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Titans vanquish Cougars in homecoming hurrah

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The Trinity Titans celebrated a homecoming hooray Thursday evening, defeating the Heart River Cougars 55-6.
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DICKINSON — A hazy rain swept over the football field Thursday night as the Trinity Titans took on the Heart River Cougars at the Biesiot Activities Center.

Helmets and shoulder pads collided in a back and forth battle until the Titans emerged triumphantly, 55-6.

Trinity continues their undefeated streak with a perfect 5-0 record. Face-painted fans thunderously stomped from the bleachers as wide receiver Luke Shobe brought in a game-opening touchdown run in the first five minutes.

John Odermann, Trinity head coach, said that despite a plethora of distractions leading into the game, that could have disrupted his team’s regular routine, his team showcased tremendous concentration.

Sophomore Nicklaus Sobolik, Trinity’s kicker, would find success all night in less than favorable mist, missing only one of his eight field goal attempts.


Quarterback Jace Kovash also overcame subpar weather conditions to throw and run the ball effectively, slipping through gaps on the defensive line to gain many uncontested yards.

Gage Glaser carries the ball for Trinity.
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“On broken plays, Jace has been doing a good job of unhooking the plow and getting in what he can,” Odermann said. “In the second quarter we had a boot pass where he rushed for 24 yards to get a first down on a fourth down that led to a score. We have a lot of weapons on the offensive side of the ball.”

Titans weren't the only ones on the field getting their work in as the referees had a busy night as both teams garnered significant penalty yardage.

In the third, Luke Shobe would secure another electrifying touch down, but it would be recalled on an illegal Titan block in the back penalty.

It was a night of slippery grass and penalty flags on the field at Biesiot Activities Center.
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Throughout the evening, Heart River struggled to gain the usual yardage on runs, and their backs lost the handle resulting in three fumbles — putting it back in the hands of the Titans twice. Trinity took full advantage of the fundamental lapses made by the Cougars, scoring off turnovers.

With seven minutes remaining in the game, the Cougars executed four straight running plays that finally paid off as Jayson Morel put up the first and only touchdown for Heart River to wrap up the fourth.

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Nicklaus Sobolik makes a successful field goal for Trinity.
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“Heart River is a good, physical team and they hit hard at the point of attack,” Odermann said. “Up front they are a good football team. They have big kids that can move bodies and they did that tonight. I was impressed with the push they got on defense. They were able to shut our offense down at times.”

Throughout the match up, the Titans would call on their punter only once in a nearly perfect offensive showing.


Senior safety Thomas Jacobs was absent from the game, nursing an injured knee, but is expected to return to the lineup soon. Next week, the Titans will go head-to-head with Bowman County, who has dominated all competition this season and who has beat the Titans in each of the teams last five encounters.

“We are going to work hard in practice and watch some film to see what their weaknesses and strengths are,” Trinity running back Ty Dassinger said. “I’m very excited to just come out here and win another game.”

Trinity def. Heart River 55-6
THS 7-14-21-13, HRHS 0-0-0-6
Individual Stats
Jace Kovash, QB, 8-11-140; Ty Dassinger, RB, 16-102, 3 TD, Camden Kubas, RB, 1-73, 1 TD; Luke Shobe, WR, 4-88, 1 TD

Coming up, the Titans will take on the Bowman County Bulldogs in Bowman.
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Amber Neate grew up in rural Skull Valley, Arizona. Her passion of covering sports of all types, including personal favorites wrestling, hockey, rodeo and football, began at an early age.

She obtained her Associate of Arts Degree from Yavapai Community College before attending Northern Arizona University for a three-year journalism program. While at NAU, Neate worked as an Assistant Sports Editor for the Lumberjack Newspaper as well as a hockey commentator for KJACK Radio.

Gaining her experience working for a small community paper, The Wickenburg Sun, as a general news and features reporter, her love for sports and a small-town community brings her to Dickinson to cover southwest North Dakota sports.

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