Gering versus Scottsbluff.
As close as these two schools are in proximity to one another, they’re that far apart right now with respect to the football programs.
The last time this matchup produced a Gering win was 2009, three head coaches ago. Last year in this game it was Scottsbluff leading at halftime 55-0.
If you’re a high school football fan in the area right now, though, you know it goes much deeper than these head to head matchups.
Gering was hoping to break a 27 game losing streak last week at Lexington, a streak that stretches back to September 27th of 2013. That streak now sits at 28 games.
Gering Head Coach Todd Ekart says they have a long ways to go to make this game special again.
Todd Ekart is a good football coach. Every coach around the area will tell you that. He orchestrated the turnaround at Sidney a few years ago, taking them from a Class B bottom feeder to a playoff team.
Playing hard is one way a football team starts to earn respect. It’s also a way for players to earn playing time.
Despite the 44-20 loss last week to Lexington Coach Ekart is hoping a few bright spots can start to carry over from week to week.
On the other side of this matchup are the Scottsbluff Bearcats. It’s another fine season for Scottsbluff, right now the Bearcats are sitting at 5-1. That lone loss came last week, 17-15, on the road against McCook. Head Coach Joe Benson said it was just another in a long line of classics between the two programs.
I mentioned above the respect that area coaches have for Todd Ekart.
The Bearcats are an overwhelming favorite in this one come Friday night but Scottsbluff and the no-nonsense Benson don’t take anything for granted.
Some things to keep in mind if you’ll be attending the game; the gates will open at 6 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium and the gates around the track will be closed off starting at 6:40. That might affect where you wanna park and what side of the stadium you want to enter from.