By Clint Andersen
The Gordon-Rushville Mustang football team travelled to Valentine on Friday evening and were handed a 52-0 shutout by the home team. Nothing went right for the Mustang offense as they had difficulty moving the ball against a very stingy Badger defense. On the other side of the ball, Valentine scored on all but two of its possessions and rolled to a big win.
The Mustangs could do nothing with their opening possession and punted to the Badgers who drove 65 yards to put the ball inside the G-R 10. The Mustang defense put up a spirited fight and held the Badgers to a field goal. Trailing 3-0 early in the first quarter, the Mustang offense could not muster a first down. Their remaining first half possessions ended with two punts, an interception, and a safety when a shotgun snap sailed over quarterback Tristan Tuma’s head into the endzone. Tuma recovered the ball, but was unable to avoid the oncoming Badger defenders and was tackled for the safety.
The Valentine offense was very efficient in the first half. In addition to the opening drive of 65 yards that ended with a field goal, the Badgers scored on touchdown drives of 70, 50, and 60 yards. The Mustang defense did stiffen midway through the second quarter when they stopped the Badger offense on fourth down at the Mustang 17 yard line. At the half, the Badgers had outgained the Mustangs 280 to -10 with the score 26-0.
Gordon-Rushville showed signs of life at the beginning of the third quarter when they forced the Badgers to punt on their opening drive. Following the punt, they took over at their 35 yard line and moved the ball to the Badger 45 before a fumble stopped the drive. Following the turnover, Valentine marched 55 yards for a touchdown. The Badgers never looked back as they scored on consecutive touchdown drives of 25 and 45 yards and returned an interception for a touchdown as well. The Mustangs’ next two drives resulted in punts before a long run late in the half by Kyle Anderson took the ball inside the Badger 10. Unfortunately, the Mustangs couldn’t punch it in and turned the ball over on downs with 1:40 to go in the game and Valentine ran out the clock.
The final score was Valentine 52, Gordon-Rushville 0. The Badgers rolled up over 400 yards of offense to the Mustangs’ 50. The Mustangs will be in action this Friday night as they travel to Bayard to face the 0-2 Tigers.
By Clint Andersen