|Bradley, Garcia fuel Minatare past Arcadia for 1st win|
|September 29, 2011 Brian Hale|
Photo by Terry Gaston/for the Citizen: Minatare sophomore Bradley Metcalf bowls his way between a pair of Arcadia Huskies defenders on his way to scoring a third-quarter touchdown Friday in the Indians' 36-28 victory.
MINATARE — The winning attitude for Minatare paid off with the Indians’ first football victory Friday afternoon at Platte Valley Field before an excited home crowd. The Indians defeated the then 3-1 Arcadia Huskies 36-28 to secure their first win on the season.
It appeared to be a case of night and day, as that would be a good way to describe the contrast in the Indians’ execution from their last night game to this one. Temperatures were in the high 70s and probably felt like a hundred on the field in full uniform and skies wide open.
The two teams played tough defense throughout the first quarter, allowing zero points on the board after several turnovers on downs. However, the scoreless tie was broken by Minatare just seconds inside the second quarter when Minatare sophomore sensation Bradley Metcalf caught a 40-yard pass completion from senior Nate Garcia, then moments later Metcalf ran the ball another 22 yards to paydirt at the 9:53 mark of the second. The PAT kick was good for an 8-0 Minatare lead.
That scoring drive exemplified the kind of day Metcalf and Garcia would have against the Huskies. Metcalf ran for 126 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns, and he caught nine passes for 195 yards and three more TDs. Garcia completed 13 of 24 passes for 244 yards and the three touchdowns.
Three minutes later, Arcadia threatened to score after a long pass down to the Minatare 2-yard line. A 3-yard TD pass at the 6:24 mark made it 8-6 with Minatare blocking the PAT attempt.
The Indians had to punt themselves but then held tough on defense to get the ball right back. Then, for the second time, Garcia and Metcalf hooked up on another long pass, this one a 43-yard touchdown with 2:55 left in the first half. The run attempt on the PAT was stuffed and the score was 14-6 Indians.
Arcadia wasted no time, as the Huskies marched down the field with multiple passes and stuck it in for their second TD on the afternoon with only 56 seconds remaining. The PAT was good and the game was knotted up at the half, 14-all.
While both teams demonstrated that they could throw the ball in the first half, it was time to run some more after the halftime break. Minatare came out strong in the second half and pushed the ball down the field on several sweeps by Metcalf, resulting in his second TD. The PAT kick was good and Minatare was back on top 22-14.
Arcadia was ready for the faster game evidently as the Huskies marched down and converted on their very next drive and PAT, getting them back even at 22.
The third quarter still had some time left for more points though, as the Indians struck again. Another long bomb from Garcia to Metcalf, Minatare was up 28-22 while the PAT attempt was stopped again.
The Minatare defense made up for the missed extra points, however, as Garcia caught the Huskies in their own end zone, scoring 2 points for the safety and giving the Indians a 30-22 with 54 seconds left in the thid stanza.
After each team fumbled their next drives away, Garcia fired another bomb to Metcalf for their third TD connection of the day. The PAT kick was wide right and Minatare had a 36-22 lead, representing the largest lead of the game.
Minatare held tough until 1:28 to go in the game when it had a punt blocked, giving Arcadia (3-2) the ball at the Indians’ 28 yard line. The Huskies punched it in with 1:12 left and after another blocked kick, the score was 36-28. The ensuing onside kick attempt by Arcadia failed and Minatare covered the ball to seal the victory.
Minatare is now 1-3 on the season and hosts undefeated Arthur County (5-0) Friday at 6 p.m.
Kimball 39, Mitchell 10
Mitchell suffered a hard loss at Kimball, scoring just one time offensively well after the Longhorns (3-1) had the game in command.
Mitchell coach Chris Bailey blamed the Tigers’ loss on “too many turnovers and fumbles. We have to learn how to battle it out with a good team. Also, we have to be more consistent with our play.”
The Tigers scored in the fourth quarter on junior quarterback Brendan Swanson’s 3-yard pass to Randy Shields, and senior Alberto Alvizar added the 2-point run. Mitchell also recorded a first-quarter safety by Shields.
Alvizar had 22 carries for 149 yards in leading the Tigers’ 180 yards of total offense.
Defensively, Adam Schlotthauer had seven solo and four assisted tackles, while Alvizar had six solo tackles and seven assists with one for lost yardage. Trey Sterkel also had six solos with four assists, and Shields had his sack for safety along with five solo and three assisted tackles.
Mitchell entertains Chadron in a 7 p.m. game Friday. the Cardinals are 1-3 but have played just one C-1 team, last week in a 28-14 home loss to Broken Bow.
The Cardinals were one blocked extra point from forcing overtime against Gering before they fell to the Bulldogs 14-13. Their win is a 46-8 romp at Torrington on Sept. 2.
“They are extremely well coached and really good team who has played a really tough schedule,” Bailey said of the Cardinals.
Bayard 14, Bridgeport 2
The Tigers dominated the Morrill County battle at Bridgeport, scoring two first-half touchdowns on their way to evening their record at 2-2.
Bridgeport (0-4) scored on a safety, but Bayard took the lead on senior quarterback Brandon Stuart’s 1-yard touchdown rush. Stuart added the 2-point conversion on another run.
Stuart also connected with Allen Denton for a 65-yard touchdown with more than seven minutes left in the second quarter. The 14-2 score held the rest of the night, largely in part to the Tigers’ limiting the Bulldogs to 186 total yards.
Rayn Lohr caught four passes for 54 yards for Bayard, which had just 156 total yards of its own. Defensively, Tanner Willey had three solo and eight assisted tackles for the Tigers, with three tackles for lost yardage. Stuart had four solo tackles, nine assists and one tackle for loss.
Bayard plays host to Perkins County (3-1) on Friday.
Paxton 50, Banner County 6
Paxton outgained Banner County 324 yards to 95 in total offense in breaking a two-game losing streak and sending the Wildcats home to Harrisburg winless at 0-4.
Banner County has Potter-Dix (2-2) at home Friday night.
Chase County 63, Morrill 0.
Morrill fell to 0-4 after getting shut out by Chase County at Imperial. The Lions, after being outscored 110-0 in two road games, return home Friday night to face Bridgeport, also 0-4.