Doggers blank Vikings 55-0 to remain undefeated

GUERNSEY – For the second week in a row, the Lingle-Fort Laramie Doggers poured on 55 points against the opposition.

This week, it was against the Guernsey-Sunrise Vikings in a 55-0 victory.

“I felt like we started really slow in the first half,” LFL coach Brandon Gifford said. “I didn’t think we were as sharp as we could have been or as much as I was hoping we would be.”

Despite that, the Doggers still put up 19 points in the first quarter and 16 in the second quarter.

Things changed coming out of halftime for Lingle.

“To credit the kids, they came out in the second half, and I thought we looked really, really sharp and crisp in the third quarter,” Gifford said.

LFL added the final 20 points of the game in the third period.

“That’s what you want to see when you are playing a team and the score is 35-0 at halftime,” Gifford said. “To see us put together another solid quarter shows us we can respond and clean things up heading into the tougher parts of the schedule.”

The Doggers went to the air only 10 times in the win and rushed for 438 yards of offense, scoring seven touchdowns. Sophomore Brady Cook made his first appearance under center this fall for the Doggers.

“It’s nice to have him back,” Gifford said. “He’s a good kid, intelligent player. He’s adds another dimension to our offense. He’s still not 100%, but each week, he’s getting better and healthier.”

Cook went 5-of-8 passing for 69 yards and a TD to Anthony Arnusch for a 16-yard score.

Four players found the end zone in the win. Junior Louden Bremer led the way with four scores for 162 yards rushing on nine attempts, while sophomore Colt Brown added two rushing TDs on eight carries for 110 yards. Nolan Spears rushed for one score on seven attempts and 136 yards.

“We have three running backs who run hard,” Gifford said. “They hit the hole fast. They are to the line of scrimmage quick. Our offensive linemen are getting off the ball. They are doing some of the things we preach, and we work on all week.” 

In all, the Doggers racked up 518 yards of offense. 

On the defensive side of the ball, the Doggers racked up nine sacks – led by senior Jaden VanGundy with four. Junior Cooper Smith had two, while Spears and junior Ned Nelson had one each. Senior Caden Ducheneaux and sophomore Conner Curry shared a sack.

“It’s awesome,” Gifford said. “With our defense front, the way our defense is setup, we have to get pressure. Coach (Neil) Baker does a good job of dialing up blitz packages and getting our kids in situations where they go be athletes and make plays.”

The Doggers (3-0 overall and 2-0 in the 9-Man East) host the Wright Panthers (0-3 and 0-2) on Friday for Homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“They are a very much improved team from a year ago,” Gifford said. “They have good size and good athletes on the perimeter. Their quarterback throws a good ball. They will spread us out more than they have traditionally. It’s going to come down to us getting some pressure, especially on those second and long and third and long situations.”