Krebs, top-ranked Saints handle Trinity

BISMARCK -- Noah Krebs was out to prove the top-ranked Bismarck St. Mary's football team could overcome adversity, and the Saints gave him plenty of chances.

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FNS Photo by Chris Aarhus Dickinson Trinity running back Cole Beck, middle, is wrapped up by two Bismarck St. Mary’s defenders during a Class 2A, West Region game on Saturday in Bismarck.

BISMARCK - Noah Krebs was out to prove the top-ranked Bismarck St. Mary’s football team could overcome adversity, and the Saints gave him plenty of chances.
The senior captain carried nine times on St. Mary’s first 11 plays, setting the tone for a 41-8 triumph over Dickinson Trinity on Saturday at the Bismarck Community Bowl.
It was a difficult week for St. Mary’s, after multiple players were suspended for violating school policy.
“It was a statement,” Krebs said. “We came together this week as a team. I love these guys. I wouldn’t want to be on any other team but this one.
“Adversity doesn’t stop us. It’s so much more than just a game to us.”
Krebs finished with 18 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns, with yardage runs of 22 and 1 putting the Saints ahead 14-0 in the first quarter.
“All the credit in the world to (St. Mary’s coach) Dan Smekar - he had a lot of adversity to deal with,” Trinity coach John Odermann said. “It’s almost like they’re a better team than they were before.”
Trinity struggled to move the ball, especially in the first half. Sam Wilke stepped in front of a Willy Jahner pass with 1 minute, 30 seconds to go in the first and took it to pay dirt from 62 yards out for a 21-0 lead. The Titans finished with 117 yards of total offense including just 55 through the air. Jahner was 8-of-23 with three interceptions.
“On the offensive side, we just couldn’t get anything going,” Odermann said. “We had some young guys on the line because of injuries that hadn’t played a lot. They were kind of thrown into a difficult situation.”
St. Mary’s junior Logan Pieterick, in for starting quarterback Gus Smekar, threw a 40-yard TD pass to Casey Uhler in the second quarter, and Dillon Reiner added a 9-yard TD run before halftime to put the Saints up 34-0. Reiner rushed 10 times for 76 yards, adding a 10-yard TD in the third quarter.
St. Mary’s (3-0 region, 5-0 overall) had 359 total yards, paced by the efforts of Krebs and Reiner.
“I knew I would get the ball a lot early,” Krebs said. “My line did a great job and my fullback pulled me through. I can’t take any of the credit.”
Trinity, which hosts Turtle Mountain on Friday, avoided the shutout when Jahner hooked up with Connor Friske on an 8-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. Friske had five catches for 35 yards.
“We knew they were gonna try and pound the ball and Noah did a great job of carrying the ball and setting the tone early,” said Odermann, whose team dropped to 1-2 in the region and 1-4 overall. “We didn’t come out and respond to it well.
“They’re the No. 1 team in the state till somebody beats them. Anybody wants to say otherwise, give me a call.”

Trinity 0 0 0 8 - 8
St. Mary’s 21 13 7 0 - 41
First quarter
SMNoah Krebs 22 run (Jordan Smith kick), 9:05.
SM: Krebs 1 run (Smith kick), 2:29.
SM: Sam Wilke 62 interception return (Smith kick), 1:30.
Second quarter
SM: Casey Uhler 40 pass from Logan Pieterick (Smith kick), 9:22.
SM: Dillon Reiner 9 run (kick failed), 1:46.
Third quarter
SM: Reiner 10 run (Smith kick), 8:29.
Fourth quarter
T: Connor Friske 8 pass from Willy Jahner (Jace Kruger from Jahner), 7:49.
Rushing 62 269
Passing 55 90
Total 117 359
RUSHING: T, Coltyn Nelson 11-27, Cole Beck 6-23, Jahner 1-4, Friske 1-4, Easton Brost 1-2, Colton Steiner 1-2. SM, Krebs 18-165, Reiner 10-76, Kurt Dickhut 8-17, Cole Gendreau 2-10, Jacob Schwab 1-1.
PASSING: T, Jahner 8-23-3 55, Kendall Jones 1-2-0 0. SM, Pieterick 2-6-0 90.
RECEIVING: T, Friske 5-35, Joe Mayer 2-24, Lucas Jones 1-0, Beck 1-(minus-4). SM, Wilke 1-50, Uhler 1-40.
INTERCEPTIONS: StM, Thomas Barry, Wilke, Cole Spies.
SACKS: T, Lucas Kubik. SM, Jackson Grad, Jacob Huber.
PENALTIES: T 4-20, SM 4-33.

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