Scottsbluff wins annual Twin City football rivalry
     2013-10-17      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Scottsbluff junior Ty Benson (No. 21) avoids the flying fur from a cat/dog pileup, while Gering seniors Dylan Wetherington (No. 52) and Nate Ferreyra (No. 87) plot their response. Scottsbluff won the day with a 42-12 score on their home turf at Bearcat Stadium. 
Friday night was the night of the annual Gering Bulldogs vs. Scottsbluff Bearcats Football game which saw Scottsbluff coming out on top 42-12. It was a brisk fall evening but the wind and rains from earlier in the day had subsided and there was decent weather for a football game.

Gering started the game by receiving the Scottsbluff kickoff. Brent Barge made the catch and ran out to the Bulldog 25 yard line. Gering quarterback Dillon DeMott threw three incomplete passes. The Bulldogs were three and out and after a Gage Smith punt run back by Bearcat Eseah Ingram to the Gering 49.

Scottsbluff proceeded to march to the Gering 13. The Dawgs defense bit the Cats and sacked quarterback Jackson Hinze. Hinze bit back the next play and ran the ball to the left and into the end zone for a touchdown. The point after by Hinze was good and Scottsbluff led 7-0 with 9:12 left in the first quarter.

It was déjà vu when Barge received the kickoff and ran the ball out to the Bulldogs 25. Gering suffered a penalty and was three and out with Smith punting the ball and the Bearcats started on their 49.

The Cats wasted no time marching down the field to the end zone. Ty Benson ran it into the end zone and Hinze kicked the extra point and Scottsbluff lead 14-0 with 2:51 to go in the first period.

Ryan Schwartzkopf received the kickoff and ran up to the Bulldogs 34. Gering faced fourth and short and lined up for a punt. The punt formation was just a ruse as a quick sneak of the ball gave Gering the first first down of the game, as the first frame came to an end.

Gering earned their second first down on passing play. DeMott threw and it was nearly intercepted but the Scottsbluff defender bobbled the ball and Schwarzkopf was able to grab it before it hit the ground for a completed pass. Gering again faced fourth down and 2 went for it, and made it. This soon brought up 3 and long and Schwartzkopf was able to make a first down. This was soon followed by another first down with first and goal to go. DeMott made a quarterback sneak, putting the Dawgs on the scoreboard. But the celebration was dampened when the extra point kick by Smith missed and it was 14-6 Scottsbluff in the lead.

Smith kicked off and it was run back to the Scottsbluff 35 yard line by Jacob Delzer. Hinze lead the Bearcats in another efficient and effective march down the field ending in a little over three minutes with a Benson run into the end zone for the third Scottsbluff touchdown of the game. The point after by Hinze was good the Cats now led 21-6 with 2:45 to go in the first half.

The Bulldogs tried to keep Scottsbluff guessing by mixing things up a little with DeMott receiving the kickoff and running the ball out to the Gering 28 before he was tackled. Gering started a drive that stalled out at the Bearcat 13 yard line. The Cats defense dug in and held Gering to fourth down.

The Dawgs Smith came out and kicked a field goal closing the gap to 12 points as Scottsbluff continued to lead 21-9 with 14 seconds left in before half time. Gering attempted onside kick but it went out at the Scottsbluff 35 yard line. The Bearcats took a knee and ended the first half of play Scottsbluff leading 21-9.

The crowd was entertained by the Scottsbluff band and dance team as they practiced for the Old West Band Fest that will take place in Scottsbluff this Saturday. The Scottsbluff drum major, Matthew Mickey, is also a football player. In a very unusual move Mickey skipped the locker room at half time and stayed on the field to direct the band in his football uniform. Mickey would go on to play in the second half even making a good reception.

Scottsbluff opened the second half with Ray Cerda receiving the kickoff and ran back to the Scottsbluff 49 yard line giving Scottsbluff great field position. Hinze led the Bearcats downfield with a mix of passes and runs that the Gering defense could not stop. It took about one-and- a- half minutes to reach the end zone when Stetson Anderson ran the ball in for a touchdown. The extra point kick by Hinze was good and the Cats commanded a comfortable 28-9 lead with 10:22 left in the third period.

The kickoff was received by DeMott and run back to Gering 27 yard line. The Bulldog drive was short lived as DeMott threw and was intercepted by Bearcat defender Tristan Donelson.
Scottsbluff started another drive at the Gering 39 yard line. The Cats put together another successful drive to the end zone ending when Anderson made a running touch down. The point after the touch down by Hinze was good with 4:30 to go in the third frame the score was now 35-9 with Scottsbluff leading.

Gering received the kickoff. The Bulldogs were three and out and punted back to Scottsbluff after failing to get a first down. The Gering defense stepped up and held Scottsbluff to their own three and out. The Bearcats punted for the first time in the game.

The Bulldog offense came out to start a drive. The drive was cut very short when Gering fumbled on the first play. The fumble was recovered by Bearcat defender Cam Presher.
Scottsbluff now had the ball back at the Gering 30 yard line.

The Bearcats took advantage of the opportunity and soon Benson ran in for another touchdown.
The extra point by Hinze was good with7:02 left on the clock before the end of the game Scottsbluff led 42-9.

The kickoff was received by Schwartzkopf who made a good run back to the Gering 39. Gering began a drive towards the goal line. Gering couldn’t catch a break, as an apparent touchdown pass was ruled out of bounds. Gering still made it to first and goal to go. The Gering fans began to celebrate as Deion Contreras crossed the goal line. The cheers ended abruptly when a yellow flag was seen on the field, and a holding penalty negated the touchdown. The Bearcats kept the Bulldogs out of the end zone and Gering settled for a Smith field goal. The score was now 42-12 in Scottsbluff’s favor with 1:04 to go until the final gun sounded.

Gering made one more attempt to salvage some success out of the loss by trying an onside kick. Scottsbluff recovered on their 48. The Cats ran one last play and then allowed the clock to expire. Scottsbluff won 42-12.

“Credit our kids they fought really hard,” Gering Coach Jimmy Rhodes said. “Scottsbluff has a good football team and tonight they won the line of scrimmage, they pushed the ball up and down the field, and we just didn’t have an answer. We couldn’t fight back, couldn’t get the punch back. It just wasn’t a normal Bulldog fighting night. We are going to have to be better and we are going to have to get after Sidney.”

Scottsbluff is now 5-2 and Gering fell to 2-5. Scottsbluff will face Alliance 3-4 tomorrow at Bearcat Stadium for homecoming while Gering will face Sidney 4-3 at Memorial Stadium for homecoming.

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