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Jayd VanDerWerff and the Gregory Gorillas are the No. 1 ranked team in Class 9AA
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The road to the 9AA title goes through Gregory, but they've got company
Sep 25, 2017

By Rich Wnter

You get the feeling the Gregory Gorillas were expecting better than a 36-26 win over visiting No. 2 Bon Homme. 


Following the game, coach Brian Allmendinger told the Mitchell Daily Republic that Bon Homme is a good football team.

 "They made plays, too," Gregory coach Brian Allmendinger said. "We do the same thing. We run slants all day and we just have to get better."


This was one of those contests that lived up to the hype. Bon Homme, on the road came out and moved the ball right down the field and scored when Colin Adams hauled in an 11-yard pass from Bryce Scieszinski.


Gregory answered with a 67-yard bomb to Jayd VanDerWerff. 


But Bon Homme was not intimidated and scored another TD on a pass to Adams from Scieszinski and led it 14-6.


And that's where Gregory floored the accellerator. 


In a span of a few minutes late in the second half, McCance found Jon Bakke for a score. Moments later McCance found JJ Beck (1:10 remaining until half), and then, McCance found Caleb Stukel with a 33-yard strike.


Just a few minutes earlier, Bon Homme was leading and by half they trailed 30-14. 


Gregory upped that lead to 36-14 on a VanDerWerff 47-yard run as the only score in the third.


And so, trailing 36-14, Bon Homme scored twice in the fourth quarter to close the margin to the 36-26 final score. 


While the mood of the Gorillas seemed not satisfied after the win, you have to love the attitude of VanDerWerff who told the Mitchell paper what Gregory intends to do about any percieved deficiencies. 

"We have so much work to do," VanDerWerff said. "We played a pretty bad game on defense. We have to get in there and watch some film, see our mistakes and come out stronger next game."


Love some of the playcalling for Gregory. They went for a couple of fake punts AND they even dialed up an onside kick just before half that turned out to be a big deal. 


"We were able to score off both of those and that was huge because it's a possession game and especially with an offense like theirs," Allmendinger told the Daily Republic. "They are very explosive. It let us take control of the game."

Game stats: 

McCance finished 10-for-20 for 166 yards and four touchdowns. VanDerWerff had 134 rushing yards on 18 carries and a touchdown, with 72 receiving yards. Beck, Boes and VanDerWerff each had seven tackles for Gregory.

For the visiting Cavaliers, Scieszinski was 15-for-25 passing for 293 yards and four touchdowns. Joey Slama had seven catches for 165 yards, while Colin Adams had 112 yards on six catches for three touchdowns. Tim Hajek had 13 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Scieszinski had 12 tackles.

Do not be surprised if these two meet again...perhaps in Vermillion.



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