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Magicians need no magic -- Dickinson falls to Minot's potent run game

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Landon Aman hands off to Troy Berg in the Midgets loss to Minot. (Jake Wright // The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson Midgets had absolutely no answer for Payton Philion from Minot High on Friday night at the Biesiot Activities Center.

Minot defeated Dickinson by a score of 48-20 in a game that got away from the Midgets in the second half as turnovers proved to be the Midgets demise.

The loss dropped Dickinson to 1-3 on the year and 0-2 in conference play.

“We need to put an emphasis on ball security,” said Dickinson head coach John Tuchscherer. “We had a lot of chances...We have to clean things up going forward.”

Philion ran for 276 yards on 30 carries, and he also scored three touchdowns against the Midgets.

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As a team Minot ran for 435 yards. They wore down the Dickinson defense, and the game slowly got out of hand after a good start for the Midgets.

Early in the contest, Minot went for it on fourth down several times and the Magicians didn’t find any magic with their puzzling decisions.

On the first drive of the game, Minot went for it in the red zone instead of kicking a field goal, and after an incomplete pass Dickinson received the ball on a turnover on downs.

Dickinson couldn’t muster any offense, and after they punted the Magicians faced another fourth down in the red zone. Junior Cullen Murphy dropped an interception that would have likely resulted in a pick six.

The dropped interception didn’t matter as on the very next play junior Landon Aman hit senior Jaiden Wright for an 83 yard touchdown pass with 3:07 left in the first quarter.

The 7-0 lead was the only Midget lead of the night.

Wright finished with six receptions for 131 yards.

On the ensuing drive, Philion dragged Midget defenders down to the two yard line, and with 17 seconds left in the first quarter, he scored his first touchdown of the game to tie the contest.

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On the next play of the game, Dickinson didn’t do themselves any favors. Parker Jacobson of Minot intercepted Aman.

Several plays later, the Magicians found themselves in yet another fourth down situation, and once again they elected to go for it.

An incomplete pass made Minot 0-3 on fourth down conversion attempts.

Dickinson could not take advantage of the stop on defense, and a punt was blocked.

The miscue didn’t hurt Dickinson, but a Troy Berg fumble toward the end of the half proved to be costly.

Philion broke a couple of tackles to score after the fumble gave the Magicians favorable field position.

Minot led 14-7 at half, and Dickinson felt like they were in a good position for the second half.

“We turned the ball over three times in the first half, and it was 14-7 and we are coming out and we get the ball,” said Tuchscherer. “Give credit to Minot after half and really just ran the ball right at us. We didn’t have an answer for it.”

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The second half started, and it did not go the way the Midgets had hoped.

This time junior Chase Burke scored a touchdown to bring the score to 21-7, and shortly after Berg fumbled to give Minot a short field. It was the Midgets fourth turnover of the night.

“We can’t turn the ball over four times and play winning football,” Tuchscherer said.

Philion scored his third and final touchdown of the evening to give Minot a 27-7 lead.

Berg got on the board to bring the Midgets within two scores with 2:36 left in the third quarter.

He finished with 18 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown.

After the Magicians pounded out two drives that resulted in scores, Aman found Mason Anchando midway through the fourth quarter for the Midgets last touchdown of the game that made the score 40-20.

Dickinson returns to action next Friday when they travel to Mandan.

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