And as dominant, at times, as the Blue Devils (5-0, 3-0) might have seemed last season en route to their 10-win season, this streak is becoming even more special to them.
“It’s been hard every game, but our team, they don’t give up,” Bismarck-Henning senior running back Patrick Ganley said. “Even how young they are, they don’t care if we’re down, they don’t care if we’re up. They fight to the end, and I think we’ve shown that through the last three games.”
Ganley rushed for 130 yards on 22 carries and had three touchdowns on the ground. But perhaps his most crucial score came with one minute, 10 seconds to go when he caught a pass from sophomore quarterback Dylan Allen for 60 yards to put the Blue Devils up 28-25.
“Oddly enough, that was the same play we scored on them last year to give us a two-score lead,” Dodd said. “Dylan Allen, I’ve got to tell you, he’s a sophomore. He called probably half the plays at the line of scrimmage tonight for us. He just showed incredible poise. I’m just so proud of him.”
Allen checked out of numerous plays that helped running back Mo Abbed run for 153 yards, and kept drives alive in order to keep the ball out of the hands of Salt Fork quarterback Jacob Hughes who connected on 12 passes for 195 yards.
Salt Fork’s Cole Taylor ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns including a 54-yard pass from Hughes. Hughes also dropped a perfectly-placed pass into the hands of senior receiver Luke Maddox who made a highlight-reel, over-the-shoulder catch in stride as he ran into the end zone to put the Storm up 25-21 with 10:31 to go in the fourth quarter.
But Salt Fork simply couldn’t slow down the ground attack of the Blue Devils which accounted for 330 of the team’s 417 yards.