Kuntz, Titans top Watford City, nearly securing berth
WATFORD CITY -- The Trinity Titans entered their matchup Thursday night against Watford City with the possibility of the playoffs on their mind. After a tied first quarter against the Wolves, the Titans helped their cause with a 21-point second q...
WATFORD CITY - The Trinity Titans entered their matchup Thursday night against Watford City with the possibility of the playoffs on their mind.
After a tied first quarter against the Wolves, the Titans helped their cause with a 21-point second quarter, and an eventual decisive 41-12 road victory - a win that all but guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs, according to head coach John Odermann.
"We're in a very comfortable position - some freak stuff has to happen. I think we might actually be in now, but I don't want to say that for sure," Odermann said. "We have to take care of business on Tuesday, but we're basically a lock for the playoffs now. That makes me feel good, and it makes the kids feel good."
In the win, Trinity got most of its offense from Kaden Kuntz, who opened the game with a 77-yard touchdown run, and finished with 20 rushes for 167 rush yards and three touchdowns.
After Watford City tied the game with a rushing touchdown of its own, the Titans pulled away with three unanswered scores in the second quarter; the first on a 20-yard connection between quarterback Lucas Jones and Noah Sickler, and the second on a 20-yard dash from Kuntz.
The third touchdown of the quarter, said Odermann, was the one that put the game away. It was a 27-yard run by Jones with under a minute left in the half, and it was set up by a couple of key conversions earlier in the drive.
"They had us buried there on a long third down, where we were probably going to punt the next play if we didn't get the first down, but we called a quarterback counter for Lucas and he scampered for about 18, 20 yards and got the first down," Odermann said, "and then we were able to push it down and score. That was big to get that score. After that it was kind of icing on the cake; making sure we kept them off the scoreboard and we kept adding to the scoreboard."
The Titans scored 14 more after the half, and held the Wolves scoreless in the second and third quarter to ensure there would be no Watford City comeback. Jones finished with 57 yards through the air and two touchdowns in all. Kuntz scored his third of the game in the third quarter, while Joe Bates' 1-yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter put the finishing touches on the crucial victory.
"Almost any play that we called, our kids were executing from the second quarter on, and the defense did a great job of holding Watford City at bay while our offense was getting into the flow of the game a little bit," Odermann said. "We just put together a really nice game tonight. I can't say enough about how well our team played."
Dickinson Trinity 41, Watford City 12
DT 6 21 6 8 - 41
WC 6 0 0 6 - 12
DT - Kaden Kuntz 77 run (Kick fail)
WC - Kason Hartel 10 run (Kick fail)
DT - Noah Sickler 20 pass from Lucas Jones (Alex Scherr kick)
DT - Kuntz 20 run (Scherr kick)
DT - Jones 27 run (Scherr kick)
DT - Kuntz 3 run (Kick fail)
WC - Matt Ackerman 4 run (Run fail)
DT - Joe Bates 1 run (Hunter Dassinger run)
RUSHING: DT, Kuntz 20-167 3 TDs, Dawson Kram 6-29, Joe Bates 2-4 1 TD. WC, Carter Zenz 17-84, Hartel 8-72 1 TD.
PASSING: DT, Jones 5-16-57-0 1 TD. WC, Hunter Schwartzenberger 5-14-83-0 1 TD.
RECEIVING: DT, Sickler 2-24 1 TD. WC, Brett Skarda 3-30.