GERING — With starting running back and playmaker Kysen Harris out with an injury, the Bulldogs turned to Jayce Bauer to shoulder the running load Friday evening against Gering.
“It was kind of a question coming in, how is he going to respond to the starting role?” AHS head coach Chris Seebohm said.
He responded in the form of 122 yards and three rushing touchdowns to propel the Alliance High School football team to a 42-14 victory over Gering on the road Friday.
“His stats tell you how he responded,” Seebohm said. “He ran the ball well and his vision was good and he ran hard. You could see his confidence grow as the game went on. He kept finding holes and kept finding a way to get into the end zone.”
The victory moves Alliance back over .500 on the season with a 4-3 record and places the Bulldogs 11th in the Class B powerpoint standings with two games to play in the regular season. Friday’s game was also one of the most complete contests the Bulldogs have put together, according to Seebohm.
After the Bulldogs busted open the game early with a pair of scores in each of the first and second quarters, AHS was able to keep the foot on the pedal into the second half with two more scores in the third quarter to all but seal the victory.
“We went into halftime against Chase County up 28-0 and the score ended 28-0,” Seebohm said. “So we talked to them about coming out and establishing a pace in the second half and learning how to finish the game and come out with the same intensity as we did in the first half. So the fact that we scored twice pretty early in the third quarter is a credit to that.”
Bauer was far from the only offensive weapon Alliance had in its arsenal Friday night. In addition to his three touchdowns, Alliance also received 43 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Erik Folchert, along with 211 passing yards with one touchdown from Trevor DuBray, who is now over 1,000 yards for the season.
Mason Hiemstra grabbed three receptions for 113 yards, while Chandler Stinson had 49 yards and a touchdown reception, and Reece Jensen added 49 receiving yards, as well. Keegan Grant also had 27 yards rushing in the win.
“Any time you have those kinds of rushing totals and even the passing totals, that’s a credit to your offensive line,” Seebohm said. “I thought our offensive line played extremely well.”
Defensively, Braydon Wilson had a team-high 11 tackles in the game, while Baily Hood went for nine tackles, including two for a loss.
“Baily Hood and Braydon Wilson played great as middle linebackers, and our defensive ends and defensive tackles played well,” Seebohm said.
Bradyn Palmer recorded five tackles, including one for a loss, and Stinson had five tackles, as well.
The Bulldogs now host undefeated Scottsbluff, which just defeated Lexington 34-7 last Friday.