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www. LovellChronicle.com September 2, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 9 Bulldogs travel to Wright for regular season opener BY DAVID PECK If Friday's "week zero" game at Thermopolis was a tune-up for the Lovell Bull- dog football team, the team was certainly missing on a few cylinders in the first half before playing a much smoother second half in a 27-7 loss to the defending state champion Bobcats. Lovell trailed the home team 27-0 at halftime, then outscored the Bobcats 7-0 in the second half as soph- omore backup quarterback Dylan Hultgren hit Hunt- er Hinckley on a 30-yard touchdown pass. "It was a great play," coach Doug Hazen said. "They called pass interfer- ence but Hunter still caught the ball and scored." Hazen said Thermopo- lis was "well-drilled" and called quarterback Mitch Syverson a "phenomenal player" who was a real dif- ference-maker. In the sec- ond half the Bobcats used basically the same line and played other members of the first unit but with a backup quarterback at the helm, Lovell dominated on defense, Hazen said. The Bulldogs will open the regular season at Wright Friday at 7 p.m. Lovell beat the Panthers at home 21-3 in last season's home- and season-opener, but Wright went on to have a solid season, making the playoffs and playing Kem- merer tough in the first round before falling 27-9. "We don't want to start the season 0-1, we want to start 1-0," Hazen said. "As disappointed as I was Fri- day, we didn't game plan for Thermop. With Wright we'll game plan for what we think they'll want to run. Our coaches will do film prep and we'll attack offensively a certain way and defensively a certain way." Offensively, Hazen said, the Panthers run a double wing but unlike Kemmerer, Glenrock and others, they will split re- ceivers wide and throw. "They'll run option, Frl., Sept. 24 Mountain View Lovell 7:00 erio=; 0t Qraybu, (,om!u)........ Fri., Oct. 08 Wyoming Indian Ethete 6:00 Fi; Kemmerer Frl., Oct. 22 Big Piney Lovell 7:00 Sat,, Oct. 30 1st Round Playoff TBA TBA Sat., Nov. 06 Semi-Finals Football Playoffs TBA TBA Sat., Nov. 13 State Football Championships TBA TBA reshmen/JV Sat., Aug. 28 Greybull (JV) Greybull 10:00 Lovell 5:00 Sat Sept. 18 h (-t0) 1i ...... Set., Sept. 25 Big Horn (JV) Lovell 1:00 Tues., Oct. 19 Wodand (FR) Lave, 5:00 counter, toss and throw it a fair amount," he said. BULLDOG OUTLOOK Hazen said it would be nice to be able to run the ball effectively on every down, but he said the Bull- dogs are at their best when the offense is balanced. Taking over at quarterback this season is big (6-4/6-5) Koty Johnson, a senior who moved back to Lovell dur- ing last year's school year and did not play football for the Bulldogs. "He has a decent arm," Hazen said. "We knew there would be a little bit of an adjustment, but Friday's game was a good start for him. He made some mis- takes, but they are fixable mistakes." Backing up Johnson and running the junior var- sity offense will be sopho- more Dylan Hultgren. "He's really coming along," Hazen said. "We're excited about Dylan. He'll be a solid backup this year and we're hoping for big things next year." Johnson will have a host of big, physical targets to throw to this season in sophomore Cody Savage, senior Tyrel Harrison and senior Kaleb Leithead, plus senior tight end Joey Croft. Also catching a few passes will be senior Kenny Grant. Harrison could spell Croft at tight end, Hazen said, along with Mark Grant. Starting in the back- field will be senior halfback Billy Davila and junior full- back Steven Pickett, last year's quarterback. Also working into the mix will be junior Dimas Patina and sophomore Dino Collins. Offensive linemen will include senior Darren Bal- lard, juniors Garrett An- gell, Mark Grant, A.J. Mon- tanez, Eli Moody and Tony Rodriguez and sophomore Tanner Rohrer. "They will all see play- Jo Sow Lovell quarterback Koty Johnson scrambles away from a Thermopolis rusher during Friday night's "week zero" game in Thermopolis. The Bulldogs open the season Friday at Wright. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ing time," Hazen said. "We're still feeling our way with a couple of play- ers to find the best spot for them." Craig Lundberg will be the team's offensive coordi- nator, Hazen said, though he will help plan for games. Hazen will be the defensive coordinator. Linemen in Hazen's 4-4 defense will be Ballard, Montanez, Moody, Angell, Rodriguez and Savage. Outside linebackers will be Croft and Mark Grant, with Pickett and Davila on the inside. Cornerbacks will be Leithead and Patina, and Harrison will be the safety. "Other guys will work in," Hazen said. "Nothing is totally set yet." Savage will be the punter, and Ritch McCol- lam and Savage are han- dling kickoff and field goal duties. "It will be interesting to see how the kids respond," Hazen said. "As coaches, we had high expectations and we're frustrated. Our goal is to get better every week, and we certainly have a chance to do that this week." Craig Winterholler and Brandon Jolley are the JV coaches. Winterholler is also working with backs, receivers and the second- ary, Jolley with the offen- sive and defensive lines. The JVs opened their season at Greybull Satur- day morning and fell 12- 0. Hazen said Greybull took an early 6-0 lead and Lovell blocked the PAT. The score remained 6-0 for most of the game as both defenses played well, he said, and Greybull added a late touchdown (two-point conversion failed) for the final score. Turnovers hurt the Lovell cause on offense, he said. 5 p.m. in Byron Grizzlies open at home Friday against Normative Services BY DAVID PECK The preseason practic- es and a jamboree are over, and now the Rocky Moun- tain Grizzlies can focus on the regular season as they open the 2010 football cam- paign Friday, hosting Nor- mative Services at 5 p.m. in Byron. Early-season home games will be played in By- ron while the new field in Cowley is being finished. The Grizzlies participat- ed in a multi-team jamboree in Sheridan Saturday and scrimmaged against Norma- tive Services, Tongue River, Glenrock and Big Horn. "We looked good at times on both sides of the line, but we weren't as crisp as we want to be," coach David Hayes said. "We did run the ball on offense with success at times. Caleb Es- tes (junior linebacker) flew around and made some good plays on defense, and Luke Leonhardt (senior DB/WR) flew around on both sides of the ball. "Guy Jones (senior) had a good performance at quar- terback and safety, and I thought our line on both sides of the ball showed im- provement. We got some good playing time for some of our younger players with two top players hurt - Lo- gan Friedly (junior RB/LB) and Kaleb Hoyt (senior line- man)." Hayes said the two were hurt in practice last week, and while Friedly (ankle) should be back this week, Hoyt (shoulder) might be out another week." Looking at the Rocky Mountain offense, Hayes said the Grizzlies will work hard to establish the run, but he said senior Guy Jones is a versatile weapon who can both run with the ball and pass it. "He's good in play action," Hayes said. Backing up Jones will be senior Thomas Trout- man, who will start at wide receiver or tight end, and the junior varsity quarter- back is junior Brandon Alt- man, Hayes said. Running backs include Friedly and fellow senior Kyle Peterson, along with sophomore Bryce Ward and junior Derik Romero, who will also play flanker. Leon- hardt is a top receiver, and other targets are tight ends Jessee Wilson and Trout- man and wide receivers Wil- son Flowers and Altman. The offensive line in- cludes tackles Brandon Asay and Estes, guards Hoyt and Braden Grant and center Russell Roberts. Rotating in will be Logan Bisby, Jake Jones and Wilson. "We're coming along," Hayes said. '%Ve showed signs of decent timing in Sheridan. We're coming to- gether and are fairly bal- anced." Hayes is the offensive coordinator and also coach- es the backs and lineback- ers. Justin Moss is the de- fensive coordinator and coaches the backs on both sides of the ball. Moss's aggressive 4-3 defense will include line- men Asay, Hoyt, Roberts, Wilson, Grant and Bisby, linebackers Friedly, Estes, Leonhardt, Peterson and Ward, cornerbacks Rome- ro, Flowers and Jake Jones and safeties Guy Jones and Troutman. Hayes said junior Eli- jah Jasso will play on the of- fensive and defensive lines when he returns from an in- jury. "We will blitz a lot with our linebackers and stunt with our line," Hayes said of the defensive philosophy. "We'll be very aggressive and play a zone coverage, with some man." Assistant coaches are Joe Davis (line and special teams) and Steve Coleman (defensive backs, receivers and special teams). OPENER FRIDAY The Grizz host Nor- mative Services Friday at 5 p.m. in Byron. Rocky crushed NSI 35-0 in Sheri- dan to start last season. "We match up well with them," Hayes said. "We feel if we do what we know we can do we'll be all right. We want to establish the run- ning game and play good defense." .... : T: LOCATION FrL, Sept. 03 Normative Services Byron 5:00 Frl., Sept 17 Riverside Byron 7:00 mA Fri., Oct. 01 Cokeville Cokeville 2:00 Fd ShnL Shoshonl : Fd., OCt. 15 Burlington TBA 2:00 Saratoga 3i30 Sat., Oct. 30 ........... Quarter Finals TBA TBA TBA T SaL Nov: 13 ....... championships TBA TBA Byron Burtgton Lovell golfers compete well with the 'big boys' at Lander BY DAVID PECK The Lovell High School golf team continued to show improve- ment in scores and consistency as the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs competed at the Lander Invita- tional Thursday and Friday, Aug. 26-27. Teams attending the large tournament included Cody, Evan- ston, Green River, Jackson, host Lander, Lovell, Lyman, Pinedale, Powell, Star Valley, Thermopolis and Worland. Coach Ben Fowler said there were 120 golfers in the field. Evanston won both the boys and girls varsity divisions, and the Lovell boys placed ninth in the 12-team field with a score of 757, defeating Thermopolis, Worland and Lyman and finishing just 19 strokes behind Star Valley. "That's fantastic for a young squad," Fowler said. Junior Cody King shaved 12 strokes off his score at Pow- ell a week earlier by shooting 47- 45=92 Thursday and improving to 38-42=80 on Friday for a two-day score of 172. "Cody was only six or eight strokes out of the top 10," Fowl- er said. "This is the second tour- nament where on the second day he really shined. He's come a long way stepping into the shoes we want him to fill. We'll see how he does this week at Wright when we'll see a lot of 2A kids." Lovell was the only Class 2A team competing in Lander. "He's come a long way. We just need to get him over the first- day jitters," the coach said. Senior Jared Minchow shot 45-49=94 on Thursday, then fad- ed to 55-48=103 on Friday for a score of 197. "Jared feels like his second shot going to the green is not where he wants it to be," Fowl- er said. "We'll work on that this week. It's a mind over matter thing with Jared." Freshman Brandon Wolving- ton golfed in the number-three po- sition for the Bulldogs at Lander and shot 50-51=101/49-46=95 for a score of 196. "That's excellent for a fresh- man. We expect great things, and Brandon is doing a terrific job," Fowler said. Senior Jeff Lewis was also in the pack at 43-51=94/52-53=105 for a final score of 199. "There are little things Jeff needs to work on," Fowler noted. "It's the small things that are cost- ing him extra strokes. Wright will be a great opportunity for our kids to finish in the top 10." Freshman Chase Tippetts shot 49-50=99/46-54=100 for a score of 199. "Our freshmen are shooting very good as far as I'm concerned," Fowler said. "Chase is right where we want him to be. In two-day tournaments with a full 18, fa- tigue begins to set in on the back nine, but he's doing terrific." Two junior varsity golfers competed in Lander. Sophomore Kaleb Hitz shot 55-61=116/52- 58=110 for a score of 226. Junior Jesse Bassett shot 61-60=121/63- 57=120 for a score of 241. "Kaleb is getting lots of play- ing time," Fowler said. "He'll be in a playoff with Jesse this week for the fifth spot on the team at Wright with Brandon going on a family vacation this week. "For Jesse, this was the first time he has ever played golf in a tournament, his first outing. A lot of it is just getting out and getting after it. He did a great job and gave it his best effort." GIRLS RESULTS Senior Mason Fowler shot 60- 51=111/45-54=99 for a score of 210, six strokes out of the top 10. "The first day caught her," Coach Fowler said. "She got to see a lot of 3A-4A golfers. It's mental. It's a matter of playing the course and not the kids. She's excited about getting to Wright this week- end to see where she's at (in 2A)." Jordan Frost shot 59- 60=119/60-59=119 for a 238 score. "She was very consistent," Fowler said. "The more playing time she gets, the better off she'll be. She's played more golf in the last two weeks than she's seen in her whole high school career. There are a lot of little things she's working on to improve. The Bulldogs will compete at the Wright Invitational this Fri- day and Saturday with action be- ginning at 10 a.m. Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday. Fowler said it is a varsity tournament only and Lovell will take five boys and two girls.