Midgets, Mandan look for first win
Despite playing different opponents, the Dickinson High and Mandan football teams share a common interest. Picking up its first win of the season. The Midgets and Braves are both 0-3 and meet in a West Region game at 5:30 p.m. today at Faris Fiel...
Despite playing different opponents, the Dickinson High and Mandan football teams share a common interest.
Picking up its first win of the season.
The Midgets and Braves are both 0-3 and meet in a West Region game at 5:30 p.m. today at Faris Field in Mandan.
“Records don’t really matter, we have to come out and play 100 percent no matter what team we are playing,” Dickinson senior running back Kass Dvorak said. “We can’t take it easy on anyone.”
Though the Midgets are winless, they are coming off the best start to any game of the season against Bismarck High. Dickinson held the Demons to seven points in the first 19 minutes.
Dvorak said the team played well at the start of the Bismarck game, but they need to extend the same play throughout the entire game.
“We came out hard and we were ready to go,” said Dvorak, who has 180 yards and two touchdowns in three games. “That’s the first time we came out in warmups like that. We just have to do the same thing against Mandan and get our mindset right early Friday morning. We just need to get locked in.”
Dickinson head coach John Tuchscherer said the biggest challenge Dickinson has to overcome is making sure mistakes don’t pile up.
After the Midgets tied the game 7-7 in the second quarter against Bismarck, the Demons outscored Dickinson 48-0 in the final two and a half quarters.
“If there is a letdown or a turnover, we have to regroup and play that much harder in order to try to eliminate that mistake and not let it compound,” Tuchscherer said. “That’s been the biggest problem. Things have been snowballing so bad last week. One thing happens and then the next, we have to come out and put a stop to it. Then we can get the momentum back on our side.”
The Midgets are averaging 10.3 points per game and allowed 29.3. At times, Dickinson has had trouble moving its offense down the field. However, the Midgets will try to expose the Braves’ defense which has given up 33.3 points per game.
Dickinson’s senior quarterback Andrew Heckaman is 20 of 46 for 215 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The leading receiver is senior Carter Blackwell, who committed to the University of North Dakota football team for the fall of 2015, with five catches for 82 yards and one touchdown.
Mandan’s offense has scored 19.3 points per game. The closest game for the Braves this season was a seven-point loss to Bismarck Century on Sept. 12.
“At times, we’ve played really well,” Dickinson junior lineman Tanner Binstock said. “We just have to put together a good four quarters and we haven’t done that yet. We’ve had a good week of practice so far and we just need to keep it up.”