Area Football: Bearcats, Lions, Indians and Wildcats get wins
     2013-09-23      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/Gering Citizen Mitchell freshman Abe Hernandez searches for an opening with a pack of Cozad opponents heading him off and Tiger teammate senior Nicholas Harriger (No. 59) rushes in for the assist during Friday’s home opener in Mitchell. Cozad defeated the Tigers 53-7. 
Bearcats roll in 2nd half to down Dusters

HOLDREGE — After being held scoreless for the first half and much of the third quarter, the Scottsbluff Bearcats ignited for 24 unanswered points, starting with 10 late in the third period, on their way to scoring a 24-7 victory over Holdrege.

Scottsbluff (2-1) broke through on the scoreboard with Jackson Hinze’s 33-yard field goal.

The Bearcats’ touchdowns all came on long runs, led by Ty Benson, who had his first of two scores on a 65-yard dash late in the third quarter.

Benson, who rushed for 225 yards on 18 carries, added a 69-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter. Tristan Donelson then added a 41-yard touchdown run, adding to Scottsbluff’s 387 rushing yards.

Donelson had 66 yards on 14 rushes, while Traceten Halley had 14 rushes for 66 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter with a collarbone injury.

Hinze was perfect on three passes for 48 yards and hit all three of his extra-point kicks.

The Bearcats return home for their next two games. On Friday, Scottsbluff plays host to Hastings (0-3) with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Bearcat Stadium. The Tigers were 6-2 victims to Alliance on Friday.

Aurora then visits Scottsbluff on Sept. 27.

Morrill romps over Crawford, 48-8

MORRILL — After having a week off to regroup following their season-opening loss to Hay Springs, the Morrill Lions rebounded Friday night with a big, 48-8 win over visiting Crawford.

Lions sophomore quarterback Garrett Zwiebel threw for 117 yards and three touchdowns on seven pass completions and rushed for 121 yards and two TDs on 15 carries.

After Zwiebel scored Morrill’s first touchdown on a 2-yard run, Lion sophomore Victor Valles returned a punt 55 yards for their second score. Jorge Lara added his second 2-point run for a 16-0 Morrill lead after one quarter.

The Lions then scored 20 unanswered points in the second quarter, with Elvariste Gomez scoring on a 16-yard run and Zwiebel hitting Valles for 36 yards and Colten Miller for 16 yards on TD connections and a 36-0 halftime lead for Morrill.

Zwiebel then ran for a 14-yard score in the third and followed with a 46-yard pass to Jordan Rohde late in the third period in completing the Lions’ scoring.

Morrill’s defense held Crawford to 107 total yards, with two fumble recoveries and two quarterback sacks. Miller led the Lions by making 14 total tackles.

Minatare charges past Maywood, 46-15

MINATARE — The Minatare Indians rode Javier Guerrero’s four rushing touchdowns and one passing TD to a 46-15 home win Friday night over Maywood.

Guerrero had 19 carries for 195 yards and four TDs, and he completed both his passes for 37 yards and another score.

Yovan Perez had 11 rushes for 133 yards and two touchdowns for the Indians, who at 2-1 have already surpassed last year’s win total during a 1-7 season. Minatare led 19-7 at halftime.

Tyler Koke completed four passes for 48 yards and also caught a pass for 14 yards and made five rushes for 22 yards. Chance McAllister had four receptions for 59 yards and Perez had one catch for 10 yards.

Juan Garfio added one rush for a 62-yard touchdown and McAllister had a 19-yard run.

Defensively, Josh Cinocco led the Indians with three solo and seven assisted tackles. Perez had eight total tackles, a fumble recovery and a safety, while Mario Sanchez added eight tackles.

Minatare will travel to Cody on Friday to face the Cody-Kilgore Cowboys in a 5 p.m. contest.

Banner County
celebrates
homecoming win

HARRISBURG — The Banner County Wildcats celebrated homecoming with a big 47-6 win Friday over Sioux County.

The win improved the Wildcats’ record to 2-1 in their first season of playing at the six-man level.

Mike McKown led Banner County’s 307-yard rushing attack with 156 yards on 10 carries with three touchdowns. Kaden Huber added 100 rushing yards and a TD on four carries.

Ben Hostetler completed two passes for 22 yards and ran twice for 15 yards and one TD.

Defensively, Garrett Grubbs paced the Wildcats with nine total tackles, including four solo stops. Dalton Jordan had four solo tackles among his six stops, and McKown had seven total tackles while Huber made six.

Banner County travels Maywood on Thursday for a game scheduled at 6 p.m.

Mitchell falls hard to visiting Cozad

MITCHELL — The Mitchell Tigers’ football home opener offered a better showcase for a powerful visiting Cozad team, which amassed 34 first-quarter points on its way to a 53-7 win Friday night.

The Haymakers delivered the knockout punch early, both offensively and defensively. With Cozad leading 27-0 late in the first quarter, Mitchell quarterback linked up with Adam Schlotthauer for a 76-yard completion that put the Tigers at the Cozad 4-yard line.

However, an interception stopped Mitchell’s scoring threat, and the Haymakers (2-0) scored on the next play, a 95-yard run for a 34-0 lead.

Mitchell (0-2) broke its scoring drought in the fourth quarter when Schlotthauer scored on a 4-yard rush.

Schlotthauer led the Tigers in rushing with 101 yards on 23 carries. Gilliland completed 4 of 9 passes for 104 yards. Schlotthauer also caught three passes for 84 yards, and Trenton Strawder had one catch for 20 yards.

On defense for the Tigers, Noah Hernandez had a recovered fumble. Gilliland, Schlotthauer, and Braydon Wiedeman had seven tackles apiece.

Mitchell will play host to Bridgeport on Friday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs (1-1) were off last week after they split their first two games.

St. Pat’s too much for Bayard

BAYARD — The Bayard Tigers held North Platte-St. Patrick’s to just a first-half field goal, but the Irish came out from halftime to score 28 points en route to taking the 31-0 victory.

Despite being held scoreless, Bayard (0-2) offered some competitive statistics. Quarterback Zac Rice completed 10 of 23 passes for 126 yards, with David Schuler catching three passes for 63 yards and Bryce hargens making three receptions for 28 yards.

Tristan Hunter led the Tigers on the ground with 21 yards on eight rushes.

Defensively, Rice led Bayard with 10 tackles, while Michael Alfaro made nine stops and Chris Wurm had eight tackles. The Tigers had four quarterback sacks, with Hunter making two and Hargens and Richard Kadayso making the others.

Bayard returns to action Friday at Gordon-Rushville (1-2).

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