B-H hurries up, speeds past Westville
WESTVILLE — Caleb Bergman found himself immersed in the chain of command Friday night. The Bismarck-Henning quarterback is accustomed to running the plays that are called.
Against Westville, he assumed additional responsibility in the second half as the unbeaten Blue Devils scored on their first two possessions to increase what was a tenuous 6-0 halftime lead.
B-H coach Mark Dodd wanted to neutralize what he termed "an outstanding job" by the Westville defense in the first half, so he employed a no-huddle look to start the third quarter.
"They were trying to confuse our blocking schemes," Dodd said, "so we had to change the pace. We went on a quick count."
So quick, in fact, that barely five seconds had ticked off the 25-second play clock when B-H snapped the ball.
For that offense to be effective, however, it means the coach must relinquish some control and rely on his athletes to play the game. Bergman was on his own.
"Caleb probably called 20 plays in the second half," Dodd said, "and did an awesome job."
He directed a 63-yard, nine-play scoring drive — all on the ground — to start the third quarter and followed with an eight-play, 76-yard march that started with a first-and-20 series followed back-to-back procedure calls.
The B-H running game accounted for 310 of the team's 406 yards of total offense in the 32-0 win. Kevin Allen, who scored three touchdowns, rushed for 149 yards. Patrick Ganley gained 104 of his 129 yards after intermission.
"We had to make adjustments," Allen said. "We'd never had a challenge like that before, and we had to adjust."
There were fewer adjustments needed on defense. The Blue Devils forced one turnover each half — interceptions by Mo Abbed and Braedon Lappin-Pratt — and limited Westville to 66 yards rushing on 22 attempts.
"Our defense was outstanding. I'm as proud of that as anything," Dodd said. "Defense gets stars on their helmets."
In a 4-0 start, B-H has allowed one touchdown. The Blue Devils play 4-0 Salt Fork next week at home.
"There's not a lot of time to celebrate," Dodd said. "We were here (4-0) last year going into the Salt Fork game."
Westville is 0-4, but coach Guy Goodlove said his team is progressing.
"We're getting better," he said. "We have to stay positive. We'll be OK. We did a lot of nice things."
Dalton Hilligoss led the Tigers with 56 yards rushing. Quarterback Kyle Brazas completed 9 of 19 passes for 72 yards. Punter Jeff Thompson averaged nearly 35 yards on his six kicks.