Younger Gering falls to well-stocked GINW
     2014-09-25      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Gering Junior Brent Barge has a reception attempt broken up by a Grand Island Northwest defender during the teams’ game Friday at Viking Stadium in Grand Island. 
The Gering Bulldogs football team suffered their fourth loss of the season to the Grand Island Northwest Vikings 62-0. The Bulldogs started the game by receiving the opening kickoff, but they couldn’t get a first down.

One play was all the Vikings needed to get on the scoreboard. The pass and runback was for 65 yards. The point after attempt was no good and Northwest led 6-0 with 10:01 left in the first period.
Gering made valiant efforts throughout the night but was unable to do two critical things needed to win football games: cross the goal line, and stop the Vikings offense. Grand Island scored again in the first with a good point after 6:21 left.

The second quarter saw Northwest make four touchdowns with good extra points for 28 more points. The halftime gun sounded with the Vikings enjoying a 41-0 lead.

The onslaught continued in the second half as Grand Island crossed the goal line twice in the third quarter and made one last score in the final frame to win the game 62-0.
The Dawgs still managed to get some good numbers up on the board. Gering ran 56 plays with 14 first downs and only two penalties for 10 yards. Junior Quarterback Austin Hoffman completed 18 of 27 passes for 149 yards. Sophomore Quarterback Austin Abbott completed 4 of 5 passes for 35 yards.

Junior Deion Contreras had 11 rushing yards. Receptions made were 2 by senior Matt Wolfe, 5 by Senior Quentin Timblin, 7 by Junior Brent Barge, 5 by Sophomore Chris Palomo, and 3 by Junior Mitch Martin. Sophomore Dalton Scott had two returns for 30 yards, Sophomore Dylan Radzymski had one return for five yards, and Barge two returns for 31 yards.

Defensively Timblin led the way with 10 tackles, and Barge had seven. Senior Esai Hernandez had four tackles, Scott and Junior Antonio Murillo had three tackles each. Wolfe, Radzymski, Senior Alex Closson, and Martin had two tackles. Abbott, Junior Jacob Pieper, Contreras, Senior Brett Doughty, and Junior Alex Salazar each had one tackle.

“There were some really good things that went on during the game that I know the score does not show how the guys played,” Gering Coach Jimmy Rhodes said. “We played a very good football team in Grand Island Northwest. They have really good leadership and they did some good things on offense and defense. Our guys threw the ball really good in the air; we pass protected, and kept the quarterback upright.”

Rhodes added the special teams were very, very, good, but need to focus on doing our jobs, being positive, and fighting for four quarters.
The next game is homecoming and the team will need to step up extra and play a little harder and prepare to be successful.
Gering will play Adams Central Friday at home. Both teams are 0-4 this year and both will be anxious to get their first win of the season. Gering has the advantage of home field and no long road trip. Adams Central will not be a pushover though and Gering will need to be on target to get the win.

Rhodes agreed this is a winnable game. “They have played some really good competition, Grand Island NW and Aurora,” he said. “For them to be 0-4 is not a credit to what they have been able to do this year. They are in the same boat as we are. They are looking for a win. We are going to put our best wolves out there and face against their wolves and see who comes out on top.

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