In the first regular conference game of the season,
the Wranglers fell to 3A rival Lyman.
Pinedale put up a fight and kept the game close for the first
three quarters. In the final quarter, however, Pinedale was unable
to get the ball into the end zone and close the gap against
Lyman. The game ended, 20-12, in Lyman’s favor.
Pinedale’s two touchdowns included an incredible 61-yard
pass play carried out by senior Thomas Harnack off a pass
from sophomore quarterback Konner Ziegler. Harnack’s impressive
speed left the Eagle defenders eating dust.
Head Coach Clay Cundall said the game was a good learning
experience for the team.
“There are some positives to build on and a lot of things
that we need to clean up,” he added. “We need to be better
tacklers, and we need to limit mental errors on the offensive
side of the ball. The players will come to practice this week
with an attitude of improvement, and we will work to correct
our errors and get better.”
The first quarter opened with a Wrangler kick-off. Sophomore
Skyler Erickson promptly tackled Lyman’s receiver.
On his first attempt to get the football up the field, Lyman’s
quarterback attempted a pass. Junior Troy Later intercepted
the ball and possession went to the Wranglers.
Wrangler offense took advantage of the situation immediately
and scored a touchdown when Harnack carried the ball
into the end zone after a handoff from Ziegler. The Wranglers
were unable to score extra points, however, and the ball
passed to Lyman.
After taking tackles from Erickson and juniors Colby White
and Carson Gregory, the Eagles attempted another pass. This
time junior Kaleb Bigelow was on spot to intercept the ball.
The first quarter ended with Pinedale ahead, 6-0.
Lyman’s offense came alive in the second quarter. Only
seconds into the quarter, the Eagles scored their first touchdown
followed by a 2-point conversion. Despite attempts by
Wrangler defense, including a tackle behind the line of scrimmage
by junior Dodge Westercamp, Lyman scored again. At
halftime the Eagles were in the lead, 14-6.
Lyman upped the ante in the third quarter with another
touchdown making the score 20-6. Wrangler defense tried to
slow the Eagles down, including sacking the quarterback behind
the line of scrimmage by Westercamp.
Lyman kept pushing forward and eventually dropped the
ball into the end zone. After the touchdown, the Eagles failed
to make a 2-point conversion when Bigelow took down the
Eagles’ running back.
The Wranglers showed they were still competitive and
scored a second touchdown when Ziegler sent the ball sailing
to Harnack. Harnack sped past his opponents, eating up
yard after yard until he hit the end zone. Harnack’s second
touch down edged the score up for Pinedale, 20-12, in Lyman’s
In the final quarter, the Wranglers were unable to score.
Pinedale’s offense did not move far enough after another interception
pulled off by White. Lyman ran the clock down
with a long drive forward and the score remained at 20-12
when the buzzer went off.
This week, on Friday, Sept. 13, the Wranglers host their
first regular home game of the season against Jackson. The
game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at Gene Andrews Stadium.