Sep 9, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Staff WriterIt's been 24 years since the Lovell Bulldogs and Wind River Cougars met on the gridiron, and the Cougars might like it to be another 24 before they meet again.
Lovell built a 33-point lead after one period and routed the visiting Cougars 45-0 Friday night in Big Horn County.
The loss drops the Class 1-A Cougars to 0-8 overall in school history against the Class 2-A Bulldogs.
Lovell didn't waste any time Friday, with Dylan Pickett taking a short opening kickoff 75 yards into the end zone to give the Dogs a 7-0 lead just seconds into the contest.
Lovell scored often over the next 12 minutes, as Wind River repeatedly fumbled the snap from the pistol formation offense.
Jeff Jamison capped a short drive on a 1-yard plunge, followed by another score by Pickett on a rush of 5 yards.
Lovell quarterback Beau Green added two more scores through the air on scoring passes of 6 yards to Dylan See and Chase Rasmussen.
The lights were all working on the home side of the scoreboard as the opening period ended with Lovell holding a 33-0 lead.
On the opening play of the second period, lightning struck again for Lovell when Hyrum Hopkin intercepted a Wind River pass and raced 32 yards for the score.
Holding the huge early lead, Lovell head coach Doug Hazen began to substitute younger players into the game.
A final Bulldog score came on a 2-yard scoring pass from Brandon Teter to Nick Haskell.
Lovell travels to Pinedale this Friday, while Wind River continues the most demanding schedule in Class 1-A , hosting Casper Natrona's junior varsity.
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