Bearcats, Bulldogs, Tigers make All-Conference football list
     2014-11-27      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - Scottsbluff senior Jackson Hinze hands off to senior running back Ty Benson (No. 21) during the first round playoff against Aurora recently. The two senior Bearcat players were named all-conference last week. 
While the winless Gering Bulldogs and Mitchell Tigers had opposite on-field success from the district champion and Class B state playoff semifinalist Scottsbluff, all three teams were well represented on the All-Western Conference football team.

Scottsbluff had six all-conference selections and four earn honorable mention, while Gering had three all-conference picks and four honorable mention selections and Mitchell had two all-conference honorees and four honorable mention selections.

For Scottsbluff, which finished 10-2 and won its fourth District B-8 title in five years on its way to making the state semifinals, all-Western Conference honorees are seniors Jackson Hinze, Ty Benson, Rob Cantril and Tristan Donelson and juniors Austin Clarkson and Brad Johnston.

Bearcats gaining honorable mention are seniors Stetson Anderson and Christian Miller, and juniors Trevor Garcia and Traceten Halley.
Hinze, a 5-foot-9, 165-pounder, quarterbacked Scottsbluff’s offense with 52.2 percent pass completions (36 of 69) for 791 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions, and he also rushed for 611 yards on 103 carries with nine TDs.

As the Bearcats’ kicking specialist, Hinze made 48 of 49 extra-point attempts (98 percent) and hit 9 of 11 field-goal attempts with a long kick of 52 yards. Hinze also averaged 33.5 yards on 33 punts and 49.6 yards on 63 kickoffs.

The 5-foot-9, 150-pound Benson led Scottsbluff rushers with 1,535 yards and 26 touchdowns, and as a receiver he led the Bearcats with 13 catches for 375 yards and five more TDs. Defensively, Benson had one interception and five tackles, four solo efforts.
Cantril, a 5-7, 175-pounder, had nine receptions for 147 yards and one touchdown on offense while he made 35 total tackles (30 solo) on defense.

At 6-6 and 260 pounds, Clarkson anchored Scottsbluff’s offensive line that averaged 382 yards of offense per game. On defense, Clarkson had 31 total tackles (21 solo) with one quarterback sack and one other tackle for lost yardage.

Donelson, a 5-11, 170-pounder, had 331 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 56 carries and as a receiver made eight catches for 141 yards and two more TDs. Defensively, Donelson had four quarterback sacks and two interceptions with 50 total tackles (36 solo) and five tackles for lost yards.

Johnston, a 6-foot, 195-pounder, had 154 rushes for 977 yards for a team-leading average of 139.6 per game and scored 11 touchdowns. On defense, Johnston was second in solo tackles with 52 (62 total) with a team-high 13 tackles for lost yardage.

Anderson, a 5-11, 205-pounder, was the Bearcats’ leading tackler with 71 total tackles (44 solo) with four tackles for lost yardage and two fumble recoveries. Offensively, Anderson had 45 rushing yards and one touchdown on 10 carries and three receptions for 32 yards.
Halley, a 5-10, 170-pounder, had a team-high 59 solo tackles (68 total) with four interceptions and one fumble recovery. Offensively, Halley was Hinze’s backup at quarterback and completed 3 of 7 passes for 40 yards with one touchdown and made 15 rushes for 71 yards. He also had one 44-yard reception.

Garcia, a 5-11, 170-pounder, had 29 solo tackles (38 total) with one interception and had one reception for one yard.
The 6-1, 280-pound Miller was another solid force on the Bearcats’ offensive line, while defensively he had 14 solo tackles (19 total) and had one fumble recovery.

Trio leads Bulldogs’ picks


Gering’s winless season still proved fruitful with seven selections to the all-conference team, including senior Alex Closson and juniors Brent Barge and Deion Contreras. The Bulldogs’ four honorable mention picks are seniors Esai Hernandez and Quentin Timblin, junior Mitch Martin and sophomore Dylan Radzymski.

The 6-3, 300-pound Closson was a rock for the Bulldogs up front on both sides of the ball. The young Gering offense averaged 175.5 yards of offense behind Closson and his line mates, while on defense Closson made 30 total tackles (15 solo) with one for negative yardage.

Contreras, a 5-11, 144-punder, was the Bulldogs’ top rusher with 614 yards on 191 carries and two touchdowns, and he caught four passes for 30 yards.

Barge, 5-8, 136-pounder, had a team-high 27 receptions for 180 yards and also had six rushes for 27 yards. At linebacker, Barge had 45 tackles (32 solo) with one for lost yardage, with one interception and two pass breakups. As the Bulldogs’ punter, Barge had 48 kicks with a 30.5-yard average and a long punt of 55 yards.

Timblin, a 6-3, 165-pound linebacker and receiver, was Gering’s leading tackler with 57 solo stops (73 total) with a team-high four tackles for lost yardage (17 yards) and three blocked field goals with two quarterback sacks. Offensively, Timblin had 17 receptions for 157 yards.

Martin, a 5-7, 133-pound defensive back and receiver, had a team-high four pass breakups and 51 total tackles (42 solo) win one for lost yardage and one fumble recovery. Martin also had nine receptions for 62 yards and one rush for no yards.

The 6-2, 183-pound Hernandez had a team-high three quarterback sacks and two more tackles for loss as part of 46 total tackles (36 solo) and turned a fumble recovery into a 40-yard touchdown. Hernandez also made three receptions for 21 yards.
Radzymski, a 5-10, 164-pounder, had 15 carries for 42 yards and one catch for 8 yards on offense. From his linebacker spot, Radzymski had 36 total tackles (27 solo), with one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.

Pair leads Tigers’ selections

A young Mitchell team had its second straight 0-8 season in Class C1, but two Tigers earned all-conference honors and four others made the honorable mention list.

Junior quarterback-defensive back Drew Gilliland and junior lineman Wyatt McMillan are Mitchell’s all-conference picks.
Senior lineman Garrett Sterkel, sophomore receiver-defensive back Abe Hernandez and sophomore running back-linebacker Christian Perez and sophomore lineman Bailey Branson are the honorable mention picks.

Full-season statistics for the Tigers were not available.

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