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Sports Spotlight: Stanley Jones & Thomas Sease

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When you think about Demons football, you think about a winning tradition upheld by discipline. Every year, Head Coach Mark Gibson relies on seniors to carry on that tradition. And carrying the torch for the Demons is Stanley Jones and Thomas Sease.

"These kids have led not only by words but by example, and that's a big part of leadership. Defining what Demon football is all about," says Gibson.

That leadership has set the tone in the locker room, but their play on the field has put the Demons in a position to go after a third straight title.

"They're a very integral part of our football success in the last 3 years," says Gibson.

A big part of that Demons success is the physicality of the defensive line and I'm standing with the two anchors right here. We have Stanley standing at 6"4, 200 pounds and we have Thomas standing at 6"0, 230 pounds.

"They might be blocked for a second by they fight off blocks better than any two I've ever had," says Gibson.

And while Gibson says at times the two bicker like an old married couple, their competitive spirit has caused them to grow together both on and off the field.

"He pushes me and I think I've pushed him. It's been fun because we always challenge each other and try to beat each other at everything we do and I think it's helped us both," says Stanley Jones.

"It's been awesome playing with him and he's one of the hardest workers I know. Calling us a 1-2 punch is exactly what we wanted. That's exactly what we want to be," says Thomas Sease.

As their careers wind down and the victories pile up, when these two will miss the most is bond that comes with being part of the Demons tradition.

"Here at Bismarck we are surrounded by great people, we've got great coaches and great trainers. We have kids that always want to come to practice and work hard and that's fun to be around," says Sease.

And there's nothing more fun than winning.

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