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Panthers roll over Cougars 47-7

Panthers roll over Cougars 47-7

Oct 13, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

It was a long afternoon for Wind River against top-ranked and unbeaten Cokeville on Friday at Pavillion. The Panthers rolled over the Cougars 47-7 to remain atop the Class 1-A ranks.

It was a family affair for Cokeville with Brigham and James Teichert accounting for all of the Panther's scoring in the opening half.

Brigham tallied three first quarter touchdowns on runs of five, six and one yard while James tacked on a pair of extra points in three kicking attempts.

James Teichert added a five-yard run in the second period, and Brigham crashed in from the two on the Panthers' final scoring drive of the half.

Wind River's unconventional, single-wing offense was hampered by errant shotgun snaps throughout the game, leaving the Cougar backs scrambling for the pigskin more than a dozen times in the first two periods.

Cokeville's methodical offense usually consists of off tackle trap plays with an occasional toss sweep, but coach Todd Dayton is opening up his traditional power game with a bit more passing this season.

While Cokeville has perhaps the best running tradition among all schools in the state, the Panthers rarely pass the ball well, and their lack of consistency in the passing game led to the Cougars' only score.

Wind River punter Ryan Weliever was busy all afternoon with the Cougars going three-and-out on nearly every possession. A booming 47-yard Weliever punt drove the Panthers inside their own 15 late in the second period, and the Panthers elected to pass on second down.

Zac Lindstadt read the play well and intercepted Jonathan Fiscus at the 20, returning the ball to the five.

Sophomore Cole Bossert took the ball off tackle and powered into the end zone on second down for the score. Exchange student Juan Buitrago drilled the point after kick, and the Cougars were on the board.

The scoring play lifted the Wind River defense, but the Cougar offense didn't follow suit, and the second half featured Wind River's defense playing much better against the Panther running attack.

This weekend is a big one for Wind River football. The Cougars have a glimmer of hope to make the playoffs if they can defeat Riverside on Friday in Basin, and if Saratoga can beat Rocky Mountain at home Friday afternoon.

If the scenario comes true, a three-way playoff game will have to be held on a neutral site early next week to determine the final playoff position.

WIND RIVER 0 0 7 0 0 - 7

COKEVILLE 20 13 14 0 - 47

First quarter

Cokeville -- Brigham Teichert, 5-yard run (James Teichert kick), 7:28.

Cokeville -- Brigham Teichert, 6-yard run (James Teichert kick), 5;44.

Cokeville -- Brigham Teichert, 1-yard run (kick failed), 2:10.

Second quarter

Cokeville -- James Teichert, 5-yard run (kick blocked), 11:10.

Cokeville -- Brigham Teichert, 2-yard run (James Teichert kick), 8:15.

Wind River -- Cole Bossert, 4-yard run (Juan Buitrago kick), 4:13.

Third quarter

Cokeville -- Brigham Teichert, 4-yard run (James Teichert kick), 7:14.

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