Bulldogs no match for Bearcats: Gering falls to rival in 55-20 loss
     2015-10-22      By Roger Holsinger    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Roger Holsinger PhotographySophomore quarterback Tyler Pszanka (11) looks for some running room during action in the fourth quarter last Friday night as Bearcat defender Kishan Contreras (36) prepares to make the tackle. Pszanka played most of the second half, scoring a touchdown himself and passing for another. 
A packed house was present last Friday night at Memorial Stadium to root for the home team, even though the home team has struggled all year. But as it’s been said, true fans don’t jump off the bandwagon when the going gets tough.

And it was another tough night for the Gering Bulldog football team as they hosted cross town rival Scottsbluff as part of the Homecoming Week festivities.

When the game ended, the Scottsbluff Bearcats had improved to 5-3 on the season with a 55-20 win over the young and struggling Gering Bulldogs.

Scottsbluff Head Coach Joe Benson said he was not sure what to expect when the game started and said he didn’t think they would score as quickly as they did.

“We were really sharp,” said Benson. “We really had a good week of practice and I think that helped keep us focused on Friday.”
Benson pulled his starters after the first half and he said it was nice to give the starters a break because it has been a tough season so far.

“I think it (taking them out during the second half) was a good thing because we have really been through the meat grinder this year and I think that rest will help us in the long run because our guys got some rest.”

This Friday the Bearcats will host the Bulldogs of Alliance and Benson said they will show multiple fronts on offense as they can run and pass.

“They have some very competitive athletes at positions and we will definitely have our hands full,” he said.

With the win over Gering, Benson’s squad improves to 5-3 on the season and he said that while there are a couple of games that he would like to have gone differently, he is pleased with how the season is going.

In regards to a possible play-off game, Benson said he hasn’t even looked at that possibility because there are so many “ifs” right now that it doesn’t do any good to look at it until the season is over.

Benson’s squad didn’t waste any time in scoring as just 46 seconds into the contest, Scottsbluff had already scored after an onside kick by Gering failed and Scottsbluff had the ball at the Gering 49. Ben Heggem started the drive with a seven yard run, and then Gering got called for encroachment. Scottsbluff quarterback Traceten Halley found daylight and was gone for the 32-yard score and after a successful kick, Scottsbluff led 7-0.
There were a couple of bright spots for Bulldogs, including the running of Dalton Scott, but it was like a broken record as Gering would get the ball and then punt and Scottsbluff would reply with another score.

The Bearcats next score came after Brad Johnston went from the Scottsbluff 34 to the Gering 21 and then Halley hit Trevor Garcia for a 21-yard score to put Scottsbluff up 14-0 with 8:54 left in the first quarter.

The Scottsbluff defense swarmed on the Gering runners as the Bulldogs were often sacked for losses or maybe saw a one or two yard gain.

Scottsbluff scored again as Garcia took it two yards to give the Bearcats a 21-0 lead still in the first. Johnston added another score from eight yard out to make it 28-0 with 4:16 left in the first quarter. Then Heggem added another score, this time a 38-yard run followed by another Johnston score and the Bearcats were up 42-0 at the end of the first quarter.

By half the Bearcats had a 55-0 lead and during the second half, Benson played his second and third-string teams.

But then the Gering fans had something to cheer about.

With 6:47 remaining in the third quarter, the Bulldogs got onto the scoreboard as sophomore running back Jacob Rocheleau scored to make it 55-7.

With sophomore quarterback Tyler Pszanka at the helm, Gering would add two more scores and could have possibly added more but the clock ran constantly the second half due to the 35-point mercy rule.

Pszanka hit Scott for a 25-yard touchdown and Pszanka scored once himself from six yards out to end the game.

Scottsbluff recorded 528 yards of rushing and 21 yards from the air. Halley led the team from the ground with 119 yards rushing and Johnston added another 115 yards.

Kobe Paez led the Scottsbluff defense with six tackles, followed by Kris Kizzire, Joe Collet, Dalen Hartsuiker and Rob Price who each had four tackles.

Next up for Scottsbluff will be Alliance (4-4) as the Bearcat will host another Bulldog on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

For Gering, the Bulldogs (0-8) will travel to Sidney (4-4) on Friday and face the Red Raiders. Sidney fell to Alliance last Friday, 13-12.

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