Scottsbluff strikes down Grand Island Northwest
     2016-09-30      By Bonnie Fox    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Bonnie Fox/Gering Citizen Quarterback Noah Bruner could not be stopped by the Viking defense Friday night at Bearcat Stadium, racking up three completed passes for 70 yards, and running another 75 yaqrds. The Bearcats won 35-7 in an abbreviated game stopped by weather. 
Between formidable thunderstorms, the Bearcats shut down the Grand Island Northwest Vikings 35-7 last on Friday night at Bearcat Stadium. The air crackled with electricity in the first half, the lightning arriving at the half, causing the teams to conclude the game an hour later.

The Cats were ready for the Viking battle, and the defense easily stopped their first drive. On his first carry, senior running back Max Mason, busted through Northwest defense, taking the ball 56 yards to the 1-yard line. He completed the deal with an easy walk to the goal. Mason’s 15 explosive carries, for a 101 total yards, gave him four touchdowns for the night.

Northwest’s passing game was covered well by Scottsbluff’s secondary defensive players: Braden Lofink, Chris Busby, and Keegan Reifschneider. Northwest took the gamble several times, going for it on 4th downs, only to be stopped by the Cats. The Scottsbluff offense seized opportunities given, thundering past the Vikings. Bluffs quarterback, Noah Bruner gains confidence with each contest. He completed three passes, for a total of 70 yards. Bruner was a threat in the running game as well, keeping the ball seven times, for a total of 75 yards. His leadership is clear, successfully changing up the offense to keep the ball moving. Braden Lofink earned a touchdown in the early second quarter. He had two receptions for 51-yards, and eight yards rushing, half of those pounding into the end zone.

Max Mason had two exciting touchdown runs thwarted by costly defensive mistakes, though the teams’ determination and focus remained intact. The Bearcats regrouped after each penalty, keeping momentum and capitalized for a touchdown.

The undefeated Bearcats will take on the McCook Bison tonight at McCook.

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