Area football round up
     2012-10-05      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen Bayard senior Allen Denton hustles downfield in an early season game against Cambridge. The Tigers deafeated Hershey in a 21-17 Homecoming game Friday night.  
Bayard 21, Hershey 17

Senior quarterback Zac Rice threw six interceptions, including one that Hershey returned for the game’s first score, but Rice atoned for his miscues by hitting senior Tyson Schmunk for a 31-yard touchdown on fourth down with less than 50 seconds remaining to lift the Tigers to their second straight victory.

Bayard (2-3) was in a fourth down-and-12 situation at the Hershey 31-yard line when Rice connected with Schmunk for the game-winning score.

“Schmunk made an adjustment and Zac rolled out and looked like he was going to make an adjustment and hit Schmunk for the score,” Bayard coach Philep Willey said of the Tigers’ winning play.

Rice completed 14 of 28 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns, but he scored the Tigers’ first TD on a 1-yard run. Dustin Daniel’s extra-point kick, the first of his three makes in as many tries, tied the game at 7-all early in the second half.

Rice, who led the Tigers with 87 rushing yards on 17 carries, later connected with senior Braydon Parriott on a 35-yard touchdown pass, giving Bayard a 14-7 lead.

Hershey (2-3) scored on an 11-yard pass from Colton Marshall to Dylan Johnson to knot the halftime score at 14-all. Hershey added a go-ahead field goal of 31 yards in the third quarter, but otherwise the Bayard defense kept the visitors off the board.

The Tigers’ defense has held its last two opponents to 17 points — all to Hershey after shutting out Dundy County-Stratton on Sept. 21 — after allowing 121 points in its first three games, all losses.

“We had two or three goal-line stands,” Willey said of his defense, which allowed Hershey 239 total yards and forced four fumbles, two of which were turnovers. “Our defense really came up big for us.”

Senior Austin Willey had 12 total tackles from his defensive end spot, stopping Hershey on several key third- and fourth-down plays, Coach Willey said. Junior Tanner Willey led Bayard with 13 total tackles, also with five solo stops, and made one forced fumble and one recovery.

Senior Allen Denton and Parriott had eight tackles apiece, while Denton, Tristan Hunter and Travis Willhoite had a forced fumble each. Daniel had the other fumble recovery, and Jayden Smith had three pass deflections.

Bayard takes its new-found winning ways to Morrill County archrival Bridgeport on Friday. The Bulldogs are 1-4 after losing to Gordon-Rushville 26-13.

Paxton 42, Morrill 22

In a District D1-10 game at Morrill, the host Lions had some offensive success against undefeated Paxton (5-0, 2-0 district) but not enough to avoid their third straight loss.

Morrill senior quarterback Taylor Lackey ran for a 3-yard touchdown and threw for 244 yards and three TDs, all to classmate Sheldon Le, for 60, 28 and 15 yards. Le finished with 151 receiving yards and Cody Peachey made 46 yards in receptions.

Morrill (2-3 overall, 0-2 district) plays host to Maxwell (also 2-3 and 0-2) on Friday in the Lions’ final home game.

Chase County 50, Mitchell 8

The visiting Tigers ran into a buzz saw in Imperial and fell to the Longhorns (3-2) in their final non-district game.

Mitchell (1-4, 0-1 district) looks to break its two-game losing streak at home Friday against winless Ogallala (0-5) at 7 p.m.

Leyton 63, Banner Co. 8

In a District D2-10 game at Dalton, the host Warriors (4-2 overall, 2-0 district) kept the Wildcats winless at 0-5 (0-2 district).
Banner County will look for victory at Hay Springs (1-3, 0-1 district).

In Six-Man football, Minatare (1-3) had the week off and prepares for a Friday game at Arthur County (3-2). The Wolves were beaten by Sioux County 54-8 in Harrison last week.

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