Semifinals Preview: #4 Natrona County
The Natrona County Mustangs will take on the top-seeded Sheridan Broncs with a chance to make their first state championship game since 2018.
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Natrona County Mustangs are coming off a thrilling overtime victory in the quarterfinals versus Thunder Basin, and they’ll try to keep their season alive on Friday. The Mustangs will hit the road to try and knock off Sheridan, the top seed.
When the two teams met earlier this fall, the Broncs were able to shut out the Mustangs in a 27-0 effort. NC Quarterback Tyler Hill said he’s looking forward to the opportunity of playing Sheridan again.
“We played our worst football against them last time,” said Hill at practice on Tuesday.
Hill led his team down the field last Friday against Thunder Basin for the game-tying touchdown to send the game into overtime. He said that he needs to be a better leader on Friday this time around against Sheridan, though.
“I feel like I let my team down a little bit, so ya know, just trying to encourage all of these guys and for them to continue to focus up.”
Since 2009, Sheridan and Natrona County have met six times in the state playoffs, and the Mustangs have gone 2-4 in those games. They beat the Broncs in the 2010 State Championship Game 34-14.
“I think in this last four teams, I think, ya know, anything can happen,” said NC Head Coach Steve Harshman. “We’ve got a nice team with some really resilient guys that are really tough and really care about each other a lot and there’s a lot of great stories on this team, and I just really believe in them.”
When asked whether he tells his team that a state championship berth is on the line Friday, Harshman emphatically said no.
“We’re focused on the semifinal championship. That’s really it. One game in one day. One play, one game at a time.”
Friday’s semifinal game will kick off at 6 p.m. in Sheridan.
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