ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Trinity defense leads to rout of Turtle Mountain

One would be hard-pressed to find somebody having a better week than Cody Holt. The senior was voted Homecoming King at New England earlier in the week, and on Friday, his interception return for his first career touchdown punctuated Dickinson Tr...

Dickinson Trinity senior Cody Holt returns an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter against Turtle Mountain on Friday at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson Trinity senior Cody Holt returns an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter against Turtle Mountain on Friday at the Biesiot Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

One would be hard-pressed to find somebody having a better week than Cody Holt.

The senior was voted Homecoming King at New England earlier in the week, and on Friday, his interception return for his first career touchdown punctuated Dickinson Trinity's 54-7 blowout victory of West Region foe Turtle Mountain.

"I didn't realize I had it in my hand at first. I just looked down and it was there," said Holt, the 6-foot-8 defensive lineman who also recorded five tackles, including two for a loss.

The Titans (4-2, 3-1 West Region) held the Braves to 159 total yards, but more than 100 of those came in the second half against Trinity's backups.

"We said to the kids we had to go 1-0 each week for the rest of the season, especially if we want a home playoff game," Titans head coach John Odermann said, "and this is just the first step in that direction. You can't overlook anybody."

ADVERTISEMENT

The Titans aimed to take care of business early.

After converting one fourth down on their first drive, the Braves were not as fortunate on their second attempt on fourth down later in the drive, giving the ball to Trinity for the first time.

The Titans immediately took advantage, as Noah Sickler burned his defender and hauled in a 52-yard pass from Lucas Jones to put Trinity ahead early.

"I was told earlier in the week, that after watching film, the first play of the game was going to be a fade to me," Sickler said, "and it was nice to get us started that way."

Braves quarterback Mike Brien found Sickler to begin Turtle Mountain's next drive, and the junior safety took it back for a touchdown and a 14-0 advantage.

It was the first of Sickler's three interceptions in the game. Holt's pick in the fourth quarter and Kaden Kuntz's in the third gave Trinity five picks for the evening.

"From a defensive standpoint, we did everything we needed to do to win," Odermann said. "In the secondary, we came up with some big stops there. We had some guys do a lot of nice things for us on the defensive side of the ball."

Already ahead 14-0 halfway through the first quarter, Trinity's lead swelled from there.

ADVERTISEMENT

Dawson Kram added a pair of 5-yard rushing scores and Jones found Kuntz for a short pass in the flat and the sophomore took it 58 yards for a score to build a 34-0 advantage at the break.

The sizable lead allowed Trinity to rest some starters and get its younger players into the game.

"We played every single freshman we had," Sickler said. "That's the first time we've ever done that, and that's big for them. It's good experience because they're going to be the upcoming varsity soon."

Trinity's scoring didn't stop in the second half, though.

After Kuntz snagged his interception at the goal line, he returned it to Trinity's 40-yard line. He took a handoff 59 yards on the next play and was shoved out at the 1. He punched in a touchdown on the next play.

Later in the third came a 3-yard rushing score from sophomore fullback Joe Bates and Holt's interception return to complete the Titans' scoring.

Turtle Mountain (1-5, 0-4) only got on the board with a 61-yard pass from Jackson Davis to Seth Gillis with 3:04 to play in the game.

"It was good to execute against a team like this so we have good confidence coming into next week against Beulah, the defending state champions," Sickler said.

ADVERTISEMENT

Holt added: "We executed very, very well, and that made a big difference. I think we have some small stuff to work on, but we'll be good."

For Odermann, though, the lasting memory from Friday's game will be Holt's return.

"I'm really happy for Cody Holt. He just grabbed that one out of the sky and took it back," he said. "For a lineman to score a touchdown as a senior, that's something he'll be able to remember forever. I'm happy as heck for that kid."

Dickinson Trinity 54, Turtle Mountain 7

TM 0 0 0 7 - 7

DT 20 14 20 0 - 54

First quarter

DT - Noah Sickler 52 pass from Lucas Jones (kick no good), 8:32

DT - Sickler 55 interception return (Sickler pass to Logan Karsky), 6:56

DT - Dawson Kram 5 rush (kick no good), 1:30

Second quarter

DT - Kram 5 rush (Alex Scherr kick), 6:00

DT - Kaden Kuntz 58 pass from Jones (Scherr kick), 5:29

Third quarter

DT - Kuntz 1 rush (Scherr kick), 7:19

DT - Joe Bates 3 rush (kick no good), 2:24

DT - Cody Holt 32 interception return (Scherr kick), 1:12

Fourth quarter

TM - Seth Gillis 61 pass from Jackson Davis (Avery Parisien kick), 3:04

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: TM, Trevis LaRoque 17-49. DT, Kuntz 4-86, Kram 12-33, Bates 5-24.

PASSING: TM, Davis 1-5-1 61 yards; Mike Brien 4-15-3 47 yards. DT, Jones 3-5-0 112 yards, 2 TDs; Aric Knopik 2-2-0 13 yards.

RECEIVING: TM, Gillis 3-73, Davis 2-35. DT, Kuntz 1-58, Sickler 1-49, Logan Karsky 1-7, Thomas Kovar 1-6.

TACKLES: TM, Dawson Zerr 7. DT, Jacob Kubas 7, Holt 5, Scherr 4, Denit Sorenson 4.

INTERCEPTIONS: TM, none. DT, Sickler 3, Kuntz 1, Holt 1.

Related Topics: PREP SPORTS
What To Read Next
DICKINSON — The Dickinson Midgets basketball teams fell to Western Dakota Association's powerhouse Century Patriots on Tuesday evening. Both the boys and girls varsity teams struggled to keep up with the Patriots' consistent scoring, falling 100-66 and 67-49 respectively.
Clancy Meyer becomes first female varsity wrestler from Dickinson to win on home mat in inaugural season
The Dawgs scored 51 points from beyond the arc in their away match against Grant County Mott-Regent.
Midgets secure 109-72 blowout win against Watford City at home in record-breaking game