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Trinity holds off Bottineau in regular-season finale

Unlike last week, Dickinson Trinity didn't let its opponent hang around on Friday night. The Titans built a comfortable lead by halftime and beat Bottineau 22-6 in a Class AA, West Region game at the Badlands Activities Center. Trinity clinched t...

Dickinson Trinity sophomore receiver Isiah Binstock
Press Photo by Jason Adkins Dickinson Trinity sophomore receiver Isiah Binstock, left, stretches into the end zone for a touchdown while being tackled by Bottineau sophomore Jeremiah Aberle during Friday night's Class AA, West Region game at the Badlands Activities Center.

Unlike last week, Dickinson Trinity didn't let its opponent hang around on Friday night.

The Titans built a comfortable lead by halftime and beat Bottineau 22-6 in a Class AA, West Region game at the Badlands Activities Center.

Trinity clinched the No. 4 seed in the Class AA playoffs with the win.

A touchdown apiece for the Titans (5-3 overall, 5-2 West) in the first and second quarters was all they needed, especially after keeping the Braves scoreless despite their two trips to the red zone in the first half.

"I'm sure defensively we could have held them," Trinity head coach Randy Gordon said. "But you have to give them credit."

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Sophomore quarterback Ben Gordon's came up big on fourth-and-5 at the Braves' 10-yard line with a dart to sophomore Isiah Binstock near the goal line. Binstock muscled through a couple of Bottineau defenders and dove over the line.

A drive almost the length of the field in the second quarter gave Trinity a 14-0 lead.

Binstock's 36-yard catch, coupled with a 5-yard facemask penalty, took the ball to Bottineau's 20.

Sophomore Brendin Steiner's 4-yard run up the gut finished off the Titans' methodical drive. Steiner had a career-best rushing performance with 134 yards on 27 carries.

"I just put my shoulder down and fought for yards," Steiner said.

Bottineau's had its chances with its three possessions in the first half.

Braves freshman quarterback Harrison Aide used his legs to get his team in the red zone a couple of times.

But those possessions ended in picks.

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Brandon Sickler grabbed the first of Aide's interception inside the 10 late in the first quarter.

Clarence Binstock's pick in the end zone ended another Bottineau threat late in the second quarter.

"You have to credit the D-line," he said. "They tipped the ball in the right direction."

Clarence Binstock also picked up fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.

Aide ran for 58 yards on 15 carries and threw for 51 yards, completing 8 of 15 passes. He also threw three interceptions.

Despite losing, the Braves (1-7 overall, 0-6 West) had their best game in some time. They came in losing their past five games by an average of 34.2 points. They dressed only 24 players Friday night.

"Lots of freshman and sophomores out there tonight," Bottineau head coach Robert Bedlion said. "I was proud of them."

With Trinity driving midway through the third quarter, Steiner's fumble at the Braves' 14 ended another threat.

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The Titans didn't have to wait long for its final touchdown.

The Braves turned the ball over on downs on their 26, with a 30-mph headwind making a decent punt difficult.

Trinity scored eight plays later on Gordon's 10-yard TD pass to Christian Olson.

Gordon had 107 passing yards on 7 of 11 attempts.

A blooper moment for the Braves gave Trinity its final points. A punt near the Braves' goal line went straight up and then blown back behind the end line for a safety.

Bottineau's lone score came with 4 minutes left in the game on Trevor Wettlaufer's 40-yard run. He went untouched off the right side to the end zone.

Wettlaufer led the Braves with 80 rushing yards on 19 carries.

Trinity gets some needed time off before taking on Fargo Shanley on Oct. 30 in Fargo.

"I think they are the best team in the state, Class AAA, AA or otherwise," Gordon said. "They're good."

Bottineau 0 0 0 6 -- 6

Trinity 7 7 8 0 -- 22

T-Isaiah Binstock 11 pass from Ben Gordon (Brendin Steiner kick)

T-Steiner 4 run (Steiner kick)

T-Christian Olson 10 pass from Gordon (Kick failed)

T-Safety

B-Trevor Wettlaufer 40 run (Pass failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: B, Trevor Wettlaufer 19-80, Harrison Aide 15-58, Cody Steinhaus 1-6. T, Brendin Steiner 27-134, Andrew Roth 15-44, Brandon Sickler 1-11.

PASSING: B, Aide 8-15-3 51. D, Ben Gordon 7-11-0 103.

RECEIVING: B, Mark LaCroix 5-31, Jake Folven 2-23, Wettlaufer 1-(minus-3). T, Christian Olson 3-41, Isiah Binstock 2-48, Sickler 1-11, Roth 1-3.

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