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Drew Wiseman

WILL KINCAID/Tribune Century's Drew Wiseman carries the ball in the first half. BHS’s # 81 Dexter Werner.

WILL KINCAID

As an athlete, Drew Wiseman has been around, He’s a record-setting trackman and a veteran of two semifinals and a state championship game in football.

In retrospect, says the Century senior, the aura of a Century-Bismarck High School football matchup is pretty tough to beat.

“The atmosphere of the (Community) Bowl for those games almost feels like a college football game with the fans and the excitement and the rivalry. It’s a fun game to play,” Wiseman said.

Wiseman lines up against BHS for the fourth, and possibly final, time at 7 tonight at the Bowl. Bismarck, the unanimous No. 1 pick in the state AAA poll, stands 3-0. Century, 2-1, is ranked fifth.

“This is the funnest thing about high school football is the rivalries,” Wiseman continued. “It’s a big week for us. ... We practice like any other week, but when it comes to game time it’s much more intense than any other week.”

Century has defeated West Fargo 29-15 and Dickinson 20-13 since dropping its opener 34-20 at Fargo South. Bismarck, the winner of eight straight, has downed West Fargo 29-0, Fargo Davies 52-7 and Devils Lake 40-6. The Demons are playing their first regional game.

In other regional games, Mandan (1-2) visits Minot (3-0) and Dickinson (1-2) travels to Jamestown (1-2). Williston (1-2) plays host to West Fargo (1-2) in a nonregional clash.

The rivalry business aside, Wiseman said there’s a lot riding on the outcome of tonight’s showdown. “This game means a lot. The winner of this game usually goes on to win the WDA title,” he said.

“They’re considered the favorite ... but they know we’re going to bring it and we know they’re going to bring it, so whoever reaches their full potential will come out on top,” Wiseman added.

Based on Century’s performance over the first three weeks of the season, Wiseman sees turnovers as the key to tonight’s game.

Century has a 7-4 deficit in the takeaway-giveaway ratio, including a 4-0 shortfall against Dickinson.

Bismarck has forced seven turnovers in its last two games, including five interceptions and pick-sixes by Nick Goulet and Riley Plant.

“Turnovers and special teams will be key,” said Wiseman, a 6-foot, 150-pound wideout and safety. “Bismarck capitalizes on every chance they get, so we’ll have to have more chances than they do.”

Layne Johs, a 210-pound senior tailback, leads Bismarck’s explosive running game. Johs has picked up 514 yards on 45 carries and has scored seven times. BHS leads the region with an average of 293 ground yards per game.

Wiseman said the Patriots can’t led Bismarck approach that average.

“We have to stop their run. If we can do that they’ll have to throw the ball, and that’s where our secondary comes in,” Wiseman said.

Century’s defensive backfield includes Deion Volk, a senior cornerback, and Wiseman, a safety. Both were all-state defensive backs last fall.

Wiseman is in his third season as a two-way starter. He was the West Region’s No. 4 receiver last year with 37 catches for 574 yards and eight touchdowns.

This season he has nine catches for 227 yards and three scores. Quarterback Jared Fischer and Wiseman, a three-event winner at the state track meet last spring, have hooked up on long gainers of 40 and 82 yards.

“When our other receivers catch some balls it takes some of the pressure off me,” said Wiseman, who runs a 4.55 in the 40, said. “Then we can throw some balls downfield.”

On defense, Wiseman has picked off a pass and has nine tackles to go with seven assists.

Wiseman said he prefers offense over defense — by a thin margin. “Both are pretty fun,” he said.

Over the years, Wiseman said he’s developed a good feel for what Fischer is going to do.

“With the exception of my sophomore year, I’ve been playing with him since I was a freshman, so we’ve got some good chemistry going,” Wiseman said. “He’s in his second (varsity) year now and makes better decisions about when to run and when to pass.”

Wiseman noted Fischer, at 5-10 and 195, is also a running threat. “He has a fullback’s build, so he’s pretty tough to bring down, and he has wheels for such a big guy,” Wiseman said.

Indeed, Fischer ranks third on the team in rushing with 75 yards in 34 carries.

While the second week of regional play may seem a little early for a showdown game, Wiseman said such a schedule has its benefits.

“It’s a positive. No matter how the game turns out you have plenty of time left in the season to work things out for the playoffs,” he said.

Bismarck has racked up a 28-11 advantage in the all-time intracity series, which dates back to Century’s opening in 1975. The Demons have won four of the last six games. Century won in 2007 and 2010.

Minot loses all-state

linebacker Larson

The Minot Magicians played last week’s 42-0 win over Williston without two-time all-state linebacker Kolton Larson.

Larson, a 6-2, 205-pound senior, suffered a broken bone in his left foot against Grand Forks Red River in the second game of the season. He’ll be out for at least a month, leaving voids at linebacker and running back.

Mandan will have both Matt Ziemann and Nathan Schmidt back in the lineup for tonight’s game at Minot.

Ziemann, a 222-pound junior running back and linebacker, missed much of last week’s loss to Jamestown with an injury. Schmidt, a senior wide receiver and safety, missed two games due to a calf injury.

Century will have Volk back in the lineup tonight. Volk didn’t play against Dickinson after suffering a concussion a week earlier against Fargo Davies.

CLASS AAA FOOTBALL

WEST REGION

Region Overall

Team W L W L

Minot 1 0 3 0

Century 1 0 2 1

Jamestown 1 0 1 2

Bismarck 0 0 3 0

Dickinson 0 1 1 2

Mandan 0 1 1 2

Williston 0 1 1 2

Friday, Sept. 7

Century 20, Dickinson 13

Jamestown 13, Mandan 6

Bismarck 40, Devils Lake 6

Minot 42, Williston 0

Friday, Sept 14

Century at Bismarck, 7 p.m.

Dickinson at Jamestown

Mandan at Minot, 8 p.m.

West Fargo at Williston

Friday, Sept. 21

Century at Jamestown

Bismarck at Dickinson

Williston at Mandan

Minot at Fargo Davies

WEST REGION STATISTICS

TEAM OFFENSE

Team Pts. Rush Pass Total

Bismarck 40.3 292.7 99.0 391.7

Minot 39.0 278.0 49.3 327.3

Dickinson 28.3 177.0 84.3 261.3

Century 23.0 133.7 164.3 298.0

Mandan 16.0 112.7 185.3 298.0

Jamestown 10.7 132.3 126.3 258.7

Williston 7.3 95.0 64.7 159.7

TEAM DEFENSE

Team Pts. Rush Pass Total

Bismarck 4.3 35.0 72.0 107.0

Minot 6.7 60.0 79.7 139.7

Jamestown 18.0 170.0 120.3 290.3

Mandan 20.0 94.3 120.3 214.7

Dickinson 20.7 102.0 114.7 216.7

Century 20.7 144.7 132.7 277.3

Williston 28.0 189.0 16.0 205.0

n NOTE: Scoring, rushing, passing and total yardage calculated for West Region teams on a per-game basis.

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE

Rushing: 1. Layne Johs, B, 46-514. 2. Alex Yanosko, Min, 44-359. 3. Anthony Cook, J, 67-262. 4. Brady Lampert, Min, 37-253. 5. Michael Cherwinski, D, 23-221. 6. Matt Ziemann, Man, 36-189. 7. Ricardo Galindo, B, 21-166. 8. Ryan Gesellchen, C, 27-146. 9. Alex Haaland, W, 21-132. 10. Dylan Leutz, C, 32-98.

Passing yards: 1. Ross Effertz, Man, 28-68-4, 556 yards. 2. Jared Fischer, C, 31-43-2, 484. 3. Matt Grounds, J, 24-43-2, 379. 4. Ben Jolliffe, B, 17-41-1, 297. 5. Dylan Skabo, D, 14-27-2, 209. 6. Jayden Ferguson, W, 18-40-4, 167. 7. Alex Yanosko, Min, 20-45-1, 137. 8. Mac Rohr, D, 6-11-0, 44. 9. Dillon Brunelle, W, 2-2-0, 27. 10. Chandler Jacob, Min, 1-3-1, 11.

Touchdown passes: 1. (tie) Ross Effertz, Man, and Jared Fischer, C, 4. 3. (tie) Dylan Skabo, D; Ben Jolliffe, B, and Matt Grounds, J, 3. 6. Alex Yanosko, Min, 2.

Receiving yards: 1. Daniel Peterson, Man, 11-322. 2. Drew Wiseman, C, 9-227. 3. Sean Lindberg, J, 7-155. 4. Brady Zittleman, Man, 7-135. 5. C.J. Soulis, J, 7-133. 6. Nick Kottre, B, 6-111. 5. 7. Brett Adam, B, 3-97. 8. Brennan Doan, C, 8-96. 9. Jordan Krieg, D, 7-90. 10. Taren Staudinger, D, 5-85.

Total offense: 1. Ross Effertz, Man, 579 yards. 2. Jared Fischer, C, 565. 3. Layne Johs, B, 514. 4. Alex Yanosko, Min, 496. 5. Matt Grounds, J, 449. 6. Ben Jolliffe, B, 304. 7. Dylan Skabo, D, 303. 8. Anthony Cook, J, 262. 9. Brady Lampert, Min, 37-253. 10. Michael Cherwinski, D, 221.

Scoring: 1. Layne Johs, B, 42. 2. Alex Yanosko, Min, 36. 3. Brady Lampert, Min, 24. 4. Ben Love, Min, 19. 5. (tie) Dylan Skabo, D; Drew Wiseman, C; Ryan Gesellchen, Min, and Ricardo Galindo, B, 18. 9. Tony Kostelecky, D, 17. 10. Dominic Neameyer, C, 13.

Field goals: 1. Ben Love, Min, 3. 2. (tie) Dominic Neameyer, C, and Tony Kostelecky, D, 2.

EAST REGION

Region Overall

Team W L W L

G.F. Red River 1 0 3 0

Fargo South 1 0 2 1

West Fargo 1 0 1 2

Devils Lake 0 0 2 1

Fargo Davies 0 1 1 2

Fargo North 0 1 0 3

G.F. Central 0 1 0 3

Friday, Sept. 7

West Fargo 41, Fargo Davies 7

Fargo South 66, Fargo North 7

G.F. Red River 42, G.F. Central 7

Bismarck 40, Devils Lake 6

Friday, Sept. 14

Fargo Davies at Grand Forks Red River

Fargo North at Devils Lake

Grand Forks Central at Fargo South

Williston at West Fargo

Friday, Sept. 21

Devils Lake at Fargo South

Grand Forks Central at Fargo North

Grand Forks Red River at West Fargo

Minot at Fargo Davies

Reach reporter Steve Thomas at  250-8244 or steve.thomas@bismarcktribune.com.

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