Mitchell no match for Longhorns in 70-0 rout
Snow storm delays game until Monday
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
The Chase County Longhorns played the Mitchell Tigers in the sunshine of a fall day Monday afternoon. That would have been a different story Friday when a snow storm hit much of western Nebraska.
A storm still hit Mitchell Monday afternoon but it was caused by the Longhorns who literally ran right by the Tigers in a 70-0 rout.
Seven different Longhorns scored touchdowns in the game.
The Longhorns needed just two touches of the ball, one a 37-yard punt return by Shay Eidson and the other an eight-yard run by Jeff Dickey to get on the board with less than two minutes off the clock.
Mitchell fumbled the ball away on their second possession and two plays later, Dan Sullivan took it in from 15 yards for a 14-0 lead.
By the time the first quarter ended, the Longhorns had scored two more touchdowns for a 28-0 lead. The first came on a 40-yard pass from Kelton Fisher to Kevin German and the second came on a 13-yard run by Justus Wallin.
By halftime, the Longhorns added three more touchdowns for a 49-0 lead.
Dickey ran 36 yards for a score, Wallin 41 yards and Trey Milner from 21 yards.
The Longhorns got the ball seven times in the first half and scored on all seven of those possessions.
With the lead at 49, the clock ran non-stop in the second half.
Coach Dan Lenners said the lead allowed him to give his younger players some valuable playing time. That proved especially important since the jayvee game scheduled for Monday had to be cancelled.
In the second half, the Longhorns put three more scores on the board to run the final score to 70-0.
Reserve quarterback Travis Luhrs hit Sullivan in stride en route to a 54-yard touchdown.
Eidson broke loose for a 21-yard touchdown and Jake Lueth carried a pair of would-be tacklers over the end line for the final score from 36 yards out.
David Almanza was perfect on all 10 extra-point kicks.
Lenners said it was a good win for the kids. They really needed it after dropping their last two games.
Even more important was the fact the team came through the game without any injuries. In addition, Lenners got two starters back that had been sidelined, Luis Rodriquez and Khris Kuhlman.
Going in at near full strength will be key when the Longhorns travel to Gothenburg Friday.
Last week, Gothenburg held Cozad to 19 points, but like Imperial, was unable to score against the Haymakers’ defense.
Lenners said Gothenburg fields a big front line and he expects the Swedes to run it right at the Longhorns.
Friday’s contest will also be another district game. Game time is 6 p.m. MDT.
No individual stats were available by press time.