Titans to battle Bulldogs in critical region showdown

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Brody Headley and Bowman County take on Trinity in Bowman on Friday night. (File Image / The Dickinson Press)

Trinity’s seniors are looking to beat Bowman County for the first time in their high school careers.

The Bulldogs played 9-man football during the mid 2010’s, but they jumped back up to 11-man a few years ago and have dominated the Titans ever since.

“(Our seniors) have a hunger for having never beat Bowman before,” Trinity head coach John Odermann said. “For them, it is a personal game.”

Both teams enter the contest 2-0 with Trinity avenging losses from last year to Bishop Ryan and Shiloh Christian.

Bowman County routed Heart River and Richardton-Taylor-Hebron in the first two weeks of the season, but both games were non-region contests.


“We are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the region. We have to take it one game at a time and it sets us up well in the region. I think Shiloh Christian is seen as a team that will be at the top of the region rankings, and so will Bowman, New-Salem and Killdeer as well,” Odermann said. “Bowman is definitely a team that people see as a competitor for the region crown, and to have them early in the season is nice. I think this is a game where we will see where we are at and see where we stand with the rest of the region.”

The only regular season losses in both 2017 and 2018 for Trinity were to Bowman County, and then the Bulldogs won last season’s contest, 35-7.

The Titans star running back Nathaniel Jilek, who has run for over 500 yards in the first two games of the season, went down last season with an injury against Bowman County. He is looking to continue his success this season.

“Our goal this year is to establish the run game, then take what the defense gives us,” Trinity senior quarterback Jake Daniel said. “If we have the run game established, and the passing game is open, then that is what we want to take.”

Bowman County is replacing Jacob Svihovec at quarterback with Quaid Lardy, but Brody Headley is returning at running back for the Bulldogs.

Also returning is Caleb Duffield who became hurt last year. He scored three touchdowns in Bowman County’s first game of the year vs. Heart River.

“(Lardy) has some weapons. Duffield can make things happen and he is an athletic kid,” Odermann said. “We have to account for him, but we also have to make sure that our defense is ready to stop the run and pass.”

While the Bulldogs are trying to continue their run of dominance and win another region title, this week’s game will help determine which team has the upper hand.


“This is a big game for us. It could put us at 3-0 which will be the best start we have had since I have been in high school. Bowman does a lot of good things on defense. They run a couple coverages and they do a good job of disguising them. We have to fire off the ball this game. If we do that, then that will help us everywhere on offense..” Daniel said. He continued, “Our motto is that the next game is the most important, and that especially goes for Bowman County, because they have been so competitive. We haven’t beat them in a while, and this game is a little personal for us this season. Getting over the hump would be huge and set us up really well for the rest of the year.”

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