Sep 16, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorStrides were made by Lander Valley High School on the football field Friday night in a 20-14 loss to Jackson in Teton County.
LVHS coach Doug Hughes liked the way his Tigers battled for all four quarters in the third game of the season.
LVHS lost to Star Valley 68-0 the week before at Bill Bush Memorial Stadium.
"I thought that our kids came out and played a very physical football game," Hughes said. "They really competed hard. We were happy with the effort."
The Tigers now open the Class 3-A East conference season, playing at Torrington on Friday night.
Powell pounded Torrington 49-7 in its final non-conference game. The Panthers are 3-0 on the year.
"Torrington is going to be a hard matchup for us," Hughes said. "They like to run a spread offense, similar to Star Valley. We will have to work on some things defensively so we can contain their offense."
Torrington didn't play in the first week and lost to Worland 33-30 in the second week of the season.
"Torrington has a senior quarterback," Hughes said. "They have a couple of senior receivers. They are pretty experienced."
Buffalo, Douglas, LVHS, Rawlins, Riverton, and Torrington make up the Class 3-A East conference.
The top four teams from the regular season advance to the playoffs.
"Douglas, Buffalo and Riverton are probably at the top of our conference," Hughes said. "We are going to have to get healthy if we are going to stand and perform in our conference."
Jackson 20, LVHS 14
LVHS scored its first touchdown of the season in the second quarter on a pass from Andrew Von Rein to Reb Lindwurm.
The PAT came from Kyle LaTorre, and the Tigers were up 7-6.
Jackson scored in the third quarter to go up 14-6.
In the fourth quarter, Jackson picked off a pass by Von Rein and ran it back 70 yards for a touchdown for a 20-6 lead.
LVHS kept in the game after forcing Jackson a turnover.
"I thought that we played really well in the fourth quarter," Hughes said. "We kept our heads up. We kept in the game. We took advantage of a turnover."
Von Rein hit Jess Oldham for a 30-yard reception. Von Rein found Lindwurm for a five-yard touchdown pass to cut the score to 20-14 after a LaTorre PAT kick.
"The kids kept on working hard during the whole game," Hughes said.
Late in the game, the Tigers had the ball inside Jackson's 20-yard line. LVHS couldn't get the ball in the end zone to take the lead.
"We had a couple of pass plays that had shots down the goal line, but we just didn't come up with the plays," Hughes said.
Tylor Baker started at quarterback, but the junior took a hard hit early in the game.
"We thought that Tylor needed a break after the shot," Hughes said.
Von Rein played the rest of the game at quarterback.
"Andrew did a nice job for us, so we kept going with him," Hughes said. "Going into the game at quarterback as a sophomore is a really tough assignment. He really stepped up and put some balls where they needed to be."
Lindwurm finished the game with two touchdown passes. The Tigers didn't score at all in the first two games of the season.
Lindwurm "is fighting through some injuries," Hughes said. "He has some bruised ribs that he is struggling with.
He didn't get to play the whole game, but when he was able to go he did a nice job."
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