Bearcats blow away Park City

By: 
Jacques Rutten
News-Argus Staff

Geyser Homecoming King Cameron Cali (5) finds an open hole and sprints 51 yards towards Square Butte and the end zone. His touchdown made it 20-0 late in the second quarter.                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Jacques Rutten

The Bearcats celebrated Homecoming in style with a 42-12 win over Park City on Saturday in Geyser.
A game some thought would come down to the wire, instead turned into a blowout – in more ways than one. A howling west wind gave both teams a chance to showcase their running games, and DGS quickly took control of the line of scrimmage and established its dominance on the ground. 
“We planned on pounding the ball pretty hard and were able to demoralize them early with a couple of long drives,” said Matt Neumann, who is in his first year as head coach of the team from Denton, Geyser and Stanford.
The Bearcats were coming off their first defeat in more than a year as they fell to Ennis the previous week. Neumann said the coaching staff challenged the kids to use that loss as motivation to improve.  
“We talked to them all week about it, about how it shows character in the way you respond to a defeat. We pushed them hard and they responded.”
Carson Norskog rumbled into the end zone from 1 yard out to give the Bearcats a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter. The Bearcat defense forced a four-and-out of the Panthers and DGS took over at its own 45-yard line. They quickly marched down the field, then went to the air as freshman quarterback Parker Donaldson hit senior Cameron Cali wide open for the catch and he raced 24 yards untouched to go up 12-0.
The coach said their QB Parker Donaldson may be a freshman, but he is not playing like it. “He has really stepped up and the team hasn’t missed a beat.”
The Park City offense continued to sputter, both on the ground or in the air, and the Bearcats continued to take advantage.
“We had a great team effort on defense,” said Neumann. “They (Park City) had to start trying to pass the ball, and we did a good job against them.”
With just over three minutes left in the half, Cali found an open hole and sprinted 51 yards for the score to give his team a commanding 20-0 lead heading into the locker rooms at the half. The Bearcats continued to burn up the clock in the third quarter, pounding the Panthers with their running game before Kyle Lee found the end zone from one yard out to make it 28-0.
Park City finally got on the board with a pair of fumble recoveries, but DGS closed out the game with a safety, followed by another scoring strike from Donaldson to Cali and a 9-yard interception return by Austin Hartman, to seal the 42-12 victory.
 “We knew Park City was a good team,” said Neuman. “We were both 3-1, and our kids came in fired up. They knew this game would be important to our playoff seeding and they took care of business.”
The Bearcats finished last season unbeaten and won the state 6-man title, but they were bumped up to the 8-man ranks over the winter and now compete in the hard-fought Southern C Division. Overall, Neumann said he is pleased with where his team is at and how his first year at the helm is going, and is looking forward to the rest of the season.
 “It’s going really well,” said the coach. “The kids are working hard and it has really been great.”
The Bearcats will try to carry the momentum from Saturday’s victory into this weekend’s game against winless Absarokee. 

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