BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – It’s safe to say there’s a bad taste in Dickinson’s Midgets mouth because the team recorded a 1-6 record in 2020.
But as the Midgets gear up for this fall, they say there’s a lot in place to build on.
Your News Manager has traveled to the Queen City to hear their plans on how to turn around in Class 11A.
Most would describe a season 1-6 as a season to forget, but Dickinson’s head coach John Tuchscherer says there are a lot of positives to build on as they prepare for the 2021 season.
“Realistically, we’ve been in a lot of these football games. Some of the guys who played important minutes for us are back. So I think that with another year of experience under their belt, being in these situations can hopefully turn some of those wins into losses, ”Tuchscherer said.
One of the Midgets’ main returnees is senior running back Troy Berg. He says he expects a heavier workload, but admits it will be a challenge every week.
“Obviously, watching a movie, there are a lot of things we have to work on, everyone, including me. It will just be a chore every day. We’re going to have to come here and deal with it. Work on whatever we need to get better. It won’t be easy to go to the playoffs or win, but yes, it will be difficult, ”said Berg.
Berg is playing on both sides, and joining him in the core linebacker is another senior from Luke Mavity, who says there is another group of defensive positions he has his eyes on for a big year.
“I think our defensive line will do it. We have some great players on our line and they are hungry and ready to sack this year and get us arrested in defense. So I think that’s the group to watch, ”Mavity said.
But if the Midgets want success this year, coach Tuchscherer says it comes down to the basics.
“We need to be safer with football. Too many times we’ve had practice, looking like we could score points on the board, ended up turning the ball over. So I think for us offensively that will be a big key. Defensively I liked the way we played, but we have to eliminate the big plays, ”said Tuchscherer.
The Midgets’ first opportunity for change comes this Friday when they host Jamestown.
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