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Lou Babiarz / Bismarck Tribune , Published August 31 2012

Bismarck St. Mary's rallies past Lisbon in high school football

BISMARCK – Don’t be afraid of a mistake, Bismarck St. Mary’s football coach Dan Smrekar implored his players. Learn from it and move forward.

Trent Bohan did exactly that. After throwing two third-quarter interceptions, Bohan regrouped to throw two fourth-quarter touchdowns and lead the Saints to a stirring 25-20 victory over Lisbon on Friday night.

Not bad for a guy making just his second start at quarterback.

“To overcome those mistakes, like coach said, is a huge part of the game,” Bohan said. “If I would have let that get to me, we would have lost.”

But he did not. The senior completed 17 of 28 passes for 208 yards and those two critical touchdowns. The first was a 24-yard strike to Darius Sparks, the second a 10-yarder to Brian Obritsch with 6:13 to go. Obritsch, a 6-foot-2 junior, was Bohan’s prime target, catching nine balls for 97 yards.

On the opening drive of the game, the Saints marched to the Lisbon 2-yard-line before stalling out. The Broncos stuffed the Saints on three straight plays, with Tyler Mittleider stopping Robert Richter on fourth down to complete the goal-line stand.

The Saints shrugged that off and put some points on the board with their defense. On Lisbon’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Dylan Urbach was sacked in the end zone by Andrew Wolf, giving the Saints a 2-0 lead.

The Broncos covered 80 yards in 10 plays on their third possession, grabbing a 7-2 lead on Urbach’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Jace Berg with 10:27 remaining in the second quarter.

The Saints answered with a drive of their own, marching 61 yards in 12 plays. Bohan completed three passes to Obritsch for 35 yards, helping set up Richter’s 6-yard touchdown run. The Bohan-to-Obritsch combo also worked on the 2-point conversion, and St. Mary’s took a 10-7 lead into halftime.

Urbach, who finished

12-for-16 with 161 yards passing, was able to rally the Broncos. A 27-yard completion to Nathan Mangin set up Urbach’s 9-yard scoring pass to Berg.

The junior then came up with a big play on defense, snatching the first of his two interceptions. The Broncos capitalized when Urbach scrambled around the pocket before finding Wyatt Aberle for a 25-yard score. That made it 20-10 midway through the third.

Things were looking bleak for the Saints after Urbach’s second interception, but the St. Mary’s defense held, and Bohan starting bringing his team back. A 31-yard past to Obritsch kickstarted the first scoring drive, which ended with the Sparks touchdown.

When Urbach fumbled on the next play from scrimmage, the Saints were in business. Picking up nearly all their yardage through the air, the Saints drove 67 yards for a score. Fittingly, Bohan hit Obritsch for the game-winning score.

“They were putting eight or nine guys in the box, and were not able to get any movement running,” Smrekar said.

L 0 7 13 0–20

BSM 2 8 0 15–25


L–Berg 10 pass from Urbach (Mangin kick)

BSM–Richter 6 run (Obritsch pass from Bohan)

L–Berg 9 pass from Urbach

L–Aberle 25 pass from Urbach (Mangin kick)

BSM–Sparks 24 pass from Bohan (Smith kick)

BSM–Obritsch 10 pass from Bohan (Obritsch run)


RUSHING: L, Mangin 16-63, Urbach 17-59, Mittleider 3-15, Manske 3-12, Nelson 3-4. BSM, Richter 19-76, Maher 7-27, Bohan 5-18, Reiner 3-2.

PASSING: L, Urbach 12-16-0 161 yards. BSM, Bohan 17-28-2 208.

RECEIVING: L, Berg 6-77, Mangin 3-44, Mittleider 2-15, Aberle 1-25. BSM, Obritsch 9-97, Sparks 3-44, Grumann 3-27, Curl 1-33, Richter 1-7.