BURLINGTON – When the final horn sounded, Lingle-Fort Laramie junior Cordell Forkner was 7 of 9 passing for 87 yards, caught two passes for 53 yards and ran the ball eight times for 26 yards, accounting for seven Dogger touchdowns in a 73-38 win over the Burlington Huskies in the opening round of the 6-Man division playoffs on Friday, Nov. 1.
In all, Forkner rushed for three touchdowns, caught two touchdown passes and threw for two touchdowns.
“Cordell had the best game of his career offensively and defensively. He threw the ball well. He caught the ball, and obviously, ran the ball,” coach Matt Cornelius said. “The things that Cordell did was neat, but also, we had a bunch of kids step up. He wouldn’t have been able to do what he did without the supporting cast.”
The game started slow for both teams, but junior Cooper Hill attributed the turning point in the game to a big run from senior Alex Pugsley.
“It started out slow, and then we just got on a roll,” Hill said. “It started when Alex ran for 50 yards and we were able to build off that.”
Pugsley’s run set up a 4-yard run by Forkner.
After the first quarter, Lingle and Burlington were tied at eight.
Forkner’s dominance picked up in the second quarter with an additional rushing score, hauling in two touchdown passes and throwing for one, giving the Doggers a 46-30 lead at the half.
Forkner credited the offensive line for opening things up for the L-FL offense.
“I had one of my better games of the season,” he said. “Our linemen really started clicking and made everything else easier for the running backs.”
In the second half, the Doggers added three more touchdowns while limiting Burlington to only one score.
“Our kids really rallied to the ball and tackled really well,” Cornelius said.
Lingle racked up 260 rushing yards and threw for 152 yards. Hill led the attack with 120 yards on 18 yards while passing for 65 yards. Pugsley added 114 yards on 14 tries.
On the defensive side of the ball, Forkner recorded seven assisted tackles, two unassisted stops, two tackles for loss and two pass breakups. Lingle also got two defensive touchdowns from interceptions from Ty Prall and Slade Hopkins. Hopkins also had six assisted tackles and four unassisted, including one for a loss.
Friday’s semifinal round game is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Hanna.