Russ Pankonin | Johnson Publications
The Longhorns came out in the Maryland I offense Friday with Chase Rowley and Ryan Bernhardt as the two deep backs with Tristan Ferguson (61) at the fullback position and Carter Leibbrandt (15) at quarterback.
Longhorns dominated by St. Pat’s
The first two possessions of Friday’s football game at North Platte St. Pat’s proved to be an early glimpse of what was to come.
The Longhorns found little running room on the opening possession of the game, going three-and-out.
Taking over on their own 46 after the Longhorn punt, the Irish needed just one play to go 54 yards for their opening touchdown.
By the time the first quarter was over, St. Pat’s would add two more scores—one on a 44-yard run and a freebie after the Longhorns coughed the ball up on their own 16.
On the first play of the second quarter, St. Pat’s got a receiver behind the Longhorn defense for a 58-yard touchdown pass.
Those four scores gave them a 27-0 halftime lead over the Longhorns.
The third quarter started out like the first quarter for the Irish, running the second half kickoff back 65 yards for a touchdown.
Later in the game, the Irish would add a punt return for a touchdown.
The Longhorns did get on the board in the fourth quarter on a sustained 63-yard, 11-play drive, capped off by an eight-yard run by Ryan Bernhardt.
St. Pat’s added a final score for a 55-8 win over the Longhorns.
Going into the game, Coach Nathan Gaswick switched up the offense, going to the Maryland I.
Bernhardt got banged up in the Valentine game so Gaswick moved him into the tailback position and put Carter Leibbrandt in at quarterback.
He moved Tristan Ferguson from the line into the fullback position with Chase Rowley in between.
Gaswicks’s aim was to put to a pair of blockers in front of Bernhardt but St. Pat’s line dominated the line of scrimmage much of the night.
The Longhorns also lost the services of Dawson Mollendor due to coronavirus contact tracing.
Gaswick said the Longhorns broke down in all facets of Friday’s game.
The loss moved the Longhorns to 0-6 for the season.
This week, they will face another 0-6 team when Hershey comes to town for the Longhorns’ homecoming game Friday.
He said Hershey has a front line that goes hard, along with a good quarterback and back.
We need to put a good game together Friday, he said.
Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.
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