December 3, 2022

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Turnovers plague Gothenburg in week 1 loss

OGALLALA – In a night full of turnovers and missed opportunities, it was Ogallala who made one less mistake and that allowed them to narrowly beat Gothenburg, 21-14 Friday night. Between the two teams, they turned the ball over eight times and racked up over 150 yards in penalties.

Ogallala received the opening kick and marched down the field with relative ease before finding the endzone on a one yard rushing score by quarterback Caden Rezac. The Indians would capitalize on a two point conversion. Ogallala would dominate the first quarter, scoring again two drives later on 18 yard rushing touchdown by Rezac. Gothenburg struggled out of the gates, only mustering four yards on offense in the first quarter and losing a fumble.

The Swedes would figure it out in the second quarter, getting three tries at scoring opportunities with the ball three times inside the Ogallala 30 yard line. However, all three times, Gothenburg would turn the ball over on two fumbles and an interception. The Indians would hold onto a 15-0 lead at half.

Gothenburg would start the second half with a touchdown as Wes Geiken connected with Jake Daum on a six yard pass for the touchdown to make a one score game. Once again, turnovers would destroy any hope of the Swedes winning the game as they would fumble two more times in the second half.

Ogallala would capitalize off one of the second half turnovers and would find the endzone for the final time as Race McClure would score from four yards out after a Gothenburg fumble. The Swedes would get one more touchdown on a 27 yard scramble from quarterback Trey Stevens in the fourth quarter. The Swedes would possess the ball one final time with a chance to drive the field and tie the game, but struggled to reach midfield and turned the ball over on downs.

After a slow start and only gaining four yards of total offense in the first quarter, the Swedes would find success both through the air and on the ground and racked up 229 yards on offense. Geiken led the Swedes with 37 yards rushing while Tra Rossell ran for 36 yards. In total, Gothenburg ran for 141 yards. Stevens was 9-16 through the air for 44 yards and accounted for all five turnovers, four fumbles and one interception. Geiken went 2-3 passing for 44 yards and one touchdown. Gothenburg turned the ball over five times.

Ogallala accounted for 241 yards of offense with 153 through the air and 88 yards rushing. Rezac completed 9-15 passes, threw one interception and ran for two touchdowns. Harry Caskey led the Indians with 44 yards on the ground. Penalties killed Ogallala as they committed 12 for 130 yards. They also turned the ball over three times.

Next week, Ogallala travels to Broken Bow while Gothenburg hosts McCook

Listen to the game here.