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October 7, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 www. LovellChronicle.com BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Bulldogs celebrated homecoming in style Friday night, keep- ing their fans on the edge of their seats and their coach- es nervous by edging the Greybull Buffaloes 7-6 in a true nail-biter. It was a festive night for the Bulldogs. After a spirit- ed pep rally and bonfire the night before and a pre-game tailgate party, fans and players alike were ready for a good game, and the Bull- dogs and Buffs delivered. "It was a great atmo- sphere," coach Doug Ha- zen said. "The fireworks (at halftime) were great. The kids loved it. It gave us a little extra spark after half- time." Early on, the Buffs moved the ball well with their talented backfield of crafty senior quarterback Clay Cundall, quick half- back Austin Frazier and huge fullback Hayden Go- ton, driving 92 yards to score on their first pos- session after the Bulldogs punted them deep. Cun- dall capped the methodical 19-play drive with a one- yard quarterback keeper. The Buffs missed the PAT but led 6-0, having used up most of the time in the first quarter. "They shocked us a little bit right away until we got adjusted to what they were going to do," Hazen said. "They have a lot of weap- ons. It took us a while to get adjusted to the speed of the game with their option." Hazen said the Bulldogs practiced all week on play- ing the necessary "assign- ment" defense against the option but were almost con- centrating too much on as- signments rather than hit- ting and weren't aggressive enough early. "We started blitzing and DAVID PECK Lovell senior wide receiver Kaleb Leithead hauls in a 12oyard pass from Koty Johnson for a key first down during Lovell's 7-6 win over the Greybull Buffaloes Friday night. The Bulldogs travel to Wyoming Indian Friday. doing some things with our defensive tackles (moving the tackles)," he said. Greybull kicked off to the Bulldogs and like a lightning bolt, the Bulldogs took the lead. Kick return- er Mark Grant fielded the kick at the 11 and took it straight up the middle, got some blocks, found a seam and raced 89 yards for a touchdown. Cody Savage booted the PAT and Lovell led 7-6 at the end of the first quarter. "Mark did a great job running with it, but it was the whole squad," Hazen said. "We've been saying as a staff that it was only a mat- ter of time before we would return one for a touchdown. It was perfect timing. We got our chance and took ad- vantage of it." Hazen also said he liked how Grant took the ball straight up the field. "I don't like guys who juke and jive," he said. "I like kids who go north and south with kickoff returns - one cut and go." There would be no more scoring in the game. Grey- bull fumbled the ball away in Lovell territory on its next two possessions with the second miscue recovered by the Bulldogs at their own one-yard line. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs fought the field position battle, finding it difficult to get the ball out of their own end of the field, although they did drive the ball out of danger after the second fumble thanks, in part, to a 20-yard hookup from Koty Johnson to Cody Savage. "We wanted to make them drive the football," Hazen said. "Nobody should be able to drive the length of the field on us. We really killed ourselves on that first drive. We had them on the ropes a couple of times ~d let them off.' "Other teams we've seen (on film) gave up big plays to those guys but we made them drive the ball and with that many fakes the ball is going to come out sometimes and it did." Greybull drove into Lovell territory again but Mark Grant batted down a Clay Cundall pass on third and right, forcing a punt. DEFENSIVE HALF In the second half, the Bulldogs gave a little yard- age but continued to make big plays on defense, twice stopping Goton on fourth- DAvm PECK Lovell senior defensive tackle Darren Ballard hangs onto Greybull receiver Austin Frazier during Lovell's narrow 7-6 win over the Buffs Friday night. The win boosted the Bulldogs to 4-1 on the season. down-and-short plays to force the Buffs to turn the ball over on downs. On one play in particular, Hazen recalled, Steven Pickett put a hard hit on Goton that stopped the big fullback cold. "That one gave me goose bumps when I watched it," he said. "He picked up big bull drove the ball to the 36 but left a bad pitch on the ground and Hunter Hinck- ley recovered Greybull's third fumble of the game. Lovell drove to the Grey- bull 20 and could have run out the clock, but a third- down pass fell incomplete and a fourth-down run came up short, giving Greybull numbex 99 and drove him. the ball with 18 seconds to backwards." play. After the second fourth- down stop, the Bulldogs drove into Greybull terri- tory before punting, forcing the Buffs to operate from their own end of the field for a change. Lovell then forced Greybull to go three and out and Billy Davila got a hand on the Greybull punt, put- ting the Bulldogs in great shape at the Greybull 31. Johnson hit Kaleb Leit- head for a 12-yard gain on third and 11, and strong running by Dino Collins ad- vanced the ball to the five before the Buffs held. Grey- Buried deep, the Buffs tried two passes, which fell incomplete, then tried a lat- eral and halfback pass, but the Bulldogs smelled out the play and hit Frazier for a three-yard loss as time ex- pired. Greybull dominated the statistics, out-gaining the Bulldogs 221-93 on the ground, although Collins led all rushers with 88 yards on 27 carries. Goton led Grey- bull with 79 yards on 15 car- ries, and Frazier added 73 yards on 12 attempts. Johnson completed two of 11 passes for 32 yards, Cundall one of seven for 23 yards. "We just weren't click- ing the way we should have been," Hazen said. "We couldn't seem to put it all to- gether. We did run the ball decent, but until the third or fourth quarter we were getting three or four yards (a carry) instead of eight or 10, and if we had a negative play we were in a hole. Koty was just slightly off." Davila led the Bulldogs in defensive points with 27, recording 14 assisted tack- les, three solo tackles and a blocked kick. Joey Croft and AJ Montanez added 18 points each, Croft on 11 as- sisted tackles, one solo tack- le and a recovered fumble and Montanez on 10 assist- ed tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery. Grant had 16 points, Pickett 14, Sav- age and Leithead 12 each, Hinckley and Collin McAr- See 'WIN,' page 9 i tt Ft i: t i H BY BRAD DEVEREAUX It's a sweep! Well on their way to a suc- cessful 2010 volleyball season, the Rocky Mountain Lady Grizzlies flexed their muscles at the Grey- bull/Riverside Duals Friday and Saturday in south Big Horn Coun- ty, sweeping the tournament with four wins against their opponents. The Lady Grizz made the sweep in the true sense of the word, not al- lowing opponents to win even one game throughout the weekend. Rocky Mountain first faced the Tongue River Lady Eagles. The Lady Eagles have been a force in recent years, but after a few meet- ings this season, the Grizz have shown they are the favorite. They beat Tongue River 25-18 and 25-5 Friday to kick off the tourney. "We dominated that match, partly because of a lot of good serves," coach Carol McMillin said, noting that Rachel Allred had a nice streak of 11 points in a row while serving. The Lady Grizz met Wyoming Indian next. McMillin said the Grizz continued to serve well and the hits started picking up for a 25-6 and 25-10 victory. "The team seemed to be work- ing well together during the game," McMillin said. Saturday morning, the Lady Grizz continued their momentum and beat Moorcroft, 25-11 and 25- 20. McMillin said the team eased up somewhat and lost their mo- mentum for a few plays in the second game, but they were able to focus and close the gap for the win. "Our goal has been to not let our momentum go down," Mc- Millin said. The Lady Grizz did just that in their next match against Dubois, holding the Lady Ram offense down to secure a 25-14 and 25-12 win. McMillin said the team's three top hitters, Leslie Blackburn, Eli- za Higgins and Kallee Jo Wilson, did really well at the tournament, sending different types of hits to- wards their opponents all week- end. "We talked about having three strong hitters and how we can wear a team down," McMillin said. "I'm sure most teams are trying to take Eliza out of the picture, but Kallee Jo and Leslie are hitting equally as well." Rachel Allred has been adding Some offense as a right side hitter as well and setter Lauren Peter- son got a few kills over the week- end, McMillin said. '~Lauren has been doing a great job setting all over the place," Mc- Millin said. "She doesn't always get the recognition the hitters do, but it's the setter that makes those hits possible." Digging and blocking is im- proving across the board, too, Mc- Millin said. McMillin said she and her as- sistant coaches were happy after the team dominated the duals. "We were pleased. We saw some confidence building with the girls," she said. "They were relaxed. We tried some different offensive moves that we've been working on in practice. It was good to see them executed in com- petition." In recent practices and con- tinuing this week, McMillin said the team's focus is improving de- fense. '%Ve're going to make sure we are active and ready for anything," the coach said. RIVERSIDE AND GREYBULL The Grizz will host the Riv- erside Lady Rebels Saturday at the Rocky Mountain Middle/High School in Cowley. Games are at noon (freshman), 1 p.m. (JV) and 2 p.m. (varsity). McMillin said the Grizz beat Riverside in three games earlier in the season, but Rocky Moun- tain is making sure not to look past the match. She said River- side has some strong outside hit- ters that can hit at deep angles and the Lady Grizz will have to be tough while blocking to eliminate Riverside's options on offense. The Lady Grizz will travel to Greybull Tuesday, Oct. 12, for another match, McMillin said. Games will be at 4 p.m. (fresh- man), 5 (JV) and 6 (varsity). McMillin said the team has goals of doing well at State and also placing first in the 2A North- west Conference, but she said the team is still "taking it one game at a time." "Every week when we get ready, we concentrate on the com- petition and what we have to do to win," McMillin said. Lauren Peterson gets under the ball and bumps it to her waiting teammates during a recent match. STANDINGS 2A WE ;T FOOTBAI Conf. Overall Team W L W L Linen 4 D 4 1 Lovell 3 4 1 GrevbuU 3 3 2 Bin Pinnv 2 Z 3 2 Plnedele 2 2 2 3 Mtn. View 1 | 1 4 Kemmerer t ~ | 4' Wvo. Indian O !4 O S RESULTS Friday, October 1 Pinedale 20, Mtn. View 0 Big Piney 32, Kemmerer 13 Lyman 49, Wyo. Indian 32 Lovell 7, Greybull 6 SCHEDULE Friday, October 8 Mtn. View at Lyman, 4 p.m. Big Piney at Pinedale, 6 p.m. Kemmerer at Greybull, 6 p.m. Lovell at Wyo. Indian, 6 p.m. 1A WE,' ;T FOOTBAI i Conf. Overall Team W L W L [nkevtlln 4 O S O Dubnis 4 0 S O Burlinnton 3 1 3 :) bckv Mtn. 2 2 ~ 2 Wind River 2 2 ~ 2 Riverside 1 3 2 3 $ardoaa 0 4 O S $hnshnni 0 4 O 5 RESULTS Friday, October 1 Cokeville 47, Rocky Mtn. 6 Dubois 26, Burlington 8 Wind River 20, Saratoga 10 Riverside 26, Shoshoni 13 SCHEDULE Friday, October 8 Dubois at Cokeville, 2 p.m. Rocky at Shoshoni, 2:30 p.m. Wind River at Burlington, 3 p.m. Riverside at Saratoga, 3:30 ri ! ii i!