Bayard Tigers and Minatare Indians drop openers
     2012-08-30      By Brian Hale   
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen Bayard senior Allen Denton (No. 2) rushes down field while teammates senior Braydon Parriott (No. 20), senior Tyson Schmunk (No. 30) and junior Tanner Willey (No. 70) provide a crush of protection. The Tigers were defeated in their season opener against Cambridge at home, with a score of 28-7. 
The Bayard Tigers and the Minatare Indians each opened their season against challenging opponents who have a history of success in their programs. Bayard hosted Cambridge while Minatare travelled to Harrison to play Sioux County.

Bayard faced a team with lots of tradition in the Trojans, who pounded out over 350 yards on the ground and scored consistently against the Tigers Friday night. Leading the way was former Bayard student TJ Gregory who had over 100 yards rushing and a touchdown, plus a touchdown pass to Jake Witte right before halftime for the host Trojans.
Despite the 28-7 loss, the Tigers remain optimistic, showing some really good things at times including an impressive second half drive and a near 100 yard rushing performance by senior Allen Denton who just missed the milestone by six yards on 17 carries.

Minatare is up for another challenging year as well. Their numbers are low, last year’s sophomore sensation transferred to Scottsbluff, and the Indians’ head coach was hired as the assistant at Gering... but that’s not going to stop the Indians, who are now under the direction of first year head coach JJ Ozuna.
The Sioux County Warriors hosted the Indians in a season-opening conference game ranked No. 2 and wasted no time as Minatare found themselves trailing 36-0 in the second quarter. The Indians finally got on the board when Tyler Koke hit Javier Guerrero for a 14-yard touchdown pass before halftime. Guerrero also scored on a rushing touchdown from four yards out in the fourth quarter. The final scored ended up at 52-13 in favor of Sioux County.
Warrior standouts included a four touchdown performance by Jonny Dunn who ran for two, caught one and ran a punt back and Garret Gray who threw two touchdown passes and ran a kickoff back for another score.

Minatare hosts Wauneta-Palisade this Friday, Aug. 31, while Bayard will have to wait until next week when they travel to North Platte to play St. Patrick’s on Sept. 7.

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