WATCH: Friday Night Frenzy (Week 8, 2023)

Published: Oct. 21, 2023 at 12:22 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - High school football teams around the state were playing for their postseason lives, jockeying for seeding position, or simply going out and soaking in the moment as the final week of the regular season wraps up.

Homecoming night at South High School set the scene for this week’s Game of the Week. Two teams were looking for their first win of the season between the Bison and Laramie. The Plainsmen would be the ones to break the streak, winning 19-3. Fisher Frude threw for two touchdowns on the night with Max Alexander and Porter Trabing on the receiving ends. The Bison defense really battled in the second half, keeping Laramie scoreless. But the only points put up on the board came at the foot of Keelan Anderson; his fantastic senior season was capped off by a 43-yard field goal. Props to both of these teams for coming out and playing their hardest despite having already been eliminated from the playoffs.

Out in Yoder, Pine Bluffs found themselves in their second consecutive top five matchup-- this time against the Cyclones. The Hornets struck first with a Ryan Mohren touchdown, but that was the lone bright spot of their first half. Southeast capitalized on multiple Hornets turnovers, and used two TJ Moats touchdowns (and successful two point conversion tries) to take a 16-7 lead at halftime. A second fumbled snap on a Pine Bluffs punt gave the Cyclones early momentum in the third quarter, and quarterback Ayden Desmond punched it in the end zone to extend the lead to 22-7. After an out of sorts 36 minutes for the Hornets, they turned up the heat in the fourth quarter. Mohren and Abe Serrano picked up several chunk plays, and each of them found pay dirt in the fourth to close the gap. Serrano’s score made it 22-20 with a chance to tie on a two point conversion, but the Hornets failed on the try. In what was a mostly stagnant second half for the Cyclones, Desmond emphatically shut the door late when he shook loose for a 25 yard rushing score. After another two point make, the contest ended as a 30-20 Southeast win.

Some cross viewing area took place in Casper on the last game of the regular season between Kelly Walsh and East. Like many games previously, it didn’t take long for the T-Birds to get it going early on, as Cam Hayes threw a beautiful ball to Renton Jensen to get the scoring going early on. It didn’t take long for them to cross the plane again, after a deep shot to Jensen to get them on the goal line, Drew Jackson punched it in. After forcing another punt, Hayes would go back to Ol ‘Reliable Jensen for their third score of the contest. Kelly Walsh wouldn’t go down without a fight, on a third and long Kadon Boyce got the hand off and took off for a Trojans touchdown. They didn’t stop there, they went for two and converted off of a jet sweep to Landon Walker. That would be the only time the Trojans scored, as East ended up scoring on 10 of their 11 possessions and get the win over the Trojans 69-8.

The Glenrock Herders were looking for their first win on the season as they hosted the Upton-Sundance Patriots in the final game of the regular season. The game didn’t see any points until the 2nd quarter after Patriots QB, Keaton Mills found a gap in the defense and dove into the endzone for the first touchdown of the game. The Patriots elected to go for two extra, and once again Mills found his way into the promise land putting them up 8 – 0. Upton-Sundance defense proved to be too much, as they were able to force Glenrock to a 3 and out, which ended up turning into another 6 for the Patriots after Eli Gill barreled his way into the endzone. The Upton-Sundance Patriots ultimately defeated the Glenrock Herders 28-0.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Non-Varsity Opponent

Final: Natrona Sophs. 21 1A 9-Man Shoshoni 20

Thursday, Oct. 19

3A

Final: Evanston 44 Green River 20

2A

Final: Lyman 12 #4 Cokeville 0

1A-9 Man

Final: #2 Wind River 46 Rocky Mountain 14

Non-Varsity Opponent

Shoshoni JV at Wyoming Indian – Shoshoni got a 1-0 forfeit win for the varsity game.

Friday, Oct. 20

4A

Final: #1 Sheridan 56 #4 Campbell County 14

Final: #2 Cheyenne East 69 Kelly Walsh 8

Final: #5 Thunder Basin 21 #3 Natrona County 14

Final: Cheyenne Central 35 Rock Springs 10

Final: Laramie 19 Cheyenne South 3

3A

Final: #1 Star Valley 48 Jackson 7

Final: #4 Riverton 28 Worland 7

Final: #5 Buffalo 48 Rawlins 10

Final: Douglas 42 Lander 7

Final: #3 Cody 22 #2 Powell 19

2A

Final: #1 Mountain View 42 Kemmerer 0

Final: #2 Big Horn 62 Burns 16

Final: #5 Torrington 36 Newcastle 0

Final: Tongue River 21 Wheatland 7

Final: Upton-Sundance 28 Glenrock 0

Final: #3 Lovell 40 Thermopolis 13

1A-9 Man

Final: #5 Southeast 30 #3 Pine Bluffs 20

Final: #1 Lingle-Ft. Laramie 21 Saratoga 20

Final: #4 Big Piney 35 Riverside 0

Final: Moorcroft 31 Guernsey-Sunrise 6

Final: Wright 39 Lusk 0

Final: Greybull 1 St. Stephens 0 – canceledforfeit win for the Buffs.

1A-6 Man

Final: Casper Christian 76 Hulett 56

Out-of-State Opponent

Final: Rich County, UT 20 2A Pinedale 7