We’ve got just the one game tonight here at KNEB and when that’s the case you know it’s Scottsbluff/Gering week. It’s the homecoming game for the Bulldogs tonight and we’ll have it for you on both TV and radio.
We featured this matchup yesterday on KNEB.tv on the daily newscast from the sportsdesk. Let’s start there before we get to some of the notes to go along with tonight’s matchup.
#2 Scottsbluff (4-0) at Gering (1-3)…So we’ve heard from both head coaches ahead of this one tonight and it’s clear you’ve got two teams that are still on completely different ends of the competitive spectrum.
- Scottsbluff has won the last 14 meetings between the two teams
- Gering’s last win came back in 2009 by the final of 30-22 (That was last time Gering won a district title, finishing 8-1).
- The scores of the last five matchups, Scottsbluff has won 62-6, 40-3, 63-6, 55-20, and 55-0…that’s good for an average score of 55-7
We did a full deep dive on the Bearcats earlier this week breaking down their season through four games with plenty of the individual numbers and a look at their offense, defense, and special teams as they expect to be playing deep into the season. You can read that by clicking HERE.
Gering is 1-3 and that’s making progress. They got a 34-0 win over Torrington two weeks ago for their first win of the season and that was also the first win for Josh Hiatt, now in his second year at the helm.
The Bulldogs are making progress. When talking to opposing coaches weekly they see Gering in a different light; “playing harder”, “more physical”, “look more like a Class B football team”, those are some of things that are being said about the Bulldogs as they continue to try and build the foundation for future success. Gering, now for a second straight year, is seeing some success at some of the lower levels in the school system.
The brand new weight room will help as well.
Tonight for their homecoming game they have to deal with one of the powers in the state.
Hear from both head coaches tonight on the Platte Valley Companies Pregame show on KNEB.tv, Allo channel 15, Mobius channel 15, KNEB AM 960, 100.3 FM, and kneb.com starting at 6:30. Kickoff will follow at 7 pm.
REST OF THE AREA SCHEDULE
Ogallala (3-1) at Mitchell (3-1)…a pair of one loss teams in C-1 get together at Mitchell High School. After a season opening loss to Valentine the Tigers have rattled off three straight wins including last week’s 33-12 road win at Bridgeport. Ogallala opened with three straight wins and they dropped one in week four at Kearney Catholic 28-19.
Chase County (2-2) at Alliance (1-3)…The Bulldogs were able to notch their first win of the season last week against Brush CO, 21-14. Tonight they step down a class to take on an always rugged Longhorn bunch that comes in at 2-2. District play for Alliance beckons starting next week with a matchup with McCook.
#7 Sioux County (3-0) at Crawford (3-0)…Fun here in the six-man game with both teams undefeated and coming off bye weeks. Through three games Sioux County’s Tommy Watson has accounted for 13 total touchdowns (passing/running) and has totaled 667 yards from scrimmage.
Kimball (1-2) at Hemingford (1-2)…Both teams are off bye weeks. The Bobcats two losses have come against teams that are a combined 5-1 while their one win is over 0-3 Mullen. In Kimball’s two losses they’ve given up an average of 67 points per game.
Sidney (2-2) at Chadron (3-1)…After two wins to open the season the Red Raiders have dropped back to back games to Minden and Cozad. Last week they fell down big to the Haymakers and their rally fell one point short, 28-27 the final. Chadron bounced back nicely from their only loss by beating Broken Bow last week.
Elsewhere…Sutherland (3-0) at Bayard (1-2), Gibbon (1-3) at Bridgeport (1-3….THIS IS AN AFTERNOON GAME), Leyton/Banner County (0-4) at Garden County (4-0), South Platte (1-2) at Minatare (0-3), Hyannis (0-3) at Potter-Dix (1-2),
Tongue River at Pine Bluffs, Lander Valley at Torrington, Burns at Wheatland, Lingle-Ft. Laramie at HEM (Saturday), Niobrara County at Southeast