Cats’ pursuit for perfection ends
     2016-10-07      By The Gering Citizen    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Steve Towery/for the Citizen The Scottsbluff Bearcats' Christopher Busby (No. 6) and Kobe Paez (No. 9) put the brakes on McCook Bison senior QB Easton Gillen during action last Friday night. The Bison edged the Bearcats, 17-15, in a tight battle, one that will affect seeding come the playoffs later this month. 
The game between McCook and Scottsbluff was flashback from the 2015 match-up as the Bearcats, trailing by two points, 17-15 (the final score) had a chance to win on the last play of the game, but fell short on long pass-attempt.

With the ball at McCook’s 38-yard line, quarterback Noah Bruner gave one final heave to the end zone. Like most of the night, the Bison’s defense made the stops.

“They left it all out on the field,” said Scottsbluff Head Coach Joe Benson of his kids after the game. “Congratulations to McCook. We just came up a little bit short, but I’m so proud of our kids. They played their guts out and I told them that.”

The first quarter was scoreless as McCook and Scottsbluff both traded possessions until the Bison lit up the scoreboard early in the second quarter to lead 7-0.

Scottsbluff answered with a fumble recovery. Keegan Reifschneider picked up the ball and ran it in to close the gap 7-6. The Bearcats’ successful two-point attempt made the score 8-7. Right before intermission, McCook took the lead.

Cappel set up the Bison with a chance to score. He ran 62 yards down to the Scottsbluff three-yard line with just 26 seconds remaining. After a penalty and negative play, the Bison had to settle for a 25-yard Koetter field goal with two seconds left to make it 10-8 in favor of the hosts. McCook’s opening drive in the third quarter was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Cappel to extend the Bison’s lead to 17-8.

The Bearcats matched the drive, relying on their talented ball carriers to drive the length of the field. Max Mason’s 17-yard TD run finished the drive as Moore added an extra point to make the score 17-15.

The fourth and final stanza duplicated the first. Both Cats and Bison defenses held and the final was 17-15 in favor of McCook.

Notes: Mason went over the 100-yard mark for the sixth straight game. He finished with 125 yards on 21 carries and one TD. Scottsbluff hosts Gering today at 7 p.m.

Box Score 1 2 3 4 final

SB (5-1) 0 8 7 0 15

MC (5-1) 0 10 7 0 17


Team Stats

SB MC

Plays 54 54

Yards 212 240

Pass 45 39

Rush 167 201

First Downs 14 10

Third Downs 5-11 3-13

Fourth Downs 0-2 2-2

Turnovers 2 1

Fumbles Lost 0 1

Interceptions 2 0

Penalties 5 5

Penalty Yards 25 10


Individual Stats

Rushing – SB: Mason, 25-126; Bruner, 6-24; Busby, 5-16; DeOllos, 1-2; Lofink, 1-(-1). MC: Cappel, 11-111; Rogers, 14-62; Schlager 9-28. Passing — SB: Bruner, 5-10-45; rest of team, 0-1-0. MC: Schlager, 2-2-31; Gillen, 1-3-8.

Receiving – SB: Lofink, 2-21; #22 1-11; Walker, 1-9; Mason, 1-4. MC: Larson, 2-31; Gross, 1-8. Tackling – Schlager, 15; Gross, 14; Sehnert, 10; Gillen, 9; Giron, 8; Langan, 8; Matson, 7; Taylor, 7; Larson, 6; Rogers, 6; five players with one tackle each.

Kick Returns – SB: DeOllos, 2-36; Busby, 1-18; Richter, 1-7. MC: no return yards.

Punt Returns – SB: Moore, 1-3. MC: Sehnert, 1-20.

Punting – SB: Moore, 5-25. MC: Rogers, 6-36..

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