GEORGETOWN — For the second season in a row, the Bismarck-Henning Blue Devils are Vermillion Valley Conference Champions.
The Blue Devils got the 42-19 win over the Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman Buffaloes just like they’ve won all their games this season, with a stingy defense and the dangerous three-some of running backs: Patrick Ganley, Mo Abbed and Donnie Powell.
“I don’t think there’s a better feeling (than winning the conference championship),” Ganley said “ It doesn’t happen often that a team is back to back conference champs and I’m really glad my class got to be a part of it.”
Ganley, Abbed and Powell each ran for over 100 yards and all scored at least once. Abbed led the way with 160 yards and two touchdowns, Ganley had 137 yards and two touchdowns and Donnie Powell ran for 107 yards and a touchdown.
“When we get our three backs running backs running hard and we can share the ball we’re pretty potent,” Blue Devils coach Mark Dodd said.
The loss was upsetting for the Buffaloes, but not nearly as upsetting as the very scary injury to sophomore quarterback Ethan Sliva. Sliva was hit while attempting a pass in the first half and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.
Trailing 16-0 at the time of the injury, the Buffaloes stepped up offensively and defensively, rallying for their fallen teammate.
The Buffalo defense forced the Blue Devils into their first three and out of the night and blocked a punt. Their next time on the field, GRFC senior Dylan Bina would intercept a Dylan Allen pass attempt.
After the interception, backup quarterback Rylee Goodwin led the team on their first score of the night.
“Riley came in and played outstanding,” Buffaloes coach Josh Cavanaugh said. “I’m proud of him, he’s shown great character all year and has been always ready to go. He played great tonight.”