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8 I The Lovell Chronicle J September 5, 2013 BY DAVID PECK For two years now the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies and their fans have been an- ticipating the future. A tal- ented crop of freshmen en- tered high school in 2011, and several played varsity as the Grizzlies forged a 2-6 record. Last season, the Griz- zlies- with 12 freshmen and seven sophomores on the roster - played to a 5-3 reg- ular season record before dropping a playoff game at Lusk. With more experience under their belts, the 2013 Grizzlies are looking for- ward to taking another step forward. The roster boasts seven seniors, 12juniors, 10 sophomores and 11 fresh- men, and the team returns eight starters on offense and nine on defense. "We have a lot of diver- sity on offense and defense," Coach David Hayes said. "We'll show a lot of different sets. We're going to be hard to pin down." Hayes said the team is strong in the offensive back- field and at receiver and though a bit small still on the line, except for Lovell trans- fer Jacob Price, the team has experience returning. On defense, Hayes said the Grizz will be "scrap- py" and, for the first time in years, they have depth and the ability for create a rota- tion on the line. "We are very athletic at linebacker and defensive back, but we are small," he DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain sophomore Cordell McFarlane sprints toward the end zone after picking off a Powell Panther pass during Rocky Mountain's "week zero" controlled scrimmage Friday night in Powell. Escorting McFarlane is John Higgins. said. Rocky Mountain played the Powell junior varsi- ty squad in Powell Friday night in a controlled scrim- mage, and although no score was kept, the Grizz made a lot of plays on both offense and defense as coaches be- gan working a lot of young players to get them some experience. ROCKY OFFENSE The Grizz return a two- year starter at quarterback in the form of junior Kirby Winland, who has been be- hind center since he was a freshman. Winland has been nursing a sore knee from a spring patella sur- gery and is not 100 percent healthy yet, but he returns with lots of experience and maturity, Hayes said, not to mention talent both throw- ing and running with the ball. Junior Bill Despain, a starting wide receiver, is the emergency backup and played several downs in Powell Friday, and the young quarterbacks of the future are sophomore Cole Wambeke and freshman Cole Simmons. Junior Cannon Sim- mons returns at running back, backed by sophomore Cordell McFarlane. Sim- mons has progressed from his freshman year and is now stronger to go with his speed and knack for finding seams in the defense. Replacing the gradu- ated Jake Jones at full- back will be senior TJ Wil- lis, who has moved from the line. Willis is a strong block- er who will also carry the ball, Hayes said. Junior Ty- ler Lindquist is the backup fullback. The Grizz have talent at receiver and tight end in athletic senior Joey Jewell, "long" and quick junior De- spain, speedy senior Xavi- er Mangus and junior tight ends Caleb Horrocks and Jordan Arnold. All have good hands and are good athletes, Hayes said. "We have a four-headed monster if we can use them right," the coach said. On the line are newcom- er Price and four returning starters. Price (6-3,263)is at left tackle, sophomore Ben Estes at left guard, senior Billy Guenther at center, ju- nior Anthony Estes at right guard, backed by sophomore Shay Bond while an injured finger is healing, and junior John Higgins at right tackle. Also playing on the line are freshmen Garrett Vezain and Zac Zier, along with sophomore Wes Home- wood - all three young line- men with size. DEFENSE On defense, the Griz- zlies will rotate sever- al linemen in Rocky's 4-3 alignment including ends Higgins and Ben Estes and tackles Price and Vezain, along with Guenther, An- thony Estes, senior Joey Carroll and Homewood. Linebackers are Willis in the middle and Cannon Simmons and Horrocks on the outside. Also seeing time will be Lindquist, Bond and Arnold. In the defensive back- field will be Jewell, Despain, Mangus and McFarlane, who returned an intercep- tion for a touchdown Friday night in Powell. Hayes is assisted by of- fensive coordinator Tobee Christiansen, defensive co- ordinator Justin Moss and line coach Pat Winland, as well as volunteer assistant Wes Townsend. TR GAMES It will be Tongue Riv- er Week for the Grizzlies. The Rocky varsity opens the 2013 campaign in Dayton Friday to take on the Tongue River Eagles at 4 p.m. Sat- urday, the TRjunior varsity plays in Cowley at 11 a.m. Tongue River should be a much improved team this year after going 0-8 in 2012, Hayes said. He said he saw the Eagles at a summer camp in Thermopolis and they have some good talent. BY DAVID PECK After dominating Wy- oming Class 2A football for the last two years, win- ning the 2A title in 2011 and placing second in 2012, the Lovell Bulldogs are in a re- building mode in 2013, hav- ing lost 10 of 11 starters on offense and eight of 11 on de- fense to graduation. The Bulldogs played a "week zero" game - basical- ly a controlled scrimmage - against the top-ranked Big Horn Rams Saturday af- ternoon at Robertson Sta- dium in Lovell. Big Horn "won" the varsity first half 21-7, building a 21-0 lead on a one-yard run following a long pass, a six-yard quar- terback scramble and a four- yard run. Lovell scored late in the half on an 18-yard touch- down pass from Beau Green. to Hyrum Hopkin. Lovell also scored a junior varsi- ty touchdown in the third quarter on a 62-yard pass from Brandon Teter to Brit- ton Woody. "We finally got to play somebody different," Coach Doug Hazen said. 'T e had a real good film session yes- terday (Monday). We're a real young team. We have only six seniors total. We made a lot of mistakes (Sat- urday), and we have several injuries. "The good news is that the mistakes are fixable. We'll focus on details this week and cleaning up our ex- ecution and assignments." Taking over for the graduated Dylan Hultgren at quarterback is sophomore Beau Green, who saw time last year running the fresh- man team and backing up JV quarterback Seth Kite, who has moved. DAVID PECK Lovell sophomore quarterback Beau Green looks for a receiver as he receives pass protection from fullback Jeff Jameson during Lovell's "week zero" practice game against Big Horn Saturday. The Bulldogs host Wind River Friday at 6 p.m. "Beau is an athletic kid (6-0, 180), and he adds the dimension of running the ball more than we have with quarterbacks in the past," Hazen said. "He can throw the ball, too, and has a good arm. "He's just young. He hasn't experienced a whole lot. In every game he will learn something new. As coaches, we'll break the game down, limit the num- ber of reads and make things simpler for him." Backing up Green and running the junior varsity offense is freshman Bran- don Teter, a young and tal- ented signal-caller. Also playing quarterback are sophomore Shawn Mollett and freshman Reece May. Taking over at halfback for the departed Dino Col- lins is senior Dillon Pickett, who played a lot of football on. varsity as a sophomore but couldn't play as a ju- nior. Hazen said Pickett (5- 11, 190) is a tough runner with good speed who has the power to run through tackles. Speedy junior Cade Bischoff was the backup to Pickett but suffered a bro- ken collarbone against Big Horn Saturday. That means sophomore Britton Woody will step in as the backup halfback. Senior Calin McArthur has been expected to re- place Nathan Grant at full- back but injured his shoul- der in practice and is out for the time being. Junior Jeff Jameson moves up to the starting spot. Stepping in for Cody Savage, Austin Ellis and Ryan Clark at receiver will be junior tight end Drake Welch (6-2, 195), a favor- ite target of Green's on Sat- urday, backup sophomore tight end Nic Haskell (6-8, 200) and four wide receiv- ers who will rotate in: se- niors Hyrum Hopkin and Chase Rasmussen and ju- niors Dylan See and Michael Brightly. The offensive line in- cludes junior Zeke Collins (6-0, 190) at left tackle, ju- nior Aaron Monterde (5-8, 190) at left guard, senior Morgan May (6-0, 205) at center, junior Daniel Strom (5-10, 175) at right guard and senior Tyler Tillett (6- 4,220) at right tackle. Back- ing up will be senior Josh Wardell (6-0, 240) and ju- niors Erik Ferbrache (6-0, 235) and Garet Fowler (6-4, 270). "Our bread and but- ter plays will be the same," Hazen said. "We've added some things and taken some things out." DEFENSE Lining up along the front of Lovell's 4-4 defense will be ends Strom and Welch and tackles May and junior Nash Jolley (6-0, 220). Back- ing up will be Wardell, Fowl- er and junior Rego Moreno (5-9, 195). Strom saw quite a lot of time last year, Hazen said. Inside linebackers will be returning starter Mon- terde and Rasmussen on the outside and Pickett (start- er two years ago) and Col- lins on the inside. McArthur was a returning starter was starting this summer until the shoulder injury. Hopkin returns at one cornerback to bring experi- ence and hitting. Brightly is the oth rcorner. Bischoff had the nod at starting safe- ty until his collarbone inju- ry, and now Green or See will step in. Welch is the kicker and punter, backed by Brandon Teter. "We're so young," Ha- zen said. "Big Horn came out faster than we were. They are a very good team and will be one of the best in 2A. I hope we will improve and be at that point as peo- ple step into new roles. "We will improve. I think people will be amazed at the growth the kids will make by the end of the year. We've been spoiled the last couple of years." HOME OPENER The Bulldogs will host the Class 1A Wind River Cougars in their regular season and home opener Friday at Robertson Stadi- um. Kickoff is scheduled for 6p.m. The Cougars were 2-6 in 2012. The following week, Friday, Sept. 13, the Bull- dogs travel to Pinedale to take on the Wranglers. COMML N "Y CA _EI DAR Friday, September 6BHC School District No. 1 Board, 2nd Tues- Lovell Farmer's day, board room, 7 p.m. Market, Queen Bee BHC School District No. 2 Board (Lovell), 2nd parking lot, 4:30 Monday, board room, 7 p.m. BHC Treasurer at County Annex, fst and 3rd pm Calendar brought to you this week by LOVELL 234 E. Main Lovell, WY 307-548-2217 Thursday each month, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Big Horn Basin chapter of Gold Prospectors Aeeoclatlon of America, Skyline Cafe in Powell, 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m., 754-5921. Big Horn County 4-H Leader's Council, 1st Monday, Extension Office on Hwy 310, 6:30 p.m. Big Horn County Weed and Pest monthly board meeting, 2rid Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., W&P of- rice at 4782 Hwy. 310, Greybull. Byron Lione Club, 548-7543. Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m., NHCC multi-purpose room. Cowley Riding Club, 3rd Monday, 7 p.m., 307-664-2235. Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, place tba. Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednes- day, Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room, 7 pm. Lovell Library Family History Time, every Monday, 1-4 p.m. Lovell Library Stow Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Lovell Riders, Inc. meeting, lstFriday, 7 p.m., cell 548-9918 for location. Lovell Town Council, 2nd Tuesday, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Woman's Club, 2nd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room, 1 p.m Con- tact Deanna Wagner, 548-7793. Narcotics Anonymous, Mondays at Big Horn Federal at 8 p.m., contact Katie at 307-254- 3953. North Big Horn County Health Coalition, 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating locations, 548- 6410. North Big Horn Hospital Hometown Healthy Living, 1st Tuesday, 7-10 a.m., Lovell Com- munity Center. All other Tuesdays at NBHH. Ostomy Support Group meeting, 2nd Tues. day, 6 - 8 p.m., North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody. Pindroppers Quilt Club, check Mayes Fabric for details. TOPS @ WY16g, every Thursday, St. John's Episcopal Church basement in Powell, 6 p.m. 664-2394 Tri-Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 2nd Thursday. dinner 6:30 p.m., lodge meeting 7:30 p.m. WyDOT Driver Licensing Facility open in Lovell every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the Lovell Chronicle at 548-2217 to list your club here.