Bearcats deflate Patriots at home, 51-28: Scottsbluff rides stingy defense to third victory
     2015-09-24      By Roger Holsinger   
Photos by Roger Holsinger Photography - Bearcat running back Trevor Garcia goes in for the TD last Friday night against Adams Central. Garcia scored thrice for the Bearcats who will travel to Grand Island this Friday to face the Vikings.  
The Scottsbluff Bearcat football team looked more like its track team last Friday night as the Bearcats raced past the Patriots of Adams Central, 51-28, to improve to 3-1 on the season.

The Bearcats held the Patriots scoreless in the first quarter as the Bearcat defense, including Kris Kizzire, Ben Heggem and Isaac De Los Santos led the attack. Offensively, the Bearcats racked up 472 total yards with Heggem scrambling for 178 yards on eight carries and scoring two touchdowns. Brad Johnston also supplied some tough rushing as he ended the night with 140 yards on 11 carries and one score. Trevor Garcia ended the night with three touchdowns and 91 yards of offense.
Scottsbluff Head Coach Joe Benson said going into the contest he wasn’t sure what to expect.

“This game freaked me out,” he said. “I didn’t know if we were going to win this game.”

Benson said his offense performed well even after losing running back Max Mason for the season with a broken leg. “Our kicking game wasn’t very good and that put us behind the eight ball a little bit, but we worked our way out of that,” he said.
While Benson was overall pleased with the performance of his team in the first half, the same couldn’t be said in the second.
“We didn’t play very well in the second half. We were sloppy at times. We played a number of different kids and that’s what happens when you do that (play a number of players), but we did the right thing.”
Benson said he was pleased once again with the running attack of the Bearcats and complimented Coach Judd Hall for his work with the back.
“We had to make some adjustments and it appears to me that we made the right ones,” added Benson.
Defensively, Benson described his team as playing, “lights-out,” as the Bearcats held the Patriots to less than 100 yards rushing, with the vast majority of the second half yards coming when Scottsbluff was playing its second and third string defense. Throughout the entire game, Adams Central played all its starters.

“If you remember, they had the ball about three times on the 50 and they only scored seven points against our starters.”

Tomorrow night the Bearcats will be on the road to battle the Vikings of Grand Island Northwest. The Vikings also won big last Friday as they held the Bulldogs of Gering scoreless, 54-0, and are 3-1 on the season.

“They will throw it every down. They are prolific with a great quarterback, they are coached well and we are going to have our hands full,” added Benson.

After the Bearcat defense held the Patriots on their opening drive, Scottsbluff took over at its own 32. Heggem, number 32, then took it to the end zone on the first play of the series going 68 yards and Scottsbluff had the 7-0 lead with 9:38 in the first. After a poor 15-yard kickoff, Adams Central had excellent field position at its own 44, but Kizzire sacked Breckon Reed for the seven yard loss. Facing a fourth and 10, the Patriots tried a quick pass and Scottsbluff got flagged for pass interference. After another stalled offensive attempt, Adams Central was looking at another fourth down, but this time the Scottsbluff defense held and the Bearcats took over at their own 40. After a seven yard run and a penalty called on Adams Central, Johnston broke free and went 45 yards for the score. A bobbled point after snap turned out positive as Eseah Ingram grabbed the ball and took it in for two points to give Scottsbluff the 15-0 lead.

The Bearcat defense held once again despite a noble attempt by the Patriots, however, the Bearcat defense held again on fourth down and Scottsbluff started its next series from its 33. Heggem lit up the field again as he weaved his way through defenders for the 61-yard score and at the end of the first quarter, Scottsbluff led 22-0
Scottsbluff’s fourth score came at 9:18 left in the half as Trevor Garcia scored his first of three touchdowns taking it in from two yard out after a 48-yard drive for the Bearcats.

Kizzire then gave his team another two points with a sack of Reed in the end zone for the safety and Scottsbluff was up 31-0 with 9:04 remaining in the first half.
Bearcats quarterback Traceten Halley then hit Garcia for a 23-yard score to put the Bearcats up 37-0.

Adams Central finally scored late in the second quarter as Reed scrambled past defenders for the score.
Scottsbluff fired right back, as Halley connected again with Garcia for a 38-yard score and Scottsbluff went in at halftime lading 44-7.

In the second half Scottsbluff picked up where it left off scoring from three yards out as Elijah Blanco added six to give the Bearcats a 51-7 advantage.
One the ensuing kickoff, the Patriots Marc Zeckser took it 80 yards for the score. Benson began substituting players at that point while Adams Central kept playing its starters and added two more scores, but for all practical purposes, the game was over at halftime.

Scottsbluff 22 22 7 0 – 51
Adams Central 0 7 7 14 – 28

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