Dickinson Trinity beats Killdeer to open season

Entering Thursday night’s season opener at Dickinson Trinity there were two questions. Would Killdeer find an offensive playmaker with Dillan Jepson hurt and how would Alex Sadowsky’s QB debut go.

Two Trinity defenders go after a Killdeer ball carrier. (Photo by Bryan Gallegos/The Herald)
Two Trinity defenders go after a Killdeer ball carrier. (Photo by Bryan Gallegos/The Herald)

By JARANN JOHNSON | For The Herald

Entering Thursday night’s season opener at Dickinson Trinity there were two questions. Would Killdeer find an offensive playmaker with Dillan Jepson hurt and how would Alex Sadowsky’s QB debut go.

Killdeer didn’t find a consistent playmaker and Sawdowsky struggled connecting with his wide outs, going 5-for-15. Dickinson Trinity won the game 32-8.

The game started with costly mistakes for Killdeer. Dickinson Trinity senior running back Dawson Kram ran the first carry of the game in for a 59-yard touchdown. The point after attempt (PAT) failed because of a bad snap.

Killdeer’s first drive of the game and chance to answer lacked execution. There first play from the 30-yard line resulted in a fumble and four yard loss.

Despite facing a 2-and-14 Killdeer worked the down into a manageable 3-and-6. Before the third down snap Killdeer was called for a false start, turning their first third down attempt into a 3-and-11.

Sadowsky failed to complete a pass on the down and Killdeer punted.

Killdeer’s defense looked better on the second drive of the game, forcing a 3-and-out with two forceful tackles on run plays. The successful defensive stand gave Killdeer’s coaches and fans a sigh of relief and belief they weren’t going to be dominated.

Their hopes to tie the game once again ended with a careless mistake. Sadowsky fumbled the ball on 3-and-4 trying to get a first down at the 42-yard line.

Trinity made Killdeer pay for the mistake with a 47-yard touchdown run by Kram. Kram’s run made the score 12-0 with 4 minutes and 2 seconds left in the first.

Trinity’s QB, Lucas Jones, found Dillan Kovash on the two-point conversion, making the score 14-0.

Trinity made only one mistake in the quarter – fumbling the ball. But Killdeer couldn’t take advantage.

At the end of the first quarter Killdeer had 10 total yards of offense and zero first downs.

Trinity had 110 total yards of offense and a 14-0 lead.

The trend of giving up big plays continued in the second quarter. Jones found Noah Sickler for a 41-yard touchdown pass 22 seconds into the period. The PAT failed, leaving the score at 20-0.

Trinity’s next scoring drive was the only drive of the game where they truly had to work for their points. There weren’t any 20-yard explosive plays on Trinity’s 60-yard drive – just a 15-yard Kaden Kuntz touchdown run, which featured a lot of jukes and missed tackles. Kuntz’s run gave Trinity a 26-0 lead.

Even though Killdeer was on the road and down big there was still plenty of game left to play. There was 8:09 left in the second period. All Killdeer needed was two scores and a defensive stand to have a chance.

Instead of ending the half strongly, things unraveled more. Garrett LeMiuex fumbled after making a catch and Noah Sickler returned the ball 40 yards for a touchdown.

Sickler’s score made it 32-0 but yet again Trinity struggled on a PAT. After one half Trinity lead 32-0 and Killdeer didn’t have a single first down.

The second half was better for Killdeer defensively and offensively. They didn’t allow any Trinity scores and scored one touchdown.

Sadowsky found LeMieux for a 12-yard touchdown and then he ran in a two-point conversion.

After the game Killdeer Head Coach Lewis Dobitz analyzed his team’s first game.

“Our offensive line needs to play better. So, we have to get some first downs. Overall our guys who are touching and taking care of the football need to take care of the football. That didn’t happen the first half, second half we played better – we did,” Dobitz said.

“We talked about some things at half time to get better. They did play better. Defensively, especially in the second half we played better but overall we played better.

Killdeer didn’t play well in the first half. Dobitz said there were many mistakes and pointed to youth and inexperience as two keys for the team’s struggles.

“There was many things poor tackling, kids out of position. Young guys because of that, they are still learning and two of the kids on defense are brand new. We are going to learn,” Dobitz said.

Killdeer will try to improve their offensive and defensive execution next week against Des Lacs-Burlington on Friday at home.

Killdeer 8 @ Dickinson Trinity 8

Dic. 14 18 0 0 – 32

Kil. 0 0 0 8 – 8

1st quarter

Dic. – Dawson Kram 59 yard run (PAT no good)

Dic. – Kram 47 yard run (Lucas Jones to Dillan Kovash)

2nd

Dic. – Jones to Noah Sickler 41 yards (PAT no good)

Dic. – Kaden Kuntz 15 yards (PAT no good)

Dic. – Sickler return 40 yards (2-pt conversion no good)

3rd

no scoring

4th

Kil. – Alex Sawdowsky to Garrett LeMieux 12 yards (Sawdowsky run)

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