Kelly Walsh preparing for its ‘new season’ on Friday

The Kelly Walsh Trojans find themselves in a similar position to 2020 when they upset Cheyenne Central in the first round of the 4A State playoffs. They’ll look for the same kind of magic at Rock Springs on Friday.
Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 11:49 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The high school football playoffs begin on Friday, and Natrona County and Kelly Walsh will both participate in the 4A playoff field. Kelly Walsh finished the regular season 3-6 overall and is the seven seed heading into the playoffs.

The Trojans will have to play two road games if they want to make it to Laramie for the state championship game.

They’ll head to Rock Springs on Friday, who beat them 52-0 earlier this season on the west side of the state.

Senior Middle Linebacker Sam Neville said he’s excited heading into Friday’s matchup. “It’s a new season,” said Neville. “Your record doesn’t matter now, and we get to go show off what we could have done in the regular season.”

Neville said there is a certain mindset for him heading to Rock Springs.

“This is the last time a lot of the seniors are gonna see the field if we don’t win, so we’re gonna leave it out there and play for each other and just have some fun.”

“It’s a good measure of your commitment level and how much you care because nothing is guaranteed now,” said Kelly Walsh Head Football Coach Aaron Makelky. “If you’re saving it for something, there’s nothing left to save it for.”

Makelky echoed the sentiment that it is a new season. “Even if we were the one seed and played great, it doesn’t matter now. And if you’re the seven seed and have underperformed, it still doesn’t matter now because it’s a new season, and your record and your past doesn’t help or hurt. It’s what you do this Friday.”

Friday’s game will kick off at 6 p.m. in Rock Springs.

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