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Tom Mix, Published September 27 2013

Running back back gains 410 yards as No. 1 Bismarck tops No. 3 Fargo South

FARGO – After a week full of hype and high anticipation, the North Dakota Class 3A football game between Fargo South and Bismarck lived up to the billing.

It was a shootout.

Big plays were plentiful, and the term “three-and-out” wasn’t used much.

Bismarck defeated South 55-49 at South High School, extending itsr winning streak to 22 games. The streak dates back to 2011.

“It was a track meet,” Bismarck head coach Mark Gibson said. “I’m glad it’s over. It’s a game, and we’ll move on from it.”

Senior running back Ricardo Galindo paced the No. 1-ranked Demons with 410 yards rushing on 29 carries and six touchdowns.

It was a standout performance that rose to the top in a game that was full of lofty statistics.

Three of Galindo’s six touchdowns were of 50 yards or more.

“It wasn’t all me,” Galindo said. “I got a lot of help from the offensive line, and if my fullback Noah DuBord wasn’t making lead blocks, I wouldn’t have run for the yards that I did. I just read their blocks, tried to get out in space, and make it a race.”

Galindo’s 6-yard touchdown with 3 minutes, 14 seconds left in the third quarter put Bismarck up 42-35. The Demons (5-0) never trailed the rest of the way.

“We weren’t sure how much we were going to use Ricky (Galindo),” Gibson said. “We used him a lot more than I like to, but I didn’t like our defense at all. I didn’t trust us stopping them or slowing them down. The only way we could do that is if we sustained drives, but there were none on our part because (Ricky) was taking the ball 80 yards for touchdowns.”

South was up 28-20 at halftime. Junior running back James Johannesson rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bruins (3-2).

“We knew South was going to be physical,” Galindo said. “They proved they were a tough team. They punched us in the mouth in the first half, and it was up to our seniors to respond in the second half. We showed them we are a smash-mouth team too.”

Bismarck’s Hayden Gibson was 6 of 10 passing for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Jon Tharaldsen caught four passes – two for touchdowns of 67 and 85 yards.

The offensive fireworks started in the first quarter. In a span of 45 seconds, three touchdowns were recorded. First, a 55-yard touchdown from Johannesson, then Tharaldsen’s 67-yard touchdown grab, which was followed by a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by South’s Ty Brooks.

Despite all of the offense, South had two late drives stalled in the first half. Both ended with field goals from Josh Weiler.

“We had opportunities to put points on the board in the first half, and we didn’t,” South head coach Troy Mattern said. “Bismarck is a championship-level team and knows how to take advantage of that. We will get some things cleaned up and get through the rest of our EDC schedule. Hopefully we will see them again later in the year.”

B 13 7 29 6– 55

FS 15 13 7 14 – 49

FS–Johannesson 55 run (Weiler kick)

B– Tharaldsen 67 pass from Gibson (Olson kick)

FS–Brooks 90 kickoff return (Da. Raftevold run)

B–Galindo 4 run (run failed)

FS–Kellen 1 run (Weiler kick)

B–Galindo 58 run (Olson kick)

FS–Weiler 41 field goal

FS–Weiler 24 field goal

B–Galindo 17 run (Schulz pass from Gibson)

FS–Johannesson 50 run (Weiler kick)

B–Galindo 76 run (Olson kick)

B–Galindo 6 run (Olson kick)

B–Tharaldsen 85 pass from Gibson (Olson kick)

B–Galindo 79 run (kick failed)

FS–Johannesson 7 run (Weiler kick)

FS–Johannesson 46 run (Weiler kick)


RUSHING: B, Galindo 29-410, N. DuBord 9-44, Gibson 3-13, Sanders 4-10, Team 1-0. FS, Johanesson 23-238, Brooks 7-4, Kellen 10-39, Prisinzano 2-28.

PASSING: B, Gibson 6-10-1–169. FS, Kellen 9-23-0–132, Team 0-2-0–0.

RECEIVING: B, Tharaldsen 4-166, Bauer 1-(-2), Galindo 1-5. FS, Johannesson 1-12, Brooks 3-46, A. DuBord 1-7, Staigle 1-37, Nyborg 2-24, Dy. Raftevold 1-6.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562