“Donnie’s hustle represents everybody on this team,” Dodd said. “They play with their heart and never quit. He made a hustle play and stopped them from scoring. That was a big play on his part and a key play to the game.”
The game was also filled with big moments from seniors. Dustyn Ingram had an interception and successfully ran a momentum-boosting fake punt; defensive end Chase Swinford dominated the line of scrimmage forcing the rushed passes. He also collected three sacks and swatted down a pass in his final game.
The game began slowly for both sides. After both teams were held scoreless on their opening drives, the Red Devils struck first on a seven-yard keeper by Venegas. The extra point was missed and the early lead was 6-0 in favor of Hall.
Bismarck answered back almost instantly on the run by Ganley and with the Dalton Duncan kick, Bis-Henn took the lead 7-6.
In the second quarter Ingram had his interception but the ball was given back soon after on a fumble. Hall scored after that with a 29 yard pass from Venegas to Aimone, plus a two point conversion gave them a 14-7 lead.
The teams were both held scoreless in the third quarter, but in the fourth the Red Devils scored on a turnover sealing the deal.
Bis-Henn’s season comes to an end with several key seniors leaving but for quarterback Dylan Allen, his career is just getting started.
“He’s going to learn from this game.” Dodd said. “He’s going to be a great quarterback and already proved it this year.”