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Minot runs all over Midgets in season finale

The halftime score was pretty indicative of how the game would end, so Dickinson High looked to salvage what was rest of their season. After allowing six touchdowns in the first half, the Midgets refocused, got on the board and were able to smile...

Minot High junior quarterback Creighton Rudolph leaps away from the tackle of Dickinson High senior safety Shawn Steffan on Wednesday at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Minot High junior quarterback Creighton Rudolph leaps away from the tackle of Dickinson High senior safety Shawn Steffan on Wednesday at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

The halftime score was pretty indicative of how the game would end, so Dickinson High looked to salvage what was rest of their season.

After allowing six touchdowns in the first half, the Midgets refocused, got on the board and were able to smile a little bit. Still, No. 3-ranked Minot came away with the 42-13 West Region victory at the Biesiot Activities Center.

"We knew we dug ourselves a big hole. We just wanted to come out in the second half and put things together, put points on the board and end the year on a good note," said Dickinson's senior quarterback Shawn Steffan, who threw for a touchdown and ran for another. "I think everybody played their hearts out in the second half, and we're pretty happy with that."

The Midgets needed a win and a Bismarck Legacy loss at Jamestown to secure a spot in the playoffs but got neither, so they end their season at 5-4 overall and 3-4 in the region.

The Magi, however, will continue on into the Class 3A playoffs next weekend as the No. 1 seed in the West Region.

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Dickinson actually opened the game with some momentum as Steffan, from his safety spot, intercepted his quarterback counterpart Creighton Rudolph along the right sideline 50 seconds into the first quarter.

The Midgets moved the ball to the Magi 4-yard line and stalled. Instead of going for it, sophomore Chandler Wanner missed a short field goal to the right.

"We just wanted to get some points on the board, and we feel confident in our kickers, and unfortunately that one didn't go in," head coach John Tuchscherer said.

It was all Minot from that point on.

"We were a little disappointed in our first possession, but then we had a nice goal-line stand," Minot head coach Barry Holmen said. "And that really helped us steady the ship."

Minot (7-2, 6-1 West Region) used an unrelenting rushing attack to rack up 306 yards on the ground - 172 of those came on five carries by senior Manuel Bradford in the first half.

"They had a big and physical offensive line. They outworked us on the line," junior defensive end Krew Mathern said. "Their running backs, they were pretty good. We just had to tackle better, wrap up better."

Bradford scored on runs of 68 and 45 yards in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead, and he added a 60-yarder in the second quarter.

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His teammates followed suit. Peyton Lamoureux and Carter Anderson added rushing scores of 31 and 2 yards, respectively, and Rudolph found Lofton Klabunde for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds remaining before the half for the 42-0 lead.

"We have a balanced attack on offense and certainly some kids that are very explosive," Holmen said, "and so we hope to continue to be balanced."

Facing a large deficit and a running clock in the second half, Tuchscherer wanted his team to come away with some positives in the second half.

"It was a tough first half. They're a good football team," he said. "We challenged them to come out and try to win the second half and put some points on the scoreboard, and we were able to do that. It's bittersweet, it's tough, but it feels a little better to be able to go out with a couple touchdowns like that."

Dickinson received the kickoff and held the ball for the entire third quarter and into the fourth; the Midgets got on the board with a 7-yard rushing touchdown from Steffan, capping the 77-yard, 18-play drive that which took 12:40 of game time to complete.

After forcing a Minot punt, Dickinson scored on its next drive as Steffan found Mathern for a 31-yard touchdown. Mathern caught a short pass on the right side but managed to reverse field, catch a block and stroll into the end zone.

"We wanted to come out hard and play for the seniors, make them happy," said Mathern, who caught three passes for 48 yards. "I think we all felt a little better after (the scores). The pressure came off a little bit. We came out a lot better in the second half."

Alas, it was too late to do much about the outcome. The most Dickinson could do was play for its seniors. They deserved that.

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"These seniors have done so much for our program. I know how much work they put into it," Tuchscherer said. "For us to put a couple touchdowns on the board and see the guys smile is really what it's all about."

Steffan added: "We're brothers. We come out to practice every day and there's chemistry that's undeniable. ... We're a great team, but this group of seniors, there's a bond here, and it's something special."

Minot 42, Dickinson High 13

M 14 28 0 0 - 42

DHS 0 0 0 13 - 13

First quarter

M - Manuel Bradford 68 rush (Preston Johnson kick), 6:32

M - Bradford 45 rush (Johnson kick), 3:15

Second quarter

M - Peyton Lamoureux 31 rush (Johnson kick), 8:14

M - Carter Anderson 2 rush (kick no good)

M - Bradford 60 rush (Noah Tate pass from Drew Holtz), 2:58

M - Lofton Klabunde 14 pass from Creighton Rudolph (Johnson kick), :25

Third quarter

No scoring

Fourth quarter

D - Shawn Steffan 7 rush (Ethan Guzman kick), 11:52

D - Krew Mathern 31 pass from Steffan (kick no good), 5:40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: M, Bradford 5-172, Elijah Wickum 5-56, Lamoureux 1-31, Anderson 6-18. DHS, Caden Haugen 16-61, Treven Hopfauf 11-45, Steffan 5-27, Matthew Meschke 1-4.

PASSING: M, Rudolph 5-8-1 92 yards, 1 TD. DHS, Steffan 8-14-0 82 yards, 1 TD.

RECEIVING: M, Brett Lunde 3-70, Klabunde 1-14, Lamoureux 1-8. DHS, Mathern 3-48, Cam Jorda 2-34, Haugen 1-1.

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