Capital City Bowl to Kickoff Friday (Hopefully)

Air quality concerns from Mullen Fire puts date of 71st meeting between Central and East in question
Published: Oct. 9, 2020 at 1:42 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2020 at 1:48 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Ever since East defeated Sheridan 16-14 two weeks ago, it became clear that the 2020 Capital City Bowl would be more ordinary rivalry game.

At stake is a number one seed. If Central (6-0) wins the game they will retain the top-spot in the state. If East (5-1) wins, they could slide into that spot themselves with the tiebreaker over the Indians.

That alone is enough to bring the energy into this game, but when you also factor in that the schools are less than five miles a part and that the players know each other so well, this game means so much more.

“I mean, its really competitive and it makes it fun, you’re competing against these kids that you’ve played with,” Central Senior Andrew Johnson said. “A lot of the players on that team I’ve played baseball with and when I was here at the junior high when we played here actually one of the kids was our quarterback.”

Central leads the all-time Capital City Bowl series 43-27. It is a rivalry that dates back to 1960.

“When you’re a high school kid I’m not sure the stakes are any higher than an inner-city rival game and kind of bragging rights. It just so happens that this year [there are] two competitive teams so [I’m] looking forward to the matchup,” Central Head Coach Mike Apodaca said.

That coupled with a number one ranking available with the season winding down, makes this game a must-see showdown.

“The kids now what’s on the line, it’s more than just a rival game it’s a big time game for the end of the season and what happens at that point so there’s a lot to it, there’s a lot of emotion to it, but when it boils down to it, it’s another football game and the kids gotta line up and play.”

As of now, kickoff is scheduled for 6p.m. at Riske Field.

There are concerns about the air quality from the Mullen Fire, WyoPreps reported that Central AD Chad Whitworth said a decision is supposed to made about the game by 2p.m.

WyoPreps also reported that a decision about the South-Rock Springs game is supposed to be made by 10 a.m.

If the Indians and T-Birds kickoff, it will be Wyoming News Now’s Friday Night Frenzy Game of the Week.

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