It's Friday Night. There's no high school games going on, but the Bismarck midget football league is holding their championships tonight and this weekend. Jamie Council stopped by the Bengals practice earlier this week to talk to them about how this league prepares them to be the players we see under the Friday Night Lights.
"When you go to high school games, the athletes are well-prepared for the level of play, but this is where they started."
(Bill Prokopyk, Coach) "Last night, three of our former Bengals started for Bismarck, so that was exciting."
And one day, these kids will be there after a few more years of development.
(Bill Prokopyk, Coach) This is the beginning of football fundamentals. We try to team the proper techniques for blocking, tackling, and the rules of football."
(Mason Marquart, WR/ 11 years old) "Every play that we need to go out there and play our hardest."
Also instilling a love for the game and giving the players confidence to reach their full potential.
(Mason Marquart, WR/ 11 years old) "To make it to the NFL and to push myself to get better."
(Bill Prokopyk, Coach)"And we firmly believe that the success of our high schools are tied to where our kids get their start right here in the Bismarck Midget Football League."
There are about 350 kids involved in the league.
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