Bismarck High Wins NDHSAA Division AAA Football Championship
November 9, 2018 10:30 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
FARGO – Bismarck High added to an already impressive football trophy case on Friday at the Dakota Bowl.
The Demons defeated Bismarck Century 21-16 in the North Dakota High School Activities Association Division AAA football state championship game during Dakota Bowl XXVI on Friday, November 9 at the FARGODOME.
It is Bismarck’s eighth football state championship since 1975 when the NDHSAA began organizing and sponsoring state football championship games. The Demons have now won six NDHSAA Division AAA state titles (2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2018).
On Friday, the Demons jumped out to a 14-0 lead against their crosstown rivals from Century High School. Bismarck led 14-3 at halftime.
Century had some ups and downs in the third quarter, but managed to pull within five points of the Demons (21-16) when the fourth quarter began. The Patriots got rushing touchdowns from junior quarterback Cade Feeney and senior running back Nathan Kraft. The misstep in the third quarter occured in between the two Patriot scores when Feeney was picked off by Bismarck High’s Matt Trolliey who ran the interception 30 yards for a touchdown.
The Demons’ defense bent a little in the fourth quarter, but did not break. Century got inside the five-yard line in the closing possession of the game, but a special pass play fell incomplete.
Bismarck was led by senior quarterback Will Madler, who was 17 of 21 passing for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Demons senior wide receiver Joe Jahner caught six passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Feeney led Century with 150 yards passing and 87 yards rushing.
Bismarck ends the season 12-0. Century fell to 10-2 with both losses coming against the Demons.