Graedyn Buell puts stamp on high school football career

Graedyn Buell racked up plenty of records and accolades playing quarterback at Cheyenne East High School during his time, and he broke another one in a showcase exhibition over the weekend to bring his high school career to a close.
Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 4:34 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Shrine Bowl pits the best graduated seniors from around the state against one another in a final chance to represent their high schools. Cheyenne East’s Graedyn Buell had already accomplished plenty during his time as Thunderbird.

Buell won Gatorade Wyoming Football Player of the Year and a 4A state championship this year alone. He added a few more memories and trophies to the collection with his performance at Dick Cheney Alumni Field on Saturday.

The South Team had not the Wyoming Shrine Bowl since 2012, but that all changed with a thrilling 34-32 come from behind victory. The South benefitted from some lucky bounces, but it also needed a big performance from Buell to key the comeback.

South Team Head Coach Brent Walk, who coaches at Mountain View during the high school season, said he was happy Buell was on his team Saturday.

“I knew he was a helluva football player and could make plays, but I’m gonna tell you what man that young man is a great kid,” said Walk. “He’s a great leader. When things started going south a little bit for us, ya know, in the first half when we weren’t getting things rolling, he was positive with the guys. I went over to him on the bench a couple of times, I was like, ‘Graedyn, man, I got you.’ And he’s like, ‘I got you, too, coach.’ So great leader, just a competitor.”

On Saturday, Buell finished 28-42 passing for 310 yards and had a pair of touchdowns through the air to his East teammate and friend Jake Rayl. He also had an 11-yard TD scramble.

The passing yards total was a Wyoming Shrine Bowl record. The performance earned him Wyoming Shrine Bowl Offensive MVP.

After the game, Buell said he wasn’t out there to break any records or anything else like that.

“I was going for a win. When stuff like that happens, it’s awesome,” said Buell. “I’m not ever going to be mad about that or be upset about that because they’re such awesome awards, but I was going for a win and that’s what we did today.”

Congratulations to Buell on a phenomenal high school football career in the Cowboy State, and we wish him luck wherever his journey leads him next.

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