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Laramie used some big plays and survived a late surge by visiting Kelly Walsh to hold on for a 24-17 victory Friday at Deti Stadium.

The Trojans made it a one-score game with an 18-play, 70-yard scoring drive that took more than 10 minutes off the clock. Colton Atkinson capped the drive with a 29-yard field goal to cut the lead to 24-17 with 1 minute, 41 seconds to play. But Colter Nunn recovered the ensuing onside kick and the Plainsmen were able to run out the clock.

Laramie scored the first 10 points of the second half on a career-long 40-yard field goal from David Tangeman and an 18-yard touchdown run by quarterback Garrett Dodd on the first play of the fourth quarter to pull ahead 24-14.

Kelly Walsh, playing its first game under new head coach Aaron Makelky, struck first when Phoenix Buske scored on a 1-yard run with 2:38 to play in the first quarter. Buske, the transfer from Wright, had 8 carries for 39 yards on the drive but was apparently injured at some point and played sparingly after that.

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Laramie tied the game at 7-all on a 19-yard TD pass from running back Isaac Sell to Janson Adair and then pushed ahead 14-7 when Dodd connected with Adair for a 7-yard score with 1:53 left in the first half.

Kelly Walsh used a couple of big plays to tie the game just before half. Burkett took a low snap and ran for 16 yards on 4th-and-8. On the next play Trenton Walker found Caleb Cockrum for a 32-yard TD pass to make it 14-all with just 2.7 seconds remaining on the clock.

The victory was Laramie’s first in a season opener since 2009 — 35-14 over Rock Springs — and also snapped a three-game losing streak to the Trojans.

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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