LFL ends season undefeated; Doggers host Rocky Mountain for playoffs on Friday
SARATOGA – For the first time since the 1990 season, the Lingle-Fort Laramie High School football team finished the regular season undefeated.
That year, the Doggers went on to win a state championship, and in fact, the 1990 championship was the last time the LFL football team won a state title.
However, Friday’s road win over Saratoga didn’t come without troubles and a Panther comeback attempt, but when the final horn sounded, it was the visitors picking up a 21-20 victory.
Saratoga struck first with four minutes to go in the first quarter, but the Panthers had a surprise for the Doggers with an onside kick. It was recovered by the Panthers, but this time, the Lingle defense forced a turnover on downs.
Lingle answered quickly with a 49-yard touchdown run by Dogger junior Louden Bremer in the final minute of the opening quarter. Sophomore kicker Anthony Arnusch added the point after to give his team a 7-6 lead heading into the second quarter.
The Doggers held on to the one-point advantage throughout the second quarter and through halftime.
Two minutes into the second quarter, Bremer found the end zone again for the second time, pushing the LFL lead to 14-6.
However, five minutes later Saratoga answered with a score of its own but failed to convert on the two-point conversion, leaving the Doggers in front 14-12.
However, Lingle wasn’t done putting up points in the third as sophomore Brady Cook connected with Arnusch in the final moments of the quarter. Arnusch added his third point after, extending the lead to 21-12 with only 12 minutes left in the game.
The LFL lead remained eight until late in the game.
With 1:10 left in the contest, the Panthers scored their third TD of the game on a 15-yard pass. Saratoga added the two-point conversion, cutting the Lingle lead to 21-20.
For the second time in the game, the Panthers recovered an onside kick, leaving the home team 40 yards away from the end zone.
Arnusch halted the upset bid from Saratoga with seconds left on the clock with an interception to secure the Dogger win.
Lingle will host Rocky Mountain on Friday at Kirk Field in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal round game. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.