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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I October 18, 2012 Standings BY DAVID PECK Lovell football fans can now officially plan on a first-round home play- off game as the Bulldogs clinched second place be- hind undefeated Lyman in the 2A West with a 47-0 win over the Kemmerer Rangers Friday afternoon in Kemmerer. Now 5-1 in the confer- ence and 6-1 overall, the Bulldogs will host a play- off game next week, prob- ably Friday night at 7 p.m against the third- place team from the 2A East, likely Glenrock or Wheatland. It's a long haul to Kem- merer, and as most teams are following a long bus trip, the Bulldogs were a bit sluggish early in the game Friday, coach Doug Hazen said. "We didn't start out very well," he said. "We missed on a couple of big plays early." After stopping the Rangers twice but also fail- ing to move on their initial drive, the Bulldogs drove to the Kemmerer 10, but quarterback Dylan Hult- gren was picked off in the end zone, halting the drive. After that, however, the Bulldogs scored seven touchdowns. Senior end Cody Sav- age caught a 10-yard touch- down pass from Hultgren that put Lovell up 6-0 at the end of the first quarter (point-after kick failed). The Bulldogs added three touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 26-0 at halftime (two of three PATs good): an 18-yard strike from Hultgren to Ryan Clark, a three-yard run by Dino Collins and a 22-yard scoring pass from Hultgren to Savage. Lovell blew the game wide open in the third when Hultgren tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Aus- tin Ellis and Collins scored on a five-yard run to make it 40-0 after three. Lovell completed the scoring early in the fourth quarter when Nathan Grant took a screen pass 54 yards for a touch- down, and Hazen cleared his bench after that. Hazen said he wants his team to come out strong in every game, even after a long road trip, though he ac- knowledged that is difficult. "We're concerned, like the last couple of years when we've made long trips to Mountain View, Lyman and Kemmerer, it takes us a little while to 'get off the bus' and into the football mode," he said. '%Ve were more talented than Kem- merer, and we shouldn't have gone three and out (early). We had some foolish penalties and a turnover in the red zone. "These are points of em- phasis for us, and they still seem to happen, especial- ly on a long trip. It's worri- some because we are going to have to win on the road to get to the state champi- onship game." Lovell finished with great balance on offense, 302 yards rushing and 224 passing. Collins carried 22 times for 188 yards rush- ing, Grant seven carries for 62 yards, Calin McAr- thur one for 21 yards, Aar- on Monterde one for 17 and Savage one for 11. Hultgren complet- ed 11 of 17 passes for 224 yards and five touchdowns, with one interception. El- lis caught three passes for 50 yards, Clark three for 49, Savage three for 48 and Grant two for 77. "Dylan spread it around," Hazen said. 'T e're still trying to get our rhythm throwing the foot- ball. It's getting better." Kemmerer rushed for 105 yards and passed for 5, and Hazen said the Bull- Lovell senior Nathan Grant bursts up the middle for a gain against the Thermopolis Bobcats on October 5 as Austin Ellis blocks. The Bulldogs host Big Piney Friday at 7 p.m. at Robertson Stadium. DAVm PECK PHOTO Conf. Overall Team W L W L Lyman 6 0 7 0 Lovell 5 1 6 1 Mtn. View 4 2 4 3 Kemmerer 3 3 4 3 Pinedale 2 4 3 4 Thermopolis 2 4 2 5 Greybull 2 4 2 5 Big Piney 0 6 1 6 RESULTS Thursday, Oct. 11 Lyman 51, Pinedale 0 Friday, Oct. 12 Lovel147, Kemmerer 0 Greybul140, Big Piney 14 Mtn. View 28, Thermopolis 0 SCHEDULE Friday, Oct. 19 Kemmerer at Mtn. View, 3 p.m. Big Piney at Lovell, 7 p.m. Lyman at Greybull, 7 p.m. Pinedale at Thermopolis, 7 p.m. dogs used a five-man front : to combat the Ranger run- Conf. Overall ning game. PINEY TO TOWN The Bulldogs will close out the regular season by hosting the Big Piney Punchers Friday at 7 p.m. The Punchers are last in the 2A West at 0-6, 1-6 overall, having defeated Burlington 22-12 in the first week of the season. "We'll work on our- selves this week," Hazen said when asked how the Bulldogs would approach the game. "We want to fo- cus on getting ready for the playoffs, and it's senior night, so we want to make sure our seniors get plenty of playing time." Honored will be seniors Nathan Grant, Cody Sav- age, Dylan Hultgren, Ryan Clark, Dino Collins, Jacob Beck, Nathan Ballard, Tan- ner Rohrer, Jacob Asay and Austin Ellis. Team W L W L Cokeville 6 0 7 0 Burlington 6 0 6 1 Shoshoni 4 2 5 2 Rocky Mtn. 3 3 4 3 Wind River 2 4 2 5 Saratoga 2 4 2 5 Riverside 1 5 1 6 Wyo. Indian 0 6 0 7 RESULTS Friday, Oct. 12 Burlington 44, Rocky 26 Cokeville 47, Wind River 7 Shoshoni 33, Saratoga 26 Riverside 46, Wyo. Indian 34 SCHEDULE Thursday, Oct. 18 Shoshoni at Wyo. Indian, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 Cokeville at Burlington, 1 p.m. Rocky Mtn. at Saratoga, 6 p.m. Wind River at Riverside, 7 p.m. 'lB BY DAVID PECK Intradistrict rivals Rocky Mountain and Bur- lington slugged it out on the gridiron in Cowley Fri- day afternoon as the Griz- zlies celebrated home- coming, but although the Grizz forged a 20-20 half- time tie, the visitors from Burlington pulled away in the second half for a 44-26 win. The loss leaves the Grizzlies, once 4-0, at 4-3, 3-3 in the 1A West Con- ference, and they will at- tempt to cement a play- off spot when they travel to meet the Saratoga Pan- thers Friday at 6 p.m. The Grizzlies came out fired up against the Huskies Friday and took advantage of some ear- ly Burlington miscues to take first-half leads. "I was very pleased with the way we came out and took advantage of op- portunities," coach Da- vid Hayes said. "We were fairly opportunistic and got some breaks in the first half. I was very hap- py with the first half." Rocky went three and out on the opening pos- session, but the Burling- ton punt returner fumbled Cannon Simmons' punt and Jake Jones pounced on the loose pigskin. Giv- en new life, the Grizz drove 39 yards to score thanks to strong running by Simmons and Ethan Landers, who followed strong blocking up front to gain chunks of yardage. A penalty assisted the Grizz. As they were lined up to attempt a 30-yard field goal, the Huskies were whistled for a five- yard penalty, and on the next play, Landers broke a tackle and rolled into the end zone on a nine- yard touchdown run. A bad snap cost the Grizz the extra point, but they led 6-0. After an onside kick failed to surprise Burl- ington, the Huskies drove 50 yards in three plays, with senior running back DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain senior halfback Ethan Landers breaks to the outside as fullback Jake Jones blocks during Friday's homecoming game against Burlington. The Grizz travel to Saratoga Friday. bursting around right end for a 46-yard touchdown run. The point-after kick was good, putting Burl- ington up 7-6. The Grizz earned one first down on the ensu- ing series but had to punt, and again, the Huskies handed the Grizz a gift, fumbling a pitch on the first play of their next set of downs. Caleb Horrocks recovered the fumble for the Grizz, who then drove 25 yards to score as soph- omore quarterback Kir- by Winland hit Landers out of the backfield with a swing pass. The senior got to the corner and scored from 14 yards out. A run for two points failed, and Rocky led 12-7 late in the first quarter. Burlington answered with a 63-yard scoring drive capped by a 23-yard run by Mancuso as the Huskies led 14-12. Midway through the second quarter the Griz- zlies drove 65 yards to take the lead once again as Winland and Landers hooked up for a perfect- ly-executed screen pass that covered 56 yards for a touchdown. Winland hit Jake Jones for the two- point conversion, putting the Grizz up 20-14. Burlington responded once again with a scoring drive, this one covering 62 yards. Mancuso punched it in from three yards out, but the Grizz blocked the PAT, keeping the score knotted at 20-20 with 3:01 left in the first half. Rocky drove 34 yards into Burlington territory, but penalties set the Grizz back and they had to punt in the final seconds of the half. SECOND-HALF WOES The Huskies appeared to kick their offense into a higher gear in the second half as they scored three touchdowns: a 12-yard run by Mancuso to cap a 65-yard drive (28-20), a one-yard run by Land- on George (36-20) that capped a 77-yard drive and after a Rocky touch- down (36-26) a nine-yard run by quarterback Pres- ton Wardell that put the final nail in the coffin. "In the second half we couldn't stop 'em," Hayes said. "We blew a couple of chances including a poten- :: : tial touchdown deep and a fourth and 15 (for a Burl- ington first down deep in i Rocky territory). That re- ally hurt us. That was a back-breaker." The second play to which Hayes referred took place early in the fourth quarter with Rocky down 28-20. Burlington drove into Rocky territory, but the Grizz stiffened to force a fourth-and-long from the 23-yard line. Preston Wardell rolled out and hit Trevor Wardell for a first down at the eight, and George scored two plays later. Down by 16, the Grizz drove 85 yards to score and stay in the game. The big play was a 67-yard bomb from Winland to Joey Jewell, who turned on the jets down the right sideline. A pass for two failed, but Rocky was in it trailing 36-26 with 7:51 left before Burlington's fi- nal drive. "Coach C (Tobee Chris- tiansen) did a great job mixing the offense up and Kirby Winland had prob- ably his best game as a high school football play- er. He distributed the ball around, and Coach C did a great job calling plays that gave our receivers a chance to make plays." Simmons twisted his ankle early in the game, and although he came back in the second half and Landers ran the ball well on offense, the Grizz missed him containing the run on the outside on de- fense, Hayes said. "We'll see how that goes this week," the coach said, adding that the Grizz did lose junior lineman TJ Willis for the season with a separated shoulder. Final statistics were very close. Rocky rushed for 143 yards and passed for 207 for 350 total yards, while Burlington rushed for 308 yards and passed for 72 for 380 yards of to- tal offense. Landers finished with I02 yards rushing on 18 carries, and Jones added 25 yards on nine carries, Simmons 13 yards on three carries. Wardell rushed '19 times for 194 yards to lead Burlington. Winland completed eight of 23 passes for 207 yards and three touch- downs. Landers caught three passes for 78 yards, Wilson Flowers two for 28 yards, Jewell one for 67, Jones one for 25 and Bill Despain one for 5. Wardell completed nine of 16 passes for 72 yards for Burlington. Jones led the Grizzlies in defensive points with 28 on 10 assisted tack- les, three solo tackles, a blocked kick and a fumble recovery. Horrocks add- ed 21 points, Flowers 17, Landers 16 and Mark Fer- guson 9. The game was the fi- nal home game for seniors Ferguson, Flowers, Jones, Landers and Bryce Ward, who has been injured for much of the year. PLAYOFFS? The Grizzlies control their own destiny, Hayes noted. If they beat Sara- toga Friday they are in the playoffs at 4-3. If they lose, he said, the Grizz could find themselves in a three-way playoff with Saratoga and Wind Riv- er Tuesday - all three at 3-4 -- if Wind River beats Riverside Friday night. If the Grizz lose to Saratoga and Riverside beats Wind River, Saratoga will make the playoffs because the Cougars would be elimi- nated at 2-5 and Saratoga would have the head-to- head advantage over the Grizzlies. Saratoga has been up and down this season but has been generally strong over the last four games. The Panthers fell to Lin- gle-Ft. Laramie 28-6, to Burlington 29-8 and to Cokeville 48-0. They beat Wyoming Indian 37-6, fell to Wind River 14-13, crushed Riverside 38-0 and fell to Shoshoni 33-26.