By Ashley St. Louis, Sports Anchor/Reporter - email
The Bismarck High football team is no stranger to the state title game. The team has made a finals appearance seven years straight. Bringing home the class AAA championship four of those years. This summer the team is working harder than ever to get a ring on their fingers. Ashley St. Louis caught up with them during their summer workouts.
Last year’s state final game--under two minutes--down one-- last drive to take the lead--and a fumble leads to a defensive touchdown. This was the story for the Bismarck demons 2013 season. And you can bet it's in the back of their minds ever since.
"You always have that chip on your shoulder from last year, and I know everyone's still hungry to get to the top, hopefully. Judging by how hard everyone’s working, everyone really really wants it this year. Every day you wake up and you remember that feeling and you don't want to experience that feeling ever again," said Brody Rohlfs.
Lucas Keller added," Kind of makes you a little mad, wants you to work harder so you can get out there and not have it happen again, try and not repeat what happened last year and have a happier outcome."
And the players have been putting in hours of hard work in the off season, to make sure they get that happier ending.
"They have workouts for us here at the weight room, we do those and then our coach Kolby our assistant coach, he puts us through like conditioning workouts, agility, stuff like that, and then Dickinson State Camp, and then we have a camp up in Riverdale," said Keller.
The program’s success can be attributed to many factors--but it ultimately it starts with the young players striving to carry on the winning tradition.
Hayden Gibson said,"They just do everything we ask, I mean they are what we ask, they do everything we ask, we have throwing on Tuesday's and Thursday's, Sunday's, everyone's there and we get a really good turn out."
And Brody Rohlfs added, "It's a tradition that's been built for a long time, and I think every year they guys just try to fight to keep the tradition alive and the coaches do a great job of motivating you every day, and I think everyone always wants to get to the top."
And while the team does have a sour taste in their mouths from last year, they are trying to focus on what they need to do each day to improve before the season even starts.