by Keith Kelley–22 Sep ’17
The Central Indians moved the football up and down the field Friday night, but three costly turnovers hurt the Indians in a 23-13 loss at home to Laramie.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Plainsmen struck first, when Jason Upton ran it in from 11 yards out, and Laramie led 6-0 after they missed the extra point. Central responded quickly, as quarterback Dawson Macleary connected with Niko Bostic from 20 yards out, and the extra point made it 7-6 Indians. The Plainsmen came right back, when QB Nathan Burman hit Chad Browning for an eight yard score, and the two point conversion made it 14-7 Laramie. After an interception by Central’s Ty Langley, the Indians would get a score on the final play of the first half, as Macleary hit Bostic again, from 29 yards out to make it 14-13. Central would go for two, and miss the converstion, and trailed by one at the half.
Central received the second half kick, and took it right down the field. Macleary had Bostic wide open in the endzone, but the ball popped off of Bostic’s shoulder pads and into the hands of Upton. Upton would pick off another pass in the endzone, as the score was still 14-13 Laramie heading to the fourth quarter.
Central punter Nico Vite pinned the Plainsmen back inside the one-yard line, and after two false start penalties on Laramie, Burman dialed up a huge play. He hit Browning on a 99 yards scoring play that gave the Plainsmen a 21-13 lead. Later in the fourth, deep in their own territory, Vite was on to punt again, but this time the snap sailed over his head and through the endzone for a safety, making the score 23-13.
Macleary was 13-23 for 226 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Bostic caught five balls for 124 yards and two scores. Adarius Gallon ran it for 102 yards on 20 carries, while Connor Lockhorn had 87 yards on six carries.
Central’s Langley had a fumble recover to go along with his interception, while Dylan Miller also had a pick.
The Indians fall to 1-4 on the year, while Laramie is now 2-3.
#1 Sheridan 30 Kelly Walsh 7
#2 Natrona County 14 #3 Cheyenne East 7
#5 Rock Springs 39 Cheyenne South 13
Thunder Basin 47 Campbell County 0
Moorcroft 28 Burns 0
#2 Pine Bluffs 51 Tongue River 6