WATCH: Friday Night Frenzy (State Semifinals)
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Two local teams won their semifinal matchups on Friday to punch their ticket to the state championships next weekend.
East hosted Natrona County and jumped out to an early lead in the contest thanks to a couple turnovers from the Mustangs. The Thunderbirds went into halftime up 35-14, but Natrona stormed back in the second half to get the deficit down to six following a 79 yard kick return touchdown. After that play East responded with 13 unanswered points to win 55-36. Drew Jackson led the way offensively for the Thunderbirds with 251 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns.
A little bit further east in the state, the Pine Bluffs Hornets had two goals entering their semifinals clash against Rocky Mountain; protect their undefeated record, and get revenge on the Grizzlies. Last year, Rocky Mountain toppled Pine Bluffs to move on to the Championship. One year later, and it was Pine Bluffs celebrating an upcoming trip to Laramie. The Hornets held on late to win 35-32, meaning they’re one game away for a perfect season.
Final: (1) #1 Sheridan 63 (4) #4 Cheyenne Central 42
Final: (2) #2 Cheyenne East 55 (3) #3 Natrona County 36
Final: (W1) #1 Cody 42 (E2) #4 Buffalo 7
Final: (W2) #2 Star Valley 48 (E1) #3 Douglas 27
Final: (E1) #2 Big Horn 7 (W2) #3 Lyman 0
Final: (E1) #1 Pine Bluffs 35 (W2) #3 Rocky Mountain 32
Final: (S1) #1 Little Snake River 71 (S3) #4 Encampment 8
Final: (N1) #3 Burlington 77 (S2) #2 Dubois 28
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