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Russ Pankonin | Johnson Publications
Chase Rowley and Tristan Ferguson bring down Sidney’s Brady Robb in second half action Friday. The Longhorns fell to Sidney 27-18 and are still looking for their first win.

Longhorns fall to Sidney 27-18

    After spotting the Sidney Red Raiders a 14-point lead before half, the Chase County Longhorns showed some heart to rally back in the third quarter.
    They took the second half kickoff and marched 85 yards in eight plays for the score.
    Quarterback Ryan Bernhardt hit back-to-back runs of 13 and 30 yards to get the ball inside the Sidney 20.
    He capped the drive with a 16-yard pass to Kade Anderson. After a failed two-point conversion, the Longhorns pulled back to within eight, 12-20.
    The defense answered as well, forcing the Red Raiders into a three-and-out.
    Starting out at their own 20, the Longhorns put together a second drive of the third quarter.  
    Faced with a third-and-three just past mid-field, Berhhardt cut back across the grain on an option keeper and raced 48 yards for the score with 2:24 left in the quarter.
    Again, the Longhorns couldn’t convert the two point attempt, leaving them two behind, 18-20.
    The Red Raiders answered with a drive of their own, starting at their own 20.
    Faced with third-and-seven, Sidney got a break when a pass fell short but the Longhorns were flagged for illegal contact on a receiver to keep the drive alive.
    Sidney had to convert a fourth-and-goal from the 3 for the score.
    The all important extra-point kick gave the Red Raiders a two-score lead, 27-18 with 6:15 left to play
    The Longhorns never threatened during the remainder of the game to fall to 0-2 with the 27-18 loss.
    The Longhorns finished the night with 231 yards of rushing.
    Fifty-three of those yards came from Chase Rowley on

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