FARGO-Bismarck had a rude welcome to the football season Friday for Fargo Davies, as the Demons rolled the Eagles 48-19. It's the third straight season Davies opened the football season with a drubbing at the hands of Bismarck.
"I think they just kicked our tail and that's all there is to it," Davies coach Jason Thielges said. "We're very disappointed in how we played and performed. I know we got more heart and more resolve in our locker room and we're a better football team than that score. We got to learn from this and get better and improve for next week."
Bismarck delivered the backbreaker early. Davies had just scored a touchdown to cut the Bismarck lead to 14-6 and had forced a third-and-long on the Demons. Will Madler floated a perfect pass over the shoulder of Matt Trolliey for a 35-yard touchdown, but it was brought back on a holding penalty to make it third-and-longer. Bismarck was looking at third-and-23 and the Demons converted. Madler went right back to Trolliey for a 45-yard pass and called his own number for a 5-yard touchdown run one play later to push the lead to 21-6 with 7 minutes, 43 seconds left in the first half.
"It says a lot about our team, it says a lot about our quarterback," Bismarck coach Mark Gibson said. "It's not just him, but it's our receivers, our offensive line. Those kids when they were younger they would've been shook. They've been through the system for a few years now, which is a huge asset for us. I'll take (Madler) throwing the ball over anybody, any day."
Madler finished with 199 yards and two touchdowns passing to go along with a rushing touchdown.
"I just had to stay up for my teammates, believe in them and play for the next down," Madler said. "Davies is a great football team. They got some players on their team that are going to play college football at some pretty good schools. For us to come out and play hard and play well together, it's great to see."
Any chance of momentum was gone for Davies (0-1) after that turn of events.
"We were in a coverage where you should never give up that play," Thielges said.
Bismarck added two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the first half to put the game out of reach early.
"Great win for our kids," Gibson said. "Our kids played hard, and that's all we can ask from them this time of the year."
Bismarck opened the season with a bang, marching 77 yards on 12 plays to find the end zone. Isaiah Olsen picked up 41 of those yards on the ground, capping the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run.
Bismarck senior Joe Jahner is only in his second season ever playing football. That didn't stop him from finding the end zone on Bismarck's second drive. The Demons used misdirection and he saw nothing but daylight for a 13-yard touchdown run to put them up 14-0 late in the first.
Davies had an answer, scoring on the third play of the second quarter, as Jesse Forknell found Brett Vetter for a 7-yard touchdown pass on third-and-5. Davies would get no closer, as Bismarck (1-0) answered with 21 unanswered points to close the first half.
Davies opened the second half with a 97-yard kick return for a touchdown from Ty Satter, but Madler eventually answered with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Olsen to push the lead to 41-12 midway through the third.
"I think we got tired, started hanging our heads and quit and they just bury you," Thielges said. "We got to find some resolve. We have to get in better shape. We had a lot of guys who looked very tired. We can't be getting outefforted."
B 14 21 6 7-48
FD 0 6 6 0-19
B-Olsen 5 run (Stotz kick)
B-Jahner 13 run (Stotz kick)
FD-Vetter 7 pass from Forknell (kick failed)
B-Madler 5 run (Stotz kick)
B-Hager 22 run (Stotz kick)
B-Trolliey 29 pass from Madler (Stotz)
FD-Satter 97 kick return (kick missed)
B-Olsen 41 pass from Madler (kick blocked)
B-Hager 10run (Stotz kick)
FD-Carlson 5 run (Olson kick)