Bearcats fall in state final, 48-27

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Bearcats fall in state final, 48-27

Record-Setting Performance

Record-Setting Performance

Gordon Rock

Record-Setting Performance

Gordon Rock

Gordon Rock

Record-Setting Performance

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For the first time since 2000, Scottsbluff reached the Class B state football championship game in Lincoln on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
The Bearcats began their march through the playoffs after defeating McCook, 23-13, to win the B-4 district title on Friday, Oct. 19.
A week later, Scottsbluff entertained the Ralston Rams in the first round of the state playoffs and came away with a 69-21 win.
The victory set up a classic quarterfinal matchup with Omaha Roncalli Catholic (8-2). The Cats fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter and were still trailing 38-14 at halftime.
A wrist injury to Roncalli quarterback Jack Dotzler right before halftime proved critical in the Bearcats’ second-half comeback.
Scottsbluff scored 46 unanswered points to win the game 60-38 and setup a rematch with York, the team that ended their season last year.
Against York in semifinals the Bearcats scored first, but once again trailed at halftime to the defending state champions, 14-6.
The Cats later trailed 21-12 in the fourth quarter before mounting a comeback. Senior Chris Busby put Scottsbluff ahead for good with a four-yard run followed by a two-point conversion to make the final score 27-21.
“This season went great; we couldn’t have asked for much more as the seniors and juniors really took control of the team; they were a joy to coach,” Benson said.
The state final matchup featured undefeated No. 1 seeded Omaha Skutt Catholic and undefeated No. 2 seed Scottsbluff.
In the first quarter, Bearcat senior running back Chris Busby scored on a two-yard run and senior Jeremiah Delzer caught a 24 yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter from junior quarterback Sabastian Harsh to put the Bearcats up 14-0.
Later in the second quarter, however, the Skyhawks scored four touchdowns, three of which belonged to senior running back, Jarod Epperson, as Skutt took a 27-14 lead into halftime.
The halftime deficit did not deter the Cats.
“I felt good coming in after half time. We had come back in three games this season and it could happen again, it just didn’t work out that way,” Benson said.
The Bearcats did made it interesting in the third quarter when they took the opening kickoff and methodically marched down the field before scoring on a two-yard run by Busby. The drive took over eight minutes on the clock and made the score 27-21.
Skutt’s Jarod Epperson took over the game once again, scoring three more times in the third and fourth quarters to make the final score 48-27.
“Jarod’s a great player with great balance. He was the difference in the game for Omaha Skutt; if not for him, the game would have been interesting,” Benson said.
The Bearcats ended the game with 35 passing yards and 307 rushing yards. The Skyhawks had 155 passing yards and 256 rushing yards.

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