BISMARCK — It didn’t take Bismarck-Henning coach Mark Dodd very long to figure out the key to Saturday’s playoff game against the Hall Township Red Devils.
With the two game films that he’s been able to see, Dodd sees a team that spreads things out and relies heavily on quarterback Taggart Venegas.
“He’s a left-handed quarterback and he has a little bit of an unorthodox throwing motion,’’ said Dodd. “But, he gets the ball out quickly and he has a cannon for an arm.’’
Venegas, a transfer from Peru St. Bede as he led the Bruins to the IHSA Class 3A playoffs a year ago, has thrown for 1,197 yards this season and 14 touchdowns. He has completed 51 percent of his passes (80-of-157) and he has only thrown six interceptions.
“Of the course of the past couple seaons we’ve faced more and more teams using the spread offense and we’ve gotten better at defending it,’’ Dodd said. “We’re hoping that helps us this Saturday.’’
Dodd said the Blue Devils (9-0) will try to get pressure on the quarterback, but he also knows they will also need to cover well.
“He’s a pretty mobile quarterback and he’s just as good throwing on the run,’’ said Dodd, admitting his team just faced a left-handed quarterback in the season finale against Arthur-Lovington. “Hopefully, seeing (Tyler) Schuring last week has helped prepare us for this game.’’
During practice for the second straight week, Bismarck-Henning has called on backup quarterback Dylan Dodd to run the offense.
“It’s kind of nice to have a left-handed quarterback on our roster,’’ said Dodd, referring to his son. “He gave us a good look last week.’’
Even though the Red Devils (6-3) do not have a single back with more than 400 rushing yards this season, they do have four different guys with more than 150 yards and they have 19 rushing touchdowns spread out to five different runners. Jacob Byczynski leads Hall with 352 rushing yards, while Aaron Kerr had 320.