BISMARCK — At a glance Friday night’s matchup between the undefeated Bismarck-Henning Blue Devils and the winless Westville Tigers seemed like it may have been an easy win for the Devils.
But looks can be deceiving as the game was up for grabs until the final minute. Trailing 21-13 Westville drove down the field and were inside the Blue Devil 20-yard line.
Westville quarterback Kyle Brazas’ last pass of the game was a Dustyn Ingram interception that helped Bismarck-Henning hold on for the 21-13 win.
For Bismarck coach Mark Dodd, he felt a sense of relief after the game over anything else.
“I’m completely relieved.” Dodd said. “Westville did an awesome job on both sides of the ball. On offense with all the formations and variances, it’s a nightmare (to coach against). Westville is a solid team and I wouldn’t be surprised if they won out and made the playoffs.”
Bismarck’s success came from their ability to run the ball with multiple backs. Both senior Patrick Ganley and junior Donnie Powell rushed for over 100 yards.
“We have a great strong line and our running game works well,” Powell said. “Patrick gets keyed a lot as the play maker. You just stick it out and eventually things open up.”
Powell, who had his first career varsity start, ran for 104 yards and a touchdown while Ganley ran for 125 yards and one touchdown.
The game began with both teams starting out slow offensively and tough on defense.
“(Westville is) a really physical team and we knew that.” Ganley said. “We laid hits, they laid hits and it was a hard fought game.”
Neither team scored in the opening quarter and it wasn’t until midway through the second that Brazas connected with Dalton Hilligoss on a 26-yard touchdown pass, giving Westville a 7-0 lead.