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Forum staff reports, Published August 25 2013

ND Class 3A, West Region football preview capsules

Bismarck

Coach: Mark Gibson (15th year)

2012 record: 12-0

Players to watch: Jaden Friedt, Sr., OL (all-state first team); Thomas Sease, Sr., DL (all-state first team).

Coach’s comments: “We graduated many players who have been starters for the last two to three seasons. Our strengths will be in our offensive and defensive lines.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-Grand Forks Red River, 5 p.m.; Sept. 6- at West Fargo, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-at Jamestown, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-Dickinson, 7 p.m.; Sept. 27-at Fargo South, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-at Mandan, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-at Bismarck Century, 7 p.m.; Oct. 16-Williston, 7 p.m.; Oct. 25-Minot, 7 p.m.

Bismarck Century

Coach: Ron Wingenbach (24th year)

2012 record: 9-3

Players to watch: Grant Gall, Sr., OL/DL (all-state second team); Hunter Babeck, Sr., RB/LB; Jacob Barth, Sr., RB/LB; Aaron Doan, Sr., WR/DB.

Coach’s comments: “We lost numerous starters. Our initial strength should be depth on our offensive and defensive lines.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Fargo Davies, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-Fargo South, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-Dickinson, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-at Williston, 7 p.m.; Sept. 27-Jamestown, 6:30 p.m.; Oct. 4-West Fargo, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-Bismarck, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-at Minot, 7 p.m.; Oct. 25-at Mandan, 7 p.m.

Dickinson

Coach: John Tuchscherer (1st year)

2012 record: 3-7

Players to watch: Levi Jordheim, Sr., WR/DB (all-state second team); Michael Cherwinski, Sr., RB (all-state second team); Mitch Mehrer, Sr., OL/DL (all-state second team); Dylan Skabo, Sr., (all-state second team)

Coach’s comments: “Our expectations are high. We want to make the playoffs and we want to make a run in the playoffs.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Valley City, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-Grand Forks Central, 8 p.m.; Sept. 13-at Bismarck Century, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-at Bismarck, 7 p.m.; Sept. 27-Mandan, 6 p.m.; Oct. 4-at Minot, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-at Devils Lake, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-Jamestown, 2 p.m.; Oct. 25-Williston, 8 p.m.

Jamestown

Coach: Tim Fletcher (2nd year)

2012 record: 2-7

Players to watch: Tyler Ukestad, Sr., WR/FS; Joey Gebhardt, Sr., QB/CB; Taylor Orr, Sr., RB/LB; Ross Monson, Jr., QB/CB

Coach’s comments: “Taylor Orr will be a key part of our backfield this year. Joey Gebhardt and Ross Monson will be competing for the starting quarterback position.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Grand Forks Central, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-Mandan, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-Bismarck, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-Devils Lake, 7 p.m.; Sept. 27-at Bismarck Century, 6:30 p.m.; Oct. 4-Williston, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-at Minot, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-at Dickinson, 1 p.m.; Oct. 25-Fargo North, 7 p.m.

Mandan

Coach: Todd Sheldon (2nd year)

2012 record: 3-6

Players to watch: Ross Effertz, Sr., QB; Derrick Markel, Sr., QB; Tyler Jans, Sr., OL/DL; Jake Hanson, Sr., OL/DL

Coach’s comments: “We have a nice group of senior offensive and defensive linemen.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Fargo South, 5 p.m.; Sept. 6-at Jamestown, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-Grand Forks Red River, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-Minot, 6:30 p.m.; Sept. 27-at Dickinson, 6 p.m.; Oct. 4-Bismarck, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-at Williston, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-at Grand Forks Central, noon; Oct. 25-Bismarck Century, 7 p.m.

Minot

Coach: Barry Holmen (9th year)

2012 record: 7-3

Players to watch: Ben Love, Sr., K (all-state second team); Kimani Benjamin, Sr., WR/DB; Alex Yanosko, Sr., QB/DB (all-state first team); Brady Lampert, Sr., RB/LB (all-state second team); Zach Danelson, Jr., LB (all-state second team).

Coach’s comments: “Our defense has to be very good for us early. We return a lot of kids on the defensive side.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-West Fargo, 8 p.m.; Sept. 6-at Fargo Davies, 7 p.m.; Sept. 13-Williston, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-at Mandan, 6:30 p.m.; Sept. 27-at Grand Forks Red River, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-Dickinson, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-Jamestown, 7 p.m.; Oct. 19-Bismarck Century, 7 p.m.; Oct. 25-at Bismarck, 7 p.m.

Williston

Coach: James Klein (3rd year)

2012 record: 1-8

Players to watch: Jayden Ferguson, Sr., TE/DE; Seth Falcon, Sr., WR/DB; Josh Drew, Sr., DB/WR; Shea Klug, Sr., OL/DL; Gabe Jensen, Sr., RB/LB.

Coach’s comments: “We lose a number of key players.”

Schedule: Aug. 30-at Devils Lake, 7 p.m.; Sept. 6-at Sidney, Mont., 8 p.m.; Sept. 13-Minot, 7 p.m.; Sept. 20-Bismarck Century, 7 p.m.; Sept. 27-Fargo Davies, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4-at Jamestown, 7 p.m.; Oct. 11-Mandan, 7 p.m.; Oct. 16-at Bismarck, 7 p.m.; Oct. 25-at Dickinson, 8 p.m.