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Burlington blanks Cougars 41-0

Oct 7, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

Burlington rolled over Wind River behind 21 second-period points to remain unbeaten the West 1-A football conference. The Huskies pounded the injury-plagued Cougars 41-0 to remain in a tie with Cokeville for the conference lead.

Wind River played without senior Ward Gordon. and his absence showed on both sides of the ball. The Cougars couldn't generate any consistent offense, and the Huskies were able to run with ease on most possessions.

Burlington took the early lead behind fleet-footed senior Ben Mancuso on a 21-yard run. Mancuso added almost an identical sprint to the end zone in the second on a 22-yard scoring play.

The Huskies run out of a classic T-formation and make it difficult to key on just one player. With the Cougar defense concentrating on Mancuso, backfield mates Preston Wardell and Daniel Davidson both tallied second-period scores on runs of nine and six yards, respectively.

Wardell's score came after the Cougars failed on a fourth-and-one attempt from their own 40-yard line. Wind River called a timeout to set up the play but Burlington's defense swarmed the Cougar line and threw quarterback Zac Lindstadt for a loss.

A stellar defensive effort by Cougar junior Tyler Rupe quickly ended the threat when he intercepted Wardell on the very next play.

The momentum shift was short-lived, as Burlington took the ensuing possession and quickly moved inside the 5-yard line on a 45-yard run by Mancuso.

Burlington's final score came after Nick Carrizales intercepted a Lindstadt pass and returned it to the Cougar six.

Davidson crashed in from there to end the half with the Huskies up decisively 27-0.

Wind River was in desperation mode much of the final half and once again attempted a fourth-down conversion, this time from its own 23. The results were the same, with Lindstadt held to no gain and the Huskies taking over on downs.

Wardell capped the short drive on a one-yard run with 6:56 left in the third to move the score to 34-0.

Burlington tallied a final touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Wardell to Carrizales.

The Huskies travel to in district rival Rocky Mountain this Friday for a game that will most likely determine an uncontested second place or a three-way tie for the spot.

Burlington could still win the West 1-A outright with a win at Cowley and an upset over unbeaten Cokeville at home in the final week of the regular season. Wind River makes the long trek to Lincoln County to play in 1-A's version of "Death Valley" at Cokeville.

BURLINGTON 6 21 7 7 -- 41

WIND RIVER 0 0 0 0 - 0

First Quarter

BUR - Ben Mancuso 21-run (kick failed) 6:11

Second Quarter

BUR - Mancuso 22-run (Preston Wardell kick) 8:44

BUR - Preston Wardell 9-run (Wardell kick) 2:16

BUR - Daniel Davidson 6-run (Wardell kick) :43

Third Quarter

BUR - Wardell 1-run (Trevor Wardell kick) 6:56

3rd Quarter

BUR - Wardell 1-run (Trevor Wardell) 6:56

4th Quarter

BUR - Nick Carrizales 12-pass from Wardell (Wardell kick) 7:03

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