Mitchell rushes way to big victory
     2011-09-15      By Terry Gaston   
Mitchell's Tyler Golden (#35) rushes down the field for a first down on their home turf Friday against the Bridgeport Bulldogs. The Tigers beat Bridgeport 41-14 bringing their season record to 2-1 
After Mitchell started the football season with a blowout victory over Morrill followed by a blowout loss to Scottsbluff, Tigers coach Chris Bailey finally got to see what his team could do against a little more balanced competition last Friday.
And Mitchell responded by posting a dominating 41-14 home victory over Bridgeport.
“Our kids just bounced back and just worked really hard,” said Bailey, whose team (2-1) was routed in its first home game the week before by Scottsbluff, 49-7. “They did what we asked them to do. We got better, and that’s what we asked for.”
The Tigers gained all 364 of its yards on the ground, with junior quarterback Brendan Swanson attempting only four passes on the night, and nearly had three 100-yard rushers. Senior Alberto Alvizar led Mitchell’s charge with 130 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries, while junior Tyler Golden gained 106 yards on 14 rushes with one TD.
Senior Bryce Wiedeman had 95 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, and Swanson ran his way into the end zone twice and had 30 net rushing yards on six attempts. Bo McVay was 5-for-6 on extra-point attempts, and he and Swanson had an interception apiece.
The Tigers held the Bulldogs to 227 yards, with 70 of those on Bridgeport’s only pass completion, Jamie Gonzalez’s second-quarter touchdown pass to Nick Pappas that cut Mitchell’s halftime lead to 27-6.
“Bridgeport is a good team,” Bailey said of the Bulldogs in spite of their 0-2 record. “We played well and got after it and won, and we were successful.”
The Tigers have this week off before they travel to Kimball next Friday.
Bayard 31, Sutherland 14
Senior quarterback Brandon Stuart threw for two first-half touchdowns and rushed for two more scores in the second half, leading Bayard to its first win of the season at home over Sutherland.
Stuart completed a first-quarter TD pass to Braydon Parriott and a second-period toss to Kody Krantz, giving the Tigers a 14-8 halftime lead. After Dustin Daniels’ third-quarter field goal, Stuart sealed the Sailors’ fate with scoring runs of 6 and 49 yards.
Bayard (1-2) is off this week and next plays at Bridgeport on Sept. 23.
Crawford 36, Banner County 28
Banner County had its first win in two seasons within its grasp but had the possible game-tying score late in the game nullified by a penalty, giving Crawford the win at Harrisburg.
The Wildcats never led the visiting Rams but stayed within striking distance after each team had one touchdown during the first half. Sophomore quarterback Ben Hostetler scored Banner County’s first TD on a 4-yard run, then he tallied the Wildcats’ second score on an 8-yard rush after Crawford had scored twice to start the third period.
Jordan Knaub replaced an injured Hostetler and scored twice, on runs of 5 and 20 yards, pulling the Wildcats to within eight of the Rams. Knaub connected with Brenton Soule on an apparent 20-yard touchdown pass, but Knaub was beyond the line of scrimmage for an illegal forward pass.
The Wildcats will be at Brady on Friday for a 5 p.m. kickoff..
In other action Friday, both Minatare and Morrill fell to 0-2, with Morrill losing at home to Kimball 41-6 and Minatare falling to Loup County 63-36 at Taylor.
Minatare plays host to Hyannis (also 0-2) at 7 p.m. Friday, while Morrill travels to Hershey (2-0).

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