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CHRONICLE October 4, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Bulldogs celebrated Homecoming 2012 in style Friday night, clobbering the Greybull Buffaloes 54-16 at Kevin P. Robertson Memorial Stadi- um. The game was delayed by more than an hour by the possibility of lightning due to a thunderstorm moving through the area, but once the game started there was no stopping the Bulldogs, who scored on their first six possessions of the game. Known primarily as a running team, the Bulldogs came out throwing Friday as senior quarterback Dylan Hultgren twice hit big Cody Savage slicing across the middle for long touchdown passes, the first covering 59 yards and the sec- ond 56. "We wanted to open up our passing game a little bit," coach Doug Hazen said. "We saw some things on film where we thought we could get some one-on-one matchups with Cody and we wanted to take advantage of that. Coach (Bob) We- ber and Coach (Daniel) Robertson did a good job with that, calling plays and making adjustments to put kids in favor- able positions to make plays, like Cody one on one with their cornerback. "Cody ran a very crisp route, espe- cially on the first touchdown pass. Dylan audibled on one, too. Against certain for- mations Dylan can check into something else." Hultgren finished the night 9 of 11 passing for 192 yards and three touch- downs, with no interceptions. Following the two early touchdown passes, the Bulldogs finished a 64-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run by Nathan Grant. Dino Collins carried four times for 47 yards on the drive, shred- ding the Greybull defense. After leading 21-0 at the quarter break, the Bulldogs drive 78 yards to make it 28-0 after Greybull had driven to the Lovell 22 but stalled. Hultgren picked up 18 yards on a bootleg during the drive, and Collins broke outside for a 41-yard gain, then blasted in from 10 yards out for the score. Following an interception by Grant, the Bulldogs drove 77 yards in six plays, overcoming a holding penalty along the way. Collins gained 21 yards to get the drive started and later took a screen pass DAVID PECK Four LovelI Bulldog defenders converge on Greybull receiver Connor Petty during Friday night's homecoming football game in Lovell. Sandwishing Petty are (l-r) Austin Ellis (81), Calin McArthur (20), Ryan Clark (33) and Dino Collins (34). for 32 yards to the Greybull 18. Hultgren hit Ryan Clark for 12, then hit the senior end for six yards and a touchdown. Lovell led 35-0 with 4:44 left in the hall The final two touchdowns of the first half came on defensive plays. The Bull- dogs sandwiched a Greybull receiver Three plays into the ensuing se- ries, Grant picked off Buff quarterback Calder Forcella deep over the middle and returned the interception 35 yards for a touchdown. Lovell led 48-0 at halftime. A fumbled snap in punt formation set up the only Bulldog touchdown of the just as the ball came to him, and Collins second hail The junior varsity offense grabbed the ball in the crowd and raced drove 25 yards in four plays. A 12-yard 40 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was run by Cade Bischoff set up a nine-yard blocked, bootleg for a touchdown by sophomore quarterback Seth Kite. The PAT was blocked, but Lovell led 54-0. Greybull added two second-half touchdowns against the young Lovell second and third string with Forcella scoring on runs of one and two yards. "Forcella is going to be tough over the next two years if they get some guys around him," Hazen noted. The Bulldogs out-rushed Greybull 227-111 and out-passed the Buffs 192-57. Collins finished with 140 yards rushing on 10 carries - all in the first half, and Bischoff added 29 yards on six carries, Hultgren 18 yards on one carry, Aaron Monterde 12 yards on three carries and Beau Green 12 yards on two attempts. Savage caught three passes for 125 yards, a nearly 42-yard average per catch. Clark caught three passes for 24 yards, Collins two for 32 and Grant one for 11. Forcella led the Buffaloes with 88 yards rushing on 19 carries, and he com- pleted six of 18 passes for 57 yards. Jacob Beck led a balanced Lovell de- fensive effort with 14 points on five as- sisted tackles, three solo tackles and one tackle for a loss. Hyrum Hopkin added 13 defensive points, Grant 12, Savage and Drake Welch 11 each, Clark and Collins 10 apiece. ON THE ROAD AGAIN Following their successful homecom- ing celebration, the Bulldogs will return to the road to take on the Thermopo- lis Bobcats in Thermop Friday at 7 p.m. Thermop is 2-3 on the season and 2-2 in the 2A West after falling at home to top- ranked Lyman Friday night, 50-0. The up- a d-down Bobcats have also defeated Big Piney 64-12 and Greybull 50-21 but fell to Glenrock 40-8 and Kemmerer 14-13: As the Bulldogs (4-1) head into the fi- nal three regular-season games, Hazen said the team needs to tighten up on a few things and focus on the fundamentals of proper tackling and proper blocking - the proper technique of each position, what he called "all of the little things." And al- though Thermop is coming off a blowout loss the Bobcats are dangerous, he said. "They throw it all over the place," he said. "They've given us trouble in the past with their schemes. We've got to make sure we're ready to go. We have some different checks and packages for them." BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies are look- ing strong as they near the regional and state cross country meets, judging by their performances at a pair of meets over the weekend in Worland and Wright. "This was a great weekend for Rocky Mountain/Burlington cross country," coach John Bernhisel said. "Our boys team won their first trophy in many years with a vic- tory at the 2012 Brittany Rentas Memori- al Cross Country Invitational in Wright on Saturday. "I always like to go to this meet because it gives us a chance to run against a few of the other 2A schools in the east half of the state." The Grizz competed Thursday in Wor- land at the Worland Invitational. Only two boys ran in the varsity race. Michael Ber- nhisel placed 17th out of 51 runners with a time of 18:51.31, and Nate Davidson was 19th with a time of 18:55.31. In the junior varsity boys race, Casey Banks placed third with a time of 19:39.34. Brady Winland was 16th at 21:53.59, Payton Thomas 18th at 21:59.12, Dalton Wardell 28th at 24:09.53, Duke Wang 33rd at 26:23.44 and Seth Fuller 34th at 26:36.00. "Casey ran with a sore throat and still ran his best race of the year," Coach Bern- hisel noted. Four Lady Grizzlies ran in the girls JV race. Zariah Tolman placed seventh with a time of 25:31.91, "definitely the best race of the year so far for Zariah," Bernhisel said, and Denice Escalante placed 10th at 25:40.62, Kelly Vezain 12th at 26:15.56 and Jill Davidson 23rd at 30:03.38. In the middle school boys race, Dominic Twomey placed 10th with a time of 12:32, Ben Smith 11th at 12:32.90, Trevon Lytle 38th at 14:46.56 and Jarred Chavis 40th at 14:57.28. On the girls side, Katie Doughty placed 13th with a time of 14:08.03, Emily Dough- ty 20th at 14:55.15, Grace Wassmer 21st at 15:12.12 and Ivy Mickelson 30th at 15:51.03. There were 52 runners in the race. STRONG AT WRIGHT Only the high school team ran in Wright, and the Rocky boys won the meet over Glenrock, Wright, Moorcroft, Hulett and Normative Services. COURTESY PHOTO Posing with their team championship medals following the Wright Invitational Saturday are (l-r) Casey Banks, Payton Thomas, Nate Davidson and Michael Bernhisel. Michael Bernhisel placed third with a time of 19:28, with Nate Davidson close on his heels in fourth at 19:30. "Both of these runners continue to im- prove their running skills," Coach Bernhis- el said. "They push each other and have be- come the true leaders of our team." Also in the top 10 were Casey Banks, seventh with a time of 20:40, and Payton Thomas, 10th at 21:40. "Payton's weekly improvement is re- markable," Bernhisel said. "To have a freshman running these kind of times is ex- citing. His great run at Wright sealed our team's victory." Jake Loyning placed 17th at 22:42, Dal- ton Wardel121st at 23:12, Jared Tolman 30th at 25:29 and Duke Wang 32"d at 25:42. "Duke has improved his best time by nearly six minutes in the three weeks he has been on the team," Bernhisel noted. Final team scores were Rocky first with 24 points, Hulett second with 29 points, Glenrock third with 47 points, Wright fourth with 65 points, Moorcroft and NSI tied for fifth with 85 points. Glenrock won the girls race with 18 points, followed by Wright with 27 points, Rocky third with 43 points and NSI fourth with 69. Zariah Tolman placed 11th with a time of 27:02, Denice Escalante 12th at 27:14, Kelly Vezain 13th at 27:27, Cassy Vezain 17th at 29:33 and Jill Davidson 21st at 31:50. POWELL FRIDAY The Grizzlies have one meet remain- ing before the conference meet. They will attend the Powell Invitational Friday with running scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Powell Golf Course. Both the middle school and high school teams will compete. Rocky Mountain will host the Class 2A West Regional Meet the following Thurs- day, Oct. 11, at the Foster Gulch Golf Course, with running starting at 3 p.m.