Battle of Bulldogs goes to Alliance
     2016-10-24      By Staff Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Nathan Flowers/Spectrum Photography Gering QB Dalton Scott follows his blocker sophomore offensive lineman Tim Bernhardt through the hole in a 34-6 loss to Alliance at Gering’s homecoming Friday night.  
The Gering Bulldogs dropped their eighth game of the season against Alliance, 34-6, spoiling the home team’s homecoming at Memorial Stadium Friday night, leaving just one chance of winning tonight against the Sidney Red Raiders on the road.

Both Bulldogs teams played to a 6-6 tie in the first quarter, but by halftime, Gering found itself on familiar ground, trailing, 14-6. Alliance added 20 points in the second half for insurance.

Gering senior QB Dalton Scott was 1-of-9 for 18 yards and had the lion’s share of carries with 14 for a total of 33 yards, while the team overall, has average 5.5 points per game, and has been blanked in three contests, the worst defeat coming at the hands of the McCook Bison, 60-6, on September 9. Against Alliance, senior Skylar Mueller scored the only points for Gering on special teams. On defense, Gering’s had 11 solos and two assists, while juniors Julian Corona and Nick Watkins pitched in for five tackles apiece.

Gering is tied with the Red Raiders in B-8 District standings, each with eight losses and no wins. Neither team has any chance of overcoming either undefeated league foes Alliance (5-3 overall) or Scottsbluff (7-1 overall).

The Gering student body crowned Dylan Radzymski and Jacey Marietta King and Queen of homecoming at halftime.

Scottsbluff 56, Sidney 21

The Scottsbluff Bearcats throttled division foes Sidney at home, taking only the first half to do it, picking up the bulk of scoring in the second quarter. The Cats scored 35 points in the second quarter after both teams played to a 14-14 tie in the first. Both teams added a TD in the third quarter for good measure. Defenses kept it at a stalemate to close out the game.

Scottsbluff meets Alliance tonight at home to close out the regular season.

Chadron 28, Mitchell 26

The Tigers dropped their fourth consecutive loss in a nail biter to the Chadron Cardinals last Friday, 28-26, wasting junior running back Drake Gilliland’s four-TD effort. Gilliland had 41 carries for 307 yards (324 all purpose), averaging 7.5 yards a carry. Mitchell Freshman QB Blake Thyne was 4-of-6 for 70 yards passing. Other than Gilliland, who was a one-man wrecking crew, there was otherwise little production on offense.

Mitchell’s defense was led by senior Darryn Walters who had eight solo tackles and three assists. Senior Abe Hernandez and freshman Kaden Bradley both had six solos on the night.

The Mitchell Tigers close out their season against the Ogallala Indians on the road. The Tigers sit at the bottom of C1-8 District standings with a 0-3 record (3-5 overall) and little chance of overcoming the Indians who are 2-1 (6-2 overall). Undefeated Chase County tops the district at 3-0.

Valentine 54, Bayard 14

The Bayard Tigers managed two TDS against a tough Valentine squad last week, but failed to get their second win of the season, suffering a mauling by the Badgers on the road.

Bayard junior QB Mitch McKibbon was 20-of-41 for 229 yards passing and one TD, while senior Joe Ferrero carried seven times for 53 yards and one rushing TD. Junior receiver Bryce Burry had seven receptions for 113 yards and was on the scoring end of McKibbon’s air mail.

Ferrero also had eight solo tackles to lead all others on an otherwise anemic defense.

Bayard takes on Hershey tonight at home to end the season.

Dundy County-Stratton 70, Morrill 0

The Lions were blanked at home in a thrashing by the Tigers, while freshman Tanner Whetham had 4-of-9 yards. Morrill goes on to play Perkins County for its final regular-season game.
Minatare 25, Hyannis 24

The Minatare Indians edged the Longhorns last Friday on the road, back in the win column after falling to Hay Springs. The Indians improved its overall record to 3-4 in district standings and identical record overall.

Quarterbacks junior Gilbert Rodriguez and freshman Kaleb Gonzales combined for two TDs; Rodriguez had the better rating on 3-of-5 attempts for 62 yards. Sophomore running back Ephroen Lavato spun his wheels for 62 yards on 20 carries. Lovato also picked up 57 yards on three receptions and one TD. On defense, Rodriguez had 12 solos and Gonzales had 10.

Minatare meets Sioux County at home for its final game with no chance of overtaking Cody-Kilgore at 7-0 in 6-Man-1 District standings. The Indians are in sixth place.

Sioux County 64, Banner County 12

The Banner County Wildcats lost their fourth straight to the Warriors after beating Potter-Dix on September 9.

Sioux County freshman QB Tommy Watson managed just 2-of-7 for 28 yards passing, while gaining more yards on the turf. He reached the century mark on 10 carries, while backfield compatriot sophomore Jordan Buhr racked up 155 yards on 10 carries. Both Watson and Buhr scored three TDs apiece.

Banner County (1-7), which sits only above Potter-Dix in 6-Man-1 District standings, takes on the South Platte Blue Knights in its finale at home.

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