WATCH: Friday Night Frenzy (Week 5, 2023)
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Week 5 of the high school football season featured a number of big-time games around the state.
In this week’s Game of the Week, East hosted Sheridan in the 4A number one versus number two matchup. The T-Birds got on the board first, but Sheridan took advantage of the home team’s several mistakes to grab a 23-21 halftime lead. Disaster struck for East out of the break, as the Broncs’ Dane Steel returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown. Despite a strong comeback effort from the T-Birds, Sheridan never looked back thanks to Steel’s career game. The senior totaled five touchdowns on the evening to lead the way for the defending champs. Renton Jenson scored twice for East, but it wasn’t enough as they fell by a score of 44-37.
In a Cheyenne crosstown showdown, The Central High School Indians took care of business against South High school 51-0. Mason Counter opened up the game with two touchdowns on the ground and Miles Porwoll buried this one early with a kick off return for a touchdown. The Bison’s Trey Downham made an athletic interception climbing the latter with a leaping catch. South is still searching for their first win on the season while Central is looking to start a proper winning streak after a tough start to the season.
Just down I-80, Burns hosted Glenrock in a battle of winless teams. The first quarter was a defensive battle, as both teams forced turnovers. The Herders finally broke through with a second quarter touchdown, and extended their lead to 14 points at the half. Once the third quarter started, the switch flipped for the Broncs. They rattled off 14 unanswered of their own in the second half, ultimately forcing an overtime period. Mason Medley ended up the hero for the home team; he punched it in for the score and the 20-14 comeback victory for Burns.
Action in Torrington tonight saw the Trailblazers pull off an upset. Torrington beats Tongue River, the #2 team in 2A, 21-7. Bryce Hager took the ball in himself early in the first quarter and the Trailblazer’s offense never looked back. The defense showed out too, not only holding the Eagles to 7, but, Mac Hibben recorded one of the more athletic interceptions you will see in high school ball. Hibben tracked a ball through a tip drill and dove to the ground catching the ball just inches before it fell incomplete.
#5 Douglas had an opportunity to shake up the 3A rankings, as they took on #4 Buffalo during their homecoming. The Bearcats definitely felt the energy, Devlyn Cowan knocked the ball out and Tegen Seeds got the ball for Douglas. The Bearcats were within striking distance, but the Bison defense would hold and only allow the Bearcats a field goal. That would be their only lead for the game, as Buffalo began to take over. After a huge 3rd down conversion, Eli Patterson would take this one himself and put the Bison up. Buffalo never looked back as they spoil the Bearcats homecoming 13-3.
The Laramie Plainsmen were looking for their first win on the season taking on the Kelly Walsh Trojans. The Plainsmen scored the first points of the game however, the Trojans scored the first touchdown after Kacen Paden somehow found his way underneath the ball putting the Trojans up 6 – 3. On the last play of the first half, the Trojans intercepted a deep throw from Fisher Frude, securing the Trojans a 6 – 3 halftime lead. The very first play of the second half, Landon Walker breaks not one, but two tackles and runs it all the way for an 85 yard touchdown. And the Trojans never looked back, as they beat the Plainsmen 20 – 3. This victory is the second for the Trojans, and they will travel to face off against the Sheridan Broncs next Friday.
Thursday, Sept. 28
Final: #2 Wind River 66 Wyoming Indian 8 (conference game)
St. Stephens at #3 Big Piney – canceled; forfeit win for the Punchers. (conference game)
Final: #4 Dubois 88 Meeteetse 41
Friday, Sept. 29
Final: #2 Sheridan 44 #1 Cheyenne East 37
Final: #3 Natrona 35 Rock Springs 10
Final: Cheyenne Central 51 Cheyenne South 0
Final: Kelly Walsh 20 Laramie 3
Final: #4 Campbell County 49 #5 Thunder Basin 17
Final: #2 Star Valley 24 #3 Powell 21 (conference game)
Final: #1 Cody 62 Green River 7 (conference game)
Final: Evanston 47 Jackson 14 (conference game)
Final: Riverton 50 Lander 21 (conference game)
Final: #4 Buffalo 13 #5 Douglas 3 (conference game)
Final: Worland 10 Rawlins 7 (conference game)
Final: #1 Mountain View 17 #5 Cokeville 6 (conference game)
Final: Thermopolis 20 Pinedale 0 (conference game)
Final: Torrington 21 #2 Tongue River 7 (conference game)
Final: #3 Big Horn 35 Wheatland 14 (conference game)
Final: Lyman 38 Kemmerer 7 (conference game)
Final: Upton-Sundance 28 Newcastle 17 (conference game)
Final: Burns 20 Glenrock 14 (conference game) - OT
Final: #4 Lingle-Ft. Laramie 35 Moorcroft 26 (conference game)
Final: Saratoga 6 Wright 0 (conference game)
Final: #1 Pine Bluffs 21 Lusk 14 (conference game)
Final: #5 Southeast 40 Guernsey-Sunrise 12 (conference game)
Final: Rocky Mountain 18 Greybull 7 (conference game)
Final: Riverside 36 Shoshoni 19 (conference game)
Final: #2 Encampment 61 #5 Kaycee 27
Final: H.E.M. 79 Midwest 26
Final: #4 Lovell 24 Rich County, UT 14
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