Cheyenne East senior quarterback Trevon Hinker has thrown and run for plenty of touchdowns during his three seasons as the Thunderbirds starter. But he hasn’t caught one.
He had a chance to change that in Friday’s 21-13 win over Evanston.
East sent a direct snap to senior tailback Jeremy Woods in the “wildcat” formation and put Hinker out wide. Woods — who is Class 4A’s second-leading rusher — ran to his right before pulling up and throwing a pass towards a wide-open Hinker.
Had the throw been on target, Hinker would have waltzed into the end zone for a score. Instead, he had to reverse course and drop to his knees to catch the ball. He ended up with a 22-yard reception instead of a 26-yard touchdown.
“I’ve been letting (Woods) have it all week,” Hinker said. “I could have scored on that play. It would have been sweet to score on that play.”
Woods doesn’t need Hinker to remind him, though. He’s been beating himself up enough.
“I wanted to make the throw, but I guess I was too nervous,” Woods said. “I threw the ball a couple of times against Rock Springs, but we didn’t catch any of them. Rock Springs didn’t bite on the play nearly as hard as Evanston did.
“I wish I had thrown the ball a just little bit deeper.”