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Gering opens season with loss at home
September 05, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photos by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo Gering senior Dillon DeMott (No. 11) gets the job done by putting the hurt on a Holdrege Duster during Friday’s opener last week. Despite the loss, the Bulldogs were tough and fought hard.

The Gering Bulldogs opened its 2013 football season at home, but were unable to get past the visiting Holdrege Dusters in a 21-12 defeat.

Holdrege was down 6-0 at halftime, but two touchdowns in their first two possessions of the second half gave them a lead they never gave up.

Gering’s standout performance came from senior Gage Smith, who contributed 162 yards of rushing on 25 carries. Along the way, he scored a touchdown, intercepted a pass and scored two field goals, one of them from 43 yards out. Of his 162 yards total rushing, 103 of them were in the second half.

“Gage is one of our team leaders and he’s really important to our offense,” Head Coach Jimmie Rhodes said. “He starts at tailback and outside linebacker. He punts and returns kicks. He’ll be a big part of our success.”

Rhodes said the team showed a lot of positives that actually outweighed the negatives for an early game. Executing the running plays, knowing where the blocking sets up, pass protection were all good. The little things like dropped passes can be fixed. “Their attitude was good and they played from whistle to whistle.”

Rhodes was also complimentary of how the Dusters played. “They had a plan and executed it well,” he said. “Their kids played extremely hard on the road and they’re going to be a contender this year.”

Quarterback Dillon DeMott’s nine carries added 32 yards rushing and he completed six of 20 passes for 104 yards.

Right now, Rhodes said the goal is to keep the team focused and do the little things that get away from them, like completions on third down and running solid routes.

Gering is on the road this Friday night for a 7 p.m. game against the Cardinals at Chadron.

Rhodes said their long-time coach always “gives us fits on defense” and expects a tough game.
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