YODER – In their first meeting since 2015, the Southeast Cyclones routed the Lingle-Fort Laramie Doggers 57-0 on Friday evening at Teeters Memorial Field in Yoder.
After a back-and-forth affair through the first quarter, it didn’t take long for the Southeast Cyclones to blow open Friday night’s contest, shutting out their opponents for the second time this season.
“We didn’t make a lot of mistakes tonight,” Southeast coach Mark Bullington said. “(Lingle) had to take some risks, and we capitalized on them. We have older kids that have been playing a long time. They know each other, and we have a lot of check calls. They just didn’t have enough ponies. They are young, and we are old. It showed tonight.”
After the teams swapped possessions, senior Brant Fullmer broke free for 65 yards for the first score of the game with 3:35 left in the opening quarter.
Things quickly spiraled out of control for the visiting Doggers.
“We struggled in the first to figure out what they were doing, but our kids figured it out,” Bullington said.
Southeast junior Ryan Clapper intercepted a Cooper Hill pass to end the first quarter, and 59 seconds into the second quarter, senior quarterback Hayden Anderson connected with senior tight end Bodie Herring on a 29-yard completion for second score of the game.
Two minutes later, Anderson connected with senior receiver Durward Randall on a 23-yard scoring pass.
The Cyclones added scoring runs from Clapper and junior Cord Herring to take a 36-0 lead into the half.
Southeast added three more scores in the second half, including two from Clapper on runs of 51 and 85 yards and a 5-yard run from freshman Matthew Chapman.
In all, Southeast racked up 555 yards of offense and limited the Doggers to 117 yards.
“Coach (Shawn) Burkhart has been doing it for a long time. We started in 2009 when we played them here and then again in the state championship game,” Bullington said of facing Lingle’s wing offense. “It’s the same offense. It’s all about being disciplined. If you make a mistake, they can make a big play.”
The Southeast defense allowed only eight first downs and limited the Doggers to only 2.7 yards per rushing attempt.
Clapper led the Cyclones with 176 yards rushing on six carries, while Cord Herring added 121 yards on seven tries. Fullmer had 80 yards. Anderson was 4-of-10 passing for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
For the Doggers, Hill tallied 76 yards of offense on 16 attempts, while Ty Prall added 16 yards on two attempts.
“We ran into a buzz saw. They are No. 1 in the state for a reason,” L-FL coach Matt Cornelius said. “It let us know what we have to work on.”
Defensively, Cord Herring led the team with 7.5 tackles, while junior Kirk Kay added 6.5, including five for losses.
The Cyclones (2-0 overall and 1-0 in the 9-Man East) travels to Wind River (1-1 and 1-0 in the 9-Man West) on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Pavillion.
“You can’t go up there and lay an egg. They have a few kids that can play really hard,” Bullington said. “You have to take it one game at a time. We aren’t going to look past people. It will bite you in the butt really quick.”
Meanwhile, the Doggers (1-1 and 0-1) host Wright (1-1 and 0-0) at 7 p.m.
“They are a little down this year,” Cornelius said. “We hope to be ready and competitive for Homecoming.”