Minatare downs Maywood, scores first win. Area Football Round-up
     2012-09-14      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen Bearcat senior Matt T. Klein (No. 9) fends off Holdrege senior defender Brian Sunblade (No. 21) at Bearcat Stadium on Friday. Scottsbluff enjoyed a comfortable win 44-6. 
After the Minatare Indians were dominated by a pair of Nebraska Six-Man football’s strongest teams, first-year coach J.J. Ozuna said the Indians needed to get back to the basics for Week 3 – in particular, finishing their blocks and tackles to the end of the play.
By stressing the fundamentals last week in practice, the Indians used an early touchdown Friday night at Maywood as momentum and rode playing the basics to a 42-31 victory over the Tigers in Frontier County.
Coming off a 52-13 opening loss at Sioux County and a 50-8 home setback to Wauneta-Palisade, Ozuna said the Indians’ spirits were slumping.
"From the last two games, we went more with fundamental stuff," Ozuna said. "We were concentrating on the right spot for blocking and tackling, but we weren't following through until the whistle blows. It's more mental than physical."
Tyler Koke fueled the Indians' attack with his 187 yards and two touchdowns on 13 of 19 completions. Eight of those receptions were by Javier Guerrero for 103 yards and both of Koke's TDs. Chance McAllister made four receptions for 57 yards, and Steve Juarez added a 27-yard catch.
Marc Cinocco led Minatare's ground game with 149 yards and three TDs on 17 carries. Guerrero added 28 yards and one score on 11 rushes and Jorge Montelongo had 7 yards and a TD on three carries.
"We had a good first play and that got them pumped up and they reacted to the momentum," Ozuna said. "We played two tough teams that are each 3-0 now, and the kids just got down. But once they got past those games and got past Maywood, their confidence is up now."
The Indians will look to continue that momentum and confidence when they entertain Cody-Kilgore (0-2) on Friday, with kickoff at 6 p.m.

Morrill 40, Crawford 20
The Lions continued their new-found success at the eight-man level, improving to 2-0 with their road victory over Crawford.
Morrill, which had lost 27 straight 11-man games dating back to 2008 and was 0-8 the past three seasons, threw another shovel of dirt on that recent history with its streamlined lineup led by two touchdowns each from Sheldon Le and Taylor Lackey.
The host Rams (0-2), whose week of preparation was shortened by having to play Hemingford last Tuesday because of the Dawes County wildfires, jumped ahead with a 12-6 advantage after the first quarter. Alex Gonzalez opened the scoring for Morrill on a 5-yard run.
The Lions then scored twice in the second period for an 18-12 lead, on a 35-yard pass from Lackey to Le and Lackey's 1-yard rush.
Morrill put another eight on the board in the third quarter for a 26-12 advantage after Brandon Mills returned a fumble 42 yards for the TD. The Lions sealed the win with a pair of 28-yard scoring runs, first by Le and then another by Lackey.
Colton Miller had 14 tackles for Morrill and Le added 13 stops. Elvariste Gomez and Cody Preachey joined Mills with fumble recoveries.
Morrill is back at home Friday against Potter-Dix (1-1) at 7 p.m.

Cozad 77, Mitchell 28
Cozad delivered its nickname of Haymakers to Mitchell with regularity, scoring 32 points in the first quarter on its way to crushing the 0-2 Tigers.
The Haymakers (1-1) led 52-20 at halftime and amassed 408 total yards, 353 on the ground, while the Cozad defense limited Mitchell to
Mitchell travels to 1-1 Bridgeport on Friday.

NP St. Pat's 67, Bayard 12
The Tigers will be looking for their first victory after their 67-12 loss at North Platte St. Patrick's (3-0) on Friday.
Bayard will have Gordon-Rushville (1-2) at home on Friday.

Hemingford 70, Banner Co. 0
Despite having a short week to prepare for the host Wildcats, the visiting Hemingford Bobcats ran roughshod over the Wildcats for the lopsided victory in Harrisburg.
Banner County (0-2) travels to Julesburg, Colo., to face Sedgwick County (0-1).

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