Plainsmen Power Past Gillette, 44-0
The Laramie Plainsmen dominated from start to finish in their 44-0 victory in Gillette over the Camels last Friday night.
Laramie (1-2) beat Gillette for the first time since 1996. They also recorded their first shutout against the Camels since 1982 according to Wyoming-football.com.
The Plainsmen scored on their first three possessions and four of the first five. QB Nathan Burman ran for two scores and threw for another. Running back Baxter Tuggle added a pair of TD runs, while running back Maxx Moore caught a touchdown and ran for another one. Sean Dortey added a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Burman’s 18-yard TD run on a QB draw gave Laramie a 7-0 lead after the game’s opening drive. Zach Heil recovered a fumble at the Camels 24-yard line. That led to Burman’s 1-yard sneak for a score and a 14-0 lead.
On the third drive it was the Baxter Tuggle show. After a loss on the first play, Tuggle rattled off runs of 15 and 14 yards. He finished the drive with a 34-yard TD run for a 20-0 lead late in the first.
After a Will Yates interception, Burman found Moore on a 25-yard screen pass for a score. It was 27-0 at half.
Tuggle added a four-yard touchdown run and Moore a three-yard run for a score in the third quarter. That made it 41-0.
Laramie’s longest drive of the game was completed by Dortey’s field goal with 7:28 left.
The Plainsmen gained 310 yards on offense. They ran for 201 yards and passed for 109 on only 11 attempts. Tuggle ran for a career-best 120 yards on only 13 carries. Burman was 6-11 for 109 yards through the air and one TD pass.
The defense shutdown Gillette. The Camels finished with 116 yards offense, which included a negative 12 yards on the ground. Garrett Worden had a huge game with six tackles for loss, including five sacks. LHS had four takeaways with a pair of interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Laramie comes home for their next game against No. 2 Natrona County Friday night at 7 p.m.