Junior Parker Dillan gets his hands on a Caleb Weiss pass, good for 47 yards, to score the Longhorns’ first touchdown against Ogallala Friday. Dillan did a little juggling of the ball before pulling it in for the score. (Johnson Publications photo)

Junior Braden Space tugs away at the jersey of Ogallala running back Dylan Zink to keep him from breaking away for more yardage. (Johnson Publications photo)

Junior running back Evan Fisher stunned the Ogallala defense, breaking away for a 78-yard touchdown run.  (Johnson Publications photo)

Longhorns suffer first district loss

    Twice the Chase County Longhorns trailed the Ogallala Indians by two touchdowns and twice they brought it back to within a score.
     But their comeback in the final minutes of Friday’s game at Ogallala fell short. The 20-28 loss dropped the Longhorns to 2-3 for the season.
    Coach Dan Lenners said the Longhorns had their chances but hurt themselves with numerous penalties at key points in the game.
    For instance, the Longhorns started their first possession at the Indian 32 after an 18-yard Ogallala punt.
    Three plays later, the Longhorns got down to the Indian 3, only to have a holding penalty nullify the run.     
     The Longhorns got back inside the 10 but couldn’t punch it in. They came up empty handed when Braden Space’s field goal attempt sailed wide left.     
    Two possessions later, with the score tied 6-6, another Longhorn drive stalled and a 42-yard field goal attempt by Hayden Bahler was blocked.
    Then, after recovering an Ogallala fumble on the Indian 40, the Longhorns got down to the 5, but again couldn’t punch it in.
    That forced another field goal attempt by Space that went outside the uprights.
    With such good field position, Lenners said the Longhorns really needed to come away with points in those situations.
    Right before half, Scott Wheeler returned a kickoff down to the Ogallala 10 only to have it brought back out to Longhorn territory for an illegal block.
    Defensively, Lenners said the Longhorns had some breakdowns due to missed assignments. Ogallala took advantage, scoring once on a reverse and another to a receiver all alone in the end zone.
    Lenners credited his team with not giving up. “The kids played hard,” he said.
    They showed a lot of heart by playing themselves back into the game after trailing 20-6 in the second half.
Refocus this week
    The Longhorns, who are in their second week of district play, will face another tough opponent Friday.
    They travel to meet the 4-1 Gordon-Rushville Mustangs on their home field.
    Lenners said the Longhorns have to focus on blocking and tackling and playing till the whistle blows.
    “They’re going to come right at us,” Lenners said, noting they like to run the ball and use the pass to help set up the run.
    They have good skill people in the backfield and a big line that will challenge the Longhorns.
Ogallala scores first
    The Indians got on the board first on a 69-yard run by sophomore Dylan Zink. He broke several tackles as he split the Longhorn defense up the middle for the score.

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