Minatare leads area teams with playoff hopes
     2014-10-23      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Roger Holsinger Photography - Minatare senior Juan Garfio (No. 20) clashes against a Riverside defender, while senior teammate Miguel Martinez Jr. blocks the attack during Mintare’s season opener at home. While the (4-3) Indians suffered a 28-22 loss that day, the team realized strong performances, possibly earning them a wildcard berth in the postseason. Minatare will host Hyannis in their final game of the regular season. 
With the season coming to a close for most of the county-area football teams this week, the Minatare Indians look to clinch a berth in the Six-Man state playoffs for a second straight year.
Despite their 60-16 loss last week to Sioux County at Harrison, the Indians (4-3) stand the best chance of the valley area teams to join Scottsbluff in the postseason. Minatare closes out the regular season Friday by playing host to Hyannis (also 4-3), which last week downed Arthur County 71-32.

In the Six-Man wild-card rankings, Minatare is ninth and Hyannis is sixth. Sioux County and Spalding Academy are both 7-0 and tied for first and lead the pack for the eight-team playoff bracket.

Against Sioux County, Minatare was held to 145 yards while the host Warriors amassed 355 offensive yards.

Senior Juan Garfio had 70 rushing yards and one touchdown on five carries, while senior Tyler Koke had two receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown. Senior Chance McAllister completed both passes to Koke in two attempts.

Senior Nathan Woodrum fueled Sioux County’s potent rushing attack with 185 yards and five touchdowns on 17 carries. Woodrum also completed 8 of 16 passes for 85 yards and another TD.
In other six-man action Friday, Banner County ripped Cody-Kilgore 60-24 in Harrisburg. The win propelled the Wildcats to 2-5 in their first official season among the six-man ranks after dropping from eight-man.

Banner County finishes the season Friday against Sioux County, with kickoff in Harrison at 2 p.m.

In other action last week:

Morrill was a 42-30 loser Thursday at Sutherland. The Lions close out the season today (Thursday) against Perkins County at home starting at 6 p.m.

Bayard (2-6) suffered a 50-0 shutout loss to Bridgeport (3-5) in the battle for bragging rights in Morrill County and a District C2-8 contest. Bayard closes out its season Friday at home against undefeated North Platte St. Patrick’s.

For Bayard, senior Bryce Hargens caught four passes for 93 yards while junior Jacob Hoff completed 10 passes for 118 yards.
Mitchell was off last week and will look to break a winless streak of two seasons Friday when the Tigers (0-7) play host to Chase County (4-3) in a 7 p.m. District C1-8 contest.

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