BISMARCK, N.D. - Rebuilding is a term often used by coaches during the football pre-season. For the Bismarck Demons, that’s not necessarily a term used a lot in the last decade or more. Mark Gibson’s version of rebuilding might be different than some WDA fans version of the term.
For the Bismarck Demons, they're ready to end the five-year dry spell. 2012 is when they last won a state championship. Trying for a state title this year isn't going to be an easy task after graduating a number of players.
Mark Gibson, BHS Head Football Coach says, "that's a huge concern of ours. We're starting completely over on the offensive line with the exception of Chase Dockter, and you know we do have some skilled kids back in the offense," said Gibson.
Their top skilled kid, is starting his third year at quarterback: Will Madler.
"You know as Will is matured through the process, his leadership has come a long way and you know there were some things that we wanted out of him as a sophomore,” adds Gibson. “That's not easy stepping out with a bunch of seniors looking back at you. And so now I think he feels a lot more comfortable taking control with the team, it's his team, he knows that, and so you know I think he knows that it's his last shot at it."
BHS running back Isaiah Olsen said: "I'm really happy that we have Will as our Quarterback, not only is he a great player, but he's a great teammate. So he's got a lot of leadership that he puts everybody on his shoulders and just carries us with him."
Madler will get some help from returning receivers Joe Jahner, Matt Trolliey and Dyllon Sicble. Tight End Dalton Gullickson will also be a key offensive player along with running backs Isaiah Olsen and Jared Hager.
"I'm very confident in my guys,” said Madler. “I know that I have receivers that I can throw to, and I trust my guys up front, and I know that I'm handing the ball off to a pretty good kid in the backfield."
Now the defense, is a bit of a different story. That's one area the Demons really struggled with last year, and this season, Coach Gibson feels they're lacking depth, as coach Gibson said: "There's a lot of work to do on that side of the ball, and you know I think, we do return some D-line up front. And, the linebacking core is going to be pretty relatively new, and some of the secondary return, so if we're going to hang our hat on anything, it's going to be defense."
Despite having some rebuilding to do, the Demons are excited to get the season going and BHS is preparing for a positive outcome.
Gibson and the Demons will be on the road this week to face Fargo Davies on Friday.