All-District football list: B-8 champion Scottsbluff garners 21 total honors, Gering players earn 11 kudos
     2015-01-22      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Nathan Flowers/Spectrum Photo - Gering junior Deion Contreras (No. 20) draws a block from junior wide receiver Chris Palomo (No. 80) duiring the Bulldogs’ game against Alliance at Gering Memorial Stadium. Palomo made the all-District B-8 first team at receiver and Contreras was a second-team selection at running back. 
Scottsbluff’s Ty Benson was named the District B-8’s Most Valuable Player and the Offensive Most Valuable Player on the recently released all-district team.
Benson was joined for major honors by his dad, Joe Benson, as the district’s Coach of the Year after they helped lead the Bearcats to a 10-2 record and the state semifinals in the fall. Scottsbluff junior Brad Johnston is the co-winner of the Defensive MVP honor with Sidney’s Jake Heeren.

First-team offensive selections from Scottsbluff are Ty Benson at running back, senior Jackson Hinze at quarterback and kicker, and junior Austin Clarkson and senior Christian Miller as linemen.

On the first defensive team, Johnston was joined by Bearcat senior Stetson Anderson at linebacker, seniors Trevor Garcia and Tristan Donelson as defensive backs and Benson as kick returner.

Johnston also made the all-district second offensive team at running back, while Scottsbluff senior Rob Cantril was selected as a wide receiver, senior Christian Eubanks as a lineman and Hinze made the second team at punter.

Defensive second-teamers from Scottsbluff are senior Sabian Harsh on the line, Scottsbluff senior Ben Heggem at linebacker and Scottsbluff junior Traceten Halley at defensive back.

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.

Benson had nine punt returns for 116 yards and one kick return for one yard. Also defensively, Benson had one interception and five tackles, with four solo stops.
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.

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.

The 6-6, 260-pound Clarkson, the 6-1, 280-pound Miller and the 5-10, 210-pound Eubanks 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, and the 5-11, 170-pound Harsh had 26 total tackles (21 solo) with four quarterback sacks, six tackles for lost yardage and one fumble recovery.

Miller was another solid force on the Bearcats’ offensive line, while defensively he had 14 solo tackles (19 total) and had one fumble recovery.

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

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.
The 5-11, 170-pound Donelson had four quarterback sacks and two interceptions with 50 total tackles (36 solo) and five tackles for lost yards.

Garcia, a 5-11, 170-pounder, had 29 solo tackles (38 total) with one interception and had one reception for one yard.

Halley, a 5-10, 170-pounder, had a team-high 59 solo tackles (68 total) with four interceptions and one fumble recovery.

The 6-1, 200-pound Heggem also had 68 total tackles (16 solo) with an interception returned for a 46-yard touchdown, one quarterback sack and a tackle for 11 yards lost.

Eight players lead Bulldogs’ picks

Gering’s winless season still proved fruitful with 11 selections to the all-district team, including three Bulldogs who earned double honors.

Gering junior wide receiver Chris Palomo made the district’s first offensive team and Bulldog senior Quentin Timblin made the first defensive team at linebacker.
Offensive second-teamers are junior Deion Contreras at running back, junior Brent Barge at wide receiver, seniors Alex Closson and Danny Palomo Jr. as linemen and junior Chris Bartow at kicker.

Closson and Palomo earned second-team defensive linemen honors as well, while senior Esai Hernandez made the second team at linebacker and Barge was honored at defensive back.

The 6-3, 300-pound Closson and 6-3, 305-pound Danny Palomo Jr. were rocks for the Bulldogs up front on both sides of the ball. The young Gering offense averaged 175.5 yards of offense behind Closson and Palomo and their line mates.

On defense, Closson made 30 total tackles (15 solo) with one for negative yardage, and Palomo had 17 total tackles, five solo.

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.

Chris Palomo, a 6-foot, 146-pound, had 16 receptions for 266 yards and two touchdowns.

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

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.
Bartow, a 6-2, 187-pounder, was 6-for-8 on extra-point kick attempts.

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