Cards hand ’Dogs second loss: Streak continues as Chadron thumps Gering, 42-13
     2015-09-10      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/Gering Citizen - Gering’s defensive back Brent Barge tackles Chadron running back Naleka Sayaloune during action in the first quarter. 
The Gering Bulldog football team lost to the Chadron Cardinals 42-13 on Friday, the 15th consecutive loss for Gering.

“If we can get our kids to play four quarters like they did the third quarter, I think we will be in good shape,” Gering coach Todd Ekart said after the game. “Mistakes and our intensity was not quite as good. We did not have as much effort as we had last week. I think it showed and we made some mistakes here and there and it really cost us. Monday we will show the kids the film of the third quarter and say that this is what we are capable of and just go out and do that for four quarters.”

The Bulldlogs opened the game by receiving the opening kickoff and started with excellent field position at their 46 yard line. But the Dogs were not able to take advantage and went three and out.

Chadron put together 7 plays before they were stopped and forced to punt. Gering’s Deion Contreras tried to rush but did not make a gain. Austin Hoffman passed to Dalton Scott for just 2 yards.

Gering’s first big error occurred on a bad snap that went into the end zone. Gering beat the Cardinals to the ball, and jumped on it in the end zone saving a touchdown by Chadron but costing the Bulldogs a 2-point safety. Chadron led the game now 2-0 with 4:54 left in the first quarter.

Gering’s first score came with 1:28 in the first quarter when Scott got some help from his blockers and with some fancy footward rant the ball into the end zone.

The point after kick by Chris Bartow was good and Gering led the game 7-2.

Chadron’s Jayden Stack got ther kickoff and it took Cardinal quarterback Marcus Fernandez nine plays to find Stack for a 41 yard touchdown pass. The point after was broken up by a fast G-Town rush and the holder tried to run for it but did not make it. The score was now 8-7 Chadron with 11:00 left in the half.

A holding penalty cost the Bulldogs some yardage in their next set of downs. leaving the ball on the Gering 12. A Gering fumble was recovered by Chadron on the 10 and it took the Cardinals two plays to punch in the ball. The point after was good and Chadron increased their lead to 15-7 with 8:37 left in the half.

Barge received the kickoff and returned to the Gering 31 before going three and out again. Chadron wasted little time and took advantage of another Gering penalty and 6 plays later Fernandez made a touchdown pass from the Gering 23, the point after was good and the score was now 22-7 Chadron with 4:46 left until halftime.

Gering stalled out in its next series and punted away to Chadron. The Cardinals took a knee and ended the first half.
Chadron went three and out to open the second half and had to punt. punted. Scott made the fair catch at the Gering 35 and the Dawgs began to drive. Barge received a pass from Hoffman for 8 yards. Contreras made 2 runs to the Chadron 49.
The next play saw a flag moving Gering back to their 41. Barge caught a pass and made up all the lost ground. Barge caught a second pass and made it to the Chadron 14. Hoffman and Contreras moved the ball to the Chadron 5 but turned the ball over on downs.
After Chadron turned the ball over again, Gering stalled and on fourth down at the Chadron 29, attempted a Bartow field goal but failed, and Chadron took over on their own 20. Chadron was again three and out and punted and it was out of bounds at the Chadron 26 giving the Dawgs excellent position.

A pass from Hoffman to Tyler Paszanka resulted in a touchdown for G-Town.

The point after was no good and the Bulldogs closed the gap to 9 points with Chadron leading 22-13 and 2 seconds left in the third frame.

Chadron returned the kickoff to the 45. They took seven plays to score again with a three yard run into the zone by Logan Tiensvold the point after kick was good and with 9:21 left in the game Chadron now lead 29-13.

Disaster struck Gering again as Chadron intercepted. It took just one play to run the ball into the end zone from the Gering 15. The kick was good and Chadron led 36-13 with 5:25 left in the fourth period.
The Cardinals made their last touchdown of the game in two plays. The point after failed and with 1:18 left in the game Chadron now led 42-13.
Gering began a new drive with runs by Salazar and Enrique Saenz but there was not enough time and the clock ran out with Chadron winning 42-13 with Gering notching their 15th straight loss a record that goes back to Oct. 4, 2013.

Gering will travel to Lexington tomorrow to face the 0-2 Lexington Minutemen. Both teams will be looking for their first win. The game will be carried locally at 6 p.m. on AM 960 or FM 93.3.

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