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Titans receive an added boost of confidence

Last Friday, the Dickinson Trinity football team pushed then No. 4-ranked Valley City to brink. The Hi-Liners needed overtime to defeat the Titans 32-26. Trinity needed the momentum booster. "After the (44-27 loss to Killdeer in the season opener...

Jaret Lee
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson Trinity junior receiver Jaret Lee, back right, carries the ball against Killdeer on Aug. 29 at the Biesiot Activities Center.

Last Friday, the Dickinson Trinity football team pushed then No. 4-ranked Valley City to brink.
The Hi-Liners needed overtime to defeat the Titans 32-26.
Trinity needed the momentum booster.
“After the (44-27 loss to Killdeer in the season opener), the coaching staff said a close game is the same thing as a win for this team right now, because we haven’t had a lot of close games in the last two years,” Trinity head coach John Odermann said. “From a mental and confidence standpoint, we needed to have that close game. It would have been nice to walk out of (Valley City) with a win, but it slipped through our fingers. The thing I told the kids after the game is that I was proud of their effort and there’s no reason for them to hang their heads.”
The Titans return on the road to play Central Dakota - which was formerly known as Griggs-Barnes County - in a Class 2A, West Region game at 6 p.m. today.
Cole Beck - a senior running back for Trinity - said the team entered practice with added excitement.
“The game against Valley City definitely boosted our confidence, but we are trying to remember not to be overconfident,” said Beck, who finished 10 carries for 58 yards including a 42-yard touchdowns against Hi-Liners. “We have to execute, keep our heads straight and know what our jobs are supposed to be.”
During the game against Valley City, the Titans’ offense had a mix of run and pass as seniors Coltyn Nelson and Beck combined for 31 carries for 238 yards, while junior quarterback Willy Jahner went 16 of 29 for 160 yards and three touchdowns.
Jahner, who is in his second full season as the Titans starting quarterback, has thrown for 358 yards and five touchdowns, but also has three interceptions. In those 358 yards, Jahner has found nearly 10 different receivers including four players with touchdowns. The only receiver with multiple touchdowns is senior Joe Mayer.
However, the biggest lift the Titans had against the Hi-Liners was the performance from the offensive and defensive lines.
Trinity senior offensive lineman and linebacker Mark Verveka said the team experienced firsthand it can compete some of the top teams in Class 2A.
“We feel good about it, because we learned something in that game on we can play and that we can play with all the teams in the state,” he said.
One player the Titans won’t have to see again from Central Dakota is Wyatt Steckler as he graduated. Steckler rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns against Trinity last season.
However, Central Dakota is returning 6-foot-3 junior starting quarterback Jayden Grover. Odermann said Central Dakota likes to pass, so it should bode well for the Titans defensive backs. Yet, the Titans second-year head coach said the team can’t forget about stopping the run.
“(Central Dakota) is a little bit more balanced than they have been in the past,” Odermann said. “The thing has killed us is the big plays. We need to limit big plays. We think with their propensity to pass the ball helps us on the defensive side of the ball. They are big up front and we just have to make sure our defensive linemen are firing low and making sure they are taking up one or two guys on every play, so our linebackers can scrap and make tackles. That’s when we are going to be successful on the defensive side of the ball.”

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