No. 5-ranked Minot Ryan rallies by Titans
To say the No. 5-ranked Minot Ryan football team is fortunate to pick up its fourth win of the season is understatement. The Lions committed five turnovers -- two of which resulted Dickinson Trinity touchdowns. However, Minot Ryan rallied to a 18...
To say the No. 5-ranked Minot Ryan football team is fortunate to pick up its fourth win of the season is understatement.
The Lions committed five turnovers - two of which resulted Dickinson Trinity touchdowns.
However, Minot Ryan rallied to a 18-14 win over Trinity Class 2A, West Region game on Saturday at the Biesiot Activities Center.
“We were pretty lucky,” Minot Ryan head coach Zach Rudolph said. “We didn’t play our best, but hats off to Dickinson Trinity, because their defensive front and their defensive line gave us problems.”
It was the second time in three weeks the Titans let a ranked opponent slip through their fingers. Two weeks ago, Valley City - which was ranked No. 4 at the time - needed overtime to defeat the Titans 34-26.
Despite dropping a loss to a ranked opponent, Trinity senior running back Coltyn Nelson said there were more differences than similarities between the two games.
“That first half we did what we came to do,” said Nelson, who finished with 26 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns. “In the second half, we took our foot off the pedal and that’s where it kind of slipped away.”
At halftime, the Titans held a 14-0 lead on Nelson’s two touchdown runs for one and three yards.
However, in the second half, the Lions scored three unanswered touchdowns. The first touchdown came on a 53-yard run from quarterback Tanner Sanders. The second was Tanner Scheig recovering a blocked punt in Trinity’s endzone and the final score was on a two-yard run from Cole Dauphinais.
Minot Ryan posted 297 total yards, while Trinity had 153. The Lions had 206 yards rushing and Trinity amassed 94.
“We let them off the hook,” Trinity head coach John Odermann said. “We had them right where we wanted them. Our offense - for whatever reason - we just couldn’t get anything going. We kept shooting ourselves in the foot. We would have a nice 15- to 20-yard gain on first down and it would get called back on a penalty. When you are shooting yourself in the foot like that, it’s hard to win games.”
Sanders led the Lions with 20 carries for 105 yards and threw for eight completions for 91 yards. Aaron Sandy supplied 58 yards on 11 carries, while Dauphinais had 14 rushes for 36 yards.
“It’s a credit to the seniors for battling through adversity and making sure we never give up until the clock strikes zero,” Rudolph said. “We kept battling, tried to keep our heads and eventually found a way to come out with a victory.”
In the fourth quarter, the Titans had one final chance to score a touchdown, but the Lions’ Jordan Will sacked quarterback Willy Jahner to seal the victory. Jahner finished 6 of 19 for 38 yards and two interceptions.
Odermann’s message to the team after the game was to never let up. The Titans continue their season traveling to No. 1-ranked and defending Class 2A state champion Bismarck St. Mary’s at 6 p.m. Friday.
“We told the guys in the first half, they took it and made it their game,” he said. “In the second half, they kind of gave it away. We told the kids when they are in a position when they are up in a game, you have to keep the pressure on.”
McGregor is the sports editor of The Dickinson Press. Call him at 701-456-1214 and tweet him @SirRoyal.
Minot Ryan 0 0 6 12 - 18
Trinity 0 6 8 0 - 14
T–Coltyn Nelson 5 run (pass failed), 2:51
T–Nelson 1 run (Joe Mayer pass from Willy Jahner), 8:07
MR–Tanner Sanders 53 run (kick failed), 1:00.
MR–Tanner Scheig blocked punt (kick failed), 11:26.
MR–Cole Dauphinais 1 run (run failed), 5:46
RUSHING: MR, Tanner Sanders 20-105, Aaron Sandy 11-58, Cole Dauphinais 14-36, Jared Will 1-7, Brenden Backes 1-0, TEAM 2-0. T, Coltyn Nelson 26-87, Lucas Jones 3-8, Jaret Lee 1-2, Willy Jahner 6-(minus 3).
PASSING: MR, Sanders 8-19-1 91. T, Jahner 6-19-2 38; Lee 1-1-0 21.
RECEIVING: MR, Eli Kramer 3-38, Will 3-33, Dauphinais 1-19, Hayden Schall 1-1. T, Joe Mayer 3-46, Nelson 2-(minus 2), Jones 1-8, Jace Kruger 1-7.