WRIGHT – The Lingle-Fort Laramie football team remained undefeated on the season with a 50-6 road victory over the Wright Panthers last Friday.
With a 36-0 lead in the third quarter, the Doggers gave up their first points of the season midway through the quarter.
“We did get scored on, and it was something, you know, trickling through our team and was something that was becoming talked about,” coach Brandon Gifford said. “It broke our concentration a little bit, so, as a coach, I’m relieved it’s over and done with, and it’s something we don’t have to worry about anymore.”
Gifford added, giving up those first points of the season will take the pressure off the defense moving forward.
“The longer it goes, the heavier that burden becomes,” he said. “Now that that’s over, we can get back to doing what we do best and that’s fly around and rally to the football.”
However, LFL capped off the game with two more touchdowns.
“Even after we were scored on, the kids responded well,” Gifford said.
Early in the game, the Lingle defense held Wright to a quick three-and-out on its opening possession. The Panthers turned the ball over on downs, and it didn’t take long for the Doggers to find the end zone on their first drive of the game.
Senior quarterback Brian McCoid connected with sophomore receiver Louden Bremer, leaving LFL with one yard to go. On the next play, sophomore Kaiden Riggs punched the ball into the end zone for a score. Freshman Anthony Arnusch added the point after.
It was the first of five touchdowns by Riggs in the game.
After another defensive stop, Riggs found the end zone for a second time just before the end of the quarter on a 10-yard pass from McCoid.
When the final horn sounded, Riggs had two rushing and three receiving scores for the game.
“Wright came in with a pretty good game plan. They started shadowing Louden Bremer and putting an extra safety over the top of him,” Gifford said. “We really couldn’t get him free, but what’s pretty cool with our football team, is we have many great athletes all over the field. It’s one of those things where you have to pick your poison. They took away Bremer, but Kaiden Riggs had a great game.”
Nolan Spears had two rushing touchdowns, while Bremer added one more rushing score.
“It's great to have that ability,” Gifford said. “They take away one of our guys, we have other guys out on the edges who can make plays.”
The Doggers (4-0 and 3-0 in the 9-Man East) host Moorcroft (0-4 and 0-3) at 6 p.m. Friday at Kirk Field.
“They have a couple good athletes. Their quarterback is a pretty good athlete. They have a wide receiver that has some speed, and they’ve been getting the ball to quite a bit in many of their games,” Gifford said. “It’s a game that we are going to come in and shut down those two individuals. If we take care of ourselves, the scoreboard will usually take care of itself.”