Scottsbluff stopped by Aurora, weather
     2015-10-08      By Roger Holsinger   
Photo by Roger Holsinger Photography - Aurora’s Brody Werner is tackled by Bearcats Braden Lofink (1), Robbie Price (88) and Eseah Ingram (8). 
Scottsbluff Head Coach Joe Benson not only had to contend with an undefeated Aurora squad, but he also had to face Mother Nature. Due to excessive lightning and what turned into a near monsoon, last Friday night’s game was called about midway through the third quarter and Aurora went home with the 26-7 victory.

Benson said he had never been faced with a situation when a game was called due to the weather.

“We waited a couple hours, and then the administration talked it over and it was decided that it was best to just end the game,” he said.
However, right before the half, Scottsbluff had scored its first points of the game as senior Eseah Ingram snatched the ball and took it 75 yards for the score.

Benson said he didn’t believe that gave them any momentum going in at halftime, but maybe just “leveled” things out. He added that he didn’t believe there was any way to tell how the outcome would have been if the game was allowed to continue.

“After the game we talked about our defense and I thought we gave a great effort. Defensively I thought we could have played better and could have had four or five more interceptions,” he said. “I also told them that we needed to execute better.”

But Benson gave the undefeated Huskies due praise saying the team was hard to stop.

“Their edge runs were very effective and that was hard to deal with along with their slip screens. Offensively, I thought we matched up well against their defense but we just couldn’t get the big play and that’s what hurt us,” Benson said.

Next up for the Bearcats will be the Red Raiders from Sidney and Benson said this week his team will prepare for the “big challenge” by working on tackling and being more opportunistic on defense.
He said his team would also be working on staying with their blocks on offense and making sure that when their opponent is faced with third and long that it comes off the field and doesn’t get the easy first down.

The Red Raiders will enter Friday night’s contest with a 4-3 record after losing last Friday night, 27-20, against Grand Island Northwest.

Josh Schaub leads the Sidney rushing attack averaging 11 yards per carry and right behind him is Jake Herrin with 10.5 yards a carry. Alex Linneman is averaging 10.1 yards a carry and has rushed so far this season for 374 yards. Sidney quarterback Brady Radcliffe averages close to 10 yards a pass and about half of his passes are completed.

“They (Sidney) are a team that likes to get out on the perimeter and will run the ball a lot and have strong runners. They typically won’t throw the ball unless they have to.”

As the contest opened, the Bearcats worked the ball for a few yards on their opening drive, but ended up having to punt. The punt was not good and Aurora ended up with great field position and was on the Bearcat 35 after one play. Then two plays later Preston Dibbern went in from three yards out to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead with 7:27 left in the quarter.

Starting at its own 27, Bearcat quarterback Traceten Halley broke free for nearly 20 yards and then Trevor Garcia took it to the Aurora 34.

The drive then stalled with an incomplete pass and two short runs and the Bearcats had to punt away a possible score.

Aurora’s next drive covered 98 yards as the Huskies started on their own two-yard line. Quarterback Grant Fox found Todd Honas open for a 40-yard reception and then Brody Werner took it 33 yards for the score and the Huskies led, 14-0, with 55 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Once again it looked like the Bearcats were firing on all cylinders as Ingram took the kickoff to the Bearcat 40. Three plays later the Bearcats were in Husky territory, but were unable to convert on a fourth and two and Aurora took over on downs with 9:54 remaining in the first half.

Fox once again found Honas for a 20-yard reception to the Scottsbluff 38. Dibbern then took it to the Scottsbluff 10 and then found the end zone two plays later to give his Huskies a 20-0 advantage with 8:10 remaining in the second quarter.

Garcia continued to run well for the Bearcats as he took the ball from the 25 to the 43 and then Brad Johnston ran a tough two yards to give the Bearcats a first down. Faced with another fourth and short, this time at the Aurora 45, Scottsbluff made it to the Aurora 38.
Again the Bearcats looked like they were rolling, but another set of short runs caused another fourth down and this time the Bearcats came up short and Aurora took over.

Aurora’s offense began again but Ingram snatched the pass and took it in for the score and the Bearcats trailed 20-7 with 4:08 left in the first half.

Aurora answered back with a score and went in at halftime leading 26-7.

Scottsbluff came out after half looking hungry as Braden Lofink intercepted another Fox pass but with 7:37 left in the quarter, the rain began and the lightning got closer and the game was on a weather delay. It would not begin again and the Bearcats moved to 3-3 on the season.

Leading the Bearcats in rushing was Garcia with 48 yards followed by Halley with 45.

The Bearcats ended the night with 127 yards rushing and 257 all-purpose yards.

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