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8 The Lovell Chronicle I September 27, 2012 Bulldogs pound on Mountain View, 64.7 BY DAVID PECK Hosting a school from fhr-away Uinta County was a heck of a lot bet- ter for the Lovell Bulldogs than traveling to one Fri- day night. One week af- ter suffering their first defeat in two years at the hands of the Lyman Ea- gles, the Bulldogs host- ed Lyman's neighboring Mountain View Buffaloes and crushed the Buffs 64- 7, with all but one touch- down taking place in the first half., "Being at home is a big thing for us," coach Doug Hazen said. "As coaches we expect to win home games. We protect KPR (Kevin P. Robertson Stadium). "We played relatively well Friday. I wasn't hap- py we let them score on their second possession." Senior halfback Dino Collins was a one-man wrecking crew for the Bulldogs, gaining 203 yards rushing on only nine carries, a 22.5-yard average per carry, plus three touchdowns -- all in the first half. "He's amazing," Hazen said. "His vision is better this year. He gets outside and goes. Last year he was more comfortable running [aside, but he's bigger, faster and stronger. He's gaining confidence." Collins also caught a screen pass that went for 30 yards and on defense recorded a sack, recovered a fumble and had four tackles, all in one half of football. Mountain View gave the Lovell defense some problems due to the effec- tiveness of quarterback Austin Houskeeper, who ran the spread offense well for the visitors. He com- pleted 12 of 30 passes for 202 yards. But the Buffs also hurt themselves with turnovers. "He's a good quar- terback, and he's only a sophomore," Hazen said. "There are good things to come for Mountain View with him back there." A fumble on the first play of the game following the kickoff gave the Bull- dogs a short field, and four plays later Dylan Hult- gren hit Austin Ellis for an eight-yard touchdown pass. Cody Savage's PAT made it 7-0 Lovell. Mountain View re- sponded quickly, driv- ing 75 yards in four plays, two runs and a 50- yard completion to Ca- leb Flake that set up a 13-yard touchdown pass from Houskeeper to Jacob Drca. The game was tied 7-7, deceivingly close. It was all Lovell after that. The Bulldogs com- pleted a 71-yard drive with a slashing 29-yard burst by Collins, drove 82 yards in five plays capped by a five-yard quarterback sneak by Hultgren and af- ter a fumble by Moun- tain View went 25 yards in three plays including a 12-yard sweep by Hult- gren. Lovell led 28-7 at the end of the first quar- ter. Mountain View drove to midfield by the quarter break, but on the second play of the second quarter, Ellis picked off Houskee- per deep over the middle and returned the inter- ception about 65 yards for a touchdown. Continuing to move the ball, Mountain View drove to the Lovell 39 but gave the ball up on downs. On the first play of the en- suing series Collins broke free for a 61-yard touch- down run and Lovell led 42-7. The Bulldogs weren't finished. Aaron Monterde blocked a Mountain View punt, and on the next play fullback Nathan Grant went untouched up the middle for a 22- yard touchdown run. The PAT snap was bobbled, and on the fire drill play Savage hit Ryan Clark for the two-point conversion. Lovell led 50-7 with still DAVID PECK Lovell senior fullback Nathan Grant cuts upfield for a big gain during Lovell's 64-7 win over the Mountain View Buffaloes Friday night at Robertson Stadium. 7:33 remaining in the first half. Lovell added one more first-half score. Col- lins weaved and shred- ded tackles for a 53-yard touchdown run. Mountain View drove to the Lovell 1, but Clark buried Houskeeper on a fourth-and-goal keeper, holding the Buffaloes out of the end zone. Lovell led 57-7 at halftime. Hazen used substi- tutes in the second half, and the Lovell junior var- sity offense drove 38 yards following a fumble early in the fourth quarter, capped by a four-yard bootleg for a touchdown by backup quarterback Seth Kite. The Bulldogs finished with 308 yards rushing. Besides Collins' 203 yards, Grant gained 78 yards on five carries. Calin McAr- thur gained 16 yards on five carries, and Hultgren carried twice for 12 yards and completed four of sev- en passes for 58 yards, Kite two of three for 47. Ellis caught two passes for 26 yards, Drake Welch one for 40 yards, Collins one for 30, Daniel Strom one for 7 and Grant one for 2. Clark led the team with 20 defensive points on six assisted tackles, three solo tackles, a tackle for a loss and a recovered fumble. Collins added 14 defensive points, McAr- thur 13, Monterde 12, Na- than Ballard 11 and Jacob Beck and Ellis 10 each. HOMECOMING GAME Now 3-1, the Bulldogs will host the Greybull Buffaloes in the annual homecoming game Fri- day at 7 p.m. Greybull is 0-4 in a rebuilding sea- son, falling to Big Horn 49-6, Mountain View 13- 6, Thermopolis 50-21 and Pinedale 26-20. Ham- pered by a multitude of injuries earlier, the Buffs have played better late- ly, getting starting quar- terback Calder Forcella back. "That's helped them," Hazen said. "He's only a sophomore and is a pret- ty good player. We're go- ing to have to stop him. He does a lot of things well. "They run a shotgun with a double tight (for- mation), and they'll use a good mix of run and pass. The Stewart kid (Paul) is a big back." Hazen likes the fes- tivities that come with homecoming. "Homecoming is a big game," Hazen said. "We've never lost a homecom- ing game since I've been here, and I never lost one in high school or colleg e . It's a special deal for me. Everyone"comes home' t watch and .celebrate. We put special emphasis on homecoming." Lady Grizz fight hard, but fall to Lady Bulldogs BY PATTI CARPENTER how the girls kept up their had six kills. The Rocky Mountain Grizz and the Lady Bull- dogs had fans on the edge of their seats on Sept. 20 for five rounds of non-stop volleyball action. The Grizz surprised the Bulldogs with some of their best play of the season, nearly causing an upset to the Bulldogs high-ranked performance to date in the conference season. The Lovell girls are currently tied with Ther- mopolis for first place in the conference standings with only one loss for each team. "Rocky came out and played some of the best vol- leyball I've seen them play this year," said Lady Bull- dog coach Stormy Jame- son. "We knew going into this game that we needed to be focused and ready and we just didn't execute like we wanted. They were. just playing like they wanted it more than we did." Lovell won the first game 25-19, but the Rocky girls came back fighting hard in the second game, winning 25-13. The second game was an eye-opener for the Bulldog girls, who rose up stronger in the third game, winning 25-13. The Grizz proved that the ex- citement wasn't over yet with a hard-fought win in the fourth game, 26-24. With a lot on the line, Lovell answered in the fifth and fi- nal game, winning 15-10. "It was a good eye-open- er for us and hopefully it will help us to focus more in the future," said Jameson. "We are still streaky and need to be able to play at a consis- tant level at all times." Lady Grizz coach Carol McMillin said she couldn't have been more pleased with the performance of her team as she saw so much of what the girls had been working on in practice fi- nally come into play. She was especially pleased with intensity against the tough Lady Bulldogs. "We struggled on some of our serves, but we spread the net well with kills from a lot of our players," said McMillin. "We took outside hits and I was pleased with that." Rachael Allred had sev- en kills, Brianna Hocker had four, Mikaela Hocker four, Shauna Loman was the kill leader with 10, and Haley Strom had nine. Hannah Winland, Bri- anna Hocker and Strom had one ace each and Allred had four aces. The team's libero Man- dee Leonhardt had 24 digs. "She was digging like crazy," said McMillin. McMillin noted that girls have been working on blocks and assists in prac- tice and she was pleased to see blocks by Winland, Allred, the Hocker sisters, Loman and Strom, includ- ing both solo and assisted blocks. "Our blocking has defi- nitely improved and we got some good play out of it," said McMillin. "They fought really hard, they kept their intensity and basically we had some silly errors that come with us having to find our confidence a little bit, but in every game they be- come a little more confident and a little stronger and more aggressive in their plays. Lovell didn't beat us because they are a better team, they beat us because we made some silly mis- takes, like really bad passes in that last game." Editor's note: Due to a computer error, coach Jameson was not able to supply stats for the Lovell team in time for this arti- cle. ROCKY TRAVELS TO THERMOP The Lady Grizz trav- elled to Thermopolis on Sat- PATTi CARPENTER Lady Grizz hitter Shauna Loman slams a ball over the net while Emilee Reasch and Maddie Baxendale of the Lovell team prepare to block it. urday for another intense series of games against the Lady Bobcats. The Lady Bobcats won the first game 25-14. The Lady Grizz won the second game 26-24. Thermop won the third game 25-18 and the fourth game 25-18. "We found that Ther- mop really didn't hit at us, they sent us a lot of tips and our defense had to make a lot of adjustments for that," said McMillin. "We weren't quite ready for as many tips as they sent to us and we struggled making our ad- justments to that." Winland, Leonhardt and Loman served 100 per- cent. Allred had three aces, Mikaela Hocker had three aces, Winland, Strom and Brianna Hocker each had one ace. McMillin noted fairly even stats again on kills. Winland had two kills, 'Allred had eight kills, Lo- man had six and Strom had nine, Brianna Hocker had nine and Mikaela Hocker Once again Leonhardt was the top digger with 22 digs. "She's doing a great job on the defense and the girls are really using her in the back," said McMillin. "Also, she's so versatile that we put in a rotation where she gets to serve one rotation now. Both times she's done that for us, she has served 100 percent for us. It adds another dimension for us." Again, McMillin noted some good blocks, especial- ly from Strom and Mikaela Hocker. "This week we're go- ing to work on covering up our hitter a little bit more and adjusting to the tip," said McMillin. "The girls are very receptive. We come back every week and try some new things and they seem to be able to take it from practice to game situ- ations and utilize it so we are very pleased with that." McMillin said the girls came away from the games this week not feeling like they lost but feeling like they made progress. "I tell the girls that this is one of those journeys where we see progress each time," said McMillin. "Let's hope that we will peak at the end of the season when it counts." Next up: The Rocky girls will play at the Greybull Tournament in Greybull, which is a pool- play tournament. The girls will play Tongue River at noon and Wyoming Indian at 2 p.m on Friday. On Sat- urday, the girls will play Moorcroft at noon and Du- bois at 2 p.m. The Lovell girls will host Thermopolis at home on Saturday with game times of 11, 12 and 1 p.m. Lovell and Rocky will face off again on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Lovell with game times at 5 and 6 p.m.