BY ROB WITZEL email@example.com
---- — FITHIAN — The multitude of weapons at Bismarck-Henning’s disposal was too much for the Oakwood/Armstrong- Potomac Comets to handle on Friday as the Blue Devils won 49-7 in Vermilion Valley Conference action.
Bismarck-Henning had three standout rushers with senior Patrick Ganley and juniors Mo Abbed and Donnie Powell.
“I thought we did a nice job with our three running backs,” Blue Devil Coach Mark Dodd said.” They all ran hard and we’re doing a better job at taking what the defense gives us. It’s a challenge for me to make sure we are using all our weapons. The more kids we get involved the more dangerous we’ll be to other teams.”
Ganley ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns, Powell had 175 yards and a touchdown while Abbed added 94 yards rushing of his own.
Added to the three headed rushing monster has been the emergence of sophomore quarterback Dylan Allen. Allen only threw the ball seven times with three completions, but he made those passes count with two touchdowns.
“Having so many weapons relieves your main backs,” Ganley said. “With three backs and sometimes up to three receivers, it makes things easier being so versatile.”
Bismarck-Henning was able to score early on their first drive. After using the three running backs to get into the red zone, Dodd called a play action pass to tight end Braedon Lappin-Pratt for an early 7-0 lead. The Blue Devils would score again in the opening quarter on a 30-yard run by Ganley.
In the second quarter Allen threw his second touchdown pass on a quick slant to Dustyn Ingram to take a 21-0 lead.
“It was a great read by my quarterback, who saw the blitz coming,” Dodd said
On the first play of Oakwood’s next drive, defensive end Chase Swinford stripped the ball out of the offensive players arms and ran it all the way to the end-zone to quickly extend the Bismarck-Henning lead.
To end the first half, the Comets went on a 95-yard drive highlighted with a 65-yard Zach Horatschki run and a 2-yard touchdown run by Andrew Curley as time expired.
“We had some good moments,” OAP Coach Jeremy Dirksmeyer said. “Horatschki ran the ball pretty well and we had a great drive to end the first half. We didn’t have any continuity, there were definitely some bright points just not as many as you’d like”
Horatschki would end the game with 143 yards.
In the second half, Bismarck would score three more times. On the opening drive of the half, Ganley scored on a 27-yard run. On their second drive, Powell scored on a 73-yard run.
As the game wound down, OAP was near the wrong goal-line and muffed a punt that would end up in points for the Blue Devils. Freshman Michael Feeney came up with the ball, taking the lead to 49-7 and initiating the running clock.
Still undefeated, the Blue Devils will host Hoopeston Area, while the Comets host Westville next week.