Bismarck displayed all sorts off offensive possibilities, striking from near and far, by land and by air Friday night on the Bismarck State College campus.
The Demons ran for four touchdowns and threw for four more to defeat cross-town rival Legacy 56-0 in West Region action to improve to 4-0 in regional play. Top-ranked BHS most likely stay put atop the statewide AAA media poll, as well, with its 7-0 record.
Senior quarterback Will Madler and senior flanker Joe Jahner made the evening a nightmare for the Legacy defense. They hooked up for three completions and 148 yards, including catch-and-run touchdown plays of 40 and 60 yards.
Jahner’s first TD came on a quick toss to the right sideline, where he broke a tackle and sailed 40 yards to the end zone for the first points of the game. The second play was almost a replay, except this time no Saber defender got a hand on Jahner as he dashed 60 yards to score the first points of the second half.
“It was the same play,” Jahner said. “Nobody touched me on the second one.”
Jahner said Madler had options on the play.
“If they were back and not pressing us (receivers) it went to me. If they pressed us we were going to run a fade.”
Senior split end Matt Trolliey covered the most yardage on his touchdown, breaking a short pass over the middle for a 94-yard touchdown play. That enabled the Demons to take a 21-0 lead.
Senior tailback Isaiah Olsen ran for three scores, including a 47-yard jaunt that put the Demons up 42-0 in the middle of the third period. He also reached paydirt from two and six yards out.
Dyllon Sicble and Kade Rohlfs accounted for Bismarck’s other six-pointers. Sicble caught a 24-yard touchdown strike from Madler to give BHS a 49-0 lead with 2:57 left in the third quarter. Rohlfs, a backup quarterback, sneaked in from a yard out with 10:50 to play to account for the final TD of the night.
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Jahner said Friday’s fireworks were similar to last year’s game.
“Last year against Legacy I had a good game, also,” he recalled. “The whole team played really well tonight. I’m really proud of them.”
Late last season Jahner started playing defense in the BHS secondary, and he’s been a two-way player in every game this year, working at safety. He said the added playing time agrees with him.
“You’ve got to play smarter. I like it this way a lot more. It’s fun playing both ways,” he said.
BHS coach Mark Gibson said the game was good for the whole team. Everyone who dressed played. He used three quarterbacks and 12 different ball carriers. Best of all, he said the Demons didn’t look past Legacy to next week’s date with Century.
“Our kids were ready to play today,” he said. “… We came out with a lot of energy.”
“This could have been a big trap game for us,” Gibson added. “Legacy had a lot to gain (in the playoff run).”
Gibson said the Demons have little time to celebrate.
“Now we’re in the stretch run. Now it’s game time,” he noted.
The setback leaves Legacy with a 2-5 record, 2-2 in the region. The Sabers return to action next Friday at Williston. Bismarck plays arch-rival Century, also undefeated, next Friday at BSC.