Bismarck High quarterback Will Madler has been chosen as the 2018-19 Gatorade North Dakota Football Player of the Year.

Will Madler's final season of high school football could not have gone much better.

The three-year starter at quarterback for the Demons led BHS to a Class AAA state championship and an undefeated 12-0 season.

If all that was the cake, on Thursday came the frosting.

Madler was named the 2018-19 Gatorade North Dakota Football Player of the Year.

"Our season could not have gone any better. To win the state championship with my teammates, you can't beat that," Madler said. "There's nothing better."

Madler was surprised to find out he was getting the honor, initially learning of the news via social media.

"This morning when I checked my Twitter notifications I saw there was one from Gatorade," Madler said. "I definitely was not expecting it. There are a lot of great players in the state. To receive an award like this is pretty special."

The Demons went 29-6 in Madler's three years as quarterback. He threw for 5,115 yards and completed 66 percent of his passes (329-499).

During the Demons' state title season, he tossed 21 touchdown passes and just two interceptions with a career-high 2,088 yards.

"I played with so many great players," Madler said. "This award doesn't happen without them."

Athletically, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Madler is far more than a quarterback. He's a key cog for both the BHS basketball and baseball teams. He's still considering his college opportunities.

"I really enjoy baseball and basketball. I've probably been playing those sports longer than tackle football," Madler said. "I'm still working on going on my official (college) visits. I have a lot of options. I'm still trying to decide which is the best option for me."

Madler also excels academically. He carries a 4.0 grade point average.

"My parents have always pushed me and encouraged me to do my best," he said. "I want to impress them and keep them happy."

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Reach Tribune sports editor Dave Selvig at (701) 250-8246 or david.selvig@bismarcktribune.com