The #2 ranked (Wyopreps.com) NCHS football team offset a sloppy first half to comeback and defeat the Doggers last Friday night at Kirk Field. The home team took it right at the Tiger defense with their unconventional single-wing offense. On the first play from scrimmage Dogger QB Lane Hageman raced 21 yards, and four plays later he got past the defense again for a 19 yard touchdown run. He carried the ball in for the two point conversion and the LFL lead was 8-0 just two minutes in.
NCHS responded immediately as Matt VandeBossche took the ensuing kickoff 89 yards to the endzone. Colter Larson was stuffed on the two point conversion but Lusk had answered.
The Doggers came right back as Ian Duncan scored on the next drive from 35 yards out. Hageman again kept the ball for two and the lead was ten for the home team. As the first quarter wound down Lusk turned the ball over and had a long run by Grady Penfield negated by penalty flags. Penfield was able to find the endzone with one second left as he broke free from 14 yards away. Larson’s run was not denied the second time and after one period the score was 16-14 in favor of the Doggers.
Less than a minute into the second, Hunter Dockery halted the next LFL drive with his third interception of the season. Minutes later he called his own number and scored on the QB keeper from nine yards away. Penfield scored the two point conversion and NCHS has their first lead of the game at 22-16.
It didn’t last long as Hageman led LFL downfield before breaking free for a 40 yard touchdown run. The two point pass from Hageman to Preston Hunt was good and the Doggers would enjoy their last lead of the game through the halftime break.
After giving up 232 yards on the ground and eight first downs in the first half, a break was just what the Tiger defense needed. LFL made only one more trip inside the Tiger 25 yard line and gained just 98 yards total in the second half.
M. VandeBossche scored a pair of touchdowns as NCHS began to wear down the Doggers. Both came after long, clock eating drives from three yards out that covered 23 plays and 146 yards. Penfield got the two point run on the first while Derick VandeBossche was denied on the second. Lusk had taken a 36-24 lead as the third expired.
The game was sloppily played on both sides and the sloppy officiating certainly did not help the flow of the game. NCHS was flagged ten times for 60 yards and LFL nine times for 65 yards, but the Tigers were able to effectively keep the clock moving. The Doggers were determined to not give up, and as time wound under two minutes a couple of big plays saw them inside the Tiger five yard line. The defense held for four plays, the last being just inches from the goal line and escaped with the 36-24 win.
“The kids were flat as can be in that first half, we came out with no intensity and were back on our heels,” said head coach Matt VandeBossche. “But Lingle came out and took care of the ball, which we hadn’t seen so far, and they ran that offense well.”
The 40th Tiger win in 53 all time meetings with the Doggers moves NCHS to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the 1A east, but VandeBossche was not completely happy with the performance, “We definitely (and I think the kids know it) have things we need to work on and it starts with our intensity in practice.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
NCHS 14 8 14 0 36
LFL 16 8 0 0 24
NCHS PLAYER STATS: Passing- Bryce Sturman 1/1, 15 yds, H. Dockery 1/3, 20 yds, M. VandeBossche 0/1. Rushing- Penfield 14/120, TD. M. VandeBossche 17/95, 2TD. H. Dockery 9/59, TD. Larson 7/20. D. VandeBossche 3/17. Receiving- Larson 1/20, H. Dockery 1/15. Defensive Points- Larson 22, Travis Smith 20, M. VandeBossche 18, H. Dockery 14, Craig Christianson 12, D. VandeBossche 11, Zane Hladky 11, Sturman 10, Penfield 6, Kevin Christianson 4, Dakota Clark 2, Shawn Thompson 2, Logan Lamar 1.
TEAM STATS: NCHS Passing 2/5, 35 yds, Rushing 50/346, Receiving 2/35, 15 First downs, 10 penalties/60 yds, 1 fumble/1 lost
LFL Passing 2/5, 14 yds, Rushing 46/332, Receiving 2/14, 11 First downs, 9 penalties/65 yds, 1 fumble/0 lost
The JV was beaten 48-12 by LFL Monday afternoon in Lingle to fall to 1-1 on the season.
This week is Homecoming and Pine Bluffs comes to Gibson Field at Fullmer Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The Hornets lost 41-0 in Yoder last week but are a dangerous team with good skill players.
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