Bearcats remain perfect with 28-13 win over Aurora
     2016-09-23      By Roger Holsinger    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Roger Holsinger 1. Scottsbluff defender Max Mason comes close to a sack on Aurora quarterback Carter Thompson during action in Aurora last Friday night/ 
AURORA, NEB. — When opportunity knocks, you better answer.
That’s just what the Scottsbluff High School Bearcats did here last Friday as the offense rolled and the defense added points as well. The Bearcats beat the Huskies of Aurora, 28-13, and now stand at 4-0 on the season while Aurora drops to 2-2.

Leading the offensive attack for Scottsbluff was senior running back Max Mason.

Mason ended the game with 134 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

“It (the game) was a blast,” said Mason. “It was definitely a team effort and it came from all three phases as we had a lot of young guys step up and it was a blast seeing everyone come together and just get it done and come away with a W.”

Mason attributed his success to the offensive lineman as they are the ones making holes for him to run through.

“The offensive line is definitely a huge factor on our offense since we run the ball 90 to 95 percent of the time. It’s a big factor for us,” said Mason.

For Mason and the rest of the ball club the bus ride home isn’t quite as long after the win. He said they were able to stay focused on the ride out and when they took the field they were thinking that “we can do it and come together . . . after a win, seven hours (on a bus) is an easy ride.”

Another weapon in the Bearcat arsenal is freshman, yes freshman, Jasiya DeOllos, who Mason said is the first freshman to play varsity football for as long as he can remember.

DeOllos came through big with a pick six on the interception and the 77-yard score.

“Having a freshman come out and perform like that for three weeks in a row, that is huge for us,” he said adding the DeOllos is very competitive. “He’s the type of kid that doesn’t take no for an answer,” said Mason.

Head Coach Joe Benson said something he and his coaches emphasize is the needs to play a complete game and to have everyone contribute.

“We’re getting contributions from ninth-graders to twelfth-graders; special teams guys to offensive guys to defensive players as well as one-play specialists. That is what we’re going to have to have because we need (contributions) from everyone,” said Benson.

After the long bus ride from Scottsbluff to Aurora, Benson said he was sure how his team would react, especially because many of the players are young.

“I was really pleased with the way they came out and played and fought.

“I thought we had a great game plan and I thought we played downhill the whole game; I don’t think we ever backed off, and that’s the first time we’ve done that,” he said.

Benson added that he was pleased with the way Mason ran the ball along with senior Braden Lofink and junior Noah Bruner.

“Our offensive line did an outstanding job. They (Aurora) are a huge defensive line and are very good,” Benson said.

Up next for Scottsbluff will be a home test against Grand Island, Northwest (3-1). Benson said they will need to prepare for an air attack with the Vikings by continuing to see contributions from every player.

“We’ll need to concentrate on the basics and fundamentals of the game and to get better every week,” he said.

The Bearcats first score came with 2:18 left in the first quarter as Scottsbluff kept its drive alive on fourth and one as Mason went seven yards for the first down. Then Noah Bruner connected with Mason for the 35-yard score and after a Josh Moore kick, Scottsbluff was up, 7-0.

The Bearcats went up 14-0 following DeOllos’ pick six with 11:48 left in the first half.

Aurora looked as though it might put some points on the board on its next possession as the Huskies were knocking on the Scottsbluff 10, but then the Bearcat defense stepped up with a big sack and then an incomplete pass turned the ball over on downs.

Aurora came knocking a second time late in the second quarter as the Huskies marched down the field, but again the Scottsbluff defense was there. This time Isaac DeLos Santos stopped a score and Mason added another sack to give the Bearcats the ball on their own seven to end the first half.

Aurora seemed to get on track the second half adding 13 points, but Lofink and Mason teamed up to add another seven points and then late in the game Scottsbluff put together another strong drive and Mason sealed the deal with a seven-yard score.

Scottsbluff – 7 7 0 14 – 28

Aurora – 0 0 13 0 – 13

Area prep scores:

W - Mitchell 41, Bridgeport 36

W - Bayard 38, Southern Valley 35

L - Morrill 8, Leyton 26

L - Torrington 14, Green River 28

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