Gering suffers road loss in playoffs
     2011-11-03      By The Gering Citizen   
Photo by Spectrum Photo. Gering Bulldogs Zach Smith ( No 22), Jessy Richard ( No 45), Dillion Wademan ( No 7) and Danny O'Boyle (No 15) take the field at a Sept.23 home game against Adams Central. The Bulldogs 
HASTINGS-Adams Central’s successful ground game and two rotating quarterbacks proved too much for the Gering Bulldogs to handle as they suffered their second loss to the Patriots this season by a 49-13 score.

Gering had lost to Adams Central on Sept. 23, when the Hastings school came out west to play the Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium. But the final score was close at 23-20 in what first-year Gering football coach Jimmie Rhodes called a “dogfight.”

Despite the regular season loss to Adams Central, Gering went on to a 5-4 overall season, capped off with an Oct. 21 win at Sidney. That record got them into the Class B playoffs, which sent them to Adams Central for an Oct. 30 first round game. And this game was different.

The Patriots, which entered the playoffs in the eighth-seed position, ground out 462 yards of total offense while scoring on seven of its nine possessions. The 7-3 Adams Central team rushed for 365 yards while limiting Gering to 49 yards rushing on 23 attempts.

The Patriot defense limited Gering’s 1,000 yard rusher, Mark Pieper, to 34 yards rushing on 14 attempts. And Gering sophomore quarterback Dillon DeMott was 13-of-30 passing for 152 yards and was intercepted three times.

Gering grabbed a 7-6 lead in the first quarter when DeMott hooked up with Zach Smith for a 13-yard touchdown pass. But the Patriots answered with 22 straight points, going up 28-7.
Gering’s final score came in the third quarter when DeMott pitched 36-yarder to Dillon Wademan.

Despite the loss, Rhodes said he was pretty positive about the season. “I’m excited about how the team responded through the year and how they came together. It was a good season for Gering.”
Rhodes added he’s also excited about the next couple of years. “The kids have a great work ethic and have laid down a foundation to build on for the upcoming classes.”

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