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8!The Lovell Chronicle! September 13, 2012 First-half explosion powers Bulldogs over Pinedale BY DAVID PECK It almost came too easy for the Lovell Bulldogs Fri- day night as they steam- rolled the Pinedale Wran- glers 55-31 in their home and 2A West Conference opener. In yet another case of the final score being deceiv- ing, the Bulldogs led 41-0 halfway through the second quarter, and coach Doug Ha- zen substituted liberally af- ter that as the Lovell JVs and freshmen battled the Pinedale varsity for the rest of the game. Ever the perfectionist, Hazen said the Bulldogs still have work to do in order to be the kind of team they want to be, noting the first offensive series when a halfback pass was wide open, though it fell incomplete, and a fake punt went for 22 yards though it was called back on offsetting penalties. "We're going to play a team this week that will make those plays," Hazen said of this week's showdown in Lyman. "There's still plen- ty of room for growth by our guys. We have a great group of kids, but we're not perfect by any means. "Overall our team is do- ing what they are asked to do, playing our system the way they're coached to do. They're taking care of their assignments and running to the football." Special teams were, well, special on Friday as the Bulldogs ran both a kickoff and a punt back for a touchdown. Senior Na- than Grant went 85 yards on the opening kickoff, and senior Dino Collins added a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter. Grant's return on the first play of the game gave Lovell a 7-0 lead 13 seconds into the game, and after a Pinedale punt, the Bulldogs scored again the second time they touched the foot- ball when Collins, who deci- mated the Wranglers Fri- day, powered through traffic to the right side and tight- roped his way downs the home sideline for 51 yards and a touchdown. Lovell led 13-0 after the PAT missed. Junior Hyrum Hopkin ended the next Pinedale drive with an interception, but three holding penalties on the ensuing series pre- vented the Bulldogs from scoring despite a 26-yard completion from Dylan Hultgren to Cody Savage and a 21-yard run by Col- lins. The third penalty wiped out a touchdown pass from Hultgren to Grant. Following a Pinedale punt and a 27-yard return by Collins, the Bulldogs quickly drove to the 11 on a 12-yard burst by the senior. A fumbled exchange from Hultgren to Collins gave the ball to the Wranglers, but they fumbled it right back. Grant gained 14 yards to the four, and Collins scored on the next play. Lovell led 20-0 after the first quarter. When the Bulldogs weren't hurting themselves, the Pinedale defense could do little to stop them defen- sively. On Lovell's first se- ries of the second quarter, the Bulldogs scored in two plays: a 17-yard pass from Hultgren to Ryan Clark and a 31-yard run by Collins. Collins scored his fourth touchdown of the game on DAVID PECK Lovell senior Dino Collins powers for a touchdown against the Pinedale Wranglers Friday night in Lovell. Collins scored four touchdowns in Lovell's 55-31 win. the next Pinedale punt, shredding the Wranglers for a 58-yard return, and after an interception and 35-yard return by senior Austin El- lis, the Bulldog wrapped up the first-half outburst by scoring on a 20-yard TD pass from Hultgren to Sav- age, who broke tackles to reach the end zone. Lovell led 41-0 with 7:28 to go in the first half, and Hazen started substituting, insert- ing sophomore Seth Kite at quarterback, and junior Calin McArthur and soph- omore Aaron Monterde in the backfield. With 1:26 to play in the half, Pinedale senior Kyle Mivshek went down with a head injury, and with Pine- dale officials and, ultimate- ly, Lovell medical personnel being extremely cautious and taking their time, refer- ees declared that the game had reached halftime, and both teams went to the lock- er room. Mivshek was taken to the hospital. The combination of.the Pinedale varsity operating against the Lovell second- and third-team defense pro- duced a scoring onslaught for the visitors in the sec- ond half as Pinedale scored 31 points on a 30-yard pass, a one-yard quarterback sneak, a 31-yard field goal, a 31-yard run and a 30-yard interception return. Lovell's JV offense pro- duced two touchdowns on a 70-yard burst by the speedy McArthur, after which Kite hit Dylan See for two, and a 46-yard run by Jeff Jameson after a recovered fumble. The Bulldogs finished with 274 yards rushing on 23 carries, an ll.9-yard av- erage. Collins had 119 yards on just five carries, McAr- thur 64 yards on five carries and Jameson 51 yards on seven attempts. Hultgren completed five of seven pass attempts for 76 yards. Sav- age caught three passes for 55 yards, Clark one for 17 and Collins one for four. "Dino is a great asset," Hazen said. "He's an out- standing running back. They just couldn't tackle him." Pinedale finished with 88 yards rushing on 38 car- ries, but the Wranglers had minus-ll yards rush- ing in the first half against the starting Lovell defense. Pinedale also had 105 yards passing as Brenden Lloyd completed 11 of 17 passes. Defensively, sopho- more Daniel Strom led the Bulldogs with 18 points on nine assisted tackles, three solo tackles and a tackle for a loss. Hopkin added 14 points, Clark 13 and Mon- terde 10. Savage, McAr- thur, Ellis and Drake Welch had 9 points each. "One thing to take away from this game is that we do have kids who are pretty physical football players," Hazen said. "That makes a team better. Aaron hits hard for a sophomore, and Calin had some nice hits. And, of course, Savage and others. "I think everyone on the sideline got into the game at some point." AT LYMAN It will be a battle of number one vs. number two Friday as the top-ranked Bulldogs travel to Uinta County to meet the second- ranked Lyman Eagles in a rematch of the 2011 state championship game. Lyman has pummeled a pair of opponents in the ear- ly season, crushing Tongue River 56-0 and Kemmerer 46-6. Hazen and his players know that the Eagles will be loaded for bear when they host the Bulldogs, having lost to Lovell twice last sea- son in competitive games. "The kids know what it's about. It's a big game for us," Hazen said. "At the same time it's just one game. It's a long road trip for us. We'll emphasize how to travel and play on the road. It'll be a pretty hostile environment." Kickoff in Lyman is Grizzlies move to 2-0 with 52-0 win in Ethete over Chiefs BY DAVID PECK The Grizz are gaining ex- perience and confidence. The young Rocky Moun- tain Grizzly football . piled up 35 points.inthe::it quarter Friday night and cruised to a 52-0 road victo- ry over the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs in the 1A West Conference opener for both teams in Ethete. "Our goal all season is to improve every week and we did," coach David Hayes said. 'e came out with a burst and kept on going. We start- ed slowing our momentum down when we started sub- bing, when we got up 35-0. "The players played with high intensity. They car- ried out their assignments well, though not great. They opened up a lot of running and passing lanes, and our athletes took over." Senior Ethan Landers got things going early in the game with a 55-yard punt re- turn for a touchdown. A run for two points failed, and Rocky led 6-0. Senior Jake Jones scored on a three-yard run and Can- non Simmons hit Kirby Win- land for the two-point con- version to boost Rocky's early lead to 14-0. Winland found junior Joey Jewell for a 43-yard touchdown pass (PAT failed), then Landers scored on a 30- yard run, after which Jewell passed to Xavier Mangus for the two-point conversion - 28-0. R,Ay TUCXER Rocky Mountain senior linebacker Jake Jones cuts down Wyoming Indian running hack Ramiero Gonzales Friday in Ethete as fellow Grizzlies Ethan Landers (I0) and Xavier Mangus (3) close in on the play. The Grizzlies host Riverside Friday at 4 p.m. Still in the first quarter, Simmons broke free for a 37-yard touchdown run, and Bill Despain booted the extra point as Rocky led 35-0 after the first quarter. Junior TJ Willis scored Rocky's lone touchdown of the second quarter when he converted a "pulling guard around" play into pay dirt. Rocky led 42-0, but scoring slowed as Hayes began to substitute younger and/or in- experienced players. Wanting to reach the 45-point mercy rule and keep the clock running, the Griz- zlies scored one more time with the varsity in the third quarter. Winland hit Jew- ell for a 30-yard touchdown pass, and Lovell led 49-0. Despain closed out the scor- ing with a 22-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Final statistics show that the Grizzlies rushed for 186 yards and passed for 78. Winland completed two of four passes for 73 yards, De- spain one of one for 5 yards. Jewell caught all three pass- es for 78 yards. Landess led the Grizz in rushing as he carried eight times for 120 yards, and Simmons added 38 yards on two carries, Cordell Mc- Farlane 20 yards on four at- tempts. "Joneg:'aad a "great game" at ldle linebaeker and led tle Grizzlies in de- fensive points with 26 on 11 assisted tackles and five solo tackles, plus a fumble recovery. End Wilson Flow- ers added 13.5 points, Willis 12, Landers 11, dewell and Simmons 10 apiece. "We gang tackled well," Hayes said. "We kept them to where they had a hard time sustaining drives, a hard time being consistent against our defense. "Cannon Simmons had a big pick that put us down in their end, leading to Jones' touchdown. Our spe- cial teams, defense and of- fense led to our early scor- ing." RIVERSIDE AT HOME The Grizzlies will host the Riverside Rebels Friday at 4 p.m. at the RMHS Field in Cowley. The Rebels are 0-2 after losses to Pinedale and Cokeville, but Hayes said the Grizzlies must come prepared to play. "It's dangerous for us," he said. "We're young, but if we take care of our as- signments and are mental- ly sound, we match up very well against Riverside and we should be able to do some good things." Riverside won last year's battle in Basin, 22-13. Lovell golfers place a solid sixth place at Buffalo Invitational as scores improve BY DAVID PECK The Lovell High School golf team competed as a com- plete squad for the first time this season Friday and Sat- urday at the Buffalo Invi- tational, and with just two weeks left in the season, the team is continuing to make improvement, coach Devon Parks said. The Lady Bulldogs lack one golfer to field an official team, but Parks was thrilled with the progress made by golfers Cassie Colvin and Journee Burton. "Cassie shot the best she's ever shot on a difficult course," Parks said, "and not only did she shoot her best, she beat it by 10 strokes." Colvin, a sophomore, had shot a score of 118 in Powell the previous week and shot 108 on the second day in Buf- falo Saturday with rounds of 52 and 56. She shot 125 on Fri- day, giving her a two-day score of 233, good for 25th place. "She's showing consis- tency," Parks said. "The 52 was her best nine-hole score ever, but to back it up with a 56 shows consistency. We've been working with her a lot on her short game, and it def- initely shows. Placing 25th is great for her first fall sea- son." Burton struggled on Fri- day with a 137, but she came back Saturday to shoot 57- 59=116 for a two-day score of 253, leaving her in 30th place. The Saturday score was also a personal best for the junior. "I'm really excited about her shooting a personal best, as well," Parks said. "Every golfer except McKay (Bax- endale) shot better on day two because the course was brand new to everybody." STRONG DUO The Lovell junior duo of Brandon Wolvington and Chase Tippetts went head to head with the top pair from Thermopolis and held their own, Parks said. Wolvington shot 44- 44=88 on Friday and 41- 42=83 Saturday for a score of 171, good for 14th place. "What's exciting about Brandon is that he fmished one stroke behind Thermop's top two players, who well battle at State," Parks said. "To be close to both of them is really exciting, and Chase wasn't far behind them. Indeed, Wolvington's 171 left him one shot in back of Bobcat duo Jesse McMa- nis and Jackson Roling, who each shot 170, and Tippetts shot 43-45=88 and 43-43=86 for a final score of 174, giving him a tie for 16th place. "This is the first time we've had our whole team for the whole tournament," Parks said. "We're starting to shoot more consistently." As a team, the Bulldogs placed sixth with a score of 743, 33 shots behind Thermop- olis, which shot 710. PoweU won the tournament with a score of 659, followed by Buf- falo Gold at 671 and Gillette at 685. Lovell fmished ahead of Douglas, Worland, Cody, Big Horn, Buffalo Black, Tongue River and Lusk. Lovell's number three golfer was sophomore CJ Murphey, who shot 46-52=98 and 46-50=96 for a score of 194, which left him in 40th place. "He's right there (to shoot in the 80s)," Parks said. "I know he can get there. It's just a matter of when." The number four golfer was sophomore McKay Bax- endale, who placed 50th with a score of 54-47=101 and 49-54=103 for a final score of 204. Like others, Baxen- dale is looking for consisten- cy, and that will come when his short game improves, the coach said. Freshman Hunter Tip- petts shot 58-57=115 and 56-57=113 for a score of 228, 59th out of 72 golfers. "I'm really excited about his improvement in each tournament," Parks said. "In each tournament he's im- proved his score each day- four straight days of golf and he's lowered his score each time." The Bulldogs will com- pete in their final tournament of the regular season when they travel to Thermopolis for a small invitational this Friday and Saturday. Action begins at noon on Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday, Parks said. Parks said he had been hoping for a State preview at the tournament, but only Thermop, Lovell and Kem- merer are expected to attend due to a competing 2A meet in Lusk, Parks said. Lovelt will host the Class 2A State Golf Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22. Golfers tee offat 9:30 a.m. each day at Foster Gulch.