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Pass Defense. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
Pass Defense
Chase Lederer (P17) breaks up a pass to Steven Durtsche (L83) on the 10-yard line in the first quarter....

Fumble. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
Fumble
....Kade Baxendale (L5) grabbed the deflected pass, but Luke Egle (P45) tackled him on the 5-yard line causing a fumble that was recovered in the end zone by Chase Lederer (P17) ending Lovell's first scoring threat.

Zack Egle. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
Zack Egle
When linebacker Zack Egle (P64) was not in the backfield harassing the quarterback, he was in pass coverage. Here he stops running back Trevor Harrison (L22) for a 1-yard loss.

Lovell 7 - Pinedale 0. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
Lovell 7 - Pinedale 0
Ben Long (L89) caught a 26-yard touchdown pass for Lovell's first touchdown. Zack Barta (P87) and Aaron Milne (P15) are defending.
Wranglerís Huge Playoff Comeback
Pinedale Wranglers 28, Lovell Bulldogs 23
by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online!
November 2, 2008

Last week, Pinedale honored the Wrangler senior football players. Many of the seniors indicated their favorite football memory was making the playoffs. Now they have a come-from-behind playoff victory to add to those memories.

With two minutes left in the half, the Wranglers had just gone down 23-0 on a fumble recovered by Lovell and returned for a touchdown. Through almost two quarters of play, Pinedale had no 1st downs and negative total yards on seven offense drives. Instead of running the clock out and regrouping at halftime, Coach Gregory came out firing. After a couple incomplete passes, Nick Jaquez hit Zack Barta for 11 yards to get a new set of downs. Two incomplete passes later, Nick Jaquez hit Chase Lederer down the sidelines for a 52-yard touchdown and a positive finish to a miserable first half.

The Bulldogs dominated the first half with over 200 yards offense. Late in the first quarter, Grant Geiser hit Ben Long on a 26-yard touchdown pass to complete an 80-yard drive. In the second quarter, Lovell went up 14-0 on a 4-yard Grant Geiser touchdown pass to Kade Baxendale. On Pinedaleís next series, Shane Dickerson blocked a Chase Lederer punt out of the end zone for a safety and Lovell increased its lead to 16-0. On Pinedaleís next possession, a Nick Jaquez fumble was recovered by Jordan Mickelson who returned it for Lovellís third touchdown increasing their lead to a commanding 23-0. Pinedaleís late touchdown left them trailing 7-23 at halftime.

An inspired Pinedale defense put pressure on the Bulldog offense in the 3rd quarter and limited them to 32 yards. But the Pinedale offense also continued to struggle, until one minute left in the third quarter, Nick Jaquez connected with Aaron Milne for a 66-yard touchdown pass closing the score to 14-23. Announcer Ward Wise said it best, "we got us a ball game!"

On Lovellís next series, quarterback Grant Geiser hurt his ankle on a 5-yard sack by Pinedaleís Landon Wells and would not return to the game. Up to that point Grant had accounted for almost all of Lovellís offense (passing, rushing, kicking and returning kicks). Backup quarterback Kaleb Leithead was thrown to the wolves. The wolves are better know as Luke Egle, Zack Egle, Landon Wells, Alex Metzer and Landon Daniel who spent much of the second half in the Lovell backfield. The once powerful offense was held to negative yards for the rest of the game.

On Pinedaleís first series of the 4th quarter, Nick Jaquez completed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Milne to close the score to 21-23. On Lovellís next series, Zack Egle forced and recovered a fumble giving Pinedale the ball on the 25-yard line. Nick Jaquez finished the improbable Pinedale comeback with an 8-yard wide receiver screen touchdown pass to Aaron Milne for a 28-23 win.

This Wrangler team continues to grow. Three weeks ago trailing then #1-ranked Kemmerer Rangers by more than 20 points, there seemed to be little will to fight back. Facing a similar mountain this week, the players challenged each other and led by action one play at a time. And it was not just one player. Across the whole field everyone stepped up and made plays when they were needed. The Wranglers will need that confidence next week in the semifinals against now #1 ranked and undefeated Glenrock. It will be a tall order and they will be heavy underdogs, but you can no longer doubt these Wranglers.

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  • Nick Jaquez. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Nick Jaquez
    Nick Jaquez (P8) throws the ball away under heavy pressure from Jordan Mickelson (L36) and Drew Stevens (L61) in the first quarter, but would later throw for over 240 yards and all four of Pinedale's touchdowns.

    Luke Egle. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Luke Egle
    Luke Egle (P45) chases down Grant Gieser (L12) on a punt return. Broc Seipp (P70) follows to help.

    Lovell 14 - Pinedale 0. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Lovell 14 - Pinedale 0
    Kade Baxendale (L5) catches a 4-yard touchdown pass from Grant Geiser (L12). Chase Lederer (P17) defends on the play.

    Landon Wells. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Landon Wells
    Landon Wells (P40) and Luke Egle (P45) put pressure on Grant Geiser (L12) all day, here causing an incomplete pass.

    Lovell 16 - Pinedale 0. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Lovell 16 - Pinedale 0
    Shane Dickerson (L8) blocked a Chase Lederer (P17) punt out of the end zone for a safety in the 2nd quarter.

    De-cleater. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    De-cleater
    Nick Jaquez (P8) leveled Kade Baxendale (L5) on an 18-yard pass completion.

    Jake Brunette. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Jake Brunette
    Jake Brunette (P20) intercepted this pass in the second quarter. Jake also recovered a fumble in the 3rd quarter.

    Lovell 23 - Pinedale 0. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Lovell 23 - Pinedale 0
    Jordan Mickelson (L36) recovered a Pinedale fumble and returned it for a touchdown.

    Pinedale 7 - Lovell 23. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Pinedale 7 - Lovell 23
    Chase Lederer (P17) highsteps at the 5-yard line to avoid a tackle on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Nick Jaquez.

    Jansen Swan. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Jansen Swan
    Jansen Swan (P31) was successful on all four extra points and kicked three of five kickoffs out of the end zone.

    Chase Lederer. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Chase Lederer
    Chase Lederer (P17) broke up this pass on 4th down at the Pinedale 7-yard line stopping a Lovell scoring threat in the 3rd quarter.

    Pinedale 14 - Lovell 23. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Pinedale 14 - Lovell 23
    Aaron Milne (P15) caught this 66-yard touchdown pass from Nick Jaquez at the 40-yard line and out ran the defense to the end zone.

    Quarterback Sack. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Quarterback Sack
    Lovell quarterback Grant Geiser (L12) was hurt on this sack by Landon Wells (P40) and would not return to the game.

    Lovell Offense. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Lovell Offense
    Grant Giser (L12) accounted for almost all of Lovell's 200 yards of offense. Lovell had negative total yards in the 4th quarter under two replacement quarterbacks.

    Pinedale 21 - Lovell 23. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Pinedale 21 - Lovell 23
    Aaron Milne (P15) caught this 33-yard pass from Nick Jaquez and powered the last five yards into the end zone.

    Zack Barta. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Zack Barta
    Zack Barta (P87) caught this 22-yard pass down to the 8-yard line setting up Pinedale's winning touchdown.

    Aaron Milne. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Aaron Milne
    Aaron Milne (P15) caught this wide receiver screen on the right flats looking for a way to the end zone....

    Pinedale 28 - Lovell 23. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Pinedale 28 - Lovell 23
    .... following several blocks including the last one by Matt Boyce (P7), Aaron Milne cut across the field to score the winning 8-yard touchdown.

    Running out the clock. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Running out the clock
    Zack Barta (P87) caught this 16-yard pass from Nick Jaquez on 3rd and 8 to keep the final drive alive and the clock running.

    Dylan Nelson. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Dylan Nelson
    Dylan Nelson (P24) ran 16 yards to the 7-yard line for a 1st down with 1:53 remaining in the game. Pinedale was able to kneel down to run out the clock, not giving Lovell a chance to come back.

    Celebration. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Celebration

    Happy Wranglers. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Happy Wranglers

    Matt Boyce. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Matt Boyce

    Congratulations. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Congratulations
    Dylan Nelson is congratulated by mom Jaclyn.

    Nick Jaquez & Larry Proud. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Nick Jaquez & Larry Proud

    Pinedale Wranglers. Photo by Sublette County School District #1.
    Pinedale Wranglers

    Victory Salute. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Victory Salute
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