MINOT — Just another day at the office for the Bismarck High football team.
The top-ranked Demons rolled to a 21-point first-half lead en route to a 42-0 victory over fourth-ranked Minot Thursday night in a Class AAA West Region game played at Duane Carlson Stadium.
Bismarck improved to 5-0 in region play and 8-0 overall. It has outscored its region foes 222-25, and all opponents 343-41.
Minot fell to 3-2 in the region and 6-2 in all games.
“We were concerned going into this one. They’re a good team, Minot is not an easy place to play, and it was their homecoming,” Bismarck coach Mark Gibson said. “But the kids came in and played great on both sides of the ball.”
The Demons, best known for their potent running attack, aired it out on their first touchdown drive of the game. Quarterback Ben Jolliffe completed four of five passes for 82 yards, including a 34-yard scoring strike to Brandon Schmid with 8:12 remaining in the first quarter.
“We went to our no-huddle set and caught them off guard a little,” Gibson said. “They came in geared up to stop the run. I thought Jolliffe and the receivers did a great job on that drive.”
Later, Tyler Unruh set the Demons’ offense up on the Minot 12-yard line with a fumble recovery off a Minot punt return. Five plays later, Jolliffe scored from a yard out and then hit Justin Thorson with a 2-point pass to make it 14-0 Bismarck late in the first quarter.
Running back Layne Johs made it a three-touchdown lead for the Demons with a 50-yard scoring run with 5:52 to play in the second quarter. Josh Seibel added the extra point.
The Magicians threatened late in the half, but stalled on the Bismarck 20.
The Demons took the second-half kickoff and marched 74 yards to the end zone, scoring on another 1-yard sneak by Jolliffe. Three plays earlier, Ricardo Galindo broke loose for a 44-yard gain to the Minot 4.
The Bismarck defense got into the scoring act later in the third quarter. With the Magicians driving in Demons’ territory, linebacker Brennan Fetch picked off an Alex Yanosko pass on his own 32-yard line and took it to the end zone.
Galindo closed the scoring with a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Johs broke the century mark in rushing for the eighth straight game, picking up 170 yards on 22 carries. He had an 80-yard scoring run in the first half that was called back because of a penalty.
The Demons’ defense, which posted its second shutout of the season and held an opponent under 10 points for the seventh time, allowed 209 total yards.
“The big thing is the shutout. That’s what the kids want,” Gibson said. “This is our eighth game and we’ve allowed a touchdown or less in all eight. That’s a credit to our defensive coordinator (Dale Colby) and the kids.”
Bismarck, which has won its last 13 games, will close out the regular season at Williston next Wednesday night.
Bismarck 14 7 14 7 — 42
Minot 0 0 0 0 — 0
B — Brandon Schmid 34 pass from Ben Jolliffe (kick failed), 8:12
B — Jolliffe 1 run (Justin Thorson pass from Jolliffe), 1:36
B — Layne Johs 50 run (Josh Seibel kick), 5:52
B — Jolliffe 1 run (Seibel kick), 6:55
B — Brennan Fetch 68 interception return (Seibel kick), 1:45
B — Ricardo Galindo 4 run (Seibel kick), 8:42
Rushing: B — Layne Johs 22-170, Ben Jolliffe 4-9, Ricardo Galindo 9-64, Riley Plant 3-5, Brett Adam 1-7, Coltin Marquardt 1-2. M —Alex Yanosko 15-30, Brady Lampert 9-59, Kimani Benjamin 6-48, Karter Gorney 1-2, Josh Pizzo 1-0.
Passing: B — Jolliffe 7-13-1 113 yards, Johs 0-1-0 0. MHS —Yanosko 6-19-1 64.
Receiving: B — Nick Kottre 2-22, Adam 1-14, Schmid 3-63, Johs 1-14; M — Lampert 2-14, Brandon Van Dusen 1-4, Jacob Holmen 3-46.