Bearcats unable to hold back Bison, 24-14
     2014-09-18      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Steve Towery - Scottsbluff junior Ben Heggem takes down a McCook football carrier while teammates junior Eseah Ingram (No. 8), senior Levi Shope (No. 73) and junior Traceten Halley (no. 10) provide cover during Friday’s home battle with the Bison at Bearcat Stadium. The Bison won 24-14. 
SCOTTSBLUFF – A week after overcoming a 14-point deficit to score a comeback victory over Hastings, the Scottsbluff football team saw its 11-point, second-quarter lead over McCook disappear Friday night at Bearcat Stadium.

The visiting Bison scored a touchdown in each of the three final periods to secure a 24-14 win in a battle of 2-0 teams.
Scottsbluff offensive coordinator Jud Hall said the Bison exposed the Bearcats in places but they can be improved. Scottsbluff again allowed 300 total yards, being out-gained 301 to 187.

“We just have to get back to work,” Hall said. “I was really pleased
with our effort at times. A good team does expose some of your weak points and we have to go back and fix some things on our blocking schemes that were a little suspect.”

Senior Spencer Powell had 137 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in leading McCook’s 202-yard ground game. Senior Trever Matson added 56 yards on 11 carries, while junior quarterback Caleb Sheets completed 7 of 12 passes for 99 yards with one TD and had 9 rushing yards.

McCook had the first lead after Bryce Lyons kicked a 38-yard field goal with 2:20 remaining in the first quarter.

However, Scottsbluff answered by scoring on its next two possessions. The Bearcats needed 13 plays on their ensuing but scored on junior Ty Benson’s 6-yard run early in the second quarter.
After the Scottsbluff defense stopped the Bison on three plays, the
Bearcats drove 47 yards on six plays to take the lead. Senior Jackson Hinze started the drive with a 17-yard quarterback keeper and completed the series with a 17-yard TD toss to Benson, giving Scottsbluff a 14-3 advantage.

McCook responded quickly, however, driving the ball 60 yards in just two minutes. Powell had a first-down runoff 20 yards, then he set up his 2-yard TD rush with a 25-yard carry.
The Bearcats had one more series before halftime, which included a 17-yard gain by Hinze. But the drive stalled out, leaving Scottsbluff ahead 14-10 at intermission.

McCook’s go-ahead score in the third quarter was pass-dominated. Sheets completed a 26-yard pass to Matson, and then he connected with Jarod Bryant for a 23-yard touchdown play.
The Bison sealed the victory with 4:07 left to play when Powell scored on a 10-yard rush.

For Scottsbluff, Hinze completed 2 of 6 passes for 20 yards, including his 18-yard TD strike Benson. Benson rushed 17 times for 115 yards and his first-quarter score.
Defensively for Scottsbuff, junior Brad Johnston had a team-high nine tackles, with seven solo stops, four for lost yardage and two quarterback sacks. Junior Traceten Halley had eight tackles, including six solo efforts, and junior Ben Heggem had six tackles (four solo).

The Bearcats will travel to Hastings on Friday to play Adams Central, which fell to 0-3 last week with a 26-13 loss to Aurora.
“We have good kids,” Hall said. “I will take our 25 seniors as opposed to those any other team brings in here. We’ll go to battle with our kids and get back to work.

Bayard scores

comeback win over Southeast

BAYARD – The Bayard Tigers got back on the winning track Friday night in area football action, overcoming a 14-point halftime deficit to score a 26-20 home win over the Southeast Cyclones of Yoder, Wyo.
The Tigers (2-1), who were downed 34-20 in their home opener Sept. 5 to Gibbon, trailed Southeast (1-2) 20-6 at halftime Friday night. Bayard then scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to tie the game and went ahead for good with a fourth-quarter TD.

Junior Jacob Hoff completed 10 of 22 passes for 97 yards and one touchdown and also ran the ball six times for 20 yards. Senior Bryce Hargens made that TD reception on his way to catching six passes for 58 yards. Senior Phillip Schuller had two receptions for 34 yards.
Senior Tristan Hunter had 17 rushes for 64 yards on one TD, while sophomore Joe Ferrero had two carries for three yards with one TD.
Defensively for Bayard, junior Conrad Kildow had 13 total tackles with five solo stops and one quarterback sack. Hunter added 10 tackles (five solo) and had an interception for the Tigers.

Bayard will have a long trip Friday when the Tigers travel to Oxford to face Southern Valley, which is 2-1 after losing Friday to North Platte St. Patrick’s 36-0.

Other action from Friday

MITCHELL – Kimball scored 42 first-half points Friday on its way to taking a 45-6 win over Mitchell.
The loss left the Tigers at 0-3 on the season, and Mitchell will travel to Lingle, Wyo., on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. game against Lingle-Fort Laramie (2-0).

Also Friday night, Banner County fell to 0-2 in six-man play with a 65-46 loss at Hayes Center (2-0). The Wildcats will play host to Wauneta-Palisade (0-2) on Friday at 2 p.m.
After an open week, Morrill will travel to Crawford on Friday in a match-up of 0-2 teams. The game will kick off at 7 p.m.

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