Bulldogs' Smith, Schwartzkopf lead area District B-8 football selections
     2014-01-09      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Gering senior Ryan Schwartzcopf (No. 10) avoids the fray during a home game against the Bearcats last season. Schwartzkopf was recently selected to three first-team positions in the honors list for the B-8 District football team. 
Gering senior Gage Smith earned four spots on the District B-8 football team and Bulldog classmate Ryan Schwartzkopf was selected to three first-team positions in the honors list announced recently.

Schwartzkopf made the first team as a wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner.
Smith made the first team as placekicker and the second team as running back, linebacker and punter.

Other first-team selections from Gering were senior Justin Brester at wide receiver and senior Elijah Timblin at linebacker.

Other second-team Bulldogs were senior Dillon DeMott at quarterback, offensive linemen Alex Closson and Blake Frye, defensive linemen Esai Hernandez and Dylan Wetherington, and defensive backs Nate Ferreyra and Joe Godinez.

The Bulldogs, despite finishing the season at 2-7, were well represented on the second all-district team. Closson and Frye helped block the way for 3,166 total offensive yards, an average of 351.77 per game.

Schwartzkopf defensively had 29 total tackles, with 15 solo efforts, and made three interceptions with one pass break-up. Offensively, he had 25 receptions for 352 yards and one touchdown, and he had 10 kickoff returns for 326 yards and four punt returns for 49 yards.

Smith made 7 of 14 field goals with a longest kick of 43 yards, converted 15 point-after-TD kicks, ran for a school-record 1,264 yards on 236 carries (5.35 average) with nine touchdowns, had 39 punts for a 36.7 average and 29 kickoffs with seven touchbacks. Defensively, Smith had 43 total tackles with three for lost yardage and one interception.

Brester led the Bulldogs in receiving with 37 catches for 448 yards and five touchdowns. Timblin led Gering defensively with 106 total tackles (52 solo) with 10 for lost yardage totaling 32 yards and had one fumble recovery.

DeMott, whose season was limited by a knee injury, had 59 pass completions for 603 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 139 yards and one TD on 39 carries.

Wetherington totaled 40 tackles, with four for 14 lost yards and three quarterback sacks for six yards, forced one fumble and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown.

Hernandez had 27 tackles with one for 1 yard lost and a 14-yard quarterback sack, and he had a fumble recovery as well

Ferreyra had 31 total tackles (20 solo) with three for 31 lost yards and one QB sack. Godinez had 54 total tackles (30 solo) with one sack for nine yards, one interception and one pass break-up.

Scottsbluff senior Beau Lofink earned Defensive Most Valuable Player and first-team linebacker, along with second-team center honors, in leading the Bearcats’ all-district selections.

Junior Jackson Hinze was a two-time selection, as the first-team punter and second-team placekicker. Junior Ty Benson was a first-team running back and second-team kick returner.

Other Bearcat first-teamers are defensive lineman Andrew Aratani and linebacker Daniel Rohrer.

Other second-team selections for Scottsbluff were wide receivers Matthew Mickey and Denzel Salazar, offensive lineman Austin Clarkson, defensive lineman Cameron Presher, linebacker Jacob Delzer and defensive back Blake Wills.

In earning his defensive honors, Lofink had 70 total tackles, including a team-high 39 solo efforts whom he shared team-high honors with Aratani. Lofink also had one tackle for lost yardage of 5 yards and a fumble recovery that he returned 40 yards for a touchdown.

Aratani had a team-leading 71 tackles (39 solo) with one quarterback sack and two tackles for 9 lost yards. Rohrer had 53 tackles (38 solo) with one sack and one tackle for lost yardage of 3 yards.

Offensively, Lofink and Clarkson helped block the way for the Bearcats to gain 3,293 yards during their 6-4 season, an average of 329.3 per game.

Benson led Scottsbluff’s rushing attack with 1,152 yards on 184 carries (6.3-yard average) with 11 touchdowns and also caught eight passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns. Benson had 10 punt returns for 92 total yards.

Hinze made 8 of 9 field goals and 35 of 36 extra-point kicks while completing 43 passes for 652 yards, five TDs and three interceptions as the Bearcats’ quarterback.

Mickey had a team-high 11 receptions for 210 yards and one touchdown with a 2-point conversion catch, while Salazar made eight catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns.

Among second-team defenders, Presher had 58 total tackles (29 solo), five quarterback sacks, seven tackles for losses and one fumble recovery. Delzer had 57 tackles (33 solo) with two sacks and three tackles for losses. Wills had 32 tackles (20 solo) and two interceptions.

District champion Sidney was led by Most Valuable Player and Offensive Most Valuable Player Logan Lewis, and Red Raiders coach Todd Ekart was named the district’s Coach of the Year.

C1-10 all-district football team

Mitchell had seven players named to the District C1-10 all-district football team.

Senior Adam Schlotthauer, junior Garrett Sterkel and sophomores Drew Gilliland and Braydon Wiedeman made the all-district team.

Tigers who made honorable mention were seniors Nick Harriger and sophomores Wyatt McMillen and Justin Senkel.

D1-10 all-district football team

Morrill senior Colten Miller made the District D1-10 all-district football team, while Lions juniors Matt Hessler and Jorge Lara made the honorable mention list.

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