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High school football season enters the homestretch

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Matt Stafford and Dickinson Trinity are looking to get back into playoff contention starting this weekend vs. Southern McLean. (Jake Wright // The Dickinson Press)

High school football season is nearly to the halfway point of the season. Many area teams are hitting their stride, while others are looking for answers to problems. Contenders are starting to emerge, but many teams in the Dickinson area have their work cut out for them to get back into playoff contention.

In the AAA West Region, Dickinson is trying to drag themselves out of the basement. They are 0-2 in region and tied for seventh with Williston. The Midgets have a crucial two weeks ahead of them if they have any chances at clawing their way back into hopes of earning a postseason berth. The first game is a matchup with Mandan on Friday, September 27. The Braves are one of the many .500 teams in the region, and Dickinson cannot afford to let other teams gain ground, while they fall further behind. Mandan is coming off a close loss to Bismarck, while Dickinson was unable to slow down Minot’s rushing attack.

In Class A Region four, Dickinson Trinity is in must win mode as well. The Titans are coming off their first victory of the year against winless Richardton-Taylor-Hebron, and this week they will face off with Southern McLean who is 0-3 in region play. The Titans must keep winning to have a chance at the fourth seed come playoff time.

Elsewhere in the region 4, Bowman County is in the driver's seat for a playoff berth. They battle with Heart River this week, and the Cougars could use an upset to help bolster their postseason chances. Killdeer travels to region leading Shiloh Christian and the Cowboys are also on the bubble with Heart River, so they must keep winning.

Richardton-Taylor-Hebron is the lone region team not in the mix for the postseason, but they get their chance to knock off New Salem in what would be an upset.

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In 9 man, Beach goes to Linton/HMB. With a win, the Bucs would have a real shot at winning the region as they are on path to be in the playoffs already. Hettinger/Scranton welcomes South Border to their home as the Nighthawks are still in search of their first victory of the year.

Lastly, Mott-Regent/New England hosts Kidder County in a game that is critical to their postseason chances. If they can pull it off, then they will be in a good spot moving forward.

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The Dickinson Midgets are looking for their first region win of the year when they travel to Mandan to take on the Braves. (Jake Wright // The Dickinson Press)

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