Titans remain undefeated in narrow escape against Shiloh Christian on the road
BISMARCK — The Titans escaped Miller Field in Bismarck standing tall in Class B Region 4 following a shoot-out victory in a pairing featuring two top 5 teams. The Shiloh Christian Skyhawks stayed in the back and forth game through the entirety of the competition, but would fall short in a 49-35 loss to Trinity.
Trinity entered the game undefeated at 3-0 (2-0 district) against an equally undefeated Shiloh Christian 3-0 (1-0 district) with both teams touting powerhouse offenses capable of racking up an average of over 36 points per game.
A single point would be difference by the conclusion of the first half, before the Titans gained much needed momentum in the second half to stay on top.
Jake Shobe, who was a critical component of the Titans successes early and often, finding the endzone three different ways in the first half — a pass reception of 63-yards, a pick 6 for 61-yards and a kickoff return for 90-yards.
In Trinity’s first TD, a trick play saw running back Gage Glaser pull the defense in against the run as he stretched the defensive middle outside the hash before launching a deep pass to Shobe for the touchdown.
“They have a great football team,” John Odermann, Trinity Titans head coach, said. “Our special teams and defense kept us in the game.”
Odermann noted that the Titan defense and special teams have continued in those few moments when Trinity’s offensive struggles occur — which this season has not been often as the team averages over 48 points per game.
Both teams found success in the third quarter, keeping the scoreboards inching closer to a combined 75 points.
A communication error would find Trinity’s Ty Dassinger throwing an interception in open field to Shiloh’s Carter Seifert, who would take it all the way on a 54-yard interception return.
Not ready to lay down and let the Titans pull off a win on the Skyhawks home field, Shiloh took a late go-ahead touchdown when Michael Fagerland scored on a 44-yard touchdown pass before a two-point conversion brought the game to 35-28 Skyhawk lead with about 11 minutes remaining in regulation.
With their backs to the wall, the Titans would prove their tenacity on the defensive side of the ball once more as a sack on a fourth down attempt would see Shiloh hand the ball over to the Titans.
Trinity would capitalize on the opportunity, turning in a 11-play, 73-yard drive, punching the ball across the goal line via a Jace Kovash 6-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 35 with just over 5 minutes remaining.
A fumble recovery by the Titans near midfield in the two-minute drill would see the Titans punch a late score for the lead via a Shobe 49-yard go-ahead with barely a minute remaining on the clock. Attempts by the Skyhawks to pull off a late-game miracle would be thwarted when a fumble would open the door for a Cole Kadrmas touchdown in the closing seconds to extend the lead and clinch the victory to remain undefeated.
The Trinity Titans (4-0, 2-0 Region 4) will host Heart River in Dickinson on Friday.