High School Football Season Preview: Burns

Published: Aug. 24, 2023 at 11:13 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Broncs showed a ton of improvement last season, picking up more wins in 2022 than they had in the two prior seasons combined.

Several of the leaders from that squad have since graduated, but this year’s team still feels the impact of the players who helped rebuild their culture.

”The older guys, they like set a good path for us to follow and all that stuff. So we’re just trying our best to continue the foundation they set down for us, and just continue winning like we did last year,” junior Mason Medley said.

“Our seniors last year did a great job of being leaders. So these kids kind of know the expectations we have in the program, and they were starting behind those guys. They were backups to them, and I think they learned a lot from them. So when we came in [this year], I was very surprised that a lot of the kids kind of knew what we were doing already. Kind of knew our game plan, and that helped us out a lot,” head coach Travis Romsa said.

In Romsa’s first season at the helm, Burns made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2019. Their postseason run ended at the hands of Lyman in a competitive contest, but the season as a whole helped turn the tide for the program after a couple down years.

While the leadership aspect of the 2022 graduating class is still prevalent, their production on the field will have to be replaced. Among those who left are All-State selections Jared Allen, Cooper Lakin, and Cody Hape, leaving the returners ample playing time opportunities. Finding guys willing to step up won’t be an issue; the players are hungry for more improvement in 2023, and they’ve become a tight-knit group that lives for training.

”I mean I know I talk to most of these kids every single day during the summer. We go to weights together, we’ve gone to camps. You try to get in here as much as you can and just build together through the offseason,” senior Tagr Holmes said.

Their season starts on the road at Rawlins, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. on Friday.