Nicc Crosby Talks Lovell Bulldogs Undefeated Season
Nicc Crosby has his Lovell Bulldogs sitting at 6-0 and primed for a run to find postseason glory as state champions in the 2A class this season and he found some time to sit down this week with us for our weekly First Bank of Wyoming Sports Friday show. The first thing Coach Crosby mentioned was the feeling of coming back home to coach the same school he once attended and played high school ball for, an opportunity Coach Crosby is very grateful for especially since it doubled as an opportunity to be near family once again.
“My parents are getting older so it was good for us to get back here and for my kids to get to know their grandparents” He added “It was a difficult decision to leave the valley but we have been very fortunate how things have worked out here” talking about his time her in Star Valley and even compared the two communities calling them very similar and that they both love to rally around their high school’s athletic programs.
Crosby mentioned that the key as he sees it to his teams dominance this season has been their stout defense which kept them in and winning ball games early in the year while they waited for the offense to click and now they are clicking as well as any offense in the state. After scoring just 53 total points through their first 3 games this year and needing OT against Lyman to get 6 of those, but winning regardless because the defense allowed 7 or fewer points in all 3 games, the offense has exploded the past 3 weeks scoring 138 over the past 3 contests.
The defense has remained stout as well, allowing just 7.66 points per game through 6 games which is an insane number and didn’t allow a single opponent to net double digit points until THIS week vs Mountain View. The team will have to maneuver it’s way through a pair of road trips though to end the season before very likely getting home field advantage throughout the 2A playoffs.
The 2A west conference is also incredibly deep this season and Coach Crosby mentioned each team and stated that “It’s really difficult in the 2A west, just a lot of well coached teams and teams that bring it every single game” and he isn’t wrong, Lyman and Cokeville have been locked in for most of the year each sitting with 5 wins a piece (Lyman at 5-2 and Cokeville at 5-1) and both also having a point differential of better than or near +100 on the year which is remarkable. Lovell has had to certainly fight and claw through this tough conference but they are now battle-tested and perhaps better for it as the playoffs loom.
One thing that has helped the offense grow as the season has progressed has been the improvement of the pass protection which Coach Crosby says was a weakness of the team a season ago but wanted to give them full credit for stepping it up as this year has gone on and allowing them to throw the ball more and more consistently. Davin Crosby the sophomore QB is currently sitting at 4th in 2A in passing yardage per game despite throwing the 3rd fewest pass attempts of any QB in the state across the 2A level, which is a testament to the improvement that has taken place in that facet of the game for the Bulldogs.
Coach Crosby will be in Kemmerer with his Bulldogs squad this coming Friday and you can listen to that game as you can all the Kemmerer Rangers game on the Spur.