Gering Bulldogs fall short against Sidney 44-24
     2012-10-19      By Philip Eckerberg Special to the Citizen   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen Gering junior Alex Clark (No. 8) hands off to teammate senior Jake Rexus (No. 2) while teammates junior Dylan Wetherington (No. 52) and junior Brandon Bernhardt (No. 70) provide blocking support.  
SIDNEY — The Gering Bulldog football team sought to get back on a winning note Friday as they headed to Sidney to take on the 0-6 Red Raiders but it was not to be. The Raiders brought in their first win of the season with a score of 44-24.

The game got off on the right foot for Gering as junior Gage Smith stuck Sidney with a touchback on the opening kickoff and Sidney started at the 20 yard line. The first play from scrimmage quarterback Lane Harvey fumbled the snap on the first play from scrimmage giving the ball back to the Bulldogs in great field position. Four plays later Smith scored on a direct snap, extra point good it was quickly 7-0 Gering with 9:55 left in the first quarter.

The ensuing kickoff boosted the Red Raiders as Sidney started from their 49 yard line. The Red Raiders marched down the field as Sidney’s Chance Anglin scored on a 10 yard end around for a touchdown. With their kicker out with a concussion the Red Raiders failed on a 2 point conversion giving Gering the 7-6 lead with 8:36 left to go in the first quarter.

The following possession Gering tried to catch Sidney off guard as Smith attempted a punt fake on fourth down but the pass fell short giving the Red Raiders the ball on downs.

Sidney found the end zone on the next possession as Logan Lewis scored a 29 yard run for a touchdown on fourth, Dru Estrada scored on the 2-point conversion giving Sidney a 14-7 lead with to 2:59 left to play in the first.

Gering failed to find the end zone on their next possesion settling instead for a Gage Smith 29 yard field goal to make the score 14-10 Sidney with 8:43 to go in the second quarter.

The two teams then traded possessions and on the following Gage Smith punt setup the Sidney offense at their own one yard line as Gage Winkler put on a great second effort to down the ball, Sidney then punted the ball a few plays later. The following possession Smith threw an interception to Sidney’s Lane Harvey with a 77 yard return setting up the Red Raiders at the Bulldog’s three yard line.

Logan Lewis handled the rest scoring from two yards out with another successful 2-point conversion making the score 22-10 Sidney at half time.

The next Bulldog possession was a costly one as Jake Rexus fumbled the ball giving it back to Sidney. The Red Raiders moved the ball down the field with a 77 yard run by Lewis to the one yard line.

Lewis then finished the job scoring on the next play with a successful 2-point conversion made the score 30-17 Sidney with 3:28 to go in the third quarter.

Gering answered on the following possession with a 20 yard run by Smith into the end zone and a good PAT by to make it 30-24 Sidney with 10:50 to go in the fourth quarter.

Sidney responded quickly with one of their four passes of the night as Lane Harvey threw a pass to Lucas Rosenbaum for a 30 yard touchdown with a good 2 point conversion 6:32 left in the fourth quarter Sidney led 38-24.

The following Bulldog possession Smith broke a spectacular 80 yard touchdown run that was nullified by a holding penalty.

Two possessions later with less than a minute left in the game Sidney scored one more time on fourth down and 23 Gering’s back was against the wall and just a few seconds left the Bulldogs attempt at getting a first down failed as Sidney’s Bryant Dagg intercepted the ball and ran it in for a touchdown with another successful 2-point conversion 44-24 Sidney to round out the scoring.

Having suffered a loss with four players out on injury, runningback James Guzman, quarterback Dillon DeMott, defensive end Joey Orozco, and Baylen Smith, Gering Coach Jimmie Rhodes declined to speak with the media after the game on Friday.

Gering moves to 4-4 (0-2) on the season with Sidney gaining their first win to move to 1-7 (1-1). Gering squares off in the battle of the Bulldogs against Alliance on Homecoming night Friday in Gering, while Sidney heads to Scottsbluff Friday for the district matchup against the 8-0 Bearcats.

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