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Steve Thomas / Bismarck Tribune , Published August 31 2012

Fargo Davies falls on road against Bismarck

BISMARCK – For most of their 52-7 high school football victory over Fargo Davies on Friday, the Bismarck Demons looked like a team bound for its sixth straight North Dakota Class 3A state title game.

Instead, the Demons chose to focus on their most unsightly 2 minutes of the rout at the Community Bowl.

“We made some good plays, but we had a lapse in the second quarter,” said Bismarck safety Nick Goulet, who opened the scoring with an interception return. “But it’s a good game to build on.”

Likewise, Bismarck tailback Layne Johs said the Demons aren’t where they want to be yet.

“I’m pleased, but we slipped up a little bit near the end of the first half,” said Johs, who rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns. “You try not to (lose focus) ... but they scored and we realized we had to finish it.

“We’re building every week, but we can’t have mental breakdowns like we did in the second quarter. We’ve got to get better every week.”

Bismarck came out with fangs bared at the beginning of the game and the start of the second half.

Goulet’s 53-yard interception return opened a scoring flurry that put Bismarck ahead 19-0 with just more than six minutes elapsed.

“There’s really no better feeling for a defensive back. A pick-six is what we love to do,” Goulet said.

The Bismarck defense played a major role in the fast start, stopping the Eagles on a pick and four straight three-and-outs at the outset.

With the running backs leading the way, the offense responded with two quick scores. Fullback Riley Plant scored from 24 yards out on Bismarck’s second possession and Johs, a 210-pound senior, followed with a 37-yard dash to paydirt. Both the scoring drives began in Davies territory.

Davies tallied the first points of the second quarter with a six-play, 92-yard scoring march.

A 39-yard Aiden Hartness-to-Tristan Hartness pass moved the ball to the Bismarck 47. Four plays later, Eric Peterson muscled his way into the end zone on a 29-yard scoring strike from Aiden Hartness.

The Demons wasted little time in responding. Johs dashed 82 yards to score with 1:02 left in the first half. Then, for good measure, Bismarck put up three touchdowns in the third quarter for a 45-7 lead.

Backup tailback Ricardo Galindo scored twice in the third quarter and Johs tacked up his third and final TD.

Johs, who has rushed for 291 yards in Bismarck’s first two games, seemed less impressed by his three TDs than the team total of 339 yards.

“Three hundred is a good number of yards, but you’ve got to look at the offensive line and coaching,” Johs said. “All we have to do is take the ball and run straight ahead.”

FD 0 7 0 0– 7

B 19 6 20 7–52

B–Goulet 53 interception return (kick failed)

B–Plant 24 run (Seibel kick)

B–Johs 37 run (kick failed)

FD–Peterson 29 pass from Hartness (Pauly kick)

B–Johs 82 run (kick failed)

B–Galindo 28 run (Seibel kick)

B–Johs 8 run (Seibel kick)

B–Galindo 37 run (kick failed)

B–Marquardt 4 run (Seibel kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: FD, Hughes 8-34, Groth 7-20, Irmen 3-19, Arness 6-16, A. Hartness 6-(minus-14). B, Johs 13-163, Galindo 6-72, Plant 7-54, DuBord 5-26, Marquardt 4-16, Adams 1-6, Jolliffe 1-2.

PASSING: FD, A. Hartness 7-22-3 96 yards. B, Jolliffe 3-8-0 40.

RECEIVING: FD, T. Hartness 1-39, Peterson 2-33, Barta 2-20, Hughes 1-12, Goth 1-(minus-15). B, Kottre 2-32, Adams 1-8.