BISMARCK, N.D. - Bismarck High School and Century High School are only a couple of miles apart, but on Friday the Demons and Patriots football teams will drive a couple hundred miles east to play for the Class-AAA Championship.
It's number-1 ranked Bismarck vs. second rated Century. The Patriots had a seven game winning streak stopped by the Demons during the regular season. It's Century's only loss and BHS is undefeated.
The Patriots scored 22 points in that game but they gave up 36.
Ron Wingenbach, Century Head Coach, said, "It comes down to some of the little things, some hidden yardage, whether it be special teams or just being able to keep your offense on the field. The one thing that shows up on film is their athleticism on offense and defense and special teams so you have to kind of combat their quickness somehow and we didn't do a very good job of that the first time, so that's something that we have to correct here this week."
Century has won three straight, including a semi-final road win in West Fargo over Sheyenne in the semi-finals. The Patriots understand explosive plays will be a factor in this weeks rematch.
Cade Feeney, Century Junior, said, "Minimize the big plays they had because when we played them last time they got three big long touchdown plays so if we minimize those we'll be in the right position."
Grant Anderson, Century Junior, said, "We definitely learned that they have a lot of threats offensively and their defense played very well. We have to stop the big plays mainly. We can't let them fuel a drive off a big play like what they did before. Offensively we just have to execute and run our plays as well as we can and I think we'll be sitting pretty well."
The Triple-A title game is Friday night at the Fargodome.