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i, i 81The Lovell Chronicle I October 7, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com DAy PEcx Rocky Mountain senior flanker Luke Leonhardt bursts free for a big gainer against the Wind River Cougars during Rocky's 42-6 win on Sept. 24 in Byron. The Grizz travel to Shoshoni Friday for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff. m BY DAVID PECK Boy, talk about the proverbial buzz saw. The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies were confident heading into top-ranked Cokeville Friday, having dispatched Wind River and Riverside at home the previous two weeks. But the Grizz were sliced and diced on the road Friday afternoon, failing to the now 5-0 Panthers 47-6. Cokeville is what the Grizzlies aspire to, coach David Hayes said, blocking and running their offense with precision and playing aggressive defense. "We couldn't stop 'em," Hayes said. "They were running through us like a sieve. They were the bet- ter team, that day at least. They're number one for a reason. "They run the ball very well and are very aggres- sive on defense. We couldn't get any openings. We got five yards occasionally, but it was tough to get five yards." Cokeville blasted out of the starting gate and scored on possession after posses- sion, eventually taking a 47-0 lead into the locker room at halftime, Hayes said, before letting off the gas in the second half. Meanwhile, the Grizz strug- gled on offense, especially when senior flanker Luke Leonhardt left the game with an injured shoulder and quarterback Guy Jones went down with a knee in- jury, both in the first half. Hayes said Thomas Troutman (QB) and Wilson Flowers (flanker) did a good job filling in for the two in- jured seniors, but it was "mix and match" on offense and defense for the Grizz after that. Flowers set up Rocky's only touchdown with about a 3-yard reverse, Hayes said, and Jessee Wilson powered up the middle from five yards out for Rocky's only touchdown. The two- point run failed. Hayes said the Pan- thers ran their veer option offense to perfection. "They always do it and nobody can stop it," he said. "They made big plays. In two or three plays they'd be in the end zone. They made some big, long runs. They block it well and slip through the line and they're gone. They give it to the full- back just to keep you hon- est. They use wide splits to get angles on you." On defense, Hayes said, the Panther players are quick and explosive with plenty of "want to" to beat the player in front of them. "They're just quicker to the point of attack," Hayes said. "They get to places quicker than we do. Every- thing was stuffed up. In or- der to beat Cokeville you have to buckle down and tell yourself you're going to beat the guy in front of you. '%Ve need to raise the level of intensity. We were outmatched across the board. They were stout and ready to play. Hayes said he was still awaiting individual statis- tics from Cokeville so he had no final stats to report by press time. SHOSHONI FRIDAY The Grizzlies will play their second straight con- ference road game Friday when they travel to Sho- shoni to meet the 0-5 Wran- glers. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The Wranglers will be celebrating home- coming. Shoshoni has struggled this season, falling to Pine Bluffs 46-7, to Wind Riv- er 34-6, Burlington 39-13, Cokeville 57-0 and River- side 26-13. Hayes said he's not sure whether Jones will be able to play but early in the week felt that Troutman would likely start and play the whole game under cen- ter. He said Leonhardt may be able to play. "We may just have to work the line and use our stud running backs," Hayes said. '%Ve'll be all right." Spo Thursday, Oct. 7 MS volleyball- Rocky at Cody, 4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 HS football- Rocky at Shoshoni, 2:30 p.m. MS/HS cross country - Lovell, Rocky at Pow- ell, 4 p.m. HS volleyball- Lovell at Riverside, 2, 3, 4 p.m. HS football- Lovell at Wyo. Indian, 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 Freshman volleyball - Worland Tournament len MS volleyball- Lovell 7th at Greybull, 9:30 a.m. MS volleyball- Lovell 8th at Worland, 9:30 a.m. MS football - Greybult at Lovell, 9:30 a.m. MS volleyball- Rocky at conf. tourn., Burling- ton, 10 a.m. JV football - Rocky at Lovell, 1 p.m. College football - Wyo- ming at TCU, 1:30 p.m. (CBS-C) HS volleyball- Riverside at Rocky, 12, 1, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 Pro football - Denver Broncos at Baltimore, 11 a.m. (CBS) Monday, Oct. 11 JV football - Lovell at Ther- mopolis, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 HS volleyball - Shoshoni at Lovell, 5, 6 p.m. HS volleyball- Rocky at Greybull, 4,5, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 HS cross country - Re- gional meet at Foster Gulch, 4 p.m. BY DAVID PECK With the regional meet just around the corner, the Rocky Mountain High School cross country team got in some good work this week with meets at Worland last Thursday and at Wright on Saturday. According to assistant coach Pen- ny Tolman, the young Grizzly boys team placed second, just behind Thermopolis, in the junior varsity division. Thermop had 28 points, Rocky 47, Lander 73, Powell 99 and Cody 131. Excitement swirled around the finish line, Tolman said, when Lance Schatz and Nate Davidson crossed the line aimost si- multaneously after battling each other for most of the race. Schatz placed fourth with a time of 19:45.03, and Davidson was fifth at 19:45.75. "Lance leaned in more and was deemed fourth," Tolman said. "These two boys work extra hard in practice to push each other to the end." Sophomore Michael Bernhisel placed 15th out of 49 runners in the varsity divi- sion with a time of 19:11, Tolman said. L.J. Homewood ran one of his best rac- es, the coach said, crossing the finish line in the JV race with a time of 21:19. Other JV results included: Jackson Stevens 21:42, Ethan Strom 21:56, Jake Loyning 22:24, Travis Hatch 23:20, Garrick Tolman 23:33, Dalton Banks 24:40, Davin Brumwell 29:33 and Cory Call 32:03. In the middle school boys race, Casey Banks placed fifth with a time of 12:37, and Bridger Jones was eighth at 13:18. Josh McCracken ran the course in 14:40, Payton Thomas in 15:39. Zariah Tolmm placed 10th in the mid- dle school girls race with a time of 14:30, and Jill Davidson ran 16:44. WRIGHT MEET The high school team traveled to Wright Saturday to compete in one of the few 1A-2A meets of the season, and all of the Grizzly boys competed in the varsity division on a chilly and windy Saturday morning. "This is the only meet that we get to see some of our competition for State," Tol- man said. Davidson placed sixth out of 32 com- petitors with a time of 20:27, and Schatz was eighth at 20:49, out-leaning a Guern- sey runner at the finish line. Strom placed 13$ at 22 minutes even, and Hatch showed improvement, Tolman said, placing 16th at 22:41. Shane Wocicki was right behind him in 17th at 22:43. %iii:::iii i ...... / ........... iliii DAY t~cx Rocky Mountain eighth-grader Casey Banks strides along a fairway at Foster Gulch during the Rocky Mountain Invitational on Sept. 20. The Grizzlies run in Powell Friday at Homesteader Park. held at Foster Gulch west of Lovell next Thursday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m., with the state meet to follow Oct. 23 in Douglas. '%Ve are getting down to the end of the season," coach John Bernhisel said. "The state meet is only two weeks from Satur- day. I'm very pleased with the shape we are in right now as a team. Five-mile runs have become common and relatively easy Loyning ran 23:40, Garrick Tolman in practice. The hope is 3.1 mile xace 23:52, Brady Winland next (no time giv- will seem short .... en), Brumwell 31:30, Call 32:37 and Sam Woodis 36:44. Michael Bernhisel missed the meet be- cause he was out of town but did compete in a race in Brooklyn, N.Y., and placed fourth out of 400 runners. The Grizzlies will attend their final regular season meet Friday when they travel to the Powell Invitational. Racing begins at 4 p.m. The 2A West Regional meet will be "Two meets in one week is good once in a while. I think it makes us stronger head- . ing into regionals and state." Bernhisel said Brady Winland will miss the rest of the season because his knee in- jury "has become too severe to continue," and he hopes the rest of the team can stay healthy until the end of the season. "When I see the times we are running, I get pretty excited because our runners are so young," Bernhisel said. i; 4 ! ,! ,i t.4