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Cheyenne East Football “excited” for Capital City Bowl

Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 12:28 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2021 at 12:30 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -While it may not have the same hype level as last year’s match-up when both teams were ranked in the top-five, the Capital City Bowl between Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne East is still one of the most storied high school football rivalry games in Wyoming.

The 2021 installment is this week’s Friday Night Frenzy Game of the Week.

The Central-East rivalry dates back to 1960 and the Indians lead the all-time series 43-28. However, East has dominated the rivalry of late and won nine of the last ten meetings (including playoffs). Last year, #3 East defeated #1 Central 41-18 in Week 6 of the 2020 regular season.

Though it may not be a match-up of ranked opponents this year with East (5-1) ranked No. 3 and Central (1-5) unranked, the T-Birds are still excited to play against so many kids that they grew up knowing.

“Most [of] the kids I know, they’re safeties and corners,” said East Junior Jakob Culver. “So I’ll lineup and we’ll just kind of look at each other and it does get weird but I just gotta just think of him as just another player and I just have to do my job, be 1-0 against him and just focus on that play and not anything else.”

One cool storyline in this game is the journey of East Sophomore Drew Jackson. Drew’s father played for East, but Drew grew up in the Central program and he said he knows about 90 percent of the players on the Indians roster.

“My dad went to East, he played in the East-Central game as well,” said Jackson. “So I’ve been excited for this my whole life and it would mean a lot to win this first time, first Central game get a taste of what it’s like.”

The 2021 Capital City Bowl kicks off from Okie-Blanchard Stadium on Friday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.

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