By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Chase County’s Longhorns moved to 2-0 Friday with a 48-8 home-field win over the Sidney Red Raiders.
After giving up a first-quarter touchdown to trail 8-7, the Longhorns reeled off six touchdowns en route to the win.
Coach Dan Lenners said he saw continued improvement in his squad, which will be put to the test Friday when they travel to Chadron.
While Sidney proved to be more physical than Gordon-Rushville, Lenners is expecting to see a much better team in Chadron this week than in the last two weeks.
Don’t be deceived by their record, Lenners cautioned. While only 1-2, they’ve lost to two Class B schools, Gering and Alliance. And in their one win, they pounded Ainsworth 68-0.
Lenners said they have a good quarterback, big backs and like to throw the ball all over the field.
Improvements in the line
Lenners liked the improvement he saw in his offensive line in last Friday’s win against Sidney. “They opened up some nice holes,” he said.
After forcing a three-and-out on Sidney, the Longhorns had to score twice to get on the board.
Their first score, a pass from Kale Gockley to Hunter Spady got called back, due to a pentaly.
However, a 22-yard reverse by Michael May moved the ball into the red zone at the 14. Two plays later, Dan Sullivan took it over from the three. David Almanza’s kick gave Imperial a 7-0 lead early in the quarter.
Sidney responded by moving in Longhorn territory before turning the ball over on downs.
But their defense got the ball back, forcing a fumble after a hit to Gockley while trying to pass. Three plays later, they scored their only touchdown of the night. They added a two-point conversion to pull ahead 8-7.
On the next possession, the Longhorns needed just five plays to go 90 yards. Trey Milner got 74 of those years, including a 60-yard run. Sullivan finished off the drive, getting outside for 20 yards.
The two-point conversion failed, making the score 13-8, Longhorns.
On their next possession, Sidney got inside the Longhorn 10 on a 60-yard pass but fortunately was negated by a penalty.
Sidney’s defense followed by forcing the Longhorns to punt late in the half. However, Sidney fumbled the ball away on the return the Longhorns took over on Sidney’s 30.
Four plays later, Sullivan went in from the Sidney 11. Almanza’s PAT kick gave Imperial a 20-8 lead with 1:11 left in the half.
Second half yields four TDs
After exchanging possessions to open the second half, the Longhorns got back on the board with a 63-yard touchdown up the middle run by fullback Justin German.
Another successful Almanza kick gave the Longhorns a 27-8 lead at the 7:19 mark in the third.
An interception by Hunter Spady deep in Sidney’s territory set up the Longhorn’s next score.
Running at fullback, Justus Wallin capped the six-play, 22-yard drive with a three-yard push up the middle. Almanza’s kick made the score 34-8 with 3:01 left in the third.
The varsity got one more score early in the fourth with a 55-yard run by Sullivan, set up by a 24-yard pass from Gockley to Spady.
Khris Kuhlman added the final score on a 28-yard run. Almanza’s kick made the final score 48-8.
The Longhorns finished the game with 474 yards of offense, with 443 coming on the ground.
Sullivan finished the night with 140 yards, followed by German with 88.
Jeff Dickey, German and Brian Bell each finished with 6 tackles, led by Dickey with four solos.
Friday’s game at Chadron will begin at 7 p.m.
Stats at a glance
Tackles (solos-assists)— Jeff Dickey 4-3, Justin German 2-4, Brian Bell 0-6, Hunter Spady 1-4, Justus Wallin 1-4, Dan Sullivan 3-1, Khris Kuhlmann 3-1, Kale Gockley 2-2, Trey Milner 2-2, Shay Eidson 3-0, Michael May 1-1, Tyler Oxford 1-1, Jacob Lueth 1-0, Kelton Fisher 0-1, Sam Cahow 0-1, Spencer Hartman 0-1, Callin Ledall 0-1, David Almanza 0-1.
Rushing (attempts-yards-TD)—Dan Sullivan 14-140-4, Justin German 6-88-1, Trey Milner 8-74-0, Khris Kuhlmann 2-42-1, Jacob Lueth 1-42-0, Michael May 1-22-0, Kale Gockley 7-19-0, Justus Wallin 3-11-1, Ryan Moline 2-8-0, Travis Luhrs 1- -3-0. TEAM: 46-443-7.
Passing (attempts-completions/yards-TD-INT)—Kale Gockley 8-3/31-0-0, Travis Luhrs 1-0/0-0-0.
Receiving (completions-yards-TDs)—Hunter Spady 1-24-0, Dan Sullivan 1-5-0, Trey Milner 1-2-0. TEAM: 3-31-0.
CCS: 3 yd. TD run by Dan Sullivan, kick by David Almanza good.
Sidney: 1 yd. TD run by Chance Auglin, 2-pt conversion run by Dru Estrada good.
CCS: 20 yd. TD run by Sullivan, 2-pt. attempt pass from Kale Gockley to Kelton Fisher no good.
CCS: 11 yd. run by Sullivan, kick by Almanza good.
CCS: 63 yd. TD run by Justin German, kick by Almanza good.
CCS: 3 yd. TD run by Justus Wallin, kick by Almanaza good.
CCS: 55 yd. TD run by Sullivan, kick by Almanaza good.
CCS: 28 yd. TD run by Khris Kuhlmann, kick by Almanza good.
CCS 7 13 14 14—48
Sidney 0 8 0 0— 8