By Randy Hurlburt
The Valentine Badgers came to Rushville Thursday night to play the Middle School Mustangs. The 7th grade started the night right where they left off last week. The 7th grade defense once again dominated the game. All eleven players on the field worked together to shut the Badgers down. The offense also clicked and worked well together to put up lots of points. At the end of the game the Mustangs won 30 to 0.
The 8th grade game was much different. Valentine was very physical, while the Mustangs really were not. The Badgers did pretty much whatever they wanted on the offensive side of the ball. Meanwhile, their defense was very stingy. The Mustangs managed to gain some yards at times but then fizzled due to penalties or lack of blocking. The closest the Mustangs got was inside the one yard line, but could not score. The game was called with 1:30 left in the half due to lightning. The Mustangs found themselves down 22 to 0 at this point. The officials and the coaches got together and decided it would not benefit anyone to wait out the storm, as it was here for the night. The game ended with the Badgers on top 22 to 0. This handed the 8th grade Mustangs their first loss in two years.
Both teams will play this Saturday, October 19, in Chadron. The 7th grade will play at 9:00 a.m. with the 8th grade following. This is the last game of the season.