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Seniors step up, lead Titans past Blue Jays

With no guarantee of a home playoff game, Dickinson Trinity's seniors made the most of what could be their final time on the field at the Biesiot Activities Center.

Dickinson Trinity senior cornerback Michael Schneider returns an interception against Stanley-Powers Lake on Tuesday at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson Trinity senior cornerback Michael Schneider returns an interception against Stanley-Powers Lake on Tuesday at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

With no guarantee of a home playoff game, Dickinson Trinity's seniors made the most of what could be their final time on the field at the Biesiot Activities Center.

Maybe more importantly, Keagan Jacobson made the most of playing in front of his father for the first time.

Jacobson said his father Brian moved to Missouri when he was in the seventh grade. While having him in the stands for the first time, the senior receiver caught five passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans 29-7 victory over Stanley-Powers Lake on Tuesday evening.

"I told him this was all I want for my senior night, and he made it happen," said Jacobson, who posted career highs in yards and touchdowns. "It was special. I feel like that was the big thing that got me going."

Jacobson's heroics, and those of senior quarterback Lucas Jones, were necessary on a night when the Blue Jays shut down the Titans' running game. Trinity managed just 46 yards rushing on 27 carries, so the Titans turned to the air, and Jones delivered 307 yards on 17 of 23 passing and three touchdowns.

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"Lucas did a good job of sitting in the pocket and delivering the ball to his receivers tonight," head coach John Odermann said. "You have to take what they're giving you, and it would have been nice to run the ball a little more successfully, and I think we can, but you have to take what they're giving you, and they were giving us the pass, and we had to take advantage of that."

Jones took advantage early, finding Jacobson for 61 yards on the Titans' first drive of the game.

Jacobson added a 29-yard score in the fourth quarter to put Trinity up 29-0.

"It was a pretty big night for him and a special night for him. He's been a guy that's been a role player, coming up with big blocks, big tackles, maybe one or two catches a game," Odermann said, "but he came up in a big way for us multiple times tonight - not just with the two touchdowns. He had a great night, and I'm happier than heck for that kid."

In between Jacobson's scores, junior Hunter Dassinger scored on a 3-yard run with 4 minutes, 42 seconds to play before halftime, and Jones found junior Noah Sickler for a 28-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Stanley-Powers Lake didn't have many scoring chances in the game, but they squandered the ones they did have thanks to penalties and playing right into where Trinity's defense was aligned.

Most notably, right before halftime, the Blue Jays - riding senior running back Logan Aadnes down the field - got into the red zone with less than 30 seconds remaining. Junior quarterback Wyatt Hanson aimed into the left side of the end zone and was picked off by Trinity senior cornerback Michael Schneider.

The Titans entered halftime ahead 16-0.

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"For them to have gotten some momentum, that would have made things more difficult for us," Odermann said. "Michael's been a kid that has played really well for us throughout the year. First game of the year, he came out guns blazing, and he hasn't stopped. Keeping them out of the end zone in the first half was huge."

Aadnes represented the Blue Jays' only reliable source of offense in the game. He carried 34 times for 180 yards and scored his team's only touchdown, a 2-yard run with 3 minutes remaining in the game.

"We have another running back, Tate Enget, who due to a knee injury didn't get to play. He was a senior, and it's a shame because he's a pretty good athlete as well," Blue Jays' co-head coach Robert Bartz said, "so we relied on Logan a little more than we wanted, but he just proved he's that good player we all know he is."

Instead, the night belonged to the Titans, who enter the playoffs as the No. 2 or 3 seed, depending on tonight's outcome between Beulah and Watford City.

But Trinity has some momentum and some time off to prepare. The Titans will have to put this night in the rear view mirror, but what a night it was.

"It's nice, the last time we get to play at the BAC and go out with a win," Jones said. "We have to play hard-nosed football (going forward). We're going to work our butts off and hopefully come out with a win."

Dickinson Trinity 29, Stanley-Powers Lake 7

SPL 0 0 0 7 - 7

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DT 8 8 7 6 - 29

First quarter

DT - Keagan Jacobson 61 pass from Lucas Jones (Jacobson pass from Jones), 9:54

Second quarter

DT - Hunter Dassinger 3 rush (Dassinger run), 4:42

Third quarter

DT - Sickler 28 pass from Jones (Alex Scherr kick), 1:04

Fourth quarter

DT - Jacobson 29 pass from Jones (kick no good), 9:44

SPL - Logan Aadnes 2 rush (Aadnes kick), 3:04

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: SPL, Aadnes 34-180, Terek Enget 2-8. DT, Joe Bates 3-14, Dawson Kram 4-11, Dassinger 3-9, Jones 6-8.

PASSING: SPL, Hanson 6-10-1 33 yards; Riley Iverson 1-2-0 5 yards. DT, Jones 17-23-0 307 yards, 3 TDs.

RECEIVING: SPL, Aadnes 2-7, Logan Klitzke 2-7, Dalton Brown 1-14, Kaydin Meiers 1-12. DT, Jacobson 5-137, Sickler 4-87, Kaden Kuntz 3-26, Kram 2-41.

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