Aug 26, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe week zero football contest was a positive one for Lander Valley High School.
The Tigers stole the win vs. Kemmerer and came away with a 22-6 victory Saturday at Bill Bush Memorial Stadium.
The game was at full speed for the first three quarters. In the final quarter, the two teams didn't have a running clock and let the coaches be on the field. The teams used their underclassmen in the final quarter. The game doesn't count in the regular season standings.
"I thought that we came out with good intensity even though that it was a scrimmage," LVHS coach Doug Hughes said. "The kids were ready to play. I saw a lot of positives."
Hughes was impressed with the way his line played against the Rangers. Kemmerer is in the Class 2-A ranks. LVHS plays in the Class 3-A East conference. No official stats were kept in the week zero battle.
"Our line fired off the ball," Hughes said. "We didn't always go to the right spot, but with new kids in the position that is expected. I think that we need to get up to game speed a little more. Things were a little fast for us. We need to slow down and get our assignments done."
The Tigers will be at full strength Friday in their season opener against Cody.
"We came out without any injuries," Hughes said. "That is a plus."
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Bill Bush Memorial Stadium. The game is a non-conference contest. Cody is in the Class 3-A West division.
"We are really excited to start the season next week," Hughes said.
Cody is one of the favorite teams to make a run for the title in the 3-A ranks.
Lander 22, Kemmerer 6
The first big play in the week zero battle was when Lander's Jaxon Hedges blocked a Kemmerer punt early in the first quarter.
LVHS running back Jack Mazurie ran it in from 7 yards out for a quick 6-0 lead.
"Anytime you can get a lead, that really helps," Hughes said. "That was a positive for us."
On the next series, Lander's Jess Oldham picked off a Kemmerer interception.
After the turnover, LVHS quarterback Tylor Baker hit Rob Lindwurm for a 30-yard touchdown strike. Kicker Kyle LaTorre added the point after touchdown.
"We didn't throw it many times in the scrimmage, but every time that we did throw, the ball was on target," Hughes said. "Our receivers made nice catches, which is important. It was just a successful start."
LVHS scored again when they had the ball after Mazurie had a 40-yard run on a third down to keep the drive alive.
Mazurie scored for a 19-0 lead.
"I thought that our running backs ran the ball hard," Hughes said.
Mazurie's fullback for the game was Alex Bone.
"Alex did a nice job of both running and blocking well," Hughes said.
"The running backs can't be successful unless the line does a good job."
In the second quarter, LaTorre kicked a 33-yard field goal to put the Tigers up 22-0 going into the break.
After the break, Lander's starting offensive unit only played at the start of the third quarter.
Late in the third period, Kemmerer intercepted a pass by backup quarterback Andrew Von Rein and returned it for a touchdown.
The score was the only one managed by the Rangers in the week zero game.
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