The fake punt from the Dickinson High football team didn’t sit well with Bismarck High.
A fake punt from Tony Kostelecky resulted in a 72-yard run and ultimately led to a game-tying score for the Midgets in the second quarter.
The No. 2-ranked Demons responded with seven unanswered touchdowns en route to a 55-7 win over Dickinson during homecoming and a West Region game on Friday at the Biesiot Activities Center.
“On the botched punt, they took it 70 some yards and we gave them life,” Bismarck head coach Mark Gibson said. “I was really pleased with how our kids responded. There was a lot of (Dickinson’s) side. When you play a homecoming game, there’s going to be a lot emotion. Our kids waived the storm a little bit and then the floodgates kind of opened in the second quarter.”
Not only did the Demons (3-0, 1-0 West) put together long drives, but capitalized on Dickinson miscues. Bismarck scored on five drives on Dickinson’s side of the 50-yard line.
The Midgets and Demons each committed two fumbles. However, Bismarck scored a pair of touchdowns on Dickinson’s turnovers.
“Midway through the second quarter things kind of snowballed from there,” Dickinson head coach John Tuchscherer said. “We have to learn as we go on this season, if things are starting to go bad we have to stop those things. Like get a stop on defense or if we give up a touchdown on defense, we have get a drive together on the offense to give (the defense) a break.”
Bismarck finished with 290 yards rushing and 168 passing, while the Midgets’ offense total less than 100 yards. The Midgets finished with 47 yards rushing and 37 passing.
Aside from the 72-yard run by Kostelecky, the Midgets total just 14 yards for the rest of the game. The Midgets’ lone touchdown on an eight-yard pass from Andrew Heckaman to Carter Blackwell tied the score 7-7 with 9 minutes, 37 seconds left in the first half.
“It was unfortunate that we didn’t gain more and more momentum,” Kostelecky said after the team scored the then game-tying touchdown. “I wish we would have come back and played through adversity.”
Leading the way for the Demons on the ground was junior Jaxon Ford, who finished with a 13 carries and 99 yards and three touchdowns. Ford also caught three passes for 29 yards and a touchdown.
Hayden Gibson went 11 of 16 for 168 yards and three touchdowns. The Bismarck senior found three different receivers - Seth Siverson, Noah DuBord and Ford - on the touchdowns.
“I don’t think we are as powerful up front where we can run it down people’s throats,” Mark Gibson said. “It’s one of those things that we are going to have to mix it up. I think our strengths are our quarterback and receivers. Hayden has been a two-year starter for us and there’s a lot of things he’s seen. In fact, there were a few plays he called tonight. He’s a luxury to have.”
The Midgets return to West Region play next Friday traveling to Mandan at 6 p.m.
Kostelecky said this week’s film watching is going to be very important.
“We have a lot of film to watch,” he said. “It will be nice to what we did wrong, correct it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Bismarck 7 27 0 0 - 7
Dickinson 0 7 14 7 - 55
B–Jaxon Ford 5 run (Hunter Johnson kick), :54.
D–Carter Blackwell 8 pass from Andrew Heckaman (Tony Kostelecky kick), 9:37.
B–Ford 38 run (Johnson kick), 7:23.
B–Noah DuBord 5 pass from Hayden Gibson (Johnson kick), 4:31.
B–Seth Siverson 10 pass Gibson (Johnson kick), 2:16.
B–Ford 12 pass from Gibson (kick failed), 1:26.
B–Ford 18 run (Johnson kick).
B–Dalton Sanders 12 run (Johnson kick), 2:40.
B–Nick Hagen 3 run (Johnson kick), 1:05.
RUSHING: B, Jaxon Ford 13-99, Dalton Sanders 6-57, Nick Hagen 8-53, Jake Sanders 3-28, Skyler Cowley 1-22, Noah DuBord 6-20, Jon Tharaldsen 1-11. D, Tony Kostelecky 1-72, Ben Twist 4-14, Caden Haugen 4-12, Dalton Wolf 3-(minus 2), Treven Hopfauf 5-(minus 5), Andrew Heckaman 3-(minus 6), Kass Dvorak 9-(minus 7), Colin Roller 3-(minus 9), Shawn Steffan 1-(minus 22).
PASSING: B, Hayden Gibson 11-16-0 168. D, Heckaman 4-12-0 22; Steffan 1-2-0 15.
RECEIVING: B, Seth Siverson 3-64, Ford 3-29, Tharaldsen 2-37, DuBord 1-33, Jacob Schultz 1-3, Connor Hellebust 1-2. D, Carter Blackwell 2-15, Twist 2-7, Tanner Davidson 1-15.