Gering stays scrappy against McCook in difficult season
     2014-10-09      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Steve Towery/for the Citizen - Gering’s junior running back Deion Contreras (No. 20) scrambles for yardage behind the blocking of offensive linemen sophomore Dylan Radzymski (No. 44) and senior Danny Palomo Jr. (No. 72). Despite a hard-fought game, the Bulldogs, outsized by the McCook Bison, suffered a 56-7 loss. 
The Gering Bulldog football team extended its losing streak to 0-6 last Friday night on the road, falling to the McCook Bison 56-7.
The Bison scored three times in the first quarter at 7:22, 3:52, and 0:59. McCook would go on to score two more times in the second quarter at 9:35 and 3:28. All five extra points were good. The Bulldogs did not score in the first half and the halftime score was 35-0. Junior Nolan Nelson did manage to pick up one interception in the first half.

The Bison did not let up in the third half as they scored two more times in the third quarter. Gering answered in the fourth quarter. McCook fumbled a pitch in the back field and Senior Esai Hernandez scooped up the ball and ran 40 yards for a touchdown. Junior Chris Bartow kicked the extra point and the score was now 49-7. McCook picked up on more scored in the final frame to win the game 56-7.

As a team the Dawgs made six first downs but were flagged eight times for 55 yards. Quarterback Senior Austin Hoffman completed 5 of 11 passes for 24 yards. Sophomore Deion Contreras led the rushing with 28 yards on 17 carries, Sophomore Dylan Radzymski earned 24 yards on nine carries, and Nelson earned two yards on a single carry.

Junior Brent Barge had two receptions for 4 yards, Junior Alex Salazar had a catch for 8 yards, Junior Mitch Martin and Sophomore Chris Palomo each had one catch for 6 yards. Kick returns saw Barge with 75 yards. Contreras had eight kick return yards and Nelson had three yards. Nelson had the lone interception for 11 yards and Hernandez was officially credited with a fumble recovery for 40 yards and Gering’s only touchdown.

“We played a really good football team in McCook,” Coach Jimmie Rhodes said. “Coach Gross had his guys dialed up they were ready to play us. Our guys in the first half played really hard, we were lined up right, we were right there in the position to make tackles. They seemed to be a little bigger than us and a little faster than us. We kept plugging away, kept working on things, and got a lot of young guys in the game. We have to keep improving every week and find positives throughout the season.”

Gering is now 0-6 on the season and will open up their district play at home tomorrow against the Alliance Bulldogs. Alliance earned their first win of the season Friday against Adams Central 14-3 to be 1-5 on the season. Alliance is a comparable opponent for Gering. And because it’s senior night for Gering, they have a good shot at winning this game.

“I expect our guys to be excited to be able play at home again,” Rhodes said.” When we played at home last we had a lot of fire and a lot of buzz about us. I am thinking that this being senior night we can find some intensity and get back to playing football for each other. We need to get after a district win.”

Time will tell when the lights come on Friday night.

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