Cokeville Repeats as 1A Champs
The Cokeville Panthers downed Southeast 28 to 13 to win their 2nd straight title and 20th in school history Saturday in Laramie.
For the most part, both teams kept the ball on the ground and attempted very few passes. Cokeville's Jace Petersen (138 rushing yards) and Bron Teichert (109 yards) were the only players to go over 100 yards individually.
Southeast would strike first as they went 72 yards in 10 plays on their first possession. Skyler Easton punched the ball in from 4 yards, to make it 7-0.
The defending champs needed a little more than 1 1/2 minutes to answer. Bronson Teichert took off 42 yards and found pay-dirt to tie up the score.
Cokeville then drove to the SE 4 before turning the ball over on downs, however that didn't leave the Cyclones much room to maneuver, and they had to punt.
The Panthers would start their next drive at the SE 43 and would cash in early in the 2nd quarter as Jace Petersen got in from 1 yard away, to make the score 14-7.
The Cyclone defense did come up with 1 interception, but could not take advantage of it, and the score remained 14-7 going into halftime.
SE would get the ball first to start the 3rd quarter, and drive 80 yards in 12 plays. Zac Zimmerer hooked up with Zach Eisenbarth on 1 5 yard pass play, but the PAT was no good, so Cokeville was still up 14-13.
From there the game boiled down to turnovers and time of possession and Cokeville took advantage of both. The Panthers recovered a fumble in the 3rd quarter, and got an interception in the 4th quarter. They eventually were able to score on both of SE's miscues.
In the 4th quarter, Cokeville had possession of the ball for 9 of the 12 minutes, which didn't give the previously undefeated Cyclones, many opportunities to do much of anything.