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Titans battling injuries entering home stretch

Dickinson Trinity coach Randy Gordon doesn't want to make excuses, but knows when his team is hurting. "We have to persevere and get through it," Gordon said. "It might sound like excuses, but it's just reasons." At least the schedule gets easier...

Dickinson Trinity coach Randy Gordon doesn't want to make excuses, but knows when his team is hurting.

"We have to persevere and get through it," Gordon said. "It might sound like excuses, but it's just reasons."

At least the schedule gets easier here on out for Trinity in the last two weeks of the regular season as it faces the Class AA, West Region cellar-dwellers.

First up for the Titans is trip to Belcourt for a 6 p.m. game today.

"We're missing a lot of people," Gordon said. "We just can't get any more banged up."

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With a couple of linemen still nursing injuries and the return of two more coming back from being ineligible, the Titans need all the help they can get.

Senior Timmy Brooke is lost for the season after suffering a concussion -- his second in three weeks -- in a 35-14 loss at Bismarck St. Mary's last week.

"That hurts," Gordon said. "He was our best offensive and defensive lineman."

Sophomore lineman Jesse Kubik is still out with a fractured ankle suffered Sept. 17 against Minot Ryan.

Starting running back Mason Schiff won't make the trip, either, with a bruised thing.

Trinity hasn't had an intact line all year.

"At the start of the season, it was one of our strengths," Gordon said. "It still is, if they'd all be there."

Even with its struggles, Trinity (3-3 overall, 3-2 West), it's still in the hunt for a home state playoff date if it wins out, and Devils Lake and Carrington lose.

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"There's still a little drama involved, but it's probably possible," Gordon said. "But we're thinking we have to win one of our last two to get in, and win both two have a shot at third-place."

The Braves (1-5, 0-4) beat Langdon-Munich 18-16 in the opening week of the season, but have given up 39 or more points in their last four games.

Gordon said even with injuries, the depth is there to get through the regular season.

Trinity is on its fourth tailback and several underclassmen are rotating in on the line.

"We've patched it up pretty well," Gordon said.

The only problem is moving junior Brandon Sickler to the backfield from his usual spot at wide receiver.

He said the team can't overlook the struggling Braves.

"We have to be ready to play," Gordon said. "It's a long trip, but you have to play the game. We want to be on top. We have to keep sharp for the playoffs."

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