Wyoming High School Football Rankings: Week 7, 2015 [POLL]
Some of the coaches and media rankings have been the same old, same old, while others have seen some change during the season.
This week, only 1 defending champ from last year is ranked this year.
The 4A rankings are unchanged from last week. It's the big 4 (Gillette, Sheridan, Natrona, and East), plus one other team. This year that one other team has been Rock Springs, and even though they've proven they're better compared to past years, the 4th ranked Tigers are still trying to prove that they belong at the next level. They'll have another chance later. Meanwhile, Gillette, Sheridan and Natrona (the 1 defending champ from last year that's still ranked) are unanimous at 1, 2 and 3. The Camels will lock up the #1 seed, if they win their home finale vs. Laramie. Meanwhile, the Mustangs visit the Broncs in a game where the winner will be no worse than the #2 seed. #5 East plays a Thursday game home vs. Evanston.
There was not much change at the top of the latest 3A rankings. Star Valley survived a scare last week, and maintains the #1 spot, while Torrington, Jackson and Riverton are behind them. Despite losing last week, the voters put Green River at #5, by 1 vote ahead of Powell. There are 2 possible reasons why that is. GR had SV on the ropes, plus the Wolves already beat the Panthers. There are no matchups this week featuring ranked team vs. ranked team, but with playoff spots on the line, all the games are big. Torrington can secure the East #1 seed, with a win home vs. unranked Buffalo this Friday.
Like 4A, the 2A rankings are unchanged, but the games this weekend are almost as big as 3A. It's still Wheatland at #1, then Greybull, Glenrock, Big Horn and Lovell at 2-5. Greybull has a big road trip to Lyman, to face an Eagles team looking to improve their playoff chances and seeding. Glenrock and Big Horn also face opponents on the playoff bubble. The Herders conclude conference business at Thermopolis, while the Rams are home vs. Newcastle.
If one class hasn't been the same old same old this football season...it's 1A. Something's missing and we can't remember the last time this happened. Cokeville is unranked! The Panthers had to change opponents this weekend, when Wyoming Indian elected to forfeit, so they will visit Star Valley's JV on Thursday. Lingle-Ft. Laramie retains the #1 ranking, while Shoshoni holds at #2 and Upton-Sundance in #3. The Doggers aim to clinch the east #1 seed, but have a long trip to Dayton, to face a Tongue River squad that's new to the rankings this season at #5. It's a big game for the Eagles as well, as they will try to improve their playoff positioning. Riverside is in the rankings for the first time in a long time at #4. The Rebels visit Cowley, to play against a Rocky Mountain squad that almost has a playoff spot secured. Shoshoni might be at that game doing some heavy scout work for next week. The Wranglers take their forfeit vs. Burlington this week, and play a Thursday game home vs. a sub-varsity team from Natrona...thus Friday is an off day.
Meeteetse is king of the 6-man mountain again. The Longhorns have already wrapped up the west #1 seed, and will host a sub-varsity squad from Worland on Saturday. #2 and #3 clash in non-conference action this week, as Kaycee visits Little Snake River. The Buckaroos won the first ever meeting between these 2 teams back in 2009, but they haven't been able to beat Rattlers since then. Farson-Eden moves up one spot to #4, and Hulett is back in after stopping defending champ Guernsey-Sunrise in overtime. The Red Devils have some momentum, but they visit Midwest this week. The Oilers are still fighting for a playoff spot, and Hulett has never beaten Midwest since joining 6-man.
Disclaimer: The polls have no official say or use on post-season positioning, and are only to be used as a measuring stick on the regular season. Please don’t read too much into the rankings.