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10 I The Lovell Chronicle J November 1, 2012 BY DAVID PECK After powering past seven of eight opponents during the regular season, the Lovell Bulldogs start- ed the "new" season - the playoffs - Friday evening at home, but it was more of the same - a blowout win for the Bulldogs, 55-6 over the Glenrock Herders. Though the Bulldogs scored 55 points Friday, it all started with defense as the 'Dogs dominated the Glenrock double wing of- fense, holding the Herders to no first downs in the first half and only one touch- down - on the final play of the game. "From a coaching per- spective, we focused on what they did offensively more than any game before this," coach Doug Hazen said. "Our preparation was outstanding. We were pre- pared for them. "We were ready for them and said we were not going to let them beat us that way. We had a couple of different looks for them and they both worked. It was one of those days. We're praying for a couple more days like that." Hazen said the Bull- dogs more than matched the Herders physically and overpowered them at the point of attack, and he said his team also confused the Glenrock line with a "cha- os front" that disguised the Lovell defensive formation. "They couldn't get a read on us," he said. "We had guys standing everywhere. At one point we had nobody with their hand down as a defensive lineman. Every- one was standing up. That created confusion for their line. They didn't know how to block us." Glenrock came out de- termined to thwart Lovell's power running game, so the Bulldogs came out throw- ing. After an initial play that appeared to be a com- pletion but was ruled out of bounds, Glenrock stopped Dino Collins for just a one- yard gain. But on third down and nine, senior quar- terback Dylan Hultgren found fellow senior Cody Savage deep over the mid- dle. The nice throw and pretty over-the-shoulder catch resulted in a 58-yard touchdown play, and Lovell was off to the races, lead- ing 7-0 one minute into the game. "We knew they would do that (load up against the run)," Hazen said, "and we knew we would be able to take advantage of their sec- ondary. They were playing pretty deep, so we ran some crossing routes and were able to get behind them. "On that first touch- down our line did a great job giving Dylan as much time as he needed." After forcing the Herd- ers three and out on their first possession, the Bull- dogs drove 64 yards to score again. Collins carried for nine and seven yards, Na- than Grant picked up two and Hultgren hit Ryan Clark for 10. Collins then powered through tackles up the middle and broke out- side for a 36-yard touch- down run - 14-0 Lovell. After burying the Herd- ers for no gain on an at- tempted fourth-down con- version, the Bulldogs had a short field and drove 41 yards in six plays. On third and 10 at the Glenrock 26, Hultgren rolled out and bought himself some time when his initial receiver was covered, then spot- ted Savage slicing over the middle. He caught the Hultgren aerial and cut upfield to score for a 21-0 Lovell lead. Another fourth-down stop, this time by Clark on fourth and one, gave the Bulldogs a short field again, and after an initial holding penalty, they scored in six plays, with Hultgren hit- ting Savage for an ll-yard touchdown pass. Lovell led 28-0, but unfortunately, se- nior center Tanner Rohrer re-injured his knee on the play and had to leave the game. Things snowballed from there. Consecutive fumble recoveries by Jacob Beck and Nathan Ballard led to two more Lovell touchdowns, the first being an amaz- ing run by Collins where he broke several tackles but seemed to be enveloped by a number of defenders about 10 yards downfield. He kept his legs churning, however, and the powerful running back broke free and scored for a 36-yard touchdown run. Lovell led 34-0 after the point-after kick was wide. Lovell had only 19 yards to go after the second fumble and scored on a 15-yard pass to Clark, who went high in the end zone to snare the ball. Lovell led 41-0. After only Glenrock's second punt of the game, the Bulldogs showed they could drive the field and covered 70 yards for their seventh consecutive touchdown, capped by a five-yard pass DAVID PECK Lovell senior end Ryan Clark goes high to catch a 15-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Hultgren during the second quarter of Lovell's 55-6 win over Glenrock Friday in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs. The Bulldogs play at Big Horn Friday at 2 p.m. from Hultgren to Austin El- lis in the corner of the end zone. Lovell led 48-0 at the half. The second half was played with a running clock, but Lovell added a fi- nal touchdown in the third quarter after an intercep- tion by Hultgren. The Bull- dogs drove 63 yards to score. A 29-yard bootleg by Hultgren set up a one-yard touchdown run by Collins, making the score 55-0 late in the third. Hazen played many sec- ond-string players the rest of the way, but the Bulldogs held Glenrock out of the end zone with a goal line stand late in the fourth. Buried at the 1, the Bulldogs drove the ball out to the 8, and Hazen put in the starting offense for the final "victory" kneel-down formation since in every other win this season the se- niors were long on the bench by the final horn. With one play left, the Herders scored on a seven- yard run, making the final score 55-6. Hultgren finished seven of 13 for 128 yards and five touchdowns. Savage caught three passes - all touch- downs - for 91 yards, Clark three for 32 yards and Ellis one for five. Glenrock was 0-4 passing with two inter- ceptions. Lovell rushed for 302 yards as Collins gained 185 yards on 20 carries, Grant 77 yards on seven carries and Hultgren 33 yards on two attempts. Glenrock rushed for 112 yards on 36 carries. Calin McArthur and Ja- cob Beck led the team with 16 defensive points each. Nathan Grant added 10 points, Aaron Monterde 9 and Nathan Ballard 8. BIG TEST AT BIG HORN If the Bulldogs have been wanting a test, they'll get it in Big Horn Friday. The second-ranked Rams are 9-0 on the season and are the top seed out of the 2A East. Ironically, the team the Bulldogs just beat 55- 6, Glenrock, only lost to Big Horn - in Big Horn - by four points, 30-26, but the Rams have won every other game by at least three touch- downs: 49-6 over Greybull, 44-22 over Burns, 46-21 over Wright, 56-24 over Wheatland, 55-8 over Moor- croft, 49-8 over Tongue Riv- er, 55-6 over Newcastle and 45-6 over Kemmerer Friday in the first round of the play- offs. In terms of style, the Rams are the anti-Glen- rock. Rather than running the ball on every play, they will attempt to light up the scoreboard with a long pass- ing game, Hazen said. "They have a big-play offense," Hazen said. "They want to go deep. Typically, they score on long chunk plays, the opposite of Glen- rock. "They want to kill you on one play. If we can limit that, we'll be OK. If we don't it will be a struggle." The Rams are led by quarterback Connor Mc- Cafferty, who heading into the playoffs was averag- ing 139.5 passing yards per game with 20 touchdown passes and only one inter- ception. He had completed 50 of 75 passes for 1,116 yards and led Class 2A in quarterback efficiency. His top targets are Matt Wigglesworth (#11), who had 12 catches for 281 yards after eight games; Lucas Wollenman (#18), who had 11 catches for 272 yards; and Christian Mayer (#21), who had nine catch- es for 318 yards, an aver- age of 35.3 yards per catch. The top rusher is Scott Pas- sini (#48), who averaged 80 yards per game during the regular season with 10 touchdowns. "He's one of the better if not the best quarterback in the state," Hazen said of Mc- Cafferty. "He throws a very nice ball, a nice deep ball. His receivers are speedy guys who can hurt you deep. The running back is solid, not flashy, but somebody we have to plan for. "Big Horn has a very solid offensive line. They've gotten pretty good at elimi- nating some of that pres- sure." Defensively, the Rams use multiple sets and will disguise fronts and cover- ages, Hazen said. They will blitz at times, he added. "In some ways they're quite similar to Glenrock," he said. "We'll have to be physical against them and be able to run the football. That's kind of our identity, but if they start to load up against the run, we're not afraid to throw the ball." Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday in Big Horn. PHOTO COURTESY OF WENDY FULLER Richard Spann and Ben Zeller wait for the Spook Splash fun relay to begin. It was Lander's 29th annual Spook Splash meet. Barracudas begin season in Lander BY PAT PARMER The North Big Horn Barracudas began their winter season at the 29th annual Spook Splash on October 20 and 21. Twelve swimmers made the trek to Lander and everyone took time off their personal bests in at least one event. 10-year-old Anna Full- er finished second in the girls 10-and-under 500- yard free with a time of 8:19.53 and Emily Doughty placed second in the 13-14 age group with a 6:38.52 and grabbed another sec- ond in the 200-yard free with a time of 2:29.49. Richard Spann picked up where he left off last spring with time improve- ment in every event. Seth Fuller hacked almost 38 sec- onds from his 500-yard free time to finish with a 7:07.69. The team is scheduled to attend the Veterans Day Meet in Sheridan in November. Spook Splash results Girls 10&U 100 Back: 5th Anna Fuller, 1:39.91Y; 7th Aspen Thomas, 1:51.55Y; 50 Back: 12th Aspen Thomas, 49.56Y; 50 Breast: 16th Aspen Thomas, 55.50Y; 100 Free: 11th Aspen Thomas, 1:39.45Y; 50 Free: 7th Anna Fuller, 38.06Y; 23rd Aspen Thomas, 44.45Y; 09-10 500 Free: 2nd Anna Fuller, 8:19.53Y; 100 Breast: 4th Anna Fuller, 1:50.09Y; 13-14 100 Back: 5th Alyssa Schneider, 1:20.06Y; 6th Emily Doughty, 1:21.10Y; 100 Breast: 3rd Alyssa Schneider, 1:29.44Y; 5th Emily Doughty, 1:30.95Y; 200 Breast: 4th Emily Doughty, 3:20.19Y; 100 Free: 2nd Alyssa Schneider, 1:05.70Y; 4th Emily Doughty, 1:06.10Y; 200 Free: 3rd Katelyn Doughty, 2:30.22Y; 5th Alyssa Schneider, 2:34.47Y; 50 Free: 4th Emily Doughty, 29.60Y; 5th Katelyn Doughty, 29.94Y; 500 Free: 3rd Katetyn Doughty, 6:45.81Y; 200 IM: 4th Alyssa Schneider, 2:50.40Y; 6th Katelyn Doughty, 2:57.87Y; Boys 08&U 50 Back: 8th Nathan Fuller, 1:09.16Y; 50 Free: 11th Nathan Fuller, 1:15.12Y; 10&U 50 Breast: 5th Colby Doughty, 51.34Y; 200 Free: 4th Colby Doughty, 3:07.85Y; 100 IM: 6th Colby Doughty, 1:40.62Y; 11-12 50 Back: 8th Jared Fuller, 42.96Y; 13. Richard Spann, 47.00Y; 50 Breast: 8th Richard Spann, 52.60Y; 50 Fly: 8th Jared Fuller, 45.25Y; 100 Free: 12th Richard Spann, 1:27.36Y; 50 Free: 11th Jared Fuller, 3581Y; 15th Richard Spann, 37.77Y; 100 IM: 8th Richard Spann, 1:41.79Y; 13-!4 200 Back: 2nd Seth Fuller, 2:49.09Y; 100 Free: 3rd Seth Fuller, 1:03.21Y; 50 Free: 4th Seth Fuller, 28.52Y; 200 IM: 3rd Seth Fuller, 2:54.57Y; 15-Ov 100 Breast: 6th Ross Fuller, 1:14.61Y; 13th Ben Zeller, 1:33.43Y; 100 Free: 14th Ben Zeller, 1:05.82Y; 50 Free: 14th Ross Fuller, 26.62Y; 16th Ben Zeller, 29.44Y; BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain Middle School boys bas- ketball team has already had a busy early-season slate of games, playing five dates over the last two weeks and forging an 11-1 record among the A, B and C squads. According to assistant coach Rod Winland, the Grizzly A team opened the season on Thursday, Oct. 18, with a 43-8 win over Cloud Peak at home in Cowley, then clobbered Meeteetse on the road two nights later, 34-19. Cole Simmons led the way against Cloud Peak with 18, and Zac Zier add- ed 6, Brian Crawford 5, Lathan May 4 and Garrett Vezain, Wyatt Horrocks and Dominic Twomey 2 each. In the Meeteetse win, Simmons poured in 19 points to match the op- posing team, and Vezain added 6, Crawford 3, May, Tristan Jewell and Robert Logan 2 apiece. The A team added three more wins last week to improve to 5-0 on the season, beating Burling- ton at home Thursday 31- 23, Ten Sleep on the road Friday 46-29 and Ther- mopolis at home Saturday 38-15. In the Burlington win Simmons and Jew- ell scored 10 points each, Crawford 4, Zier, Vezain and Logan 2 each, Hor- rocks 1. Friday in Ten Sleep, Crawford scored 13 and Simmons 12. Jewell add- ed 9, Horrocks 4 and Zier, Twomey, May and Jared Chavis 2 apiece. Back home on Sat- urday, Simmons led the Grizz to victory over Ther- mop with 18 points. Craw- ford added 7, Jewell 4, Horrocks, May, Twomey and Zier 2 each, Vezain 1. The B team is also un- defeated at 5-0. The Grizz have defeated Cloud Peak 45-14, Meeteetse 25-20, Burlington 26-11, Ten Sleep 48-8 and Thermop 34-15. The Rocky C team has split a pair of games, fall- ing to Burlington 20-8 but beating Thermopolis 16-8. The Grizz have two dates this weekend. They travel to Cloud Peak for games at 2 and 3 p.m. Fri- day, then host Meeteetse Saturday at 10 and 11 a.m. Please recycle this newspaper. Here are the results of the Class 1A, l 1-man football playoffs for 2012: Friday, Oct. 26 lW Cokeville 40, 4E Lin- gle 12 2E Southeast 61, 3W Shoshoni 21 2W Burlington 33, 3E Upton/Sundance 6 1E Lusk 52, 4W Rocky Mtn. 0 SCHEDULE Friday, Nov. 2 Southeast at Cokeville, 1 p.m. Burlington at Lusk, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 Championship game, 1 p.m. War Memorial Stadium, Laramie Here are the results of the Class 2A football playoffs for 2012: Friday, Oct. 26 1E Big Horn 45, 4W Kemmerer 6 2W Lovell 55, 3E Glen- rock 6 2E Newcastle 43, 3W Mtn. View 13 lW Lyman 50, 4E Wheatland 0 SCHEDULE Friday, Nov. 2 Newcastle at Lyman, 1 p.m. Lovell at Big Horn, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 Championship game, 10 a.m. War Memorial Stadium, Laramie J