LINGLE – The Lingle-Fort Laramie High School football team dug themselves an early two-score deficit and couldn’t recover in a 61-19 loss to the Pine Bluffs Hornets Friday in Lingle.
After two Dogger punts, Pine Bluffs countered with two rushing touchdowns to give the Hornets a 13-0 advantage.
With three minutes to go in the first quarter, L-FL senior quarterback Cooper Hill sprinted 31 yards, cutting the visitor lead to 13-7.
Pine Bluffs quickly pushed its lead back to two scores, taking the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a score.
The Hornet lead reached 40-7 late in the second quarter before Lingle found the end zone again.
Hill punched the ball in from two yards with under a minute to play in the half.
Pine Bluffs added to its lead with another touchdown less a minute into the third quarter.
The score remained 46-13 until eight minutes to go in the game when Prall scampered six yards for the Doggers’ final score of the game.
The Hornets responded, adding two more scores in the final minutes of the game.
Hill led the Lingle offense with 137 yards of rushing, while freshman Nolan Spears added 49. Prall had 42 yards.
Defensively, senior Dustin Swartwood led the team with 12 points, including three assisted tackles, three unassisted stops and a tackle for a loss. Prall and Spears had 10 defensive points each. The duo tallied five unassisted tackles apiece.
The loss eliminates the Doggers from the Class 1A-9 Man playoff picture.
Lingle (2-5 overall and 1-4 in the 9-Man East) travels to Greybull (2-5 and 1-3 in the 9-Man West) on Friday for a 5 p.m. kickoff. The Buffaloes come into the game still fighting for a possible playoff spot in the 9-Man West Conference.