Hi-liners stun Midgets: Valley City scores 3 touchdowns on 3 turnovers to defeat Dickinson

It wasn't exactly the ideal start of the day for the Valley City football team. The Hi-Liners bus broke down in Mandan. But the bus problems didn't affect Valley City's game. "Football is a game of adversity and when your bus breaks down, your ro...

Ben Baasch
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Valley City senior linebacker Ben Baasch, middle, drives for a fumble during a nonconference game against Dickinson High on Friday at the Biesiot Activities Center.

It wasn’t exactly the ideal start of the day for the Valley City football team.
The Hi-Liners bus broke down in Mandan.
But the bus problems didn’t affect Valley City’s game.
“Football is a game of adversity and when your bus breaks down, your routine is all broken,” Valley City head coach Scott Roehrich said. “When we got in the locker room, I just told the guys, ‘Just take a deep breath.’ I give the guys a lot of credit to focusing on the task at hand.”
Valley City converted three Dickinson turnovers in touchdowns en route to a 20-14 win on Friday at the Biesiot Activities Center.
The three fumbles were in Dickinson’s own end.
“Any time you turn the ball over that much, you aren’t giving yourself a real good chance to win the ball game,” Dickinson head coach John Tuchscherer said.
The Midgets’ senior running back Kass Dvorak finished with 107 yards and 40- and 30-yard touchdowns. However, he also committed three of the Dickinson’s four turnovers.
Dvorak said there were positives and negatives to take out of his first game as the starting running back.
“The good things were that the linemen were making holes,” Dvorak said. “The bad things is that I fumbled the ball three times. That killed our whole game.”
Valley City scored its first touchdown in the second quarter after recovering a fumble. Senior quarterback Jared Lentz connected with Nate Rodriguez for a four-yard touchdown.
As dominate as Dvorak was for the Midgets, Rodriguez did the same for the Hi-Liners. The sophomore running back had 21 carries for 64 yards and one touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 19 yards including a four-yard touchdown.
“We had guys making plays all over and turnovers were huge,” Roehrich said. “He’s a big load to bring down one-on-one.”
Dickinson held a slim 14-6 at halftime. Dvorak said the team was feeling pretty confident at that point in time.
He said that can’t happen again.
“We might have been feeling too good,” he said. “If we have the lead, we can’t slow down. We have to put the pedal to the ground and keep going.”
The Midgets continue their season traveling to Grand Forks Central at 6 p.m. on Friday. Jamestown shut out the Knights 27-0 in their season opener.
“Our inexperienced showed a little bit, but those guys fight and they fight hard,” Tuchscherer said. “They fought all the way to the end. I was proud of the guy’s effort. We just made too many mistakes to win the game. The guys have to be ready Monday, because we have another big game coming up next Friday. We aren’t going to dwell on this one.”

Valley City 0 6 8 6 - 20
Dickinson 7 7 0 0 - 14
First quarter
D–Kass Dvorak 40 run (Tony Kostelecky kick), 5:54.
Second quarter
D–Dvorak 30 run (Kostelecky kick), 8:50.
VC–Nate Rodriguez 4 pass from Jared Lentz (pass failed), 3:08.
Third quarter
VC–John Halgrimson 13 run (Halgrimson run), 2:32.
Fourth quarter
VC–Rodriguez 3 run (run failed), 10:53.
RUSHING: VC, Nate Rodriguez 21-64, John Halgrimson 15-79, Eli Allen 5-12, Lucas Jury 5-12, Gabe Brown 3-8, Jared Lentz 5-2. D, Kass Dvorak 15-107, Michael McChesney 5-36, TEAM 1-0, Andrew Heckaman 4-(minus 11).
PASSING: VC, Lentz 6-11-0 55. D, Heckaman 4-12-0 55.
RECEIVING: VC, Ben Baasch 1-27, Rodriguez 3-19, Ethan Zeltinger 1-7, Halgrimson 1-2. D, Tony Kostelecky 2-29, Ben Twist 2-26.

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