Most weeks Dillon Lange is grateful if he gets a handful of carries for Bismarck's undefeated football powerhouse.
On Saturday Lange, Bismarck's third-string tailback, rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns. That pretty much tells the story of the Demons' 63-0 victory over Williston at the Community Bowl.
Bismarck led 14-0 after 91 seconds of play, 28-0 after a quarter and 42-0 at halftime. BHS head coach Mark Gibson pulled his first-string backfield with 9:44 remaining in the first half. By halftime he'd basically turned the game over to backup players.
Five backs scored for the Demons and nine gained yardage, resulting in 398 yards on the ground. All told, BHS piled up 572 yards total offense.
Williston, 1-5 on the season, entered the game an overwhelming underdog against top-ranked Bismarck. The Coyotes promptly shot themselves in the foot with three first-half turnovers, extinguishing any hopes of battling on even terms.
With the wind chill in the teens at kickoff, Williston kicked with the wind.
On first down wideout Alex Deyle broke a swing pass down the right sideline for 63 yards. On the next play quarterback Esley Thorton ran 10 yards to score. Calvin Krueger kicked his first of eight extra points and it was 7-0 with 24 seconds elapsed.
On the ensuing kickoff Bismarck's Skye Miller recovered a Coyote fumble at the Williston 37. Four downs later Thorton, under pressure, scrambled 23 yard for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
In its second possession Williston punted. It took Bismarck just four plays to march 80 yards. Thorton hooked up with fullback Carson Winkels on a screen pass for a 40-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead.
Deyle picked off a pass six plays later, setting BHS up at the Williston 47. Five snaps of the ball later, Krueger caught a 34-yard scoring strike from Thorton in traffic to make it 28-0 with 2:32 to play in the first period.
Starting tailback Jake Miller scored on a 10-yard run 29 seconds into the second quarter to make it 35-0 and the JV players took over.
Channing Mann's 50-yard run put BHS up 42-0 at halftime. A three-yard second-half scoring run by Dillon Dewald and Lange's 69- and 32-yard TD romps put the finishing touches on Bismarck's biggest offensive effort of the season.
Williston lost more than a ballgame. Returning all-state quarterback Alex Hanson suffered a concussion playing safety in the middle of the first quarter and didn't return.
Todd Matthews, Williston's head coach, said he hopes Hanson will be back before season's end.
Williston 0 0 0 0 - 0
Bismarck 28 14 15 6 - 63
B - Esley Thorton 10 run (Calvin Krueger kick), 11:36
B - Thorton 23 run (Krueger kick), 10:29
B - Carson Winkels 40 pass from Thorton (Krueger kick), 6:38
B - Krueger 34 pass from Thorton (Krueger kick), 2:32
B - Jake Miller 10 run (Krueger kick), 11:31
B - Channing Mann 50 run (Krueger kick), 9:58
B - Dillon Dewald 3 run (Winkels pass from Nick Jolliffe), 8:14
B - Dillon Lange 69 run (Krueger kick), 1:17
B - Lange 32 run (kick failed), 3:44
First downs 6 23
Rushes-yards 30-52 41-398
Passing yards 79 174
Comp-att-int 7-12-2 7-8-0
Punts-avg 5-34 0
Fumbles-lost 5-3 1-1
Penalties-yards 4-25 3-25
Rushing: W - Kaleb Barstad 15-64, Jarek Wigness 1-12, Alex Hanson 1-0, Marcus Fearing 13-minus 24. B - Dillon Lange 7-140, Channing Mann 10-87, Esley Thorton 5-76, Jake Miller 6-51, Tyler Vogel 3-20, Kip Jangula 4-16, Tyson Gibson 3-5, Dillon Dewald 2-2, Carson Winkels 1-1.
Passing: W - Fearing 7-11-2, 79 yards; Hanson 0-1-0. B - Thorton 6-7-0, 162; Gibson 1-1-0, 12.
Receiving: W - Nick Schoedel 1-43, Barstad 2-20, Dylan Wegley 2-18, Brady Lysne 1-minus 1, Wigness 1-minus 1. B - Alex Deyle 3-84, Winkels 1-40, Calvin Krueger 1-34, Jordan Kleinjan 1-12, Nick Jolliffe 1-4.
Interceptions: B - Deyle, Kevin Poitra.
Records: Williston 0-3 West Region, 1-6 overall; Bismarck 3-0, 7-0.