Cats tame the Dogs in annual rivalry game
     2012-10-15      By Philip Eckerberg Special to the Citizen   
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen Gering junior Nic Ferreyra (No. 20) hunkers down as Scottsbluff junior Brett Magana (No. 7) goes in for the tackle, and Bulldog teammate, junior Baylen Smith prepares to assist while junior Bearcat Levi Shope (No. 73) eyes the play. The 6-0 Bearcats defeated the 4-2 Bulldogs 38-14 Friday night at Gering’s Memorial Stadium.  
One of the most anticipated sporting events in the Panhandle took place Friday as the Scottsbluff Bearcats and the Gering Bulldogs locked up for their annual rivalry game at Gering’s Memorial Stadium. Historically Gering has not fared well in the last 10 years against the Bearcats as Gering has only beaten Scottsbluff three times in 2003, 2004, and 2009.

Gering received the opening kickoff and after just three plays and 59 seconds Gering quarterback Dillon De Mott threw an interception to Matt Klein who ran 50 yards into the end zone for a touchdown, Randy Wentz tacked on the extra point to make it 7-0 Scottsbluff.
Scottsbluff would strike again when Tim Magdaleno ran five yards into the end zone with 4:40 left in the first quarter, a Randy Wentz PAT made the score 14-0. Gering went three and out on their next possession giving the ball back to the Bearcats. Scottsbluff made quick work of the possession scoring in two plays as Magdaleno scored from 20 yards out and another extra point by Randy Wentz to make the score 21-0 Bearcats.

Gering finally answered on their fourth possession, setup by Gering senior James Guzman, who had a spectacular run setting up the Bulldogs at the Bluffs 20 yard line. Guzman left the game with a knee injury after that run and didn’t return. Junior Gage Smith carried the load from there on and got Gering on the scoreboard breaking a 20 yard run for the score, Smith tacked on the extra point making the score 21-7 Scottsbluff with 20 seconds left in the first quarter.

With 7:27 left in the first half Matt Klein ran the ball in from two yards out, another Wentz extra point to make it 28-7 Bluffs. Gering on their next possession turned the ball over after a Gage Smith fumble Scottsbluff recovered the ball in great field position but the Gering defense held their own holding the Cats to a 31 yard field goal by Wentz to make the score 31-7 with 3:31 left in the first half.

With four seconds left in the first half Scottsbluff opened up their bag of tricks, scoring on the ensuing play as quarterback Eric Moreno pitched the ball off to Matt Klein who found an open Luke Worden for a 50 yard touchdown pass. Randy Wentz added the extra point to make it 38-7 at half time.

Both sides would share possessions to open the second half as the Bulldogs found the end zone again as Nic Ferreyra scored on a run from 13 yards out and Gage Smith kicked an extra point to make it 38-14 with 1:15 left in the third quarter to round out the scoring improving Scottsbluff’s record to 7-0 while Gering falls to 4-3. On the final play of the game Gering tried to find the end zone one more time as De Mott lobbed a Hail Mary pass. After the game, Gering Coach Jimmie Rhodes had positive things to say about the Bearcats, “Scottsbluff is a very good football team,” said Rhodes “Turnovers and penalties don’t win ball games and that’s what happened to us tonight.”

The 7-0 (1-0) Bearcats will head to Alliance next Friday as they take on the Bulldogs, while Gering 4-3 (0-1) looks to get back on the winning track at Sidney against the Red Raiders.


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