Central Football hopes to upset East, cut down on mistakes in Capital City Bowl

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 12:47 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2021 at 12:55 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cheyenne Central holds a (1-5) record heading into the 2021 Capital City Bowl against #3 Cheyenne East (5-1). The Indians’ record may feel wrong to some, as the Tribe has lost three one-score games this season. Two of those losses were three-point defeats at the hands of the Gillette schools.

Central Football Head Coach Mike Apodaca said his team needs to figure out how to beat good teams and his players said that starts with cutting down on mistakes.

“[We need to] to just clean up penalties,” said Central Junior Quarterback Keagan Bartlett. “Five-yard penalties, those penalties come directly from you not being focused and then turnovers, we fumbled the ball like three times on the one-yard line. We just can’t have that stuff. So clean that up and I think we’ll be alright.”

Central leads the all-time series against East 43-28 but the Thunderbirds have won nine of the last ten meetings.

“Offensively [we need to limit] penalties and [execute] things our way. We can’t get in the way of ourselves and defensively we just gotta stay focused,” said East Senior Offensive and Defensive Lineman Kevin Rentz. “Don’t overthink it is basically the big thing.”

This year’s Capital City Bowl takes place at Okie-Blanchard Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Tune in to the Friday Night Frenzy at 10 p.m. (after news and weather) on Wyoming News Now for East-Central and other highlights.

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