Cough-cough, sputter-sputt, VA-room.
For a team operating without one of its pistons, the Bismarck football jalopy chugged along pretty well Thursday night.
Bismarck, trying to adapt to the loss of junior wideout Devin Schirado, stuck mainly to the physical stuff. The Demons pounded out 299 yards on the ground en route to a 48-14 victory over Jamestown at the Community Bowl.
More than half the game was played with the running clock provision in effect. BHS opened a 34-0 lead with 2:43 to play in the first half and maintained a margin of at least five touchdowns the rest of the way.
"We had a team that was 0-5, and we had to get them down early. Our kids did a good job of that," BHS coach Mark Gibson said.
Bismarck never let the winless Blue Jays get out of the chute, jumping off to a 28-0 lead in its first four possessions.
Quarterback Tyson Gibson, Mark's son, said the Demons were ready to play football on Thursday.
"We came off the ball ready to go," the quarterback said. "... Our linemen just created huge holes tonight. ... And our running game opened up our passing game."
The Demons marched 60 yards in 11 plays after receiving the opening kickoff. Gibson closed out the drive with an 18-yard scoring run, and the rout was on.
Tailback Channing Mann tacked on scoring runs of 17 and 60 runs, and BHS led 21-0 at the quarter break.
A 37-yard touchdown run by Dillon Lange and a 28-yard Gibson-to-Mann TD aerial enabled the Demons to take a 34-0 advantage into intermission.
Things went from bad to worse for the visiting Blue Jays when Devyn Hoffman fumbled the second-half kickoff. Bismarck's Layne Johs recovered.
Given the opportunity to set up operations at the Jamestown 15, Bismarck scored in two plays.
Mann bounced to the outside and headed for the left corner of the end zone to score. That put the Demons on top 41-0 just 56 seconds into the second half.
Lange racked up Bismarck's seventh and final TD, banging in from 3 yards out in the Demons' next possession.
Bismarck coach Mark Gibson flooded the field with reserves in the second half, and Jamestown took advantage, scoring twice.
Quarterback Jordan Lynch ran for a 12-yard TD and threw to Zach Neva for an 11-yarder in the final 10 minutes to get the Jays on the scoreboard.
Bismarck limited Jamestown to 34 total yards in the first half and 121 through three quarters. Defensive end Leighton Talmadge had plenty to do with that, getting in on a team-high nine tackles - a sack included - in limited playing time.
Talmadge credited the BHS linebackers. "It helps when you've got smart linebackers giving you the right gaps," he said. "They set me up right."
Although he hated to see the shutout get away, Talmadge had mercy on the Demon reserves.
"We let in some scores, too, when we were sophomores," he recalled.
Mann paced the Demon ground game with 121 yards and three scores in nine carries. Dillon Lange added 106 yards and two TDs in seven attempts.
All told, 10 Bismarck ball carriers garnered 299 yards in 38 attempts.
Gibson threw for 70 yards in Schirado's absence. He completed six passes to five different players.
"That was a huge loss for our team," the senior quarterback said. "He broke his collar bone against Dickinson, but there were a lot of guys who stepped up and played well tonight."
Coach Gibson said Schirado, the No. 3 receiver in the West Region, is done for the season. "That was a devastating loss for Tyson and a tough loss for the team," the coach said. "... He was kind of our quarterback's security blanket, and that's gone now."
Schirado had 11 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown when he was injured last week.
Jamestown 0 0 0 14 - 14
Bismarck 21 13 14 0 - 48
B - Tyson Gibson 18 run (Jackson Binegar kick), 7:30.
B - Channing Mann 17 run (Binegar kick), 4:19.
B - Mann 60 run (Binegar kick), 1:13.
B - Dillon Lange 37 run (Binegar kick), 9:20.
B - Mann 28 pass from Gibson (kick failed), 2:43.
B - Mann 12 run (Binegar kick), 11:04.
B - Lange 3 run (Binegar kick), 4:10.
J - Jordan Lynch 12 run (pass failed), 9:36.
J - Zach Neva 11 pass from Lynch (Lynch run), 2:21.
First downs 14 15
Rushes-yards 32-151 38-299
Passing yards 101 70
Comp-Att-Int 7-16-3 6-9-0
Punts-avg. 3-33 2-37
Fumbles-lost 4-2 1-0
Penalties-yards 3-25 3-30
Rushing: J - Zach Neva 7-67, Tanner Olson 2-40, Jordan Lynch 16-36, Dustin Deery 3-8, Brett Mayer 3-3, Seth Bair 1-minus 3. B - Channing Mann 9-121, Dillon Lange 7-106, Tyson Gibson 4-28, Tyler Vogel 4-17, Kip Jangula 3-12, Brennan Fetch 3-11, Dalton Delange 4-7, Riley Plant 2-5, Layne Johs 1-0, Brett Adam 1-minus 6.
Passing: J - Lynch 7-15-2, 101 yards; Brady Anderson 0-1-1. B - Gibson 6-9-0, 70.
Receiving: J - Devyn Hoffman 1-27, Neva 2-26, Willy Marler 2-22, Kasey Gengler 1-17, Anderson 1-9. B - Mann 2-35, Nathan Deichert 1-20, Jangula 1-7, Kendall Kautz 1-4, Dakota Green 1-4.
Interceptions: B - Deichert, Johs, Dakota Green.
Records: Jamestown 0-4 West Region, 0-6 overall; Bismarck 2-1, 4-2.