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Linebacker Trevor Peterson lit up Ogallala’s Josh Swanson to keep the Indians from an all-important two-point conversion in the Longhorns’ 7-6 win to close out the season. (Johnson Publications photo)

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The Longhorn defense came up big against Ogallala Friday. Coach Dan Lenners said they rose to the occasion and were often making gang tackles, as show here. (Johnson Publications photo)

Longhorns prevail over Ogallala 7-6

    In practice last week, Head Coach Dan Lenners said his seniors were saying they weren’t going to lose their last game as seniors on their home field.
    It took a goal line stand, a stuffed two-point conversion, an extra point and a little luck  but the Longhorns did just what the seniors said they would do.
    When the gun sounded, the Longhorns defeated the Ogallala Indians 7-6 to finish the season with a win and a 4-5 record.
    The Longhorns went into the game knowing the Indians’ quarterback liked throw the ball. While he threw the ball 33 times, completing 14, the Longhorns only gave up one key pass play. However, that 17-yard completion to the Longhorn 4 yard line set up the Indian’s only touchdown.
    It was the play after the Indian’s touchdown midway in  the a third quarter that played large in the Longhorns’ win.
    After the Indians scored on a two-yard run over the left side, they opted to go for two versus kicking the extra point.
    They tried the left side again but this time linebacker Trevor Peterson lit up the ball carrier at the line of scrimmage to snuff the two-point try.
    After trading possessions with the Indians, the Longhorns launched their only scoring drive of the night.
    Ironically, it was the Longhorns’ passing game, not the Indians’, that made the difference in the game.
    And it came from the hands of junior backup quarterbackBennett Bauerle.
    The Longhorns’ starting quarterback, Scott Wheeler, tweaked a knee in last week’s game at Sidney.
    Lenners said Wheeler was able to practice but was still questionable going into the game. After going through pregame warmup, Wheeler said he wouldn’t be able to go.
    Starting at their own 23, Bauerle moved the Longhorns to the Indian 48 with a pass over the middle to Kadin Vrbas.
    Bauerle then converted a third down with a keeper up the middle to keep the drive alive at the Indian 35.

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