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No. 2 Douglas trounces the Lander Tigers 48-0
Oct 6, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Douglas kept its perfect football season in line with a 48-0 victory over the Lander Tigers Saturday afternoon in Converse County.
The game was first planned for Friday night, but officials moved it to Saturday because of the snowstorm that hit the state.
Douglas is ranked No. 2 in the latest Class 3-A football poll.
"Douglas is a very physical and athletic team," Lander coach Doug Hughes said. "They deserve their high ranking. They just have a good program. They really have it going."
The loss dropped Lander to 1-4 on the season.
The game took a toll on the injury list for the Tigers, with Hunter Bregar (shoulder), Jack Mazurie (knee), Reb Lindwurm (ribs) and Marvin Aragon (ribs) banged up after the game.
"We have a lot of kids that we need to heal up if we are going to be successful," Hughes said.
The Tigers are 1-1 in the Class 3-A East conference.
Lander edged Torrington 14-13 in the conference opener last week.
The Tigers host Buffalo this Friday night at Bill Bush Memorial Stadium in a critical league game.
"What we have seen on film is Buffalo has been trying to go more shotgun formation and more wide open," Hughes said.
Buffalo is winless on the season after losing to Riverton at home.
"I think they are a much better football team if they line up behind center and they came straight at you," Hughes said. "They are still a physical football team. I expect Buffalo will go back to the old style."
The top four teams from the East and West conference make up the playoff bracket for the right to play for the state title.
"We have our hands full not only getting our kids healthy, but then preparing for a team that is really hungry for a win," Hughes said.
Douglas 48, Lander 0
The powerful Douglas offense started fast against Lander's defense in the first period.
Douglas scored twice for a 14-0 lead.
Douglas put the game out of reach in the second quarter.
"I was a little disappointed in the first half because we mainly didn't play as a team," Hughes said. "We got our heads down. We were blaming other people for not playing well. We addressed that at half. We didn't talk very much about football. We talked about character and playing as a team. We really challenged them."
Douglas scored two touchdowns in the second half.
"I thought that our kids responded tremendously," Hughes said. "In the second half, they played hard and very physical. They played the best they could. They did a much better job."