Lights out for Lexington
     2016-09-16      By Bonnie Fox    editor@geringcitizen.com
Scottsbluff senior running back Braden Lofink heads for paydirt in a 56-0 blowout win over the Lexington Minutemen in last Friday’s game at Bearcat Stadium. 
The Scottsbluff Bearcats football team blasted past the Lexington Minutemen for their third win of the season, while the Cats defense protected home turf with a shutout, 56-0, at Scottsbluff Stadium last Friday night, September 9.

“Defense played great, they were lights out, a real game changer,” said Max Mason, the Bearcats’ lead rusher on the night, who also had high praise for his offensive line.

The Cats quick-strike offense scored often throughout the first quarter.

Braden Lofink, senior running back, got Scottsbluff going with a touchdown in the first two minutes. The offensive line created gaping holes, allowing the offense to explode through Lexington’s porous defense. Scottsbluff’s secondary kept the Minutemen scrambling. With the pressure on, the Cats decisively kept Lexington’s offense from getting anything started.

Quarterback, Noah Bruner had 5 carries, for a total of 80 yards, and two touchdowns in the first half. Max Mason had an impressive 204 total yards, with 13 carries, and three touchdowns. Notably, freshman, Jasiya DeOlios, scored the seventh touchdown of the first half for Scottsbluff. By the intermission, the Cats held a 49-0 commanding lead.

Kicker, Eli De Los Santos did his job, keeping the Minutemen pinned deep in their own end of the field, far from being any threat of scoring.

“He was a highlight for us tonight, Eli did a great job,” Scottsbluff Coach Joe Benson said.

The Bearcats gave more of their young team a chance to shine in the second half. Lexington would muster up a good drive after the half and would get down to the 3-yard line. The defense stepped up big and held their ground. The offense would take over in downs.
Setting up the last scoring drive of the night, sophomore Chris Busby, receiving the kickoff, ran the ball out to the 29-yard line. On the next play of the series, DeOlios picked up a big chunk, running the ball to the 42-yard line. Bruner, on a keeper, picked up the first down, then Busby finished the job, on a 36-yard run play, he took it to the house.

DeLos Santos scored the point after. Ending the third quarter, senior, Keshon Contreras, picked off Lexington’s Quarterback, Chris Hernandez, and any hope of getting on the scoreboard.

After the final seconds ticked off the clock, Benson said he was pleased with his defense and how they really stepped up their play. “We challenged the “D” to not be flat footed; they played downhill tonight.”

The Bearcats running game is picking up steam, and Bruner is working on his passing game. He had 3 incomplete passes for the night.

“We will work on the passing game, important to get the rhythm in that,” Benson said. Another game changer for the team, were “contributions from more kids and that needs to continue.”

Scottsbluff travels to Aurora tonight, September 16, to take on the Huskies who go into the game with 2-1 record.

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