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 Home, sweet home, in the Fargodome.

 Bismarck High School senior Chase Dockter knows the Fargodome. He's wrestled in two state tournaments there with good success -- two state dual championships, a tournament title and an individual crown.

 Now, in his final year of BHS football, he wants to win another championship at Fargo's expansive arena -- a AAA grid title.

 "I think every North Dakota high school football player dreams of ending his senior year at the Fargodome," Dockter said. "We won't be happy that we made it there. We want to win the game and be state champions."

 Standing in the way of Bismarck's first state football title since 2012 is cross-town rival Century. That rivalry dates back to 1975. The Demons own a 34-15 advantage in the all-time series.

 Friday's 6:40 showdown is the 50th in the history of the BHS-CHS rivalry and the sixth postseason clash between the two schools. Three times they've tangled in the title game. Bismarck eclipsed Century 21-3 for the 2011 title and 21-0 in 2012. Century prevailed 27-12 in 2016.

 Dockter, a 6-foot, 245-pound offensive guard and nose guard, knows full well that each BHS-CHS collision creates a chunk of history, but he's going to set that all aside on Friday.

 "I think it's definitely about time to get back to the good old days (of state championships) ... but we don't want to dwell in the past. We want to play our game," he said,

  Both teams would be unbeaten, were it not for Bismarck's 36-22 victory on Oct. 12.

 Dockter said that victory, much heralded at the time, has little bearing on what might happen when the top-ranked Demons fight it out with the second-rated Patriots on Friday.

 "That was definitely a good test for us. They're a physical team and really played us tough," Dockter recalled. "We've got to go out and play physical again. That will be a big part of who succeeds on Friday."

 "(Century) is a good team with a good program and good kids. It's definitely going to be a good game," he added.

 Mark Gibson is in his 20th season at BHS, and Ron Wingenbach is coaching his 29th Century team. Both teams know what to expect, so Dockter said it just boils down to making the plays.

 "We both know each other pretty well. The main things will be to execute, eliminate mistakes and play our style of ball," he noted. 

 Bismarck rushed for only 111 yards in last week's 34-13 semifinal victory over Fargo Davies, a puny total for Gibson's run-first philosophy. While Davies was playing the run, however, BHS quarterback Will Madler shredded the Eagle defense for 314 yards through the air.

 Dockter said that sort of rushing output won't get the job done against Century.

 "It will be important to play loose and make sure we get our running game going in order to open up the pass for Will," Dockter said. "We'll have to play well defensively and not give up the big play. It may be the finals, but I think we have to treat it like any other game and have fun."

 The Demons have a senior-heavy team, so Dockter and many of his teammates will be playing their final game in the maroon and white this week. He said it's been a thrilling ride.

 "Throughout the years we knew we had special athletes in this class," he observed. "Our freshman team was undefeated. ... We knew if we worked hard we had an opportunity to do something special. I think all the hard work has paid off."

 The Dockter clan is steeped in football through and through. Dockter's father and four of his uncles have played college football.

 Jeff, Chase's dad, played football at North Dakota State University.

 Chase's uncles, Joel and Tim, played football at NDSU and Bismarck Junior College, respectively. His uncles Kevin and Cameron played at Valley City State. All of them went on to coach the sport at the high school or college level.

  Chase followed suit, but he's also established himself in wrestling and track and field.

In wrestling, he placed second at 220 pounds as a sophomore and won at that weight last winter as a junior with a 46-6 record.

 Last spring he placed third in the shot put at the state track meet with a throw of 52-8 1/2. 

 With a busy senior year ahead of him, Dockter said he's giving himself time to make decisions about college. 

 "I'm still looking," he said.

  He's not sure which sport he'd enjoy doing the most at the college level.

 "It's 50-50. I'd be happy doing either ... or both," he observed.

 "Academics is definitely important, but I'd like to go somewhere where I could compete in athletics and have a good career there," he said.

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