WRIGHT - For the first time since 2002, Wheatland has a 3-0 start to the football season, besting the Wright Panthers on the road 29-6.
The Bulldogs started the game off right with first-quarter lead. Running back Dylan Maike had his first touchdown of the day with about seven minutes left in the first quarter, punching in a 1-yard run with a successful two-point conversion rushing follow-up from quarterback Critter Ruwart.
Ruwart connected with wide receiver Austin Huffer for a 12-yard touchdown in the second and Chris Caves tacked on the extra point, making their lead 15-0 with 11 minutes left in the quarter. Maike struck again two gameplay minutes later, rushing nine yards for another touchdown, making 23 unanswered points. Wright scored their only touchdown four minutes before the half was over.
Ruwart and Huffer would connect one more time in the third quarter, sealing the Bulldogs' victory with a 15-yard passing touchdown. Ruwart ran the ball in again for a successful two-point conversion.
Wheatland had 130 rushing yards and 170 through the air against Wright. This accounts for 14 first downs.
Running back Kirby Cagle rushed for 69 yards on 15 attempts, followed by Ruwart with eight for 39 yards and Maike with six for 29 yards. Ruwart completed 11 of his 14 passes.
Huffer was the lead receiver this week with 94 yards off of five catches, Caleb Childress had two for 36 yards and Braden Douglas was close behind with two for 35 yards.
Wheatland comes back home this Friday to butt heads with the Glenrock Herders. Glenrock, Burns and Wheatland are all tied for first in the 2A East, each with two conference and three overall wins.
The Herders took down Torrington (32-26) and conference foes Moorcroft (40-0) and Tongue River (51-13). Wheatland is the first of the top five 2A East teams the Herders face this year. Last year when the teams faced off, Glenrock handily won 43-13 during week 4.
The game starts at 7 p.m. at Wheatland High School.