WATCH: Friday Night Frenzy (Week 3, 2023)

Published: Sep. 16, 2023 at 12:11 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Oil Bowl between Natrona County and Kelly Walsh headlined Week 3 of the high school football season as Game of the Week.

The 59th Oil Bowl took place at Cheney Alumni Field, where Kelly Walsh was not only looking to upset the #4 Mustangs, but also claim their first Oil Bowl since 2016. Natrona got the ball first, and they never looked back. Will Cantrell got things going for the black and orange, as they called his number from a wildcat formation as he punched in the first score, and that wouldn’t be it from him. On the next possession, Trig Berens would find him coming out of the backfield for another Mustang score. Natrona could do no wrong, after a safety, they would get the ball back and put up one more score thanks to some great awareness by Beau Russell. Natrona went on to win their seventh consecutive Oil Bowl 37-0 against Kelly Walsh.

Riske Field featured a top five showdown, as the fifth ranked Indians hosted #3 Thunder Basin. This was the second week in a row Central faced a ranked foe; they lost a 14-13 nailbiter to Natrona in Week 2. In the early stages, both teams struggled to find offense throughout a scoreless first quarter. The Bolts broke the ice with a second quarter field goal, and then seized momentum when Alonso Aguilar found Landon Scalise for a 56 yard touchdown. The score held at 10-0 into halftime and throughout the third quarter as well, and Thunder Basin put the final nail in the coffin early in the fourth. PJ Hatzenbuhler found pay dirt on an 11 yard rushing score, and ultimately the Bolts handed Central a 20-0 defeat.

It was the tale of two streaks in Laramie Friday night with undefeated East High School visiting the winless Plainsmen. Not many teams this season can say that they forced East into a three-and-out on their first drive, but, Laramie did just that. On their following drive however, they surrendered a safety. From then on East their explosive offense scored three unanswered touchdowns. That was until Max Alexander put the Plainsmen Offense on his back. Laramie decided to go backyard with it, a flee flicker was good for a huge gain down to the 15-yard-line that was brought in by Wide Receiver Max Alexander. On the very next play another prayer was sent up and pulled down on one foot good for a touchdown by Alexander. That was about all the production The Plainsmen would come up with, East High School is proving inevitable, they win 63-13 and continue their war path.

Burns played their home opener on Friday after three straight road games to begin their season. Newcastle made the trip south, as both teams were looking for their first win in 2023. Cooper Sanchez forced an early turnover, but the Broncs couldn’t cash in on the field position. A few possessions later, the Dogies’ Dane Crabtree broke loose for a 76 yard rushing touchdown. Burns picked up some steam near the end of the first half when Mason Medley forced and recovered a fumble, but an interception in the end zone killed the potential game tying drive. Newcastle found another gear in the second half and never looked back, dropping the Broncs by a score of 28-0.

Thursday, Sept. 14


Final: #3 Tongue River 44 Upton-Sundance 0 (conference game)

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Final: Rocky Mountain 72 Wyoming Indian 8 (conference game)

Non-Varsity Opponent

Final: Cheyenne East JV 30 1A 9-Man Shoshoni 8

Friday, Sept. 15


Final: #1 Cheyenne East 63 Laramie 13

Final: #3 Thunder Basin 20 #5 Cheyenne Central 0

Final: #4 Natrona County 37 Kelly Walsh 0

Final: Campbell County 65 Cheyenne South 9

Final: #2 Sheridan 57 Rock Springs 14


Final: #1 Cody 34 #5 Buffalo 7

Final: #2 Star Valley 56 Riverton 6

Final: #3 Powell 47 #4 Douglas 7

Final: Evanston 40 Lander 6

Final: Worland 10 Green River  7


Final: #2 Mountain View 14 Thermopolis 0 (conference game)

Final: #4 Big Horn 53 Glenrock 14 (conference game)

Final: Newcastle 28 Burns 0 (conference game)

Final: Lovell 20 #1 Lyman 12 (conference game)

Final: #4 Cokeville 28 Pinedale 8 (conference game)

Final: Torrington 14 Wheatland 7 (conference game)

1A-9 Man

Final: #1 Pine Bluffs 21 Wright 20 (conference game)

Final: Lusk 39 Saratoga 20 (conference game)

Final: #4 Southeast 24 Moorcroft 12 (conference game)

Final: #3 Wind River 22 Riverside 20 (conference game)

Final: #5 Lingle-Ft. Laramie 55 Guernsey-Sunrise 0 (conference game)

1A-6 Man

Final: Kaycee 59 Ten Sleep 2 (conference game)

Out-of-State Opponent

Final: Rich County, UT 35 2A Kemmerer 0

Final: Moffat County, CO 37 3A Rawlins 3

Final: 3A Jackson 48 South Fremont, ID 7