack SAFETY, 2-0

DT - Tysen Praus pass from Drew Kovash (extra point good), 9-0

DT - Haich 20 yard pass from Kovash (extra point good), 16-0

Second Quarter

No scoring

Third Quarter

No scoring

Fourth Quarter

DT - Matthew Schagunn 5 yard pass from Kovash (extra point no good), 22-0

SM - Dawson beck 20 yard pass from Alex Retterrath (two-point conversion failed), 22-6