Sep 9, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Tigers have lost their top two running backs to injury in the opening weeks of the season.
Star Valley did everything right on the football field in the first half, posting 55 points Friday night vs. Lander Valley High School at Bill Bush Memorial Stadium.
The Braves were on cruise control in the second half for a 68-0 victory against the Tigers in a Class 3-A battle.
The second half was played with a running clock because of the mercy rule. The rule goes into effect in the second half if one team is ahead by 45 points or more.
"We were just outmanned the whole game," said LVHS coach Doug Hughes. "Star Valley did some things that we didn't adjust to. It was just a tough way to play a ballgame."
Star Valley moved to 2-0 on the season. The Tigers fell to 0-2. Star Valley came into the season with 18 seniors on its roster and primed to compete for a state crown.
The injury bug has hit the Tigers in the second week of the season.
Starting running back Jack Mazurie missed the game with the Braves because of a knee injury he suffered in the opening week. Mazurie is expected to be out for the next few weeks.
Backup running back Jonah Burke also hurt his knee vs. the Braves.
"We are down to our third running back," Hughes said. "We lost three starters on the line. We are going to struggle unless we get a little healthy."
The Braves chalked up 361 yards rushing vs. Lander's defense. LVHS had 86 yards rushing and only seven yards passing.
"We will have to find some success in some little areas," Hughes said. "We will just need to keep working. This is a learning situation in high school football. You can't always be on top. Sometimes you have to struggle to get points on the board and take your wins anyway you can."
The Tigers lost to Cody 28-7 in the season opener.
"We are a better football team than we showed," Hughes said. "I don't think that we competed very well. I was disappointed in that. We need to compete on every possession on every day."
LVHS will head to Jackson this Friday night for its final non-conference game.
Jackson knocked off Rawlins 30-16 last Friday night.
"Jackson is a physical team," Hughes said. "They will run a double tight and a double wing. We will work on some misdirection this week. They will run outside. We will have to find a way to go up there and compete the best way we can."
Star Valley 68, Lander 0
STAR VALLEY 21 34 0 13 -- 68
LVHS 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Star Valley -- Kohl Battleson, 14-yard run, Bryon Anderson, PAT, 7-0, 8:05.
Star Valley -- Trace Haderlie 32-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Allerd, Anderson, PAT, 14-0, 4:16.
Star Valley -- Dillon Hunt, 25-yard run, Anderson, PAT, 21-0, 3:15.
Star Valley -- Ryan Brough, 28-yard run, Anderson, PAT, 28-0, 11:36.
Star Valley -- Trace Haderlin, 54-yard pass to Dillon Hunt, Anderson, PAT, 35-0, 11:16.
Star Valley -- Trace Haderlin, 52-yard pass to Ryan Brough, Anderson, PAT, 42-0, 8:19.
Star Valley -- Kohl Battleson, 24-yard touchdown run, Anderson, PAT missed, 48-0, 5:00.
Star Valley -- Eric Pantuso, 20-yard touchdown run, Anderson, PAT, 55-0. 3:50.
Star Valley -- Ryan Tindall, 35-yard punt fumble on block, Anderson, PAT, 62-0, 5:43.
Star Valley -- Cody Smith, 25-yard touchdown run, PAT missed, 19 seconds left, 68-0.,
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