Valley natives fuel Chadron State win
     2014-09-11      By Philip Eckerberg   
The Chadron State College Eagles football team won its opening game 42-25 over the Missouri S and T Miners on Saturday. Several former Scottsbluff and Gering football players made contributions to the win.
Former Scottsbluff Bearcat and current Chadron State Eagle Sophomore Randy Wentz (No. 39) is the kicker. Wentz had seven kickoffs for a total of 419 yards. One kick was out of bounds and there were no touchbacks. Wentz had 4 successful point after touchdown kicks.
Scottsbluff graduate and senior Chadron State Eagle Isaac Holscher (No. 42) plays defensive linebacker. Holscher was in a three-way tie for the lead on tackles with a total of nine, 5 solo and 4 assists. After the game Holscher said “I thought it went all right, a few missed assignments but overall pretty decent for the first game. We got the first game jitters out of the way, and are looking to improve on that.”
Holscher was asked to compare playing for Chadron State to playing for Scottsbluff High School. “It’s a totally different feel even though we are pretty close. It’s a family up here and we all play together and do what we do.”
Former Gering Bulldog and current Eagle sophomore Zac Smith (No. 38) is the punter. Smith punted three times for a total of 136 yards with the longest kick being 49 yards. Smith also had one touchdown-saving tackle being the last man between the runner and the end zone.
After the game Smith said of his performance, “It went really well. Our whole team, our ‘Bomb Squad’ as we call it performed really well today.” Smith said he was surprised he made the tackle and was hoping it would not come down to that. Smith compared playing for Chadron State and Gering High School as “A lot different. I loved playing for Gering and made some of the best memories and I hold all those near and dear to me.” Playing for Chadron State has been a dream come true for Smith.
Gering graduate and Eagle Junior, Danny O’Boyle (No. 15) plays wide receiver and special teams. O’Boyle had one run for 11 yards and 2 receptions for 14 yards. Defensively O’Boyle had 1 assisted tackle.
After the game O’Boyle said “We tried to go out there as an offense and establish ourselves right away. We had a nice drive to start the game and then couldn’t come away with anything. Then we found our rhythm, hit our stride, and pretty soon we were up 21-0. I think as a team we played great today. We had a few mistakes and first game jitters we will be able to fix that up, I feel good about it.” Danny O’Boyle was asked to compare playing for Chadron State to playing for Gering High School. Danny O’Boyle said “It’s awesome, it’s kind of the same small town community, all the people in the community are great to come down here and support us, I love it here.”
Former Gering Bulldog, now senior Eagle Patrick O’Boyle (No. 11) plays quarterback and special teams. O’Boyle enjoyed a great day on the gridiron passing for a 2 point conversion and rushing for a touchdown. O’Boyle completed three of three passes for 91 yards and 1 touchdown, rushed five times for 77 yards the longest being his 45 yard touchdown run the longest run of the day for the team. Defensively he had one solo and one assisted tackle.
After the game O’Boyle said “It was a good team effort, all the guys played well, the defense played phenomenal, the first half really set us up well with good field position, you really couldn’t ask for much more. It was a good day overall I couldn’t have done anything without my teammates they set everything up and hopefully we can get back at it next week.” Asked to compare high school football to college Pat O’Boyle said “It’s a lot faster and the players are smarter it’s still a fun environment. Playing in Gering was a great time with my dad. Playing here at Chadron at a local college it’s great to get to play with local guys, it’s a fun experience,” he said.
There are more local players waiting in the wings as redshirt freshman including Justin Brester, Blake Frye, Gage Smith, and Elijah Timblin from Gering; and Bryce Wiedeman from Mitchell.

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