Red Devils Sour Laramie’s Celebration
The Laramie Plainsmen remain winless in 2015 high school football season, after they were beaten by the Evanston Red Devils, 24-0, last Friday night.
On a night that celebrated Deti Stadium and Homecoming, the Red Devils played the spoiler role from the start and beat Laramie for the fifth time in the last six meetings.
Evanston (2-2) took the opening possession of the game and drove 80 yards in 16 plays. It took over eight minutes off the clock. The drive was a blow to any momentum had from the pregame festivities.
Plainsmen head coach Chuck Syverson said,
"It was tough at the start of the game to have an eight-and-a-half minute drive that kind of takes the wind out of your sails, cause you're ready to get going; guys are chomping at the bit to get on the field; you just kept waiting and waiting and waiting. It was a long time standing on the sideline."
Senior running back Spencer Burleigh made it pay off, as he took it in from a yard out for a 7-0 lead. Burleigh added a 57-yard scamper for a score on the first play of the second quarter that made it 14-0.
Laramie (0-4) responded with a 22-yard Taylor Dodd run on fourth down, and a 30-yard run by David Corliss to quickly move to the Red Devil 20-yard line. The Plainsmen settled for a 42-yard field goal, but it fell short. Two drives later, LHS reached the Evanston seven, but time ran out in the first half before they could punch it in.
Evanston added to their lead with a 37-yard Jess Richins field goal on their first drive of the second half, which made it 17-0. The Red Devils final score came after a Plainsmen turnover late. Zach Guild ran 33-yards to cap the scoring with about a minute left.
Time of possession was a key to Evanston's win. They held the ball for ten minutes more than Laramie. Another difference was at the line of scrimmage according to Syverson.
"This was the first time we've been handled up front all year. We really struggled offensively trying to block those guys."
The Red Devils defense held the Plainsmen to 228 yards of offense. Evanston finished with 314 yards. They ran for 211 as a team. Individually, Burleigh ended with 96 yards and the two scores.
Syverson added, "I was pretty disappointed offensively, and that's going to come back on me as an offensive coach; need to do a better job of getting those guys going."
Dodd threw for 125 yards, but was held to 16 on the ground. He lost a fumble and was also sacked once. Corliss added a team-high 88 yards on the ground and had three catches for 35 yards.
Laramie starts a three week stretch against the Cheyenne schools. First up is a road trip to the Capital City to face the rival Central Indians next Friday night at 7 p.m.