WATCH: Friday Night Frenzy (Playoff Quarterfinals, 2023)
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The first week of the high school football playoffs wrapped up on Friday, with 20 games in total going down around the state.
This week’s Game of the Week was a repeat, as Central traveled up to Casper to take on Natrona in the first round of the playoffs. Last time these two teams met, Natrona just won by a single point in a 14-13 effort, and just like that game this one was all about defense. This one had a similar start, except instead of a fumble, Gus Bertagnole made an interception and got the Mustangs within the red zone. After driving all the way down to the goal line, Beau Russell took the direct snap to punch it in for the first score of the contest. The first half only saw one more score, and that came off the boot of Brock Pedersen who drilled a 50-yard field goal. In the end, Natrona managed to keep their undefeated home streak in tact after they took down Central 14-3.
Some 6-Man action took place up in Kaycee, where the Buckaroos and Dubois met for the first time all season. Leading rusher in the 6-Man conference Wyatt Trembley got the scoring started with a long rush and got the Rams going early. On their next possession, Trembley brought the Rams all the down to the goal line, to set up Jonah Oard who got the Rams up 13-0. Kaycee wouldn’t let Dubois score on their home turf without a few scores of their own. Tyler Cleveland made the most of the field as he turned up a broken-down pass play to pull the game within one possession. The Buckaroos forced a punt and got their first lead of the day when Vaun Pierson took it up the gut for the touchdown. You couldn’t sleep on Dubois offense however, as Trembley once again found the end zone. There wasn’t much time left in the first half, but the Rams didn’t mind that as they recovered a short kick in time for one more deep play. It was all worth it when Siler Hess threw up a prayer to the end zone and Oard was on the receiving end of the ball. Dubois held the lead and never looked back as they took down Kaycee 59-32.
East was in a rematch with Rock Springs after the T-Birds dominated 68-7 earlier in the season. The Tigers were intent on making sure that didn’t happen again; they chewed up nine and a half minutes off the clock on the first drive of the game, and Michael Faigl capped it off with a goal line sneak to take the lead. Rock Springs kept the momentum for the majority of the first half, as East turned the ball over in consecutive drives due to fumbled snaps. However once the home team broke the ice, it was full speed ahead the rest of the way. Cam Hayes tied the game up at seven with a keeper, and called his own number again to cap off the following drive and take a 14-7 lead going into half. Out of the break it was the patented explosive T-Birds offense; Drew Jackson scored three touchdowns to contribute to a 42-0 run, and East bounced back from the early struggles to take a 42-14 victory.
There was plenty of action to go around out east as well. In 9-Man, Southeast hosted Riverside in a 2 vs. 3 matchup. Despite Riverside scoring from 66 yards out on their first play of the game, Southeast handled business 50-20. The first half was tight with a first quarter score of 14-14 and a halftime score of 22-14, Southeast. Ayden Desmond and Matthew Chapman had big nights for the Cyclones, and Southeast will play Wind River in the semifinals. Just north, Torrington had a come from behind win in their round one game against Cokeville. The Trailblazers trailed 14-7 in the second quarter. But, thanks to two QB sneaks form Bryce Hager, that was all Torrington needed. The Trailblazers scored fourteen unanswered points to move on. Next up for them, Mountain View in the semis.
Final: (1S) Little Snake River 74 (4N) Hulett 20
Final: (3S) Dubois 59 (2N) Kaycee 32
Final: (2S) Encampment 60 (3N) Meeteetse 20
Final: (1N) Burlington 64 (4S) Farson-Eden 20
Final: (1W) Wind River 68 (4E) Lusk 6
Final: (2E) Southeast 50 (3W) Riverside 20
Final: (2W) Big Piney 28 (3E) Pine Bluffs 14
Final: (1E) Lingle-Ft. Laramie 21 (4W) Rocky Mountain 14
Final: (1W) Mountain View 41 (4E) Wheatland 6
Final: (2E) Torrington 21 (3W) Cokeville 14
Final: (2W) Lyman 14 (3E) Tongue River 13
Final: (1E) Big Horn 49 (4W) Lovell 28
Final: (1W) Star Valley 62 (4E) Worland 0
Final: (2E) Buffalo 35 (3W) Powell 21
Final: (1W) Cody 42 (3E) Douglas 14
Final: (4W) Evanston 28 (1E) Riverton 7
Final: (1) Sheridan 59 (8) Kelly Walsh 0
Final: (5) Thunder Basin 40 (4) Campbell County 12
Final: (3) Natrona County 14 (6) Cheyenne Central 3
Final: (2) Cheyenne East 42 (7) Rock Springs 14
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