Grand Forks Central snatches win over Dickinson
GRAND FORKS -- Bill Lorenz gambled on fourth-and-inches and came away with a first down -- which led to a first win. Grand Forks Central got a pair of Kaleb Binstock-to-Chancler Devier touchdown passes and held on to beat Dickinson 13-10 in high ...
GRAND FORKS - Bill Lorenz gambled on fourth-and-inches and came away with a first down - which led to a first win.
Grand Forks Central got a pair of Kaleb Binstock-to-Chancler Devier touchdown passes and held on to beat Dickinson 13-10 in high school football Friday at Cushman Field.
Central kept the Midgets’ offense off the field for all but the final 10 seconds of the last five minutes. That time-consuming drive was keyed by a first down by Binstock on fourth-and-inches from just inside the Knights’ own 20-yard line with 3:04 remaining.
“It was a gut call,” Lorenz said. “We’d been getting a good push up front. I’m the goat if we don’t make the play. Give the kids credit. They made the play.”
Binstock snuck up the middle for three yards. Had he been stopped, Dickinson was 20 yards from the end zone.
“We knew we’d go for it,” Binstock said. “We couldn’t give them the ball back with that much time left. If our line gets a push, we get the first down. And we got a big push. Our line had a great game.”
Central got two more first downs before punting. Dickinson got the ball on its own 7-yard line with 8 seconds left. The Midgets threatened, picking up 38 yards on a pass and 15 more on a roughing-the-passer penalty to reach Central’s 40, then threw incomplete on a long pass on the final play.
“Our offense was about nil for a lot of the second half,” Lorenz said. “Their defense played well. But that drive at the end, keeping their offense off the field, that was the key.”
Central, 1-1, was held to less than 100 yards in total offense in an opening loss to Jamestown. It had 330 yards against Dickinson - 198 rushing, led by Brock Reller’s 88, and 132 passing, as Binstock was 11-of-25.
After Dickinson went ahead 3-0 on a 25-yard field goal by Tony Kostelecky in the first quarter, Central took a 6-3 lead with 6:13 left in the first half. Binstock threw into the end zone for Devier, who cut in front of a defender and leaped to catch the 15-yard TD pass.
Early in the third quarter, Binstock’s penetration forced a fumble that Jesus Flores recovered on Dickinson’s 29. On the Knights’ first play, Binstock found Devier open on the right sideline, with Devier catching the pass inside the 5 and going in untouched.
“(Devier) was on fire,” Binstock said. “He was catching everything I threw. That first touchdown, that was a spectacular play the way he broke for the ball.”
Kostelecky hauled in a 22-yard pass from Andrew Heckaman with 5:56 left in the third to pull within 13-10. The Midgets were on Central’s 18 on their next possession when they fumbled and Clay Morin recovered for the Knights.
“We had momentum at that point,” Dickinson coach John Tuchscherer said. “I thought things were looking good. But any time you’re inside the 20, you want points.
“The guys are playing hard. But turnovers are killing us. We’re making too many mistakes.”
Heckaman passed for 138 yards and Kass Dvorak rushed for 80 to lead the 0-2 Midgets.
Dickinson 3 0 7 0-10
GF Central 0 6 7 0-13
D-Tony Kostelecky 25 FG
GFC-Chancler Devier 15 pass from Kaleb Binstock (run failed)
GFC-Devier 29 pass from Binstock (Brock Reller kick)
D-Kostelecky 22 pass from Andrew Heckaman (Kostelecky kick)
RUSHING: D, Kass Dvorak 20-80, Andrew Heckaman 6-11. GFC, Brock Reller 14-88, Bryce Brandon 14-65, Kaleb Binstock 12-53
PASSING: D, Heckaman 12-22-1, 138 yards. GFC, Binstock 11-25-0, 132 yards
RECEIVING: D, Carter Blackwell 3-67, Tony Kostelecky 4-40, Ben Twist 4-31, Dvorak 1-0. GFC, Chancler Devier 5-79, Ryan Erickson 1-33, Spencer Oen 1-12, Alex Hagen 2-4, Brandon 1-4, Reller 1-0.