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Mandan’s Logan O’Brien (38) and the Braves host Bismarck in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash in Class AAA tonight.

MIKE McCLEARY/Tribune

By STEVE THOMAS

Bismarck Tribune

As the son of a coach and the younger brother of an athlete, Logan O'Brien learned early on that the family's native tongue was football.

It still is, but now it's being spoken with a lot of exclamation points.

Mandan High School,

6-0, finds itself amid the best season in many years.

"I definitely think we're progressing the way we want to be, and we need to keep moving up the ladder," said O'Brien.

The Braves shoot for their seventh victory, a tally they haven't reached since 1994, tonight against Bismarck.

That seven-victory season came along 11 years before Logan's father, Pat, became Mandan's head coach. Logan's older brother Trent, later a Braves defensive back, was just an eighth grader.

Obviously, excitement is running high for today's 7 p.m. showdown at Faris Field.

"It's a chance to see who the big dog in the West is," said Logan, a senior outside linebacker.

Bismarck, No. 1 in the state AAA rankings, and Mandan, No. 2, are both undefeated with 3-0 regional records.

There are other things to take into consideration, too. With three regular-season games remaining, the regional championship and, with it, a lofty playoff seed, are on the agenda of both teams.

"We're both going to be really ready for this game. I think we've both been looking forward to this game for awhile," said Logan, a 6-foot, 190-pounder. "I've been waiting for this ever since last year.

"I thought we'd both be undefeated at this time of year. We're both pretty good teams."

There's also history to consider. Logan said Bismarck has been in command of things for far too long.

"It's pretty much a rivalry, that's what it comes down to," he said. "I can't even remember the last time we beat them."

That would be 1994, the Braves' last seven-win year.

Logan, a second-year starter, is third on the team in tackles. He said this year's seniors have done well as they've moved through the football program. "We've done pretty well since our freshman year, but I think we've stepped it up a lot as seniors," he said.

Neither team has a shortage of selling points. Mandan's offense, No. 1 in the West, is scoring at a 46.2 pace. The Braves boast the region's top ball carrier in Seth Westby, the leading passer in Devin Coyle and the pacesetting receiver in Aaron Janz.

Defensively, the Braves are No. 2 in both points (10.2) and yards (206.0) surrendered.

Bismarck tailback Layne Johs is second in the region in rushing and is the runaway scoring leader for the Demons' second-ranked offense. BHS averages 43.8 points per game.

On defense, Bismarck leads the West in points allowed (6.5), rushing yards allowed (44.3) and total yards surrendered (117.0).

Logan said Faris Field will be no place for the timid tonight.

"Bismarck is a tough football team, and they've got some big kids. That's really about it," he said. "They're a really physical team."

"It comes down to whoever shows up and wants to play football," he added. "It will be 48 minutes of hard football, and we've got to stay focused for all 48 minutes."

The Braves have been there before.

"Minot was really physical with us," Logan recalled, looking back on Mandan's 28-7 victory three weeks ago. "... That was really a big game for us. We played more as a team and it made us step up to another level. Now we know we can run with anyone."

Logan said the Braves have reached the point where they're in awe of no one.

"We're not going to be intimidated by anyone, and we're not going to back down. We're going to do whatever it takes to get to the big game in November," he said.

NOTES: Ticket gates at Faris Field will open at 4:15 p.m. ... Century tailback Ben Kraft suffered a sprained ankle in last week's game at Minot. CHS coach Ron Wingenbach said Kraft is probable for tonight's game. ... Wingenbach praised Dalton Weisz's play in Kraft's absence. "Dalton did a very nice job ... but he's a starting linebacker for us, so we've got to be careful there. Otherwise, he'd probably be getting more touches," Wingenbach said. ... Century visits Williston and Dickinson is at Minot in today's other West Region games. Jamestown heads to Grand Forks Central for a nonregional contest. All four games are 7 p.m. starts.

WEST REGION

Region Overall

W L W L

Bismarck 3 0 6 0

Mandan 3 0 6 0

Century 3 1 5 1

Minot 1 2 4 2

Williston 1 2 2 4

Dickinson 1 3 2 4

Jamestown 0 4 0 6

Friday, Oct. 7

Bismarck at Mandan, 7 p.m.

Century at Williston, 7 p.m.

Dickinson at Minot, 7 p.m.

Jamestown at Grand Forks Central, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Century at Mandan, 7 p.m.

Minot at Bismarck, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 14

Williston at Jamestown, 7 p.m.

Dickinson at Fargo South, 7 p.m.

WEST REGION STATISTICS

TEAM OFFENSE

Team Pts. Rush Pass Total

Mandan 46.2 225.5 179.5 405.0

Bismarck 43.8 272.3 98.8 371.2

Minot 30.7 252.3 70.3 322.7

Century 30.0 196.3 154.7 351.0

Williston 16.5 91.4 200.8 292.2

Dickinson 15.5 146.2 90.7 236.8

Jamestown 4.8 87.8 82.7 170.5

TEAM DEFENSE

Team Pts. Rush Pass Total

Bismarck 6.5 44.3 72.7 117.0

Mandan 10.2 120.0 86.0 206.0

Century 12.2 117.0 101.5 218.5

Minot 16.2 134.0 176.5 310.5

Dickinson 20.8 118.2 98.8 217.0

Williston 26.2 214.2 110.6 324.8

Jamestown 48.2 302.5 138.2 440.7

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

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE

Rushing: 1. Seth Westby, Mandan, 102-637. 2. Layne Johs, Bismarck, 96-633. 3. Adam Melom, Minot, 88-611. 4. Ben Kraft, Century, 77-509. 5. Kolton Larson, Minot, 44-374. 6. Devin Coyle, Mandan, 50-371. 7. Michael Cherwinski, Dickinson, 75-344. 8. Alex Yanosko, Minot, 82-323. 9. Ricky Purtle, Bismarck, 43-252. 10. Kip Jangula, Bismarck, 33-250.

Passing yards: 1. Devin Coyle, Mandan, 53-94-4, 1,053 yards. 2. Markus Noeske, Williston, 44-105-5, 911. 3. Jared Fischer, Century, 56-86-1, 787. 4. Ben Jolliffe, Bismarck, 27-49-0, 507. 5. Alex Yanosko, Minot, 33-70-3, 413. 6. Brady Anderson, Jamestown, 25-79-8, 365. 7. Luke Hanel, Dickinson, 20-51-6, 342. 8. Dylan Skabo, Dickinson, 26-39-0, 267. 9. Matt Grounds, Jamestown, 9-31-5, 131. 10. Brett Adam, Bismarck, 3-5-0, 86.

Touchdown passes: 1. Markus Noeske, Williston, 12. 2. Devin Coyle, Mandan, 11. 3. Ben Jolliffe, Bismarck, 9. 4. Jared Fischer Century, 7. 5. Alex Yanosko, Minot, 4. 6. Luke Hanel, Dickinson, 3. 7. (tie) Brett Adam, Bismarck, and Dylan Skabo, Dickinson, both 2. 9. (tie) Brady Anderson, Jamestown; Ross Effertz, Mandan; and Jacob Erickson, Century; all 1.

Receiving yards: 1. Aaron Janz, Mandan, 24-560. 2. Alex Cundiff, Williston, 16-438. 3. Drew Wiseman, Century, 21-361. 4. Devin Schirado, Bismarck, 17-360. 5. Jake Watson, Mandan, 11-266. 6. Alex Haaland, Williston, 7-222. 7. Jordan Zander, Mandan, 15-188. 8. Willy Marler, Jamestown, 12-180. 9. Tyrell Parker, Dickinson, 11-157. 10. Nathan Ellingson, Jamestown, 6-112.

Total offense: 1. Devin Coyle, Mandan, 1,424 yards. 2. Markus Noeske, Williston, 962. 3. Jared Fischer, Century, 832. 4. Alex Yanosko, Minot, 736. 5. Seth Westby, Mandan, 637. 6. Layne Johs, Bismarck, 633. 7. Adam Melom, Minot, 611. 8. Ben Jolliffe, Bismarck, 580. 9. Ben Kraft, Century, 509. 10. Luke Hanel, Dickinson, 415.

Scoring: 1. Layne Johs, Bismarck, 102. 2. Seth Westby, Mandan, 88. 3. Adam Melom, Minot, 56. 4. Alex Yanosko, Minot, 54. 5. Aaron Janz, Mandan, 52. 6. Devin Coyle, Mandan, 48. 7. Ben Kraft, Century, 42. 8. Devin Schirado, Bismarck, 34. 9. (tie) Brett Adam, Bismarck, and Drew Wiseman, Century, both 30.

Field goals: 1. Ben Love, Minot, 2. 2. Dominic Neameyer, Century, 1.

EAST REGION

Region Overall

W L W L

G.F. Red River 3 0 4 2

Devils Lake 2 1 3 3

Fargo North 2 2 3 3

Fargo South 2 2 2 4

G.F. Central 2 2 2 4

Fargo Davies 1 2 1 5

West Fargo 0 3 1 5

Friday, Oct. 7

Grand Forks Red River at Devils Lake

Fargo Davies at Fargo South

West Fargo at Fargo North

Jamestown at Grand Forks Central

Friday, Oct. 14

West Fargo at Devils Lake

Grand Forks Central at Fargo Davies

Fargo North at Grand Forks Red River

Dickinson at Fargo South

EAST REGION STATISTICS

Offense: 1. Grand Forks Red River 30.5 points per game. 2. West Fargo 19.3. 3. Devils Lake 18.7. 4. Fargo South 17.3. 5. Fargo North 15.3. 6. Fargo Davies 13.2. 7. Grand Forks Central 12.5.

Defense: 1. Grand Forks Red River 15.0 points allowed per game. 2. Fargo North 20.1. 3. Devils Lake 21.5. 4. Fargo South 24.7. 5. West Fargo 29.2. 6. Grand Forks Central 32.3. 7. Fargo Davies 34.7. 

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