No. 5-ranked Cheyenne Central (1-1) wins if: The Indians must run well. They don’t have a solid every-down back, so they’ve started using a tight formation that relies on misdirection. Central is averaging north of 200 yards per game, which is pretty good. It’s backs must have a solid average in order for Central to have a chance against a stingy Mustangs’ defense. Throwing the ball well also wouldn’t hurt because it will keep Natrona from loading the line of scrimmage to stop the run.
No. 4-ranked Sheridan (1-1) wins if: The Broncs get their rushing offense going. Sheridan was held minus-21 yards on the ground in last week’s loss to Casper Natrona County. The Broncs longest run was five yards on its first play from scrimmage. They had nearly 300 rushing yards in their Aug. 24 come-from-behind win over Cheyenne Central. The running game is important and Sheridan must establish it early.
Here are my thoughts on Friday’s Cheyenne South at Cheyenne Central football game.
Here are my thoughts on Friday night’s Cheyenne East at Laramie football game.
BURNS — There’s no denying it. The coaches and players don’t skirt the topic.
Instead, members of the Burns football program are looking for ways to overcome the issue that’s lingering over the team headed into today’s season opener — depth.
“We’re going to have to be in shape, that’s for sure. There ain’t no subs,” senior Cole Bostron says with a laugh. Continue reading
PINE BLUFFS – The 2011 season was a learning experience for Pine Bluffs football standoutTaylor Fornstrom.
Before he took the field as the Hornets’ starting quarterback, Fornstrom hadn’t spent much time under center. Previously he had played tight end for his high school team.
What did he learn in that season?
“Never overlook anything – no matter if it’s a team or something in practice. You can’t overlook anything. Everything is important. There’s nothing that takes priority, even the small things matter,” Fornstrom says.
CHEYENNE — The Cheyenne Central football team underwent a lot of changes in the offseason. The team got a new quarterback and almost entirely new offensive line.
On Friday night, it appeared the unit had been playing together a lot longer than one game.
The Indians rolled up 302 yards of offense and would have had more if not for a few miscues. Central lost a heartbreaker late to defending state champion Sheridan, 33-28.
“Our offense was kind of just a question mark,” Central receiver David Riedl said. “We have a new quarterback (in Landon Lybeck), pretty much the whole offensive line is brand new but we’ve got faith in our guys, especially our quarterback, and we performed just like we thought we would.” Continue reading
CHEYENNE – When the 2011 high school football season ended, the Cheyenne South offensive line was playing some of its best football. The Bison hit high points in the season with 303 yards of total offense against Rock Springs – 144 rushing and 159 passing.
The team was hoping to carry that momentum into the offseason and then into fall two-a-days.
Hope did not completely match with reality.
“We’re having to rebuild a little bit because the first week of practice we had some injuries, concussions, but we’re having a lot of people step up,” senior offensive lineman James Marshall said. “I think we’ve taken a right step in the right direction. That’s what it feels like to me.” Continue reading
Editor’s note: The following is a look inside a preparations for a recent Cheyenne Warriors indoor football game at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. It was written before last week’s announcement that the Warriors’ season would be cut short.
Wyoming Tribune Eagle photographer Dominic Beintende has a photo essay of the Warriors online at: http://blogs.wyomingnews.com/blogs/shutterspeed/2012/06/16/cheyenne-warriors-come-inside-and-play/
WyoSports writer Alex Riley wraps up the end of the Warriors season online at: http://wyomingnews.com/articles/2012/06/17/sports/19sports_06-17-12.txt
8 a.m.: No one beats Alice Colerick to the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.
Most of the players who will suit up for the Cheyenne Warriors indoor football team are probably still asleep by the time she gets to work.
Colerick arrives bright and early to open the doors to the arena. She’s worked at the Ice and Events Center for four years, and on game day Saturdays, she comes in wearing a Warriors T-shirt, ready to sell tickets.
Arin Thompson and Tony Speer, also employees of the Ice and Events Center, aren’t far behind. They sit with Colerick and talk, waiting for people to come in and buy tickets for tonight’s game.
Along with ticket sales for the game, there are birthday parties to be set up, food in the concession stand to be cooked, putt-putt tickets and golf clubs to be doled out, and even laser tag games to be conducted.
The first Warriors fan walks in and buys a ticket just after 9:45 a.m. Colerick notes he was the first, but he won’t be the last. She’ll get off at 3 p.m. and turn it over to the second shift. That’s when things will really get hectic. Continue reading
CASPER — Chad Goff wanted the South team to enjoy its Shrine Bowl experience, so he tried to keep things as loose and carefree as possible outside practice.
On the field, the South was all business and had had quality practices.
Still, there was a part of Goff that wondered if it was the right approach.
His team removed all doubt by halftime. The South held a 42-6 edge at the intermission and went on to win 56-33 in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score.
The North was able to make the game somewhat interesting thanks to the mercy rule that allows a team trailing by 15 points or more to receive the kickoff after it scores.
“These guys did everything we asked them to when we got them between these white lines,” said Goff, who is Cheyenne East’s head coach. “You don’t want to come up here and be in their faces the whole time. They did what we asked them to do all week.
“Other than that, they’re kids and they had a great time getting to know each other and building some good camaraderie.” Continue reading