Duncan said that during practice, he had been making 40-yard field goals, so with a good snap and hold, he had complete confidence. It was just a matter of getting the opportunity.
Down by one, the Blue Devils gained possession at their own 10 yard line with under three minutes to play and two time outs.
Sophomore quarterback Dylan Allen navigated the Blue Devils down the field, with the help of a 45-yard run by Patrick Ganley, converting on a third down with a completion to Braedon Lappin-Pratt, and then the final seven-yard completion to Dustyn Ingram.
Ingram stepped out of bounds to stop the clock, but that left Bismarck-Henning with a fourth-and-2 situation and no time outs.
Dodd didn’t have to think twice about giving his new kicker the chance to win the game.
“I kind of figured he would,” Duncan said. “He told me once we got the ball that he was going to try to get as close as we could, and then have me kick.
“I knew I could make it because I had been practicing and making 40-yard field goals. I was just nervous that I wouldn’t get a good snap or a good hold, but once I hit it firm, I knew I had it.”
Sophomore Dylan Dodd snapped the ball to Ingram, Ingram made the hold, and Duncan made his first-ever field goal attempt.
“I just blocked out everything,” Duncan said. “All I could hear was my holder. That’s all I heard.”
With his first game-winning field goal behind him, Duncan and Mark Dodd have full confidence the next time his number is called.
“Now he’s done it, now he’s actually won a game doing it,” Mark Dodd said. “I would think he would have all of the confidence in the world, and now we know he can do it. All those what-ifs are answered at this point.