Benson’s four TDs power Bearcats past Patriots
     2014-09-25      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - Scottsbluff junior Brad Johnston (No. 22) takes a handoff from Bearcat senior quarterback Jackson Hinze (No. 12), while senior Ty Benson pulls into blocking position, during Scottsbluff’s 49-34 win Sept. 5 at Bearcat Stadium in Scottsbluff. The Bearcats return home for their homecoming game Friday against Grand Island Northwest. 
HASTINGS – Not many football players at any level score even three touchdowns in a game.
But when Scottsbluff senior Ty Benson scored a fourth TD on Friday against Adams Central, he put himself into even rarer air.
Benson’s 48-yard, zig-zagging run in the fourth quarter capped off his four-TD performance, and the Bearcats left Patriot Stadium with a 36-19 victory.

The Bearcats (3-1) thus rebounded from a 24-14 loss to McCook by turning back an Adams Central team that fell to 0-4 against some of Class B’s best competition.

The Patriots scored on the game’s opening drive, a 13-play, 69-yard series that was all gained on the ground by I-back Kyler Wormstadt, whose 2-yard final rush gave Adams Central a 6-0 lead.
Worstadt, who finished with 30 carries for 167 yards, later added a 30-yard rushing score, but Scottsbluff had already stringed together a 30-point run.

Benson ran for 184 yards on 25 carries, and junior Brad Johnston scored Scottsbluff’s first touchdown on his way to 100 yards on 11 carries.
Junior Traceten Halley stepped in for injured senior quarterback Jackson Hinze and ran for 48 yards on seven rushes and completed one of four pass attempts for 14 yards. Senior Tristan Donelson was the receiver on that catch, which came on Scottsbluff’s first drive, and added 17 yards on seven carries.

Hinze, who suffered a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee early last week, was still able to kick field goals and extra points and punt against Adams Central.
Hinze had a 23-yard field goal in scoring the third quarter’s only points, giving Scottsbluff a 24-6 advantage, and made his first three extra-point kicks before he missed the last two tries.
The Bearcats responded to Wormstadt’s first TD with an 11-play, 65-yard drive that Johnston culminated with Johnston’s 16-yard rush to tie the game late in the first quarter. Hinze’s extra-point kick gave Scottsbluff a 7-6 lead on which it only built and never trailed.

The Bearcats then scored on back-to-back touchdowns by Benson, on rushes of 11 and 10 yards, giving the visitors a 21-6 advantage at halftime.
Benson followed Hinze’s field goal by scoring twice in the fourth quarter, the first on a 14-yard rush before his 48-yard zig-zag effort to close out Scottsbluff’s scoring and give the Bearcats a 36-13 advantage.

Adams Central added a late touchdown on a 10-yard rush.
Senior Ben Heggem led Scottsbluff defensively with six total tackles, including one for 1 lost yard, and a quarterback sack for an 11-yard drop. Senior Stetson Anderson had seven total tackles and Halley made six stops.

Adams Central will visit another 0-4 team in Gering on Friday at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs’ trip eastward Friday resulted in a 62-0 setback to Grand Island Northwest (3-1), which visits Scottsbluff on Friday for a 6 p.m. game at Bearcat Stadium.

In other action Friday:

Minatare rolled up 40 second-quarter points on its way to scoring a 52-23 win over McPherson County in Tryon.
The Indians (2-1) won the contrast of attacks by rushing for 317 yards and 30 passing yards, while McPherson County (0-3) had 229 passing yards and minus-14 rushing yards.

Junior Yovan Perez led the Indians’ ground attack with 121 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries, while senior Juan Garfio had 93 yards and two TDs on six carries. Perez also completed two pass attempts for 24 yards, both going for touchdowns to senior Chance McAllister.

Minatare picked off five interceptions, two by Garfio, who also led the Indians in tackles with nine.
Minatare heads back east again Friday for a 2:30 p.m. game against
Arthur County in Arthur.

Banner County won its first game with a 56-22 topping of Wauneta-Palisade at Harrisburg.
Senior Mike McKown led the Wildcats (1-2) in rushing with 173 yards on 14 carries, while senior Tyson Dahlgrin added 66 yards on four rushes.

The Wildcats will play host to Hyannis on Friday at 7 p.m.
At Crawford, the host Rams downed Morrill 40-24, leaving the Lions at 0-3 on the season.
Morrill senior Garrett Zwiebel had 25 carries for 134 rushing yards with two touchdowns and completed six passes for 53 yards. Junior Jorge Lara had 20 rushes for 74 yards and a TD and three receptions for 33 yards, and senior Jake Hoffman had 67 yards on four carries.
Defensively, Zwiebel led Morrill had 15 tackles and one interception, while Lara had 12 tackles, senior Senior Matt Hessler made 11 tackles, and Josh Harvey had five tackles and one fumble recovery.

Morrill will next play Dundy County-Stratton at home Friday, with kickoff set for 6 p.m.
Mitchell fell to 0-4 with a 34-6 loss to Lingle-Fort Laramie at Lingle, Wyo.

The Tigers had a 75-yard pass completion for its only score, which pulled them to within two at 8-6. But the host Doggers (3-0) dominated action with 431 yards rushing and 48 passing yards to Mitchell’s 206-yard total.

Junior Drew Gilliland completed four passes for 75 yards with one TD and led the Tigers’ rushing attack with 92 yards on 21 carries. Sophomore Christian Perez was on the receiving end of Mitchell’s lone touchdown.

Junior Trenton Strawder had a team-high 15 tackles for the Tigers and shared solo honors with Gilliland with six apiece. Gilliland followed with 12 total tackles.
Mitchell travels to Gordon-Rushville (1-3) on Friday for a 6 p.m. contest.

Bayard had a productive night in moving the ball against Oxford-Southern Valley, but the Tigers were home with a 54-18 defeat from a game played at Superior.
Junior quarterback Jacob Hoff completed 23 of 36 passes for 212 yards with three touchdowns, but the Tigers’ ground game was held to 55 yards while Southern Valley (3-1) had 189 rushing yards and 215 through the air.

Hoff’s top targets were senior Bryce Hargens, who had seven receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown, and senior Phillip Schuller, who made six catches for 64 yards and two TDs. Freshman Risaiah Anderson had a team-leading 31 rushing yards on seven carries.

Junior Ethan Marker led Bayard defensively with 11 total tackles and two quarterback sacks, while Hargens and junior Conrad Kildow had eight apiece.
Bayard (2-2) will play host to Kimball (2-2) on Friday at 7 p.m.

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