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October 27, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 9 Bulldogs pound the Punchers 55-6 in Big Piney BY DAVID PECK It wasn't exactly a playoff tuneup - facing an 0-7 team - but the Lovell Bulldogs made the best of their final game before the playoffs, whacking the basement-dwelling Big Piney Punchers 55-6 Fri- day afternoon in Sublette County. Coach Doug Hazen said he had three goals head- ing into the game: "stay healthy, get a win and keep our momentum." The win came easily, the team stayed healthy, and as Ha- zen put it, "I suppose any time you win 55-6 you can't be too upset." Every member of the team that made the trav- eling squad played in the game, and many starters played only in the first half. Quarterback Dylan Hult- gren, for instance, was re- lieved by senior emergency quarterback McKayan May for the entire second half. Lovell built a 21-0 lead in the first quarter on runs of one, four and six yards by Dine Collins, then al- lowed a Big Piney score on an odd set of circumstanc- es when a rugby-style punt by the Punchers hit Hunter Hinckley in the back of the head as he was playing as the "gunner" on the punt- return team. There was a scramble for the ball, and not only did the Punchers recover, they got another 15 yards on an illegal block penalty after the ball had hit Hinckley, which Hazen said didn't make sense. Given a short field, the Punchers managed to punch it in on a two-yard quarterback sneak to make the score 21-6. Lovell added a 46-yard scoring pass from Hultgren to Nathan Grant to lead 28-6 at the end of the first quarter, then added a one- yard scoring pass to May and a 27-yard run by Di- mas Patina to lead 42-6 at half time. Patina added a five- yard run in the third quar- ter (PAT failed) to put Lovell up 48-6, and May scored on a three-yard quarterback sneak in the fourth to boost the final score to 55-6. Lovell finished with 315 yards rushing and 88 passing compared to Big Piney's 105 yards rushing and 26 passing. Collins fin- ished with 88 yards rush- ing on six carries, Patina 98 yards on 11 carries and Dillon Pickett 48 yards on four attempts. Cody Sav- age had 35 yards on two carries, Grant 20 yards on four carries, Calin McAr- thur 17 yards on three car- ries and Ryan Clark 13 yards on five attempts. Hultgren completed seven of seven passes for 105 yards, and Grant had three catches for 75 yards, Clark one for 14 yards, Patina one for 10 yards, Hinckley one for five yards and May one for one yard. Defensively, senior tackle AJ Montanez had 14 points on five assisted tack- les, two solo tackles and a fumble recovery, and soph- omore linebacker Dillon Pickett also had 14 points on six assisted tackles and four solo stops. Brigham Hopkin and Ritch McCol- lam had 8 points each. Twenty players had defen- sive points in the game. The Lovell junior varsi- ty squad concluded its sea- son with a come-from-be- hind win over the Greybull Buffaloes at Robertson Sta- dium. Coach Daniel Rob- ertson said he wasn't sure of the final score but said the Bulldogs came back to take the lead late using the two-minute offense. "Our kids ran the two- minute offense spectacu- larly, better than they had all year," he said. "We got some big stops on defense, and the kids showed some real toughness. "We scored with 18 sec- onds left in the game on a post from (Seth) Kite to (Dylan) See, giving Dylan his third TD of the night." DAVID PECK Lovell quarterback Dylan Hultgren fires a pass against the Greybull Buffs during Lovell's 24-13 win on Sept. 30. The junior was seven of seven against Big Piney Friday. Playoff preview Bulldogs face hot Burns Broncs this Friday night BY DAVID PECK A new season begins Friday for the Lovell Bull- dogs. Forget the Bulldogs' 8-0 record and the num- ber-one ranking; all teams are 0-0 when they enter the playoffs, and the Bull- dogs have a doozy await- ing them Friday as the red hot Burns Broncs come to town. Most i vs. 4 first-round playoff games feature a lopsided matchup, but not this one - at least on pa- per. Burns comes into the game 5-3 overall, 5-2 in the 2A East. The Broncs started the season 0-3 but have finished the season with five straight wins, including a forfeit over Tongue 'Riverl which can- celled the season. The Broncos started the season by falling to Lusk, Big Horn and New- castle, but after the forfeit win, the Broncs defeat- ed Moorcroft, Wheatland, second-ranked Glenrock (22-14) and Wright. "They're a hot team right now," Lovell coach Doug Hazen said. "We're going to have to make sure we execute and do the things we've been doing." That means not fall- ing prey to things like turnovers or mistakes on special teams that can cause an upset, Hazen ex- plained. In order to win, the Bulldogs will need to ex- ecute against a team that takes a lot of chances, Ha- zen said. "They'll come after punts, they'll on-side kick, they'll throw deep, they'll use trick plays, they'll come with safety blitzes," Hazen said. "It's high risk/ high reward for them. "It's been high reward so far. Our goal is to catch them and make it high risk." On offense, the Broncs will use a formation simi- lar to the offense the Bull- dogs run: two backs, two receivers and a tight end, Hazen said, noting that the Broncs have a very tal- ented running back in Dal- ton Petsch (#20) and a tal- ented receiver in Colton Wright (#34). "They are very solid players and two guys we've really got to stop," Hazen DAVID PECK Lovell junior halfback Dine Collins breaks outside for a gain against the Greybull Buffalos on Sept. 30 in Greybull. The Bulldogs host Burns Friday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs. 2A State Football Championship #1 E Glenrock 10/29 1 pm Glenrock 1 #4 W Kemmerer #3 E Big Horn 10/28 2 pm Lyman #2 w Lyman #2 E Newcastle 10/29 1 pm Newcastle #3 w Thermopolis #4 E Burns 10/28 7 pm Lovell 4 .1 w Lovell said. Defensively, the Broncs run a four-man front and blitz a lot, leaving their de- fensive secondary in man- to-man coverage, Hazen said. Through week seven, the Broncs averaged 131.6 yards per game rushing and 111.3 yards per game passing, while Lovell aver- aged 230.7 yards rushing and 141 yards per game passing. Lovell was third in team offense, Burns 10 th. Lovell was fourth in team defense, Burns sixth. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Robert- son Stadium. Per Wyoming High School Activities As- sociation rules, there will be a $5 cost for adults and $3 for students in grades K-12. The gates will open at 6 p.m., and the senior class will have special conces- sion items as a fundraiser. "This is a big one," Ha- zen said. "If we win it sets the tone for us throughout the playoffs. It's a big game against a talented oppo- nent. "8-0 is great, but now it all starts over. The pres- sure is on again." Lovell defeated Burns 20-0 at home in the first round one year ago. t/!iii !i!00ii iii00ii iiiiiii!iii i'i00!i!ii0000i!i00i BURNS SEASON RESULTS Lusk 12, Burns 7 Big Horn 27, Burns 22 Newcastle 31, Burns 6 Burns over TR, forfeit Burns 14, Moorcroft 7 Burns 36, Wheatland 29 Burns 22, Glenrock 14 Burns 34, Wright 8 Sports Calendar 2A WEST FOOTBALL Conf. Overall Thursday, Oct. 27 MS boys bb - Rocky at Burlington, Team W L W L Lovell 7 0 8 0 4:30 p.m. Lyman 6 1 7 1 HS volleyball - State tournament in Greybull 4 3 5 3 Kemmerer 4 3 5 3 Casper Thermopolis 4 3 4 4 Lovell vs. Southeast, 7:30 p.m. Mtn. View 2 5 3 5 Pinedale 1 6 1 7 Friday, Oct. 28 Big Piney 0 7 0 8 HS volleyball State tournament in RESULTS Casper Friday, Oct. 21 Lovell vs. Big Horn or Thermop, Kemmerer 28, Mtn. View 26 Lovell 55, Big Piney 6 2:30 or 6 p.m. Lyman 40, Greybull 7 MS boys bb - Ten Sleep at Rocky, Thermopolis 55, Pinedale 10 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 Three-way play-in game MS boys bb - Lovell at Burlington, Thermopolis 14, Kemmerer 7 4 p.m. Thermopolis 21, Greybull 7 HS football- First-round 2A playoff Thermop and Kemmerer advance due to Thermop's wins and game Kemmerer's regular season win Burns at Lovell, 7 p,m. over Greybull. Women's college bb - CSU-Pueblo at SCHEDULE Class 2A playoffs Wyoming, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 Saturday, Oct. 29 Big Horn at Lyman, 2 p.m. HS volleyball - State tournament in Burns at Lovell, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 Casper, TBA Kemmerer at Glenrock, 1 p.m. MS bo,s bb  Thermopolis at Rocky, Thermop at Newcastle, 1 p.m. 9:30/12:30; '7 th then 8 th MS boys bb - Thermopolis at Lovell, 1A WEST FOOTBALL 9:30/12:30, 8 th then 7 th Conf. Overall College football - Wyoming at SDSU, 8 p.m. (The Mtn.) Team W L W L Cokeville 7 0 7 1 Sunday, Oct. 30 Riverside 6 1 7 1 Shoshoni 4 3 5 3 Pro football - Detroit Lions at Saratoga 4 3 4 4 Denver, 2:05 p.m. (Fox) Burlington 3 4 4 4 Wind River 2 5 2 6 Tuesday, Nov. 1 Rocky Mtn. 1 6 2 6 MS boys bb - Greybull at Lovell, Wyo. Indian 1 6 1 7 4:15 p.m. RESULTS Wednesday, Nov. 2 Thursday, Oct. 20 Shoshoni 61, Wyo. Indian 20 Jr. college women's bb - Rocky Mtn. Friday, Oct. 21 JVs at NWC, 5:30 p.m. Cokeville 49, Burlington O Jr. college men's bb - Rocky Mtn. Saratoga 17, Rocky 8 Riverside 46, Wind River 20 JVs at NWC, 7:30 p.m SCHEDULE Thursday, Nov. 3 Class 1A playoffs MS boys bb - Lovell 7 'h at Worland, Friday, Oct. 28 Shoshoni at Southeast, 6 p.m. 4:15 p.m. Saratoga at Lusk, 6 p.m. MS boys bb - Worland 8 h at Lovell, Saturday, Oct. 29 4:15 p.m, Sundance at Riverside, 1 p.m. Lingle at Cokeville, 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 MS boys bb - Cloud Peak at Rocky, 3 p.m. s, ,  HS football - Second-round 2A playoff game, TBA get your copy of Women's college bb- Western State --,l,,Jll at Wyoming, 7 p.m. 00,..00nll=le Saturday, Nov. 5 Jr. colleqe wrestling - NWC Open,  at the courtesy 9 a,m, counterof MS boys bb - Rocky at Meeteetse, Q---- 9:30 a.m. MS swimming - Lovell at Powell ...................... Invitational, I0 a.m. College football - TCU at Wyoming, or have it delivered noon (The Mtn.) via USPS with a Men's college bb - CSO-Pueblo at year-long subscription Wyoming, 6 p.m. by calling 548-2217 Norman Rockwe]l's 323 Saturday Evening Post Covers Exhibit Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA on Display through January 5, 2012 Open Tuesday to Saturday A V ..... 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ,- Washakie Museum & Cultural Center 2200 Big Horn Avenue, Worland (307) 347.4102 ~ www.washakiemuseum.org