Gering senior Riley Schanaman made the most of his final game at Memorial Stadium as the wideout scored two long second-half touchdowns.
Schanaman’s scored, his first receptions for touchdowns on the year, was a lift for a Bulldog team that saw the McCook Bison open the game with 38 straight points in registering a 45-14 win over the Bulldogs Friday night at Memorial Stadium on senior night.
Schanaman said they played OK, but they just need to get more physical on the field.
“We played a lot more of our game tonight,” Schanaman said. “We didn’t get in our own heads and we didn’t get as many flags and personal fouls like we usually did. I like that part of the game that we did. But, we just didn’t come out on top.”
For the first half, McCook was starting to dominate play, building a 31-0 lead at halftime. Gering came back in the second half and actually outscored McCook 14-7.
McCook scored twice in the first quarter scoring on a Cameryn Berry 21-yard touchdown pass to Alec Langan. The Bison added another score in the first, this time on a 5-yard rush by Corban Jernigen for the 14-0 lead.
McCook added another 17 points in the second half to lead at half 31-0.
McCook went up early in the third 38-0 before the Bulldogs started airing it out. It took just a few possessions on the drive as the Bulldogs’ Anthony Walker found Schanaman for an 80 yard touchdown that saw the senior sprint the final 40 yards after making the catch to paydirt.
McCook came back and answered as Berry scored from five yards out with 1:29 to play in the third to make it 45-7.
Gering kept clicking on offense as they needed less than 30 seconds to strike again. Once again it was Walker to Schanaman that proved golden. This time the two seniors hooked up for a 67 yard strike with 40 seconds to go in the third.
Schanaman said the two scores were special for him.
“It was my first two of the year so it was important to me on senior night,” Schanaman said. “It was the longest touchdowns I probably ever had and I caught them in front of everybody and finally was able to do something with it.”
The fourth quarter saw the Gering defense stay strong as they held McCook from scoring any more in the game.
For many of the seniors, it was their final time of playing at Memorial Stadium and Schanaman said the goal of the seniors is lead by example for the underclassman.
“We are trying to grow as a team and allow the younger people to grow with us,” he said. “Coach told us to leave our legacy and see what the younger people remember of us. We are just trying to leave our legacy and have the younger people follow in our footsteps.”
Gering will finish off the regular season next week on the road as they face Chadron. Schanaman said the goal is to close out the season with a win and they need to just play under control.
“Win the game is a goal for sure [next week],” Schanaman said. “We need to stay out of own heads again, move the ball down the field, and play good defense.”