Turnovers, penalties costly in loss to Gering


GERING, Neb. – On the first play of the game, Torrington fumbled the football, and it seemed to set the tone for the remainder of the game for the Blazers.

Gering took advantage of a pair of early turnovers by the Blazers.

A fumble on the first play of the game set up good field position for the Bulldogs, and three minutes later, Gering grabbed an early 7-0 lead.

Those were the first of 34 unanswered points by the Bulldogs, handing Torrington a 34-0 loss, the first of the 2019 season. The win also snapped a 12-game losing streak for Gering, dating back to 2017.

Two drives later, the Torrington offense moved deep into Gering territory until a interception put a halt to the drive. The Bulldogs took the turnover 90 yards to the end zone, putting the Blazers down two scores heading into the second quarter.

“We were going pretty well with a no huddle offense, and then the story of the night happens,” THS coach Russell Stienmetz said. “If you turn the ball over like that, you aren’t going to win ball games.”

Gering went on to score once in each of the remaining quarters.

During that same time frame, the Blazers struggled to put themselves into position to score.

Late in the game, senior quarterback Sam Firminhac connected with sophomore receiver Keiser Wolfe down the Blazer sideline for a score with 2:52 left in the game, but the referee on that side of the field ruled Wolfe was out of bounds before reaching the end zone.

Torrington was unable to crack the end zone on the drive, ultimately turning the ball over on downs.

“I sure hope this is a good wake up call,” Stienmetz said. “We have to flush this one and move on to next week.”

The Blazers (1-1) travel across the state to face Green River (0-2) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20.

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