Chadron deal Gering 38-0 setback
     2016-09-23      By Staff Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Courtesy photo Gering senior wide receiver Austin Abbott glides into the open field against Chadron last Friday night. The Cardinals handed the Bulldogs their fourth loss of the season. 
CHADRON — The Chadron Cardinals continued to utilize their new-found running game and never turned the ball over while improving their record to 2-2 on Friday night during a 38-0 victory over the Gering Bulldogs.

Chadron finished with 20 first downs, twice the Bulldogs’ total, and out-yarded the visitors 348 to 133. The Cardinals rushed for 277 of their yards after being nearly stymied on the ground in their first two games.

Gering got the game’s first two first downs on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Pszanka to Dalton Scott and Scott’s 15-yard gain with the help of a concerted shove from the offensive line.

However, the drive stalled at the Chadron 30, when Cardinals’ cornerback Brayden Richardson picked off a Gering pass and returned it for 30 yards to midfield.

Even though, the Bulldogs’ Dylan Radzymski sacked Chadron quarterback Coy Bila for an 11-yard loss during the ensuing drive, the Cardinals scored in 10 plays.

A 25-yard burst by Brendinh Sayaloune and a 17-yard pass play from Bila to Sayaloune helped set up Logan Tiensvold’s one-yard blast into the end zone.

Chadron mounted an 88-yard scoring drive late in the second quarter to take a 16-0 halftime lead. Tiensvold had a 15-yard run and Sayaloune dashed 21 yards to the Gering red zone.

It appeared the Bulldogs had blunted the march when Chris Palomo alertly stepped in front of intended receiver Marcus Fernandez to intercept a Chadron pass inside the 10. But Palomo was flagged for pass interference, and Sayaloune scored from the eight on the next play.

The Cardinals also scored twice in the third period. They initially marched 70 yards in 11 plays and reached the end zone on Sayaloune’s 12-yard ramble. The hosts went only 25 yards for their next TD. It was set up when Tiensvold swiped a pass at the Gering 25 and he also cashed in the chips on a 12-yard run.

Chadron added a final touchdown in the fourth period by driving 87 yards in eight plays, all on the ground. Tiensvold had runs of 11 and 13 yards before turning the ball toting duties over to sophomore Jake Lemmon, who had runs of 14 and 15 yards and then scored from the eight.

Lemmon also added the two-point conversion, the Cardinals’ fourth in five tries during the game.

Although Gering completed only 4-of-20 passes and had difficulty sustaining drives, one of the game’s most impressive plays saw Pszanka connect with Palomo for a 21-yard gain before the receiver was shoved out of bonds at midfield in the second period.

The Bulldogs rushed 28 times for 90 yards; Scott carried six times for 26 yards, Skylar Mueller six for 24, and Jacob Rocheleau 11-for-22.

Sayaloune had 22 carries for 145 yards, his career-high, and Tiensvold rushed 15 times for 87.

Nick Watkins led Gering in tackles with nine, seven of them solos. Cody Ybarra was credited with eight stops and Rocheleau seven.

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