Last year, Will Madler led Bismarck to the championship game, but they didn’t achieve the result that wanted. However, that loss to Century has pushed Bismarck’s quarterback all summer long.
“Losing in the state championship game,” Madler said, “that’s something I don’t ever want to do again.”
After being on the wrong end of a 27-12 loss to Century in the Class AAA state championship game, the rising junior did everything in his power to get ready for this season.
“I watched all my games from last year and picked out things I could get better at,” Madler said. “Like reading defenses and knowing what they’re running and how our routes could fit into what they are running on defense.”
Will’s extra work in the film room, weight room and on the field did not go unnoticed by head coach Mark Gibson.
“He’s a competitor,” said Gibson. “It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, Will’s going to get the job done.”
And there’s no bigger time to get the job done than in the fourth quarter, where Coach Gibson has no problem discussing crucial plays with his quarterback.
“They have to be comfortable with what they’re doing,” Gibson said. “If you call something that they’re not comfortable doing, I don’t think you’re going to have a lot of success.”
But does Will thinks it’s weird that the head coach ask for input late in games?
“No, I don’t think so,” Madler said. “I feel like the coach needs to have that in order for the coach and quarterback to work together.”
After leading a team to the title game in only his sophomore year, Will said he doesn’t feel extra weight on his shoulders.
“I’ve got a great coaching staff to help me out,” Madler said. “and great teammates as well.”
Bismarck’s homecoming game is against Fargo South.
to the championship game, but they didn’t achieve the result they wanted. However, that loss to Century has pushed their quarterback all summer long.