The Bison rebounded in the fourth quarter with two long drives to put the game away. It was an alpha male type statement to Alliance, driven home with old school smash mouth football: you have improved, you made us work, but when the bell rang, with the game on the line; we answered. We are still McCook - and you ain’t there yet.
The only satisfaction Gross found in the long day was in the way his team responded in the 4th quarter. “That was McCook football the last quarter,” he said as the two bluebird school busses hauling his subdued and quiet team rolled east across the late night Nebraska prairie. “Nothing fancy. Just do your job. Without that, this would have been a really long ride home.”
Off to a 3-0 start, the Bison are on the road again next week as they travel to Gering, who will also bring an undefeated mark into the showdown. “Three of our first four games are on the road and if you take away the game with us, our first four opponents have a combined record of 9-0. If we can get Gering next week, well, that would be a pretty good start to the season,” Gross deadpanned.
At 4 am on Saturday morning, the team buses, barely ahead of the rising eastern sun, rolled up a deserted Highway 83 into the middle of McCook, made a left on 7th Street and deposited the undefeated Bison at the back door of the school gymnasium.