Bulldogs celebrate homecoming with pounding

The Lovell Bulldogs celebrated Homecoming 2012 in style Friday night, clobbering the Greybull Buffaloes 54-16 at Kevin P. Robertson Memorial Stadium.

The game was delayed by more than an hour by the possibility of lightning due to a thunderstorm moving through the area, but once the game started there was no stopping the Bulldogs, who scored on their first six possessions of the game.

David Peck
Four Lovell Bulldog defenders converge on Greybull receiver Connor Petty during Friday night’s homecoming football game in Lovell. Sandwishing Petty are (l-r) Austin Ellis (81), Calin McArthur (20), Ryan Clark (33) and Dino Collins (34).

Known primarily as a running team, the Bulldogs came out throwing Friday as senior quarterback Dylan Hultgren twice hit big Cody Savage slicing across the middle for long touchdown passes, the first covering 59 yards and the second 56.

“We wanted to open up our passing game a little bit,” coach Doug Hazen said. “We saw some things on film where we thought we could get some one-on-one matchups with Cody and we wanted to take advantage of that. Coach (Bob) Weber and Coach (Daniel) Robertson did a good job with that, calling plays and making adjustments to put kids in favorable positions to make plays, like Cody one on one with their cornerback.

“Cody ran a very crisp route, especially on the first touchdown pass. Dylan audibled on one, too. Against certain formations Dylan can check into something else.”

Hultgren finished the night 9 of 11 passing for 192 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions.

Following the two early touchdown passes, the Bulldogs finished a 64-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run by Nathan Grant. Dino Collins carried four times for 47 yards on the drive, shredding the Greybull defense.

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