BISMARCK, N.D. - Legacy, Dickinson and Bismarck are the three Class-AAA football teams in the WDA that went 2-0 during the non-conference portion of the season. Of that trio, Bismarck has the deepest tradition.
Demons coach Mark Gibson knows the dynamic in the Capital City changed when the Sabers came on board. Fewer players on his roster means more underclassmen get the chance to play, but the head coach says the seniors have to be on board with that fact as well.
"Seniors kind of get the feeling that this is our team, but then they just focus on the seniors, and you lose focus on the kids below them, and you need those kids below them and these guys understand that. They're done a good job of accepting the young guys and being patient with them, and they understand in the big picture they're going to need them down the road more-so than any team we've had," says Gibson.
When you're talking seniors for Bismarck, the name Lucas Butts will come up quickly. After two years as the staring nose guard, Butts moved to tailback where he gets to run the ball.
"Hopefully he is going to wear on some defense. And the one thing about him is his leg strength, and overall strength is tremendous that's his biggest asset. He tries to be a perfectionist and he has to let the game come to him a little bit. I think he's learning that and he's a great young man," says Gibson.
We'll have more on the young man on Wednesday when Clayton Collier puts Lucas in the Sports Spotlight.