No. 1 Demons blast Dickinson High, 49-6
Bismarck High's senior Layne Johs is one of the best running backs in the state, if not the best.
He sure proved it Friday against the Dickinson High football team.
Johs rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns in the first half to lead the No. 1-ranked Demons past Class 3A, West Region opponent Dickinson 49-6 at the Badlands Activities Center.
"We were going tonight," Johs said. "It was a good win for us and our offensive line picked it up in the second quarter. Ben (Jolliffe) was throwing some good balls and our receivers started making plays."
On the legs of Johs, Bismarck (5-0, 2-0 West) opened the floodgates in the second quarter, scoring five touchdowns to take a 35-0 halftime lead. Johs didn't have any carries during the second half for precautionary reasons.
"That's a tremendous football team and I don't think anyone else in the state is close to that," Dickinson head coach Dennis Morris said. "They run the ball better than a lot of teams that I've ever seen."
However, the Demons weren't done there. Insert Ricardo Galindo into the equation.
The junior running back started to match Johs' offensive efforts on the ground. Galindo added nine carries for 141 yards and two TDs in the second half.
"Ricardo is a great running back," Johs said. "He kept carrying the load and he got some big runs in the third and fourth quarters. He stepped up and did his job."
The Demons were able to have a solid mixture of run and pass in the first half as senior quarterback Jolliffe completed five passes for 62 yards and a touchdown and ran for a 10-yard TD run in the second quarter. Jolliffe connected with five different receivers in the game including Josh Seibel's lone TD catch for 13 yards.
"We're a run-first football team," Bismarck High head coach Mark Gibson said. "I thought Jolliffe threw the ball well tonight and I think that was something we had to do."
The Midgets (2-3, 1-2 West), on the other hand, struggled to get the offense going.
Dickinson wasn't able to move its running attack between the tackles or to the sidelines. Consequently, the passing game was stagnate.
Dickinson had a 23 total yards in the first half. Bismarck posted 301 yards.
Dickinson started the game with a solid first quarter, not allowing any offensive chances for the Demons with the exception of a 46-yard reception by Nick Kottre.
But, as the first quarter started winding down, Bismarck was on the move down the field. Johs scored on the first play of the second quarter from five yards out.
"We got a couple good breaks at the beginning of the game," Morris said. "We couldn't capitalize on that, but at least we put our defense into pretty good field position."
The Midgets managed to avoid the shutout as Dylan Skabo found Jordan Krieg on a 7-yard TD pass as time expired.
Skabo went 6 of 21 for 76 yards passing. Krieg had three receptions for 48 yards.
Morris said there's only one thing to do after a tough loss -- get back to work in practice and look toward next Friday's game at Williston.
"After Bismarck High, I think the rest of the division is wide open." Morris said. "We're going to attack Williston and that's a must-win for us. We have a mission and a job to do. You can't cry over this loss, but you can be embarrassed."
Bismarck 0 35 14 0 -- 49
Dickinson 0 0 0 6 -- 6
B-Layne Johs 5 run (Josh Seibel kick), 11:56.
B-Johs 14 run (Clairmont kick), 8:20.
B-Seibel 13 pass from Ben Jolliffe (Seibel kick), 5:51.
B-Johs 1 run (Seibel kick), 3:07.
B-Jolliffe 10 run (Seibel kick), :22.
B-Ricardo Galindo 2 run (Seibel kick), 6:15.
B-Ricardo Galindo 63 run (Seibel kick), 3:32.
D-Jordan Krieg 7 pass from Dylan Skabo (Tony Kostelecky kick failed), :00.
RUSHING: B, Layne Johs 14-206, Ricardo Galindo 9-141, Riley Plant 3-15, Ben Jolliffe 2-15, Coltin Marquardt 5-12, Kole Bauer 1-9, Brett Adam 1-5, Hunter Delabarre 1-(-minus 1). D, Jacob Shypkowski 7-17, Dylan Skabo 8-14, Jace Dukart 4-7, Michael Cherwinski 8-(-minus 8).
PASSING: B, Jolliffe 5-8-0, 62. D, Skabo 6-21-1, 76.
RECEIVING: B, Nick Kottre 1-46, Josh Seibel 1-13, Justin Thorson 1-2, Brett Adam 1-1, Nick Goulet 1-1. D, Jordan Krieg 3-48, Taren Staudinger 2-21, Levi Jordheim 1-7.