Steve Thomas / Special to The Forum, Published September 05 2010
High school football: Demons drop Fargo DaviesBISMARCK – Channing Mann made it sound like little more than a game of croquet or leapfrog.
Ho-hum, nine carries, 220 yards and four touchdowns.
“All I can do is thank my blockers for everything I did,” Mann said after leading Bismarck to a 47-13 victory over Fargo Davies on Saturday evening in North Dakota football action.
“The holes were there and I hit them and did what I could to make the most of my opportunities,” Mann added.
Mann, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior making his second start, had a career night in the books before Davies knew what hit it. His first six carries totaled 186 yards, including scoring runs of 11, 19 and 80 yards.
The Demons by led 21 at the first quarter break and added three more scores in the second period to inflate the lead to 41-0.
Tyson Gibson’s 11-yard TD pass to Devin Schirado and Dillon Lange’s scoring runs of 14 and 25 yards put Bismarck on top by six touchdowns with 8:50 to play in the first half.
At that point Davies, a team with no seniors, put together its best sequence of the game and, probably the season.
Jordan Foster broke a routine toss to the right sideline by Matt Schumacher for an 80-yard touchdown when Bismarck’s coverage man fell down.
Bismarck fumbled the ball away on its own 30-yard line in its next possession and the Eagles immediately took advantage.
Schumacher’s slant to Eric Peterson took the ball to the one-yard line. Schumacher scored on a quarterback sneak on the next play.
That gave Davies two touchdowns and 13 points in the final 2:10 of the half.
Bismarck defensive end Dexter Werner recovered a fumble at the Davies 2-yard line just three plays into the second half, setting up the final Demon score.
Mann banged into the end zone on then next play, closing the scoring for the evening. The BHS tailback said the third-ranked Demons emerged from the game a better team than they were at kickoff.
“It seems like we’re coming together and making it a team with one heartbeat,” Mann said.
Bismarck head coach Mark Gibson said there were concerns, however. He thought the Demons lost their edge after scoring in their first six possessions.
Davies coach Jason Thielges said the Eagles made a few steps in the process of building a first-year football program.
“We’ve got a lot of growing up and learning football to do, but this is a program with a ton of potential.”
Davies 0 13 0 0–13
Bismarck 21 20 6 0–47
B–Mann 11 run (Binegar kick)
B–Mann 19 run (Binegar kick)
B–Mann 80 run (Binegar kick)
B–Schirado 11 pass from Gibson (kick failed)
B–Lange 14 run (Binegar kick)
B–Lange 25 run (Binegar kick)
FD–Foster 80 pass from Schumacher (kick failed)
FD–Schumacher 1 run (Pauly kick)
B–Mann 2 run (kick failed)
RUSHING: FD, Foster 2-9, Heglund 12-9, Kath 1-6, Saunders 2-5, Mairs 1-4, Hughes 4-(-2), Badinger 1-(-4), Schumacher 7-(-28). B, Mann 9-220, Lange 7-137, Fetch 10-54, Delange 8-24, Johnson 2-16, Jangula 3-13, Gibson 1-2, Plant 2-(-1), Goulet 1-(-3).
PASSING: FS, Schumacher 10-19-0, 153. B, Gibson 4-4-0, 65.
RECEIVING: FD, Foster 3-98, Peterson 2-38, Kath 3-11, Hegland 1-5, Brandon Hansen 1-1. B, Schirado 2-32. Johnson 1-18, Deichert 1-15.