GORDON – It was a tale of two halves for the Sidney football team Friday night in Gordon. The Red Raiders played arguably their most apathetic half of football to date to trail Gordon-Rushville 17-6 at intermission. Only to burst from the locker room to score twice in the third period and twice in the fourth while stymieing a Mustang offense that had imposed its will before the break.

Gordon-Rushville experienced line set the tone in the first half as the Mustangs opened the game with a solid 14-play drive, capped off by a 31-yard Michael Perez field goal for a 3-0 lead. Sidney’s only glimmer of offense in the first half came on the Red Raiders’ initial possession. The Red Raiders engineered an 11-play 71-yard scoring drive but couldn’t convert the PAT to lead 6-3 after one quarter of play.

The Mustangs answered Sidney’s score with a methodical 16-play drive that consumed over eight minutes of clock but came away empty as Perez’s 27-yard field goal attempt sailed wide. However, the Mustangs didn’t have to wait long for more points. Sidney lost a total of one yard on their next three plays and punted. Mustang quarterback Carter Anderson found an open Jace Freeseman on the next play for a 50-yard touchdown strike to give Gordon-Rushville back the lead at 10-6.

Sidney quarterback Isak Doty, who was 7 of 12 for 99 yards through the air in the game, was picked off on the Red Raiders second play of Sidney’s next possession. The Mustangs shortest, and as it turned out last, scoring drive of the game ensued. Anderson capped off a 7-play, 44-yard drive with a 1-yard run to send the Mustangs to the break with a 17-6 advantage. Gordon-Rushville not only led on the scoreboard at the first half, they ran 19 more plays and dominated the time of possession by over ten minutes.

Sidney, who deferred their choice to the second half, was completely different team after the break. The Red Raiders rolled up 198 yards of offense in only 16 plays on their first three possessions. Doty galloped nine yards for the first score and junior running back Luke Holly broke free for the next two with runs of 18 and 62 yards.

The Mustangs largest possession in the second half was only six plays. The Red Raider defense forced two punts, two fumbles, and picked off Carter Anderson twice, one a 65-yard pick-6 by Reid Fiscus.

Luke Holly finished the night with 175 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Isak Doty was held to just 21 yards on seven carries but was 7 of 12 through the air for 99 yards and one interception.

Gordon-Rushville senior quarterback Carter Anderson was 15 of 24 throwing the ball for 205 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Senior running back Donovan Fillmore rushed for 73 yards on 17 carries to pace the Mustangs.

Sidney is now 2-1 on the season and will return to the road next week when the travel to Mitchell to face the Tigers. Mitchell improved to 3-0 on the season with a 28-14 win at Chadron on Friday.