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Cheyenne East football avenges their one loss this season to Thunder Basin by beating the Bolts for the state championship, 29-15

T-Birds end their season on an 11-game win streak
Published: Nov. 14, 2020 at 8:36 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cheyenne East avenged their week 0 loss to Thunder Basin by beating the Bolts, 29-15, to win the 4A high school state football championship. This is the T-birds first state championship win, since 2013, when they beat Natrona County, 14-13.

East QB, Graedyn Buell, celebrates on the way to the endzone to cap off his 64-yard run to ice...
East QB, Graedyn Buell, celebrates on the way to the endzone to cap off his 64-yard run to ice the game against Thunder Basin for the 4A state championship, which East won, 29-15.(KGWN)

To kickoff the high school football season in Wyoming, East went on the road to face Thunder Basin, a rematch of the 2019 semifinals, which the Bolts got the better of the T-birds, 27-21, to make their first ever appearance to the state championship which they would lose to Sheridan, 35-26. The week 0 matchup in 2020 came down to the wire, but Thunder Basin got the better of East once again, beating the T-Birds, 34-28. Heading into the state championship with a shot at redemption, the T-birds didn’t forget about their history with the Bolts.

“This is the only high school team in the state we haven’t beat really,” Cheyenne East senior quarterback, Graedyn Buell said. “We knew we had a chance to change that.”

The state championship was a back and fourth affair. With strong winds in Cheyenne, Wyoming, both teams were run heavy. A Strong ground game came from both East and Thunder Basin, with Buell rushing for over 100 yards, and four rushing touchdowns for the T-birds, and senior Bolts running back, Jaxon Pikula, adding a pair of touchdowns for the Bolts.

“Graedyn carried us on our backs, and I did what I needed to do, we got the win,” T-birds WR/DB, Jackson Hesford said." He [Graedyn Buell] did everything he could and I’m so proud of him. He’s the MVP of this game."

Both Buell and Pikula scored the only touchdowns in the game, which resulted in the T-birds taking home the gold, winning 29-15.

East WR, Jake Rayl (right), celebrates with East QB, Graedyn Buell (left), after Buell's...
East WR, Jake Rayl (right), celebrates with East QB, Graedyn Buell (left), after Buell's 64-yard touchdown run against Thunder Basin in the 4A state championship game.(KGWN)

“It’s amazing!” Cheyenne East head coach, Chad Goff said. “These kids never gave up, they had a lot to push through this point and they did a great job, they stuck together.”

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