The top high school football teams meet tonight in the 26th annual Dakota Bowl. We’re taking a look at how local football programs made it to the Fargodome.
For Bismarck Century Football, this season has been all about the next man up.
“Right away we had some guys go down, and then we had a lot of younger guys coming into the program,” says Mason Leingang. “I thought they’ve done a nice job and been working hard to get where we’re at.”
One of those guys who’s stepped up is junior Cade Feeney, who had the tall task of replacing graduated veteran Jake Olson at the quarterback spot.
“Jake did a great job last year introducing me to things and getting me ready,” Feeney says. “It’s kind of different, though, right when you get under center for the first time and your adrenaline’s going. But it’s definitely helped a lot.”
And each week, he led the offense with more and more confidence.
“I feel with our offensive line, we’ve really helped him and given him time to do what he does: create and run,” Leingang said.
“The further we went into the season, the more we put on his plate,” says Ron Wingenbach. “He’s done an admirable job just taking that. With his talent, with his legs as well as his arm, it’s nice to have a dual-threat quarterback.”
The only blemish for Century was a 36-22 loss to Bismarck. But the Patriots are eager to have a shot at revenge on the biggest stage.
“Nothing really changes in the dome,” Leingang said. “It’s the same game. It’s just football. You’ve got to play hard, fast and physical.”
“We want to do our best and give the Demons a run for their money,” said Carter Bailey.
The Patriots will face off with the Demons in the final game of the night.