The top-ranked Bismarck Demons played the first half Friday night like they wanted to leave the Community Bowl early.
And leave early they did.
The Demons put up 33 first-half points on homecoming night - setting the running clock in motion in the second half - and rolled to a 39-0 Class AAA West Region victory over the visiting Dickinson Midgets.
Bismarck scored on three of its first four possessions and added a defensive touchdown in the first 24 minutes on the way to its fifth victory without a loss.
"We got off to a good start, and that's what you always want to do," Bismarck quarterback Brett Adam said. "We set the tone right away. It was our homecoming, and it's good to come away with a win."
However, the lopsided victory wasn't enough to satisfy Bismarck Mark Gibson, who sensed a bit of a letdown after last week's highly-emotional 27-19 victory over cross-town rival Century.
"I didn't like the effort tonight. We didn't hustle, and we were a little sloppy," Gibson said. "We didn't get a good week of practice and it showed. People will look at the scoreboard and say I'm crazy, but that's how I feel. We came off a big victory last week, but we're a young team, and we have a lot of work to do. These kids have to understand that."
Gibson's crew looked sharp in the early going.
Taking advantage of excellent field position, the Demons scored a pair of touchdowns on drives covering a total of 59 yards.
Bismarck's first possession started on the Dickinson 29, and on its first play, Adam hit Devin Schirado with a 29-yard scoring pass with just 1:50 gone in the first quarter.
"Coach wanted to attack them right away. They had a lot of guys in the box, ready for the run," Adam said. "Devin's a big weapon."
A partially-blocked punt put the Demons on the Dickinson 30. Five plays later, Layne Johs burst through the middle for a 15-yard score with 5:48 left in the first.
"When you get the good field position you have to punch it in," Adam said. "The defense and special teams set us up good."
Bismarck's next drive covered 85 yards, but took less than three minutes. Adam started it out with a 41-yard keeper, and Johs finished it off with a 25-yard run.
Later, Johs capped a five-play, 71-yard drive with a 4-yard run.
The Bismarck defense got into the act as Nick Goulet picked off a Luke Hanel pass and took it 20 yards to pay dirt. Cody Ward's third extra point made it 33-0.
The Demons held the Midgets to 37 yards on 36 plays in the first half.
"We pride ourselves in our defense. The kids did a nice job shutting things down in the first half," Gibson said. "It was nice to see them find the end zone."
Kip Jangula tallied the only second-half touchdown, scoring from 4 yards out with 8:05 left in the fourth.
Johs led the Demons with 128 yards on 16 carries.
Dickinson 0 0 0 0 - 0
Bismarck 14 19 0 6 - 39
B: Devin Schirado 29 pass from Brett Adam (Cody Ward kick), 10:10
B: Layne Johs 15 run (Dexter Werner pass from Adam), 5:48
B: Johs 25 run (pass failed), 6:21
B: Johs 4 run (kick failed), 3:15
B: Nick Goulet 20 interception return (Ward kick), 2:13
B: Kip Jangula 5 run (kick failed), 8:05
First downs 8 12
Rushes-yards 28-(-)7 40-275
Passing yards 96 54
Comp-Att-Int 11-22-1 2-3-0
Turnovers 2 1
Penalties-yards 8-40 4-40
Rushing: D - Taren Staudinger 4-13, Dalton Fuchs 2-9, Michael Cherwinski 7-6, Vance Volesky 1-(-)1, Luke Hanel 8-(-)3, Dylan Skabo 6-(-)30. B - Layne Johs 16-128, Brett Adam 7-67, Kip Jangula 7-40, Kelsey Keller 4-21, Ricky Purtle 6-19.
Passing: D - Skabo 9-15-0, 55 yards, Hanel 2-7-1, 41 yards. B - Adam 2-3-0, 54 yards.
Receiving: D - Cherwinski 3-26, Shad Pulsipher 3-14, Steven Wiedmer 2-39, Jamie Kuntz 2-15, Volesky 1-1. B - Devin Schirado 2-54.
Interceptions: B - Nick Goulet.
Records: Dickinson 1-2 West Region, 2-3 overall. Bismarck 2-0 region, 5-0 overall.