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Shutting down Graedyn Buell vital to Bolts' state title chances

Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 12:30 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 12, 2020 at 12:32 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On Saturday, East and Thunder Basin will face off for the 4A crown.

The Bolts are the lone team to defeat the T-Birds this season in a Week One win

East is in search of its first state title since 2013.

Thunder Basin is trying to bring home its first football championship in its short history.

When talking to those at Thunder Basin one thing is clear. They believe they will have to shut down East Quarterback Graedyn Buell to achieve victory.

“You know, for us, we just have to good job of our front seven containing him in the pocket," Thunder Basin Head Coach Trent Pikula said. "And if we can do that with our front four, let our backers drop into coverage, that’s really going to help us out as well.”

Some on the team have gone as far too say that Buell is the defense’s main worry heading into Saturday’s contest.

“At least for me as my job, I really gotta try to key in on him and make sure he’s not making explosive plays because he’s the type of guy that if you give him space, you give him any room, he’s going to break off for 30 yards, 40 yards on you,” Senior Michael Coleman said.

The Bolts lead the all-time series 4-1.

Saturday will be the second time these two meet in the playoffs.

Thunder Basin defeated East in the State Semifinals 27-21 last season.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Okie Blanchard Stadium.

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