The first-ever meeting on the football field between Lovell and Torrington in the Class 2A semifinals is one of the WyoPreps “Games of the Week.”

Considering the distance between the two towns, and that the Blazers have been mainly in Class 3A, while the Bulldogs have been in Class 2A, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that this is their first game on the gridiron.

Both of these teams had to rally from halftime deficits last week to reach this point.

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Lovell trailed 8-7 but came back for a 21-8 victory over Upton-Sundance.

Torrington found themselves down 14-0 to Cokeville, but a strong second half and some turnovers helped the Blazers beat the Panthers, 21-14.

WyoPreps discussed the game with both head coaches, Lovell’s Nicc Crosby and Torrington’s Russell Stienmetz. Both coaches talked about their comeback wins and wheat led to those, plus preparing for this big game. For the Bulldogs, it’s their first semifinal appearance since 2015. The Blazers are in the same spot as a year ago and trying to get back to the title game. Then, both looked at preparing for each other.

The two teams have different strengths on offense but post similar numbers. Lovell has 2A’s top ground attack at 257.9 yards per game, while Torrington has the best aerial attack in 2A at 180.6 yards per game. They are separated by less than three yards per game in total offense. The Bulldogs have the edge on defense, as they allow 69 fewer yards per game than the Blazers, 211-to-280.

The game is slated to start at 6 p.m. at Wiseman Field in Torrington.

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