Scott Wheeler (15) gets a block from Evan Fisher en route to a 52-yard punt return just before half to give the Longhorns a big shot of momentum. (Courtesy photo by Heidi Wheeler)
Quarterback Caleb Weiss gets by a would-be tackler as he makes his way to the front corner of the end zone for a first-quarter touchdown. (Courtesy photo by Heidi Wheeler)
Road trip to Gordon yields 40-12 victory
The four-hour bus trip to Gordon didn’t bother the Chase County Longhorns Friday.
“They came ready to play,” Coach Dan Lenners said.
The 3-3 Longhorns dominated the Gordon-Rushville (G-R) Mustangs 40-12, handing them just their second loss of the season.
Lenners said it didn’t take a quarter or two for his team to get into the game.
With the exception of a five-play scoring drive by the Mustangs to open the game, the Longhorns kept G-R in check.
In fact, the Longhorns answered G-R’s opening touchdown drive with a four-play scoring drive of their own.
They added three more first half touchdowns to lead 26-12 at the break and held G-R scoreless in the second half.
Just before half, the Longhorns got a big shot of momentum when Scott Wheeler returned a Mustang punt 52 yards for the score.
“That really helped us,” Lenners said.
Mitchell here Friday
It’s homecoming week at CCS with 3-3 Mitchell coming to town Friday.
Lenners said Mitchell has the ability to score points, noting they scored 37 points in their loss to 5-1 Kearney Catholic Friday.
Lenners said the challenge will be to stop their 5-8, 185-lb. senior running back Drake Gilliland. He could well be the toughest back the Longhorns face this seaseon.
Lenners said their offense revolves around Gilliland, who has already eclipsed the 1000-yard mark for the season.
’Horns answer early score
The Longhorns found themselves trailing 6-0 after the Mustangs went 57 yards in five plays.
On the extra-point kick, the defensive line bowled over the Mustangs’ line, putting several blockers flat on their backs, to block the kick.
That effort was as good as it gets, Lenners noted.
Starting at their own 38, the Longhorns answered right back, taking just four plays to tie the game, 6-6.
Quarterback Caleb Weiss found Evan Fisher out of the backfield, good for 21 yards.