Ill-depleted Tigers fall at Perkins County: Area football roundup
     2012-10-19      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen Bayard sophomore Phillip Schuller (No. 4) heads down the field, while (No. 16) protects against a Cambridge challenger during an early season game at Bayard. The Tigers suffered a disppointing 39-6 decision loss against Perkins County on Friday. 
While the Bayard football schedule for last week required the Tigers to travel to Grant to play a football game Friday night against Perkins County, a key District C2-10 match-up, a tougher opponent reared its ugliness on several team members even before the Tigers left Bayard.

A fall coach’s late-season nightmare, the early-season flu bug.

An outbreak of stomach flu left the 3-4 Tigers – who at full strength would have been decisive underdogs anyway to the 6-1 Plainsmen in what resulted in a 39-6 decision for Perkins County, missing senior rusher-receiver Allen Denton and senior Tyson Schmunk unable to compete at full strength.

Junior quarterback Zac Rice, whom Bayard coach Philep Willey said was the first Tiger player to come down with the flu as he arrived at school Friday morning, was able to shake most of his symptoms and complete 60 percent of his passes (15 of 25) for 178 yards.

“First off, Zac got sick when he showed up at school, then Allen got it at noon, then Dustin McDaniel and Tyson Schmunk,” Willey said. “Allen went home, Tyson suited but could only play about a quarter, and some of the other guys who aren’t starters went home.”

Rice completed a 25-yard, second-quarter touchdown to senior Braydon Parriott midway through the second quarter, cutting Perkins County’s lead to 20-6. Unfortunately, it was all the scoring Bayard could muster against a Plainsmen team that has lost just one game, an out-of-state visit to Oberlin, Kan.

“Zac played a pretty good game for how the day started for him,” Willey said of Rice, who had two interceptions. “And then I started getting sick at about halftime. Fortunately, it was a 24-hour deal.

“We moved the ball OK, but I don’t think it would have mattered if we were healthy, because we could not tackle their quarterback,” Willey said. “He was fast.”

Rice ran the ball 16 times for 42 yards, while junior Tristan Hunter jumped into the lineup for the absent Denton to run for 30 yards on 12 carries. Parriott caught six passes for 145 yards.

Hoping to have his team at full strength for Thursday’s season finale, in what could be a playoff game in itself when the Tigers play host to the equally 3-4 and improving Kimball Longhorns, Willey said he hopes his team can step up to the challenge and clinch a third straight Class C2 playoff berth.

“It is definitely for all the marbles,” he said. “It seems like it has become a pretty good rivalry game, so that adds to the fire. The kids really want to get into the playoffs, but we will have to play well to beat Kimball.”

Chadron 47, Mitchell 3

After opening the season with losses to Class B Alliance and Gering, the host Cardinals improved to 5-2 overall and remained unbeaten in District C1-10 in routing Mitchell.

The Tigers (1-6, 0-3 district) had a 36-yard field goal from junior Bo McVay, but the Tigers were already well down after trailing 33-0 at halftime.

Adam Schlotthauer led the Tigers in rushing with 54 yards.
Mitchell looks to a home game Friday against Gordon-Rushville (3-4) with the hopes of closing out the season in a positive fashion.

Hemingford 67,
Morrill 22

At Hemingford, the host Bobcats improved to 7-0 by handing Morrill (2-5) its fifth straight loss in the teams’ District D1-10 contest.
Hemingford struck with 44 first-quarter points and led 60-6 at halftime.

Morrill senior Taylor Lackey ran for a second-quarter touchdown from 5 yards out and completed second-half TD passes to Sheldon Le for 11 yards and to Colten Miller for 26 yards.

Miller had a team-leading 10 tackles with six solo efforts and four assists. Jorge Lara had three solo stops and 11 assists, and Matt Hessler added four solo tackles and five assists.

The Lions will travel to Sutherland (0-7) on Thursday in search of their first victory since they started the season 2-0.

Arcadia 68, Minatare 18

The host Huskies (4-3) had their way with Minatare (1-5) in winning by 50 points.

The Indians will look to close out the season on a high note when they play host to Elba/North Loup-Scotia (3-4) in a Friday game that kicks off at 2 p.m.

Garden Co. 58,
Banner Co. 20

At Harrisburg, the visiting Eagles improved to 7-0 with their win over Banner County (0-7) in District D2-10 play.
The Wildcats will finish out their season Friday at home against Crawford (1-6).

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