Oct 7, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorBuffalo held off Lander Valley High School 14-8 in a football game played in the snow Friday night in Johnson County.
The battle on the field was pivotal in the Class 3-A East conference for the race for a playoff spot. Buffalo is now is in position for the No. 3 seed .
The Bison improved to 1-2 in the league and are 2-4 overall. The Tigers dropped to 1-2 in conference play and 1-5 overall.
"There was a couple of inches of snow on the ground," LVHS coach Doug Hughes said. "We were in a snowstorm. It limited some of our offense. It made things tough."
Hughes said it snowed during most of the game.
"In the second half, the snow really picked up," Hughes said.
The weather conditions changed the game plan from the coaching staff.
"We felt that we could open up the passing game a little more because of the receivers cutting a little bit better," Hughes said. "It made it a little more difficult to get our offensive linemen's feet under them."
LVHS faces Rawlins at 7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 12, in the Homecoming game at Bill Bush Memorial Stadium. The winner of the game will be in a good spot for the No. 4 seed from the East 3-A conference.
"It will determine if we make the playoffs or not," Hughes said. "If not, then we will have to win at least one more game."
The top four teams from the West and the top four teams from the East make up the do-or-die playoff bracket after the regular season is finished.
The Tigers close out the regular season facing Riverton High School at Wolverine Field on Friday, Oct. 19. Douglas beat Rawlins 40-14 on Friday.
Douglas edged LVHS 9-7 two weeks ago at Bill Bush Memorial Stadium. Rawlins snapped a 35-game losing streak on the same night beating Torrington.
Douglas and Riverton challenge each other for the No. 1 seed on Friday, Oct. 12, in Douglas.
Buffalo 14, Lander 8
Buffalo scored the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter on a long run. The Bison missed the extra point attempt and had a 6-0 lead after the first period.
The two teams didn't have a lot of offensive production in the second quarter for a scoreless period. It was the third straight game Lander's defense didn't allow many points on the scoreboard.
"All night long, we did a nice job on defense," Hughes said. "We were effective. We just gave up a couple of long runs."
The second long run came in the third quarter on a 35-yard touchdown run. Buffalo scored a 2-point conversion to go up 14-0.
In the same quarter, LVHS had a chance to score after Buffalo was called for roughing the punter, but the Tigers didn't take advantage.
LVHS quarterback Andrew Von Rein hit Jess Oldham for a 30-yard touchdown pass midway in the fourth quarter.
"We were able to get behind them," said Hughes on what happened on the touchdown. "Andrew had a nice ball to put us back in the game."
Von Rein ran in the 2-point conversion to pull LVHS to within 14-8. Buffalo got the ball back and chewed up the rest of the clock on the ground.
"Buffalo just has two quality senior running backs that were able to put together a drive and keep us from getting the ball back," Hughes said.
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