Dickinson High senior defensive line Kyler Benfiet had a sack well within his grasp.
With seconds ticking before the halftime break, Benfiet rushed into the backfield from the right side of the line with a clear opportunity to take down Bismarck Century quarterback Cade Feeney.
Feeling the pressure, Feeney decided to run, eluding Benfiet with a sidestep, wheeling to his right and up the field. Feeney's escape ended in the endzone after a 23-yard touchdown scramble, pushing the Patriots advantage to 35-0 with nine seconds left in the first half.
The Patriots scored five touchdowns on the ground en route to a 42-7 victory over the Midgets on homecoming night on Friday, Sept. 14, from the Biesiot Activities Center.
"They have a good (offensive) line, but sometimes they make mistakes too," Benfiet said. "I got in there but he's an elusive quarterback. He's fast, he's quick. ... You got to get in there, sometimes you make the play, sometimes you don't. I didn't make the play. I could've and I should've, but I didn't keep contain and he went outside of me and up the field."
Feeney's touchdown run completed a drive that traveled 70 yards in just a little over a minute.
Bismarck Century's (4-0, West Region 2-0) other four scores were greatly aided by winning the field position game, starting those drives on the Dickinson 31-yard line on average.
Patriots junior running back Grant Anderson took the opening kickoff to the Midgets 38-yard line. Six plays later, Anderson plunged pass the goal line from five yards out for the game's opening score less than three minutes into the first quarter.
"That was very critical," Bismarck Century head coach Ron Wingenbach said. "I thought we established field position on the opening kickoff and it kind of stayed in our favor the whole first half. When you have field position you want to make sure that you maintain it and I thought our kids did a pretty good job of that in the first half."
Later in the first period, Dickinson (0-4, West Region 0-3) turned the ball over twice deep in its own territory on fumbles from senior running back Martin Lopez and senior wide receiver Jaren Berger.
Off the turnovers, Anderson would add his second score of the night on a 6-yard rush while Feeney connected with Darin Nolz on an 12-yard pitch-and-catch.
"They're a good football team and for us to have success tonight, we couldn't turn the ball over," Dickinson head coach John Tuchscherer said. "I really thought, in the first quarter, we did some good things, offensively. We moved the ball, but shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers and penalties, putting our defense in bad situations"
On Dickinson's first offensive play of the game, Lopez ran the ball up the gut for the team's lone first down of the opening half. Later during that series, the Midgets appeared to be going for it on fourth-and-1, but were flagged for a delay-of-game penalty.
A couple of times during the first half, Dickinson did start with solid field position. Midgets senior quarterback Morgan Wardner returned a kickoff to midfield following a Noah Shalsky 8-yard rushing touchdown run in the second quarter. Later in the period, senior defensive back KiJhana Chavez intercepted a tipped pass and returned it to the Dickinson 36-yard line. However, both drives stalled after three plays and resulted in a punt.
Playing with a running clock in the second half, the Midgets had more success moving the ball. After maneuvering by defenders for a 44-yard run, Wardner got the home team on the scoreboard with an 8-yard rushing touchdown, completing a 14-play, 90-yard drive.
"I was happy that our guys played with some pride and came out in the second half and played better, but in order for us to take the next step, and I say this every week, we have to be more consistent," Tuchscherer said. "We can't look food for four plays and fumble the ball. We have to be more consistent moving forward if we want to win some football games."
Bismarck Century 42, Dickinson High 7
BC 21 14 0 7 - 42
D 0 0 0 7 - 7
Full stats were not available.
BC: Grant Anderson 5 run (Austin Underhill kick).
BC: Anderson 6 run (Underhill kick)
BC: Darin Nolz 12 pass from Cade Feeney (Underhill kick)
BC: Noah Skalsky 8 run (Underhill kick)
BC: Feeney 23 run (Underhill kick)
D: Morgan Wardner 8 run (Nathaniel Frimpong kick)
BC: Mason Peterson 1 run (Wade James kick)
Records: BC, 4-0 (West Region 2-0). D, 0-4, (West Region 0-3)