After each team took their opening drives down the field and scored, the Cokeville defense took over.   The Panthers kept their unbeaten season intact beating Lusk (10-1) 26 to 6 in the 1A Championship game.

Lusk took their opening drive 80 yards and scored on a 10 yard run by Jerit Degering.    Cokeville answered 90 seconds later and kicked their PAT to lead 7 to 6 midway through the first.

A huge turning point in the game came when Lusk fumbled the ball right at the Cokeville goal line late in the first quarter.  The Panthers recovered in the endzone for a touchback, thwarting the would be Lusk TD.

Cokeville would score again in the second period on a 1 yard run by Beau Peterson.   Peterson had hit Dustin Davis on a 32 yard pass to set up the short TD run.   The Panthers led 14 to 6 at half.  They would add two more scores in the second half.  One of them was a 4th down 19 yard pass from Peterson to Davis.  Davis then scored again in the fourth on a 22 yard run.

Lance Hladky, the Lusk QB, left the game with an injury in the second half.   Cokeville's Chance Maddock would be taken off the field on a cart after sustaining a leg injury with about four minutes left in the game.


Score by Quarters
Niobrara Co. Tigers    6 0 0  0=   6
Cokeville Panthers   7   7  6  6 =  26

Scoring Plays:
LUSK   - DeGering, J. 10 yd run (Arnett, Tyler kick failed), 10-80 4:02
COKEHS - Maddock, C. 5 yd run (Henderson, A. kick), 4-63 1:29
COKEHS - Petersen, B. 1 yd run (Henderson, A. kick), 5-42 1:32
COKEHS - Davis, D. 18 yd pass from Petersen, B. (Henderson, A. kick failed), 9-52 3:38
COKEHS - Davis, D. 22 yd run (Henderson, A. kick failed), 4-40 0:59

Degering  25 for 84   1 TD; Hladky  9 for 66; Smith 8-32; Thurston 4-14
Cokeville- Maddock 22-90  1 TD, Thornock 13-98, Peterson 14-42  1 TD; Davis 2-24   1TD

Hladky  1 for 3  for 8 yards
Cokeville- 2 for 3  51 yards and 1 TD

Johnson  1 for 8
Cokeville- Davis 2 for 51  1 TD