Broken Bow edged by Gothenburg in Home opener

Broken Bow's home opener didn't go as planned Friday night as a Gothenburg's Trenton Long made a 37-yard field goal with 8:13 left in the 4th quarter lifted the Swedes to a 3-0 victory over the Indians.The victory from Gothenburg brought both team's record to 1-1 on the season. Broken Bow had a chance with under three minutes left in the game and the ball on their half of the field when quarterback Marcus Miller hit Austin Reynolds on a slant route over the middle. Reynolds took a hard hit and the ball came free. Gothenburg recovered and was able to essentially run out the clock. "He closed on the ball and hit the slant guy hard," Gothenburg coach Craig Haake said. "There were hard hits on both sides. This was not a game for the meek or the mild."Broken Bow did get one last shot with .6 seconds left, but Miller's pass intended for Jordan Lemburg landed incomplete.This was a game that featured a lot of running, tough defense and each team had their fair share of penalties. Broken Bow coach Mike Garner felt that played a key role in the game. "We made too many mental mistakes," Garner said as he looked at the stat book. "Penalties really killed us. It says we had seven and they had eight. I can't believe that. It seemed like we had a lot more."Even with the loss, Garner was proud of his team for the way they played on the field."I told them that I really respect their effort," Garner said. "I had some kids that played as hard as they could possibly play. "While Gothenburg came away with the win, Broken Bow's effort was not lost on Haake on the other side of the field either. He knew that the Indians would bring a dogfight."That is two teams that battle each other year in and year out," Haake said. "It is usually a defensive, knock-down, drag out battle. Tonight it ended up 3-0. Thats a good football team. That's what high school football is about."Broken Bow will hit the road next week to take on Cozad, a team that was on bye in week two after beating Adams Central 34-14 in their season opener. Garner didn't think the team needed to change much in the x's and o's department."It's not like we need to do something different offensively," Garner said. "We just have to get into it mentally, We can't continue to do things that are going to hurt ourselves."