Gering’s comeback falls short against Adams Central
     2014-10-02      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Nathan Flowers/Spectrum Photo - Gering junior Deion Contreras (No. 20) works to break loose from a trio of Adams Central tacklers during the teams’ Friday night game at Gering Memorial Stadium. Contreras scored the Bulldogs’ first touchdown, but the visiting Patriots came away with a 41-12 victory in the battle of 0-4 teams. 
The Gering Bulldogs fell to the Adams Central Patriots 41-12 at Friday’s Homecoming game at Memorial Stadium. The Dawgs received the opening kickoff and sophomore Dalton Scott ran the ball back to the Gering 24 yard line. Junior Deion Contreras took the second play for 40 yards and a first down. The opening drive stalled at that point and junior Brent Barge punted to the Patriots at the 20 yard line.

The Patriots moved the ball to the Gering 32 yard line, but stalled and Gering took over on downs. Gering tried moving the ball all four downs but fell short of what they needed and Adams Central took over on the Gering 40. The Patriots launched a one-play scoring drive with a 40-yard run to the end zone with a good extra point Adams Central led 7-0 with 1:57 left in the first quarter.

Dalton Scott led the Bulldogs with a kick return to give themgood field position with a run back to the 36. Gering marched to the Patriots’ 36 where they faced a fourth down and six to go. Gering went for it but the drive ended as junior quarterback Austin Hoffman threw an interception which was run back to the 50 yard line. Six plays later the Patriots ran the ball in from the 3 yard line for their second touchdown of the game. The extra point was good and Adams Central led 14-0 with 8:16 left in the second quarter.

Contreras received the kickoff and gave the Dawgs good field position at the Gering 47. Contreras was able to advance to the Patriots 4 yard line but the Bulldogs could not punch into the end zone and Adams Central took over on downs. Thirteen plays later the Patriots crossed the goal line from the 1 to score. The extra point was good and with 19 seconds left in the second quarter Adams Central led 21-0.

Senior Esai Hernandez ran the kickoff back to the Gering 41and Contreras rushed to the 49. With just a few seconds left on the clock there was time for one more play. Hoffman attempted a long range pass but was sacked, ending the first half of play.

The Bulldogs’ kicker junior Chris Bartow opened the second half with a kickoff that was run back to the Patriots’ 27. Seven plays later Adams Central passed in from the 5 yard line for a touchdown. The extra point was good and Adams Central led 28-0 with 8:30 left in the third quarter.

Kickoff was received by Bulldog senior Quentin Timblin who took the ball to the Gering 37. The Dawgs launched a drive that lasted for 12 plays with penalties, a fumbled snap and a break of a penalty on the defense. The drive capped off when Contreras ran the ball over the goal line from the 2-yard line. The extra point was blocked by Adams Central and with 4:15 left in the third quarter the Patriots led 28-6.

Kickoff was by Bartow run back to the Patriots 26. Six plays later Adams Central ran the ball in from the Gering 3 for a touchdown. The extra point was tipped and no good, with 2:29 left in the third quarter and Adams Central leading 34-6.

The kick was scooped up by Hernandez and run back to the 40. Contreras quickly advanced to the 50 for a first down. The drive ended when Hoffman was intercepted and the ball was run back to the 50. Adams Central offense began to have issues with penalties, bad snaps, and incomplete passes leading Gering to take over on downs at their own 14. Six play with penalties, and a sack forced Barge to punt with the Patriots taking over possession at their 45. Adams Central scored 10 plays later after a run from the 2. The extra point was good and the Patriots now led the Bulldogs 41-6 with 3:09 left in the game.

Kickoff was returned by Scott to the Gering 42. The Bulldog’s offense suddenly looked like a well-oiled machine and put together one of the most impressive drives of the year. Sophomore Riley Grote ran the ball to the 41. There were missteps of a bad snap but then Hoffman passed to Palomo from the Adams 44 for a touchdown. The extra point was blocked and the score was now 41-12 Patriots with just 27 seconds left in the game.

Never give up must have been the thought as Gering took one last stab at it with an onside kick. The kick was recovered by Adams Central at the 50. The Patriots were finished playing as the quarterback took a knee to end the game with a final score of 41-12. Gering fell to 0-5 on the season.

“I was real happy with our attitude, willingness to play, and go forward,” Coach Jimmie Rhodes said. “The kids hung in there and they kept fighting through the end. I think our guys are starting to believe they can do some things we just need to put it together.”

Rhodes said some really good things happened during the last scoring drive. “Adams Central did some really nice things to keep the ball away from us most of the game. We did shoot ourselves in the foot a couple of times inside the 5 yard line. We just have to work those out and keep getting better and keep fighting through the end.”

Gering will be “on the road again” tomorrow as they travel to McCook to face the Bison. The Bison are 4-1 and will be a formidable opponent for Gering.

“McCook got beat by Aurora this week and we will be facing a very angry McCook Bison team,” Rhodes said. “We are going to keep steady, keep working and getting better, and keep conditioning.”

When the lights come on Friday night anything can happen as the Bulldogs are famished for that first win of the season.

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