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Midgets looking to avoid 0-2 start to season

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Trevor Hirning (55) and Dickinson face a tough test this week vs. Bismarck High. (File Image / The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson Midgets are looking to get over the hump on Friday night when they travel to Bismarck to face off with the Demons.

After last week’s one touchdown loss to Jamestown, the Midgets (0-1) will try to avoid an 0-2 start against Bismarck High (1-0) who beat Williston 49-7 last week.

Dickinson High's head coach John Tuchscherer said the Midgets have had a really good week of practice, and that they are ready for Friday night’s key road game.

“The thing we have practiced all week and really all year is consistency,” he said. “Looking back at last week and our film last year vs. Bismarck, we do some really good things, but we don’t always do it very consistently.”

Tuchscherer mentioned that a couple of assignment errors stalled drives and forced them into three and outs vs. the Blue Jays, and that is something they have to clean up this week during their second game.

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With only a seven-game season this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic and only playing conference games, an 0-2 start to the year would be a killer for the Midgets in terms of hopes for making the playoffs.

Offensively, Tuchscherer says that Dickinson needs to establish the run game in order to have success.

Troy Berg will need to have a big game with carries sprinkled in for Luke Mavity and quarterback Landon Aman as well.

“They get 11 guys going to the football,” Tuchscherer said. “We have to be able to establish the run game, but we also have to use some of their aggressiveness in our favor. We need to get them going one way and then make them come back another way. They are a very good football team. It is going to take a consistent four quarters for us, but that is something we can do.”

On defense, Dickinson will have to try and stop exactly what the Midgets offense is trying to do.

The Demons want to run the ball downhill right at the heart of Dickinson’s defense, and then once that is established, they will try to beat the Midgets over the top with play action.

“The thing we are going to have to do to have success is to stay out of second and third and shorts. We are going to need to put them in obvious passing situations…” Tuchscherer said. “In my opinion, that would take them out of their game plan.”

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