Doggers remain unbeaten with win; Host Southeast on Friday at 7 p.m.
MOORCROFT – The WyoPreps No. 3-ranked Lingle-Fort Laramie Doggers remained unbeaten on the season with a 35-26 road win over the Moorcroft Wolves on Friday evening.
It didn’t take long for the Wolves to take the lead. On their opening drive, Moorcroft broke free for a 63-yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead.
“We didn’t play very well to be brutally honest,” LFL coach Brandon Gifford said. “We didn’t play our style of football the entire game. After the first half, we had a wakeup call, and played a little bit better. We slept walked through the game.”
However, it didn’t take long for the Doggers to respond.
Two minutes later, junior Louden Bremer sprinted 45 yards to the end zone to tie the game at seven apiece. It was the first of four scores Bremer had on Friday.
“He’s a great football player. He’s a good leader. He’s one of those guys who you lean on and look to step up when things aren’t going well, and you need a big play,” Gifford said. “He wants the ball in his hands when it matters.”
The score remained tied until early in the second quarter when Moorcroft went to the air for a 10-yard touchdown pass to go back in front 14-7.
Lingle was missing one key piece to the defense in Moorcroft – that of senior linebacker Nolan Spears.
“Anytime you take a kid with that kind of talent and that caliber of an athlete and remove him from the field, it has a huge impact,” Gifford said. “Our kids did a good job of continuing to play, and we had kids stepping into his role. He was sorely missed, especially on the defense side of the ball.”
Lingle got the kickoff to start the third quarter, and that’s when the Doggers started to turn the corner.
LFL capped off a three minute, 58-yard drive with a 14-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Brady Cook to Bremer to tie the game.
It was the first of three scores for the Doggers in the quarter.
Despite that, it still wasn’t what Gifford expects to see out of his team, but it was an improvement from the first half to the second half.
Bremer added this third touchdown with five minutes left in the quarter on a 53-yard run to give the Doggers a 20-14 lead.
Two minutes later Moorcroft tied the game at 20 after missing the point after.
It didn’t take long for Cook to connect with sophomore Anthony Arnusch on an 81-yard pass to put the Doggers back front for good. Junior Ned Nelson ran in the two-point conversion to put Lingle up 28-20.
Over the final 12 minutes, each team scored once. Bremer added his fourth score of the game on a 1-yard run in the early moments of the fourth quarter, pushing the lead to 35-20.
The Wolves capped off the game with a late with four minutes left in the game, but it proved all for naught as Lingle was able to run the remaining time off the scoreboard.
The Doggers racked up 406 yards of the offense. Bremer had 263 yards, including 156 yards rushing and 91 receiving yards. Cook ended the game 14-of-27 passing for 208 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Bremer also led the defense with seven solo tackles and eight assisted stops. Junior Cooper Smith added six solo stops, including a sack.
On Friday, the Doggers (5-0) host the Southeast Cyclones (4-1) at Kirk Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“It’s going to be another good game. It’s going to be a dog fight similar to what last year was,” Gifford said. “They have good athletes. They have good size, especially their d-ends. They have a couple receivers who have good size. Their quarterback is very talented, has a good arm and is dangerous in space. We’ve got to be ready to play well, tackle in space, execute on offense and make sure we get bodies on bodies. If we are able to do that, it’s going to be a tough game. I hope the kids get excited for this type of atmosphere. I expect there to be a good crowd – both home and away – to make for a good environment for Friday night football.”