Bearcats strike early, roll past Tigers 49-7
     2011-09-08      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Sheila Weber: Scottsbluff's Seth Rohrer makes a first down Friday against the Mitchell Tigers. The Bearcats prevailed with a score of 49-7. 
Scottsbluff wasted little time Friday night in bouncing back from its season-opening football loss, rolling up 35 first-quarter points to roll past Mitchell 49-7 in the Tigers' home opener.

The Bearcats (1-1), 28-7 losers to McCook in their season opener at home Aug. 26, opened their scoring on junior Matt Klein's 59-yard punt return, and then the Scottsbluff offense got into high gear.
On its first play from scrimmage after stopping Mitchell again, Scottsbluff scored on junior Luke Worden's 43-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 Bearcat lead with 8:14 left in the opening quarter.

After stopping Mitchell on three downs for the third straight time, the Bearcats struck again on first down with senior quarterback Grant Lacey connecting with Klein on a 38-yard touchdown play for a 21-0 Scottsbluff advantage.

Klein had a touchdown rush of 26 yards with 3:30 left in the quarter and finished out the 35-point first-period rout with a 9-yard run with 1:28 remaining for his fourth TD of the quarter.
"We controlled the field position early and that really affected Mitchell," Scottsbluff coach Joe Benson said. "Our kids were ready to play and we executed well in the first half."

Junior Randy Wentz converted all five of his extra-point kicks in the first period, and he followed with his sixth PAT after Worden scored a second-quarter touchdown on an 88-yard run. The Bearcats' 42-0 lead stood at halftime.

"Part of it was Scottsbluff's a very good team and I think some of our kids came out flat, they punched us in the mouth and went from there," Mitchell coach Chris Bailey said.

The Tigers broke into the scoring column in the third quarter. Junior Brendan Swanson returned a Scottsbluff fumble at the Bearcats' 26 and returned the ball to the 5. On first down, senior Alberto Alvizar put Mitchell on the board.

Worden finished the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and the Bearcats ran out the running clock the rest of the way.

The loss put Mitchell (1-1) on both ends of lopsided decisions after the Tigers rolled past Morrill 64-26 in the Aug. 26 season opener.

"The kids just have to deal with adversity," Bailey said. "They were just better and we made some mistakes. We have to keep working hard and not quit, and we'll be all right."

Scottsbluff entertains Lexington in a 6 p.m. contest Friday night at Bearcat Stadium. The Minutemen, 33-20 losers to Gering in their season opener, edged Grand Island Northwest 22-20 Friday night.

"The verdict is still out," Benson said on how good the Bearcats might be this season. "But the way I have seen them in practice the last two weeks, they have made big strides. I'm excited to see how we play against Lexington."

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