BISMARCK, N.D. - Bismarck High is off to a 2-0 start, having outscored opponents by a combined 54 points.
A big part of that is senior running back Lucas Butts, which is one of the reasons he's the subject of this week's Sports Spotlight.
High expectations and brute strength. That's the theme for the BIsmarck Demons, and no one embodies that better than senior back Lucas Butts.
"His biggest asset is his strength - he's probably one of our biggest kids. At Bismarck High we're always a tailback dominated team. With him, certainly he's not the flashiest kid, but he's a straight downhill runner, and he runs hard. When you're trying to tackle a 220-pound kid for an entire game he can wear on you," says Bismarck Head Coach Mark Gibson.
While the All-West Region selectee has lofty individual goals, he's more focused on an even bigger prize.
"Individually I'd like to get 1,500 yards, but as a team, that doesn't matter. Yards don't matter. I'd just like to win a state title," says Butts.
Butts says the work ethic of this year's squad makes him think they can do it.
"It just seems like most of the guys are going 100% all the time, not a lot of guys are slacking, everyone is just working hard. I think if we keep working hard in practice and keep making steps forward, I think we can do it," says Butts.
A key to the improved practices has been Butts' senior leadership.
"He's very friendly to the other kids. He gets the kids on the same page with him. He's a winner, he's a kid that wants to win and do whatever it takes to win," says Gibson.
"He works hard, brings enjoyment to practices, he's a leader and he's fun to be around," says Preston Mayer, senior defensive end.
After three years working with Butts, Coach Gibson says he's proud of how the senior has developed.
"He's a young man that's got a great future ahead of him in no matter what he chooses to do, and as a coach that's all you can ask is to produce great young men, and certainly he's one of them,"' says Gibson.
Butts' time with the Demons isn't done yet. He's got a whole season ahead of him, and the goal of a state championship in mind.
Lucas and his Demons teammates open the WDA schedule in Dickinson on Friday.