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Tigers back at home on Friday night
Oct 9, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Lander Tigers and the Buffalo Bison square off in a pivotal Class 3-A East conference football battle Friday night at Bill Bush Memorial Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Buffalo enters the game winless at 0-5 overall and 0-2 in league play.
The Tigers are 1-1 in conference play and 1-4 on the season.
"Buffalo is a scary team to play because they do not have a win on the season yet," Lander coach Doug Hughes said. "They have been shooting themselves in the foot with a lot of turnovers each game. We will have to be ready for a fired-up Buffalo team."
Douglas beat Lander 48-0 last weekend in Converse County.
Buffalo lost to the Riverton Wolverines 21-14.
The Tigers ran into a powerful Douglas squad on Saturday afternoon.
Lander had a hard time getting anything going on the offensive end.
Douglas is the No. 2-ranked team in Class 3-A. Powell is No. 1.
Lander's offense is based around quarterback Pete Spriggs.
"We need to control the lines of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and win the field position battle to be successful," Hughes said.
Jack Mazurie and Jaxon Hedges touch the ball often in the LVHS offense.
Hughes said Lander has lost Hunter Bregar for the remainder of the season because of a separated shoulder.
Bregar played both offense and defense for the Tigers before he was injured on Saturday afternoon.
"We have a lot of banged-up players after the Douglas game," Hughes said.
"We are working on building depth at a number of positions and might have to look at juggling our lineup to put kids in a position that they have not played before."
Key offensive players for the Bison are Kasen Filbert, Garrett Monroe and James Musselman.
"Buffalo likes to run the ball when they can," Hughes said.
"They will use multiple sets to spread the field, but they are a much stronger running team than passing. On defense, they have been running a 4-3 and using a man-to-man coverage."
The top receivers for Buffalo are Zane Hengel and Nathan Gilbert.
With three games left to play for the Tigers, Lander is third in the Class 3-A East conference at 1-1.
Douglas and Riverton are first, both posting 2-0 league records.
"Douglas is the clear favorite on our side," Hughes said. "Everyone else is scrambling for position."
Torrington is tied with Lander at 1-1.
The Tigers own a 14-13 win over Torrington.
The top four teams from the conference make the playoffs.
The top two will host first-round playoff games.
Powell and Cody are a perfect 2-0 in the Class 3-A West division.
Star Valley and Worland are tied for second at 1-1.
Lander will play at Rawlins and host Riverton after the game with Buffalo to end the regular season.