Bayard downs Bridgeport in offensive archrival battle: Area football roundup...
     2012-10-15      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen Bayard senior Allen Denton (No. 2) clutches the football with an eye to the endzone, with support provided by teammate, junior Tanner Willey (No. 70), during an early season game against Cambridge. The Tigers downed Bridgeport in a tough 43-32 rivalry contest on Friday. 
After starting the season with an 0-3 record, the Bayard Tigers football team is hitting its strides at the right time.

In the teams’ District C2-10 opener at Bridgeport, Bayard won the Morrill County bragging rights for the fourth straight year, riding a potent offensive attack to a 45-32 victory over the host Bulldogs.

More importantly than pulling even at 3-3 on the season, the Tigers are 1-0 heading into Friday night’s battle of district unbeatens at Grant against Perkins County. The Plainsmen (5-1 overall) are unbeaten against Nebraska competition but stepped down across the Kansas line last week and lost 21-12 to the Oberlin Red Devils (2-3).

Bayard completes district and regular-season play next Thursday at home against Kimball (2-4 overall, 1-1 district).

Against Bridgeport, Tiger senior back Allen Denton had 142 yards and four rushing touchdowns on 23 carries against the Bulldogs (1-5).

Denton also caught two TD passes from junior quarterback Zac Rice, who connected with Denton on two of his two touchdown passes.

Rice threw for 337 yards and also had a 6-yard rush for a third-quarter TD and connected with senior Braydon Parriott on the 2-point conversion, putting the Tigers ahead 26-12.

Bayard led 39-18 in the fourth quarter before Jaime Gonzalez scored on a 40-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs and Brandon Nichols returned a tipped interception of Rice 45 yards to pull Bridgeport to within seven at 39-32.

Denton then completed his four-TD night on the ground with a 3-yard carry to seal the Tigers’ victory.

Parriott led Bayard in receiving with 164 yards on six catches.

Defensively for the Tigers, junior Tanner Willey totaled 13 tackles.

Senior Austin Willey and junior Tristan Hunter both totaled 12 tackles. Hunter also finished with a sack and a forced fumble.

Arthur County 46, Minatare 20

In Arthur, the host Wolves had the best of the Minatare Indians in improving to 4-2 on the season.

The Indians (1-5) were led defensively by Marc Cinocco, who had nine solo and nine assisted tackles. Chance McAllister had five assisted and to solo tackles, while Steven Juarez had three assists and one solo tackle.

Danny Grumbles had three solo stops, while Bobby Barron mad three assisted tackles. Dominic Longoria and Mario Sanchez had two assists each, and Tyler Grumbles made one assisted stop.

Minatare travels to Arcadia (3-3) for a Friday afternoon contest before the Indians finish their regular season on Oct. 19 at home against Elba-North Loup-Scotia (3-3) in a 2 p.m. match-up.

Ogallala 35, Mitchell 34

At Mitchell, the Ogallala Indians held on for their first victory of the season in their one-point, District C1-10 victory over the host Tigers.

The game was the district opener for both teams, and the loss left Mitchell (1-5) looking to get back into the C1-10 race when the Tigers travel to Chadron (4-2) on Friday.

Mitchell concludes its district and regular-season schedule at home on Oct. 19 against Gordon-Rushville (3-3 heading into this week’s game at Ogallala).

Maxwell 50, Morrill 6

In Morrill’s home finale of its first season at the D1, eight-man level, visiting Maxwell ran away from the Lions for the big victory.

For Morrill (2-4 overall), senior Taylor Lackey teamed up with Sheldon Le on an 8-yard touchdown pass for the Lions’ only score.

Lackey had 118 passing yards and Le had 60 receiving yards.

Defensively for Morrill, Matt Hessler had 11 total tackles and 1-1/2 sacks. Le, Colten Miller and Garrett Zwiebel had nine tackles apiece.

Maxwell improved to 3-3 overall, 2-1 in district play. Morrill finishes the season at Hemingford (6-0) on Friday and at Sutherland (0-6) next Thursday.

Hay Springs 36,
Banner County 16

The Hay Springs Hawks improved to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in district play with their 20-point win over the visiting Wildcats.
The loss dropped Banner County to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in District D2-10 play.

The Wildcats have home-field advantage Friday night when they play Garden County (6-0) in a non-district contest. Banner County entertains Crawford (1-5) in the teams’ season and district finale Oct. 19.

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