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Playoffs still in play for Dickinson High football

Dickinson High's win last Friday at Williston was bigger than just serving as the team's first victory of the season. The Midgets (1-6, 1-3) are still mathematically in the running for a playoff spot with two games remaining, and they will find o...

Dickinson High sophomore Evan Showalter (60) pass blocks for senior quarterback Antonio Nunez on Sept. 8 against Bismarck Legacy at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High sophomore Evan Showalter (60) pass blocks for senior quarterback Antonio Nunez on Sept. 8 against Bismarck Legacy at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

Dickinson High's win last Friday at Williston was bigger than just serving as the team's first victory of the season.

The Midgets (1-6, 1-3) are still mathematically in the running for a playoff spot with two games remaining, and they will find out a lot about their fate after this week.

At this point, Dickinson is essentially working to overtake Bismarck Legacy in the standings - Dickinson can finish, at best, 3-3 in the region, while Legacy can finish, at worst, 2-4. However, Legacy can secure the fourth and final playoff berth with a win at Williston on Friday.

Before the Midgets can worry about what Legacy does, though, they host Minot (4-3, 3-2 West Region) at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Biesiot Activities Center.

"We have a lot to play for too," head coach John Tuchscherer said.

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And at the very least, Dickinson should have a little momentum.

Dickinson scored points in all three phases of the game against the Coyotes, putting together what Tuchscherer called the team's most complete game of the year.

"Every time we stepped onto the field, you felt the energy that we were going to come out and score," senior quarterback Antonio Nunez said. "And when you came off the field, you felt the sidelines - they were engaged, they were hyping everybody up. We all knew we would come away with a win if we just kept that attitude."

The Midgets have lost some lopsided games this season, but the offense usually managed to move the ball well. Last week was a boost to the team's confidence because the players saw they could compete if they didn't succumb to penalties and other mistakes.

"We have to mentally believe that we're the same as them because if we do that, we can do the same as we did in Williston," Nunez said. "Some teams get out there and believe that they're from a bigger city and that we can't compete, and I think that's completely wrong. We have big boys out here just like they have big boys, we have fast boys just like they have fast boys."

Dickinson will look to channel that mindset, and the results that came with it, and put it toward attempting to knock off the Magicians.

"We got inside the red zone and then we finished," Tuchscherer said. "When we had opportunities, we took advantage of them. ... I thought it was our best game passing the ball in maybe two or three weeks - and not even that we put up huge numbers, but we were really efficient."

For the Midgets to stay alive in the hunt for the playoffs, they will have to contain Minot senior quarterback Creighton Rudolph and two of his main weapons, fellow seniors Lofton Klabunde and Peyton Lamoureux.

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"Their quarterback is really good. He's solid, he's athletic, he throws the ball well," Tuchscherer said. "They're good up front, their running back is fast and their defense - I call it a 3-5 - they bring a lot of pressure in the pass, and that's something that has been tough on our offensive linemen, so we'll have to work on blitz pickup and communicating."

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