Bulldogs fall on the road to host Chadron
     2014-09-11      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering quarterback Austin Hoffman (No. 2) looks for daylight under the watchful eyes of Chadron defenders Naleka Sayaleoune (No. 25) and Willy Cogdill (No. 12), while Bulldog teammates Deion Contreras (No. 20) and Brendan Brester (No. 52) look to support Hoffman with blocks during Friday night’s game at Chadron. 
The Gering Bulldog football team fell to the Chadron Cardinals 48-7 Friday night on the Cardinals’ home turf. Gering received the opening kickoff and junior Brent Barge ran it back. The Bulldogs were three and out when Barge punted to the Chadron 27. The Class C Cardinals wasted no time, scoring on their first possession with a good extra point, bringing the score to 7-0.

Gering’s next possession started well, but an offside penalty and a sack of quarterback Austin Hoffman negated the play.

Barge punted and the ball was run back to the Chadron 26. Chadron was able to score on their second possession with a good extra point and the Cardinals led 14-0 with 2:59 left in the first quarter.

A pass and run play resulted in little gain. Gering faced fourth and nine and Barge punted again to the Chadron 38. Chadron took just three plays to enter the end zone for their third touchdown with a good point after. The Cardinals were now leading 21-0 with 11:49 left in the first half.

After going three and out, then punting Chadron, Gering had a small victory when senior Quentin Timblin sacked the Chadron quarterback for a 5-yard loss. It was a short lived celebration as the Cardinals made their next touchdown in just 4 plays. The point after was good and Chadron increased the lead over the Dawgs 28-0 with 7:32 left in the half.

Barge then made the runback to the 30. Gering was three and out and Barge punted to the Chadron 27. The Cardinals scored in one play with a long runback the point after was good and Chadron now led 35-0 with 5:41 left in the first half. Another score put them up 42-0 at the half.

Gering kicked off to Chadron to open the second half as the announcer stated that due to the score a running clock would be used. Chadron posted a 59 yard run for a touchdown, but Gering managed to get in and tip the point after kick preventing the extra point and the Cardinals now led 48-0.

Gering’s only successful drive led by rushing came from sophomore Riley Grote. Grote capped the drive with a six yard run into the end zone for Gering’s first touchdown of the season. The point after kick by Gering junior Chris Bartow was the icing on the cake and the score was now 48-7 with 5:09 left in the game. That was the final score.

Gering Coach Jimmie Rhodes complimented the Chadron kids, saying they were physical and extremely fast. “We had problems matching up with them,” he said. “After the score started getting out of hand Chadron pulled their starters out and we put in our young players and they did well.”

Gering is now 0-2 in the season and Chadron is 1-1. The Bulldogs play host to the Lexington Minutemen on Friday for the first home game of the season. Lexington’s record is 1-1 after beating Holdrege 20-13 on Friday and losing to Scottsbluff 37-0 in their season opener.

Gering holds a 7-2 advantage over Lexington for the last nine meetings between the teams. Gering looks to break a six game losing streak that goes back to Oct. 4, 2013.

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