For a team that handed the Velva Aggies a stunning 26-7 loss Aug. 26, Bishop Ryan head football coach Brad Borkhuis did not like what he saw Thursday.
The Lions came out with a successful first half, scoring three times on Minot High School's junior varsity squad at Duane Carlson Stadium.
But after the half, the Magicians' defense held its ground and prevented another touchdown. But the Magi offense could not find success and the Lions took the 21-0 win.
Bishop Ryan senior Mark Koble, front, runs after a catch while dragging Minot High junior Caleb Albertson in their high school football game Thursday night at Duane Carlson Stadium.
"Pretty ugly," said Borkhuis describing his account of the game. "Yeah, we just didn't execute. Their team, they played hard. We came in and, yeah, we had an odd week, a short week. We had a freshman game on Monday so it threw some things off. Our kids tonight just didn't respond."
Borkhuis was mainly focusing on the number of penalties the Lions had.
"(It was the) simple things," Borkhuis said. "We were a step behind where we should have been so were being lazy and having lazy penalties like holding."
The Lions scored off a 15-yard run from senior running back Chase Fugere in the first quarter. Then in the second, quarterback Austin Eggl was good for a 4-yard run, and Fugere capped off a 38-yard drive, punching it in from the 1-yard line.
The Lions defense held the Magi to one first down before the half, but after Minot found a rhythm notching three more. Minot sophomore running back Jesse Cornell carried the rock for 57 yards.
"He's a younger guy," MHS head JV coach Travis Smith said. "And that's what this game was for us to see guys play and to see some things like that. Now he's higher up on our radar."
The MHS defense shut out the Bishop Ryan offense, and at the half Smith wanted defense to be the rally cry.
"We have a lot of respect for Bishop Ryan and their program," Smith said. "And because of that respect we want to play them tough and want to give them a challenge. And our JV guys stepped up and gave them a good shot there on defense."
Eggl threw for 153 yards and was 14 of 24. Leading the Lions on the ground was Fugere with 96 yards. Even senior Fugere had some things he needed to work on, according to Borkhuis.
"There were a couple times where he wasn't making assignment and that hurts," he said. "We had a third and a couple and tried to do more than just his job. He stepped outside the roll and it hurt him and the team."