Wyoming beats Dogs, first time in 5 games

04/30/03 Loyal Dog

4-1 all time in NIFL meetings against the Wyoming Cavalry.  2-0 in their house.  4-0 this season in division standings.   Rapid City had all of these stats in their favor going into Casper, Wyoming on Sunday.  After 7:30 pm those stats were changed in the favor of the Cavalry. A fast paced affair that lasted 2 hours and 55 minutes ended with the Red Dogs loosing by 6 points.  The Red Dogs trailed by 14 points at times, but came back to tie the game with 1:58 left in regulation.  Then a scene all too familiar in the NIFL took place. 

On the ensuing drive, Matt Strand let it fly deep into Red Dogs territory.  Both Charlie Ricks and Greg Van Leer went up for the ball.  Van Leer got his hands on it first, but as he was coming down Ricks also got a hand around the ball.  When they landed the refs gave possession to Wyoming.  It made the play a 36 yard first down with goal to go.  Anthony Simmons made the go ahead touchdown and Trey Ransoms’ PAT attempt failed, giving the Red Dogs hope with 40 seconds left.  The Red Dogs drove the ball down the field, but with 16 seconds left a fourth down pass failed with a no call on pass interference by Hassan Rashid.

The Red Dogs enter the first of three regular season bye weeks after 7 straight games, not counting the pre-season game in Utah the week prior to the start of the season.  This bye week will give the Red Dogs a chance to rest some players, and time to heal others. 

Rapid City enters this week with a 4-3 overall record, 4-1 in divisional play, and 3rd in the division. 

Quarterback Terrance Bryant has a 107.53 rating, with 20 touchdowns through the air and only 3 picks.  He has also rushed for 175 yards and 4 touchdowns.  His QB rating puts him at 3rd best currently in the NIFL.  Bryant is also 2nd in passing yards with 1247, and his combined total offense yards of 1422 puts him in first place.

Running back Verna Owens is tied for third in scoring with 66 points.  He has 72 attempts for 242 yards and 9 TD’s.

Aaron Turner, who is not listed in the rankings but has played 3 games with the Red Dogs, should be in third place for kick scoring with 46 points.  Turner has been phenomenal since his return, nailing 19 of 20 extra points and 9 of 14 field goal attempts, including a 49 yard kick against Wyoming.

Ryan Speed continues to lead in receptions with 43 for 427 yards, averaging 9.9 yards per catch.  He is now in 2nd place in yards per game with 61, and has scored 6 TD’s.

Zack Jones is 4th in receptions with 30 for 298 yards, also a 9.9 average and 6 TD’s.

For the defense Almones Boyles leads the team and is 4th overall in the NIFL with 39 tackles and 1 sack.  Greg Van Leer is 12th overall with 32.5 tackles.

The Red Dogs are back in action versus the Lacrosse Night Train in Wisconsin on Saturday, May 10th.  They play their next home game on Saturday, May 17th, also against the Night Train.  Kick-off is set for 7:30pm for the home game, and the game at Lacrosse will kick-off at 6:30 pm MST.

A final thought:  Rest well Red Dogs, but remember, the season is only half over.

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