Bulldogs and Eagles Meet in the WyoPreps Game of the Week [AUDIO]
A top-five matchup in Class 2A was chosen as the week three fan-voted WyoPreps ‘Game of the Week.’
It features third-ranked Lovell traveling to Lyman to face the fifth-ranked Eagles in a 2A West Conference game.
Lyman is 3-0 on the season with wins over Malad, ID (24-6), Rawlins (40-12), and Cokeville (16-0). The victory at the Panthers last week was a conference win.
Lovell enters at 1-1. They scrimmaged back in week zero before starting off against two defending state champions. The Bulldogs beat Big Horn (26-0) but lost at home last week to defending 2A champion Mountain View (12-9).
The last meeting between the two schools was in week four of the 2019 season. Lovell slipped past Lyman by a final score of 14-12.
WyoPreps’ David Settle spoke by phone Lovell’s Nicc Crosby and Lyman’s Dale Anderson. In the audio interviews above, we asked both coaches about the start to their season, some of their early success, to talk about key players and their thoughts on the opposition.
The Bulldogs are averaging 189 rushing yards per game, which ranks fourth in Class 2A. It’s about 50 yards more per game than Lyman. Both teams are averaging 91 yards per game through the air.
The Eagles defense has been very stingy thus far, allowing less than 75 yards of total offense per game, to rank second in the division. They’ve also forced nine turnovers. Lovell allows 233 yards per game and have forced eight turnovers. Both are giving up only six points per game.
Lyman is led by QB Carter Smith who has four TD passes and completes 56 percent of his passes. Preston Brewer leads in them in rushing with 146 yards and two touchdowns. Brewer is also No. 1 in Class 2A in defensive points per game at 27.5.
Lovell counters with a one-two punch of running back C.J. Lindsay and QB Cason James. Lindsay has 174 rushing yards and a TD, while James has 119 rush yards and a score. James has thrown 182 yards with two TDs and one interception. On defense, Tyler Nichols is at 25 defensive points per game, which puts him fifth in the class.
According to wyoming-football.com, Saturday’s game will be the 20th meeting in the series. They have split the last six. The series lead belongs to Lovell, 10-9. The two schools met in back-to-back years for the 2A state title in Laramie. They happened in 2011 and 2012. Each team won a championship.
The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on Saturday from Eagle Stadium in Lyman.