Area schools end season with losses
     2016-10-28      By Staff Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Nathan Flowers/Spectrum Photo Gering defensive back Austin Abbott (4) reaches out to tackle Sidney running back Cade Lewis, in a 27-0 defeat for the Bulldogs in their season finale. The Sidney sophomore and his backfield mate Derek Robb combined for more than 300 yards on the ground - two thirds of the Red Raiders offensive production.  
W Sidney 27, Gering 0

The Bulldogs were blanked in their final game of the season, and for the second season in a row, Head Coach Todd Ekart is still searching for the right combination on offense. The Red Raiders scored most of their points in the first half, then stalled in the third, and added six in the final quarter. Gering ended the season at the bottom of the B-8 District standings, just below Sidney, and has gone 31 games without a victory. At the other end of the spectrum and the other side of the North Platte, district champ, Scottsbluff, 7-1, barely edged the Alliance Bulldogs in an even game that ended up being decided in the fourth when the Bearcats scored the go-ahead TD, 20-14 (See full story on B1).

W Ogallala 45, Mitchell 19

The Tigers were upended and outclassed by an Indians team on the road. Part of the story was turnovers. Mitchell freshman QB Blake Thyne was picked off twice and was 7-for-16 for 56 passing yards. Junior running back Drake Gilliland did most of the work on offense, running 30 times for the Tigers, and gaining 265 yards, his longest a 50-yarder. He scored one rushing TD as his reward, while Thyne scored the other two on the ground. On defense, sophomore Xavier Burnett had six solo tackles.

W Hershey 45, Bayard 28

The Tigers took a loss in their final game of the season at the hands of the Panthers at home. The bulk of Hershey’s scoring came in the first half. It was really all the Panthers needed to tame Bayard, though the Tigers made a valiant attempt to rally in the fourth quarter, managing to score 20 points, but it was a bridge too far. Mitch McKibbin was 16-for-33, 173 yard passing and one TD. He also picked up another score on the ground after six carries and 73 yards. Senior running back Joe Ferrero had 10 carries, 131 yards and two TDs. Sophomore Lane Hargens caught the lone TD reception. On defense, McKibbin had 10 solo tackles and 13 assists. No other Bayard Tiger even came close to his 23-tackle performance.

W Perkins County 64, Morrill 6

The Lions managed to score a single TD in a blowout against the Plainsmen last Friday. First year Head Coach Adam Jantzi and Morrill managed to pull out a single win in an eight-game season, getting that victory against the Creek Valley Storm in their second game; one win is better than none. It’s only a matter of time as Morrill gets better.

W Sioux County 80, Minatare 46

The Minatare Indians succumbed to an overpowering Sioux County offense; they watched the Warriors score more than 20 points per quarter in the first three quarters. Minatare’s offense was led by freshman Kaleb Gonzales, who carried 10 times for 157 yards and two TDs, and Ephroen Lovato carried 12 times for 113 yards and one TD. On defense, junior Gilbert Rodriguez had eight solo tackles and five assists, while sophomore Ivan Gibbons notched a sack. Even though Minatare ended the season with a 3-5 record, Head Coach J.J. Ozuna should be able to continue to develop a lot of raw talent.

W South Platte 58, Banner County 6

Head Coach Brady Cross and the Wildcats ended the season with only one win against Potter-Dix in the third week of the season. There wasn’t much chance in the blowout to the Knights who are second only to Cody-Kilgore in the 6-Man District 1 standings. Banner County finished better than Potter-Dix in the district, while neighbor Minatare was sixth, and the top five teams all had winning records in an unusually tough league. With a host of underclassmen returning, Banner County says goodbye to only two seniors, Cole Blanke and Tallion McGowan.

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