LINGLE – Six-man football is all about speed, and on Friday evening, Saratoga had just a little more than Lingle-Fort Laramie.
Saratoga scored 34 second-half points en route to a 65-54 victory as the Panthers had few issues moving the ball in the second half against the Dogger defense, spoiling Homecoming for Lingle.
“This six-man deal, you miss one tackle and it’s off to the races,” coach Matt Cornelius said. “They had a couple fast athletes that it was tough for us to match up against. We are more of an inside power team, and it was tough when they spread us out to match up with the athletes they had.”
Lingle received the opening kickoff, but its first offensive possession lasted only two plays.
The Doggers fumbled the ball away to the visitors, and Saratoga marched down the field, turning the turnover into six points.
However, it didn’t take long for the Doggers to answer, as sophomore Ty Prall took the ball 66 yards to the end zone to even up the score for the first of his two kick returns in the game.
Saratoga cracked the end zone two more times in the opening quarter to take a 19-6 lead into the second quarter.
In the second, Lingle found a wrinkle in the offense and took advantage of it.
“It took us about a quarter or so to finally find a wrinkle that was working well for us,” Cornelius said. “We did some different things out of that.”
Over the next 10 minutes, Dogger junior Cordell Forkner connected on two touchdown passes – one each to senior Caeden Riley and senior Alex Pugsley.
In between, Prall broke another kick return 75 yards for a score.
The three scores allowed the Doggers to cut the deficit to six heading into the locker room.
The second half started with a flurry of action. The teams traded blows, scoring three touchdowns in three minutes, pushing the score to 45-33.
The Panther lead reached as many as 24, 65-41, early in the final quarter.
The Doggers added two more scores late in the game with touchdown runs from freshman Slade Hopkins and Prall.
L-FL hits the road again on Saturday to face Hanna-Elk Mountain at 2 p.m.