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8 I The Lovell Chronicle I October 11, 2012 Collins and teammates shred Thermopolis 53-6 BY DAVID PECK Dino Collins was a man among boys Friday night, but he wasn't alone. The swift and power- ful senior touched the ball 19 times and gained 382 yards - in one half, ex- cept for one punt return in the third quarter - as the Lovell Bulldogs proved to be good mudders, crushing the Thermopolis Bobcats in a wet snowstorm in Ther- mop, 53-6. Though Collins had a jaw-dropping night, scor- ing six touchdowns, he was helped by a dominant block- ing performance, a defense that gave the Lovell offense the ball over and over again and a number of fellow weapons to keep the Bobcat defense honest. Lovell rushed for 410 yards and passed for 101 more. Collins carried the ball 16 times for 297 yards, fullback Nathan Grant six times for 73 yards and quarterback Dylan Hult- gren twice for 34 yards. "I believe he (Collins) is approaching 1,000 yards right now, and he's only played half the season (sit- ting out second halves), if that," coach Doug Hazen said. "He's gaining confi- dence. He's understand- ing how good he is and how good he can become. "But there were times when he wasn't touched until 10 or 15 yards down- field. Our wide receivers are getting better and bet- ter at blocking downfield. You don't see 70-yard runs without somebody helping downfield." Hazen also gave credit to the Lovell offensive line for paving the way. "At times Dino makes us look good, but there are other times when the offen- sive line allows him to look good," Hazen said, "open- mg up holes that allow DAVID PECK A snowstorm in Thermopolis didn't slow down Dino Collins one bit as the senior rambled for 382 yards of total offense, most of it in the first half, as the Bulldogs crushed Thermop 53-6. him to get a head of steam 10 yards downfield when you then have a 190-pound man running at full speed against 130- or 140-pound defensive backs." Hultgren was once again efficient on offense, completing four of seven passes for 101 yards, and every completion counted as three went for touch- downs and a fourth was good for a first down. Grant caught one pass for 65 yards, Austin Ellis and Collins one for 13 each and Cody Savage one for 10. Lovell took the opening kickoff and drove 57 yards in four plays following a 25-yard kickoff return by Grant. Collins carried three times for 19, 29 and eight yards and a touchdown - 7-0 Lovell. After forcing the Bob- cats three and out, the Bull- dogs drove 57 yards again as Collins, Grant and Hult- gren had strong carries. Collins capped the drive with a slashing 13-yard run. The PAT was wide left but Lovell led 13-0. The Blldogs drove 88 yards late in the first quar- ter, only to fumble the wet ball away at the Thermop 3-yard line. The home team couldn't drive the ball out of the deep hole, leaving the Bulldogs with a short field. Lovell drove 30 yards in three plays as Hultgren DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain senior running back Jake Jones makes a cut against the Wind River Cougars during the Sept. 21 game in Cowley. The Grizz host Burlington Friday at 2 p.m. Grizz frustrated at Shoshoni with 40-22 loss BY DAVID PECK There were certainly some positive aspects to the Rocky Mountain Griz- zlies' performance at Sho- shoni Friday evening, a game the Grizz lost 40-22. The Grizz rushed for 300 yards on 50 carries, a 6-yard average. They scored three touchdowns in the process. But Coach David Hayes also expressed some frustration with the team's second consecutive loss, feeling that the Grizz matched up well enough with "the Wranglers but hurt themselves with mis- takes and penalties. "We weren't assign- ment sound," Hayes said of his young team. "We made mistakes across the board. We need to be bet- ter, every single one. We underachieved. We're ca- pable of playing better. We let Shoshoni dictate the game." Shoshoni took an ear- ly 12-0 lead on a four-yard pass from Tyler Clemet- son to Mason Steffen and a 10-yard pass from Clem- etson to Josh Thoren. Rocky answered with a two-yard run by Jake Jones in the second quar- ter, but Shoshoni coun- tered with a five-yard pass to Thoren late in the half, giving the home team an 18-6 halftime lead. Jayden Haslam scored on a 13-yard run in the third quarter and Clem- etson added the two-point conversion as Shoshoni took a commanding 28-6 lead. Jake Jones' two-yard run and Ethan Landers' two-point conversion got Rocky back in the game, trailing 28-14, early in the fourth, but Shosho- ni scored on a five-yard Haslam run with a two- point run by Lawry John- son to lead 34-14, then put the nail in the coffin on a 44-yard pick six by Dillon Geis with 6:05 to play. Kirby Winland scored on a one-yard run for the Grizz with 1:30 to play and Cannon Simmons ran in the two-point con- version to make the final score 40-22. Jones finished with 148 yards rushing on 27 carries, and Simmons added 75 yards on seven carries, Landers 65 yards on 10 attempts. Rocky rushed for 300 yards compared to 275 for Shoshoni, but the Wran- glers got the best of the passing game, throwing for 217 yards to Rocky's 67. Winland completed six of 17 passes for 67 yards. Jones caught three passes for 53 yards, Landers two for 9 yards and Wilson Flowers one for 5. "Jake had a great night running the ball," Hayes said. "But when we needed a play, penal- ties, turnovers and mis- cues killed us. Jake Jones played one heck of a game. "We ran up and down the field. We could run at will on them. But we stalled drives on mistakes. We need to clear it up. It's frustrating. We're a better team than that. Shoshoni executed and we didn't. If we had executed we would have had 500 yards rush- ing." HOMECOMING GAME The Grizzlies will host intradistrict foe Burling- ton Friday for the annual homecoming game. Kick- off is scheduled for 2 p.m. If the Grizz win, they could force a three-way tie for second place in the 1A West since the Huskies have to pay Cokeville in Week Eight. As of now, however, the Huskies are riding high at 5-1, 5-0 in the conference with wins over Saratoga 29-8, Sho- shoni 22-21, Riverside 40- 7, "Wyoming Indian 51-8 and Wind River 41-0. "They are very tough," Hayes said. "They are running on all cylinders. We can do it if we just play assignment sound. We've got the people to do it. "We've got to step up and at least limit their running game. We can't let (Ben) Mancuso get loose. And we've got to execute on offense: We've got the plays." hit Collins for a screen pass that he carried in from 13 yards out. Lovell led 20-0. Lovell's next drive cov- ered 74 yards as Collins ripped for 26, Grant gained 10 and Hultgren bootlegged for 25. Hultgren then found Ellis in the corner of the end zone for a 13-yard touch- down pass. The PAT failed, but Lovell led 26-0. Thermop answered with an 80-yard drive as swift junior quarterback Kaden Haun broke loose around left end and dashed 74 yards for a touchdown. A two-point conversion failed, but the home team had hope, trail- ing 26-6 with 7:32 left in the first half. The Bulldogs responded quickly as Hultgren rolled left and threw back across the field right to Grant, who juked and weaved and cut back for a 65-yard touch- down pass. The PAT failed, but Lovell led 32-6. Collins scored two more touchdowns before halftime. The senior blasted 39 yards for his fourth touchdown, then added a fifth on an off-tackle play to the left side in the fi- nal seconds breaking tackles and bursting down the side- line from 74 yards out. Lovell led 46-6 at the half, and after the Bulldogs forced the Bobcats three and out on the first series of the second half, Collins scored his sixth touchdown on a 60-yard punt return. Hazen played the junior varsity in the second half, but Ther- mop could not score again, fumbling the ball away on the last two possessions. Hazen praised the Lovell blockers following the win: left tackle Morgan May, left guard Jacob Beck, center Jacob Asay (moving from right guard after an inju- ry to Tanner Rohrer), right guard Jacob Price right tackle Nathan Ballard, tight end Cody Savage, full- back Grant and wide receiv- ers Savage, Calin McAr- thur, Ellis and Ryan Clark. "It's probably hard on our receivers and Dylan," Hazen said. "But we get up so fast there's no need to throw the ball." The Lovell defense was also strong against Ther- mop's wide open offense, Hazen said. "That's as good as we've played against Ther- mopolis, maybe ever," Ha- zen said. "Their wide open offense gives us fits. We match up better against teams that run the ball. We were able to contain them pretty well. "We were able to see some things on film and used a couple of checks and a couple of packages de- signed to eliminate some of the things they do. The kids and coaches did a good job getting prepared this week." KEMMERER NEXT The Bulldogs will take to the road again this week, this time making the long trip to Lincoln County to meet the Kemmerer Rang- ers at 3 p.m. Friday. The Rangers have been up and down this season in forging a record of 4-2, 3-2 in the 2A West. The Rang- ers have defeated Wind River 12-6, Pinedale 29- 0, Thermopolis 14-13 and Big Piney 22-20. They have fallen to Lyman 46-6 and Greybull 30-6. As in the past, Kem- merer runs a double-wing, tight-formation running game, and Hazen said the goal is to stop the Ranger running game and force the team to pass. "It's a big game for us," he said. "If we lose they'll hold the tie-breaker over us. That could knock us down to third place. It's im- portant to go there and take care of business." DAVID PECK Caleb Horrocks works for yardage as Lovell defenders Nic Haskell (85) and Jeff Jameson combine for the tackle during the Lovell-Rocky junior varsity football game Oct. 1 in Cowley. Lovell JVs finish season with back-to-back wins BY DAVID PECK The Lovell junior varsity football team concluded the 2012 season with a thriller Saturday in Greybull, edging the Buffaloes 12-6 in three overtimes. According to coach Craig Lundberg, Beau Green caught a touchdown pass in regulation play from Seth Kite, then threw the game- winning touchdown pass to Jacob Adey in the third over- time. "We had some kids play a solid all-around game," Lun- dberg said. "I thought that Richard Walker played well for us on offense and ran the ball hard. The combination of Walker and (Jeff) Jameson worked well. "Defensively, we had a great effort all the way around. We had a couple of goal line stands that helped us win that game." The win came on the heels of a 40-12 win over the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies on Monday, Oct. 1, in Cowley. "Offensively, we were able to get some pretty big plays," Lundberg said. "Kite threw a couple of early picks that led to a Rocky TD but seemed to settle down and was able to have a good over- all game." Rocky coach Brandon May said it was an intercep- tion by Bill Despain early that set up a touchdown from Cole Wambeke to Despain for Rocky's first score. Lundberg said Kite threw a touchdown pass to Green and Michael Brightly. Green also scored on a boot- leg, Nic Haskell caught a touchdown pass and James- on scored on a long run. "Defensively, I thought that Drake Welch played a heck of a game," Lundberg said. "He was all over the field making plays for us. We were able to put some pres- sure on the quarterback and force them into some passes that we ended up getting our hands on. Both teams played a good game and it was a good win for us coming offour games with Powell." Lundberg said the Lovell freshmen fell to Powell 24- 12 on Saturday, Sept. 22, at home and the JVs fell to the Panthers 48-0 Sept. 24 in Powell. He said the team came out flat in the second game and could have compet- ed better. Back on Saturday, Sept. 15, the JVs defeated Ther- mopolis 38-12 in Thermop. He said the team's defense played well against Ther- mop's spread offense while the Bulldogs were able to move the ball on the ground. The JVs finished the sea- son with a 3-2 record, and the freshmen were 0-1. r t