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Poor second half dooms Cougars in 18-6 home loss to Burlington

Oct 13, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer

PAVILLION -- Wind River put together its best half of football on the season in the opening two periods Friday but faded in the second half to fall 18-6 to visiting Burlington in front of the Cougars' Homecoming crowd.

The loss leaves Wind River winless on the season with Burlington picking up its first win of the season.

The Cougars travel to Basin Friday to play Riverside, while Huskies make the 800-mile round-trip to Cokeville on Friday afternoon.

It was a strange tale of two halves for the Cougars. In the opening two periods the Cougar defense held strong, and the Wind River running game picked up nice gains behind junior running back Zac Noffsinger.

Wind River forced Burlington into a punting situation on nearly every possession in the half, and the Huskies tried a fake punt pass three times with each play falling incomplete.

After a scoreless first period, the Cougars mounted a drive that included a pair of fourth-down attempts that both resulted in measurements. The second measurement at the Burlington 24-yard line was good by less than a quarter inch and kept the drive going.

Robert Buline dropped back on a third-and-12 play from the 22 and found Dylan Lookingbill near the goal line. Lookingbill looked back over his left should then turned around to catch a fly pattern pass over his right. The play slid to a stop at the 1-yard line. Jack Noe crashed in from with 3:35 left in the half and the Cougars held their first lead of the season.

It was a short-lived lead, as Burlington's Nicholas Carrizales caught a 60-yard pass in the left flat from Preston Wardell and raced for the tying score just 36 seconds later.

Wardell does just about everything for the Huskies except sell popcorn, and his hit on Wind River's Clayton Reinick on the kickoff was the best of the evening.

Another scoreless third period the marked frustration on both teams offensively. Wind River's running game ground to a halt, and the Cougars had negative yardage in the second half.

Passing wasn't much better, with Buline connecting with receivers just twice in the final two periods.

Seven more of Buline's attempts bounced off the chest or hands or receivers, including a pair in the end zone that could have made a substantial difference in the game.

With overtime looming in the fourth period, Carrizales broke around the left end on a 61-yard scamper down the Wind River sideline and added another score from 17-yards out on an option pitch from Wardell.

Wind River is on the road for its final two games with games at Basin and Cowley.

The Huskies still have a slim playoff hope if they can beat Riverside at home on the final night of the regular season and a few other factors fall in place for them.

WIND RIVER 0 6 0 0 - 6

BURLINGTON 0 6 0 12 W22; 18

Second Quarter

WR - Jack Noe 1 run (run failed) 3:35

BUR - Nicholas Carrizales 60-pass from Preston Wardell (run failed) 2:59

Fourth Quarter

BUR - Carrizales 61 run (run failed) 8:11

BUR - Carrizales 17 run (run failed) 2:51

Total Offense: Burlington 272, Wind River 96

Individual Rushing: Burlington -- Justin Cortez 1 / 4, Nathan Carrizales 2 / 7, Preston Wardell 12 / 72, Landon George 3 / 11, Steven Brunko 1 / 3, Nicholas Carrizales 7 / 85, Trevor Wardell 7 / 17; Wind River - Zac Noffsinger 18 / 55, Robert Buline 3 / (-8), Jack Noe 6/ 12, Dylan Lookingbill 3 / 10

Passing: Burlington Preston Wardell 5-11-1 73 yards, Wind River - Robert Buline 5-22-1 27

Receiving: Burlington Nicholas Carrizales 3 / 67, Trevor Wardell 1/ 3, Steven Brunko 1 / 3; Wind River - Dylan Lookingbill 3 / 24, Jack Noe 1 /1, Jordan Martin 1 / 2

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