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Making up for miscues: Dickinson’s offensive, defensive linemen learn from first week experiences

The inexperience of the Dickinson High football team showed during the season opener against Valley City. Dickinson watched a 14-point lead dwindle into a 20-14 loss. Though the end result was a loss, the Midgets learned a valuable lesson from th...

Tanner Binstock
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High junior defensive lineman Tanner Binstock, right, sacks Valley City quarterback Jared Lentz during the season opener on Aug. 29 at the Biesiot Activities Center.

The inexperience of the Dickinson High football team showed during the season opener against Valley City.
Dickinson watched a 14-point lead dwindle into a 20-14 loss.
Though the end result was a loss, the Midgets learned a valuable lesson from the Hi-Liners, a scenario they don’t plan to recreate traveling to Grand Forks Central at 6 p.m. today.
“We’ve been stressing finishing everything that we do,” Dickinson head coach John Tuchscherer said. “When you get up 14 points, you’d love to keep that lead or expand on that lead. We let up a little bit, so we just need to work on finishing everything we do.”
The season opener was the first time a majority of the offensive and defensive linemen saw substantial varsity playing time.
Dickinson senior lineman Jaymin Dolechek said the first game was an eye opener for all the linemen.
“We learned so much,” Dolechek said. “We learned what we were OK at and what we actually need to work on. Our inexperience really showed, but I feel we just need to adjust more to each team.”
In the practices following the loss, Dolechek said the team has more focus and determination.
“Everyone is just kind of relieved the first game is off their chest,” he said. “We’ve seen how we do in game situations. We just have to keep learning.”
Offensively, the Midgets picked up less than 200 total yards. Dickinson had 132 yards rushing - 107 came from senior Kass Dvorak, who also scored the team’s two touchdowns - and 55 passing.
Dickinson senior wide receiver Carter Blackwell, who is returning to the city of Grand Forks after committing the University of North Dakota football team before the start of the high school season, had zero catches against the Hi-Liners.
Despite not having any catches, Blackwell nearly grabbed multiple deep passes from senior starting quarterback Andrew Heckaman. Blackwell doesn’t want to let that happen again.
“Every week, you want to do better than you did last week,” Blackwell said. “Offensively, I think I did pretty bad. I plan on doing the best I can every week and try to prove every week.”
Central had a less than memorable start to the season. The Knights were shut out by Jamestown 27-0. Central racked up only 38 yards against the Blue Jays.
Though many teams focus on its next opponent, the Midgets are only looking at improving one team - themselves.
“At this part of the season, we are worrying more about getting better at our stuff and maybe not so much on what the other team is doing,” Tuchscherer said. “We are obviously going to have adjustments put in offensively and defensively, but it’s more so things that we need to get better on.”

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