SIDELL — To say that the Bismarck-Henning Blue Devils have been tested this season might not do justice to the efforts they have produced on the field.
For the third week in a row, the Blue Devils faced a tough challenge, and each time they have come out on top.
In Week 3 of this season, it took a last-second field goal by Dalton Duncan to pull out a 17-15 win over the Milford/Cissna Park Bearcats.
Last week, a 21-13 win over the Westville Tigers was ultimately decided by a late interception by Dustyn Ingram.
And on Friday, a collective sigh of relief was exhaled on the Bismarck-Henning sideline, followed by an eruption of cheers when the game officials signaled that Braedon Lappin-Pratt had picked off Jacob Hughes’ pass with 13 seconds to go to secure a 28-25 win over the Salt Fork Storm
“Sometimes lessons are learned the hard way, and we’ve certainly had a few hard lessons,” Bismarck-Henning coach Mark Dodd said. “We’ve been in this situation three weeks in a row, and we’ve been able to pull it out. I’m just really, really proud of my kids.
“I think the biggest word to describe this group of kids right now would be character,” he added. “I’m very, very proud to say that. Win or lose, they played their hearts out. I just had a lot of fun, and I think they’re having fun.”
For the second year in a row, the Blue Devils have started the season a perfect 5-0. The win marked the second year in a row they have defeated the Salt Fork Storm (4-1 overall, 2-1 in the Vermilion Valley Conference) after a long spell of 12 consecutive losses to the Storm. It also extended the program’s regular-season winning streak to an impressive 18 games.