Natrona County snaps 2-game skid on homecoming
Behind an incredible performance from Senior Kaeden Wilcox, the Natrona County Mustangs moved to 4-3 on the season, and they got back on track as the playoffs creep closer.
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - When a team gets shut out on the road, you expect them to bring some energy the next time out. When it’s homecoming, you expect it to be electric, and that’s exactly the situation Natrona County found itself in on Friday night.
The Mustangs welcomed Campbell County on its homecoming, and they were coming off consecutive road losses to the top two teams at 4A, Sheridan and Rock Springs. The rain Friday night did not damper the homecoming festivities, especially for Senior Kaeden Wilcox.
He brought enough energy for everyone in case any of his teammates were still drained.
Wilcox opened the scoring for the Mustangs with a 42-yard touchdown catch and run, and then, he picked off a pass that traveled a mile in the air with an over-the-shoulder grab to give possession back to the Mustangs.
Junior Running Back Luke Spencer would eventually cash that drive in with a short touchdown run, and the Mustangs raced out to a 14-0 lead after facing the same deficit early last Friday at Sheridan.
Wilcox picked off another pass during the second quarter. This time, he tipped the ball to himself, and the ball rested in his arms.
It was time for Wilcox’s teammates to shine. Senior Billy Brenton caught a short pass over the middle to convert on fourth down, which set up a touchdown run for Junior Wyatt Powell.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Mustangs forced a fumble, and Powell and Brenton would work together again. Powell rolled out to his right and skyed a pass to Brenton that was hauled in, and Brenton slipped a tackle and tumbled into the end zone.
That gave Natrona County a 28-2 lead, and they’d carry that into the half.
In the second half, Wilcox picked off two more passes, and he added a 2-yard touchdown run to his tally. It helped cement a memorable evening and a 35-2 Natrona County victory.
The Mustangs move to 4-3 on the season, and they gained an important leg up on Campbell County for playoff seeding with the head-to-head victory.
Next up, the Mustangs will travel to Gillette to take on the city’s other school, #3 Thunder Basin.
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