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Midgets facing test against Minot High

It's pretty simple math for the Dickinson High football team to follow as it figures out its path to the state Class AAA playoffs. Win its last two West Region games and it's in with a home date for the first round. Split against Mandan and Minot...

It's pretty simple math for the Dickinson High football team to follow as it figures out its path to the state Class AAA playoffs.

Win its last two West Region games and it's in with a home date for the first round.

Split against Mandan and Minot High, and the Midgets are likely in, but could be sitting out depending on what how the other teams do.

Lose both and the team is sitting at home when the playoffs start in three weeks.

Dickinson coach Dennis Morris knows how important its game against Minot High at 7 tonight at the Badlands Activities Center is to his team.

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"Potentially for us, a victory here can ensure a playoff spot for us," Morris said. "But if not, it's going to force the Mandan game into a do-or-die situation."

Fortunately for the Midgets (4-2 overall, 3-1 West), their offense started scoring again with a 35-14 win over Williston last week -- their biggest output of the season.

"Thing are starting to click for us now," Morris said. "The offense is getting much better. The defense is getting much snottier every week, which is great."

On the flip side, the Magicians are struggling on defense and have lost two straight after starting the season 4-0.

Minot (4-2, 2-1) lost to Mandan 49-14 two weeks ago and fell to Bismarck Century 40-14 last week. Its defense struggled three weeks ago in a 41-40 win over Mandan.

"Century was able to shut down the running game by being more physical than they were," Morris said. "And that's our focus as well. If we shut down their running game and make us beat us in the air, our chances are much better."

Helping matters for the Midgets is the return of freshman running back Michael Cherwinski.

"We finally have everyone back, even if it's for limited carries," Morris said. "That really helps so we don't have to abuse one back throughout the game."

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Cherwinski will see limited action, but with junior Brett Braunagel, senior Grant Dvorak and freshman Dylan Skabo lining up at tailback, there are plenty of options for Morris to throw at Minot.

"The depth situation has worked out really well," Morris said. "Just not the way I thought it would."

With the Midgets just hovering right below the top of the West standings, Morris said tonight's game will show what they are about.

"This weekend is going to be a good test to see if we're a good team or just an average team," Morris said.

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