The first-ever meeting between two teams fighting for the top of the 2A East Conference is the fan-voted week five WyoPreps ‘Game of the Week.’

Second-ranked Torrington heads to Big Horn to face the Rams.

Torrington is 4-1 on the season and leads the 2A East Conference with a 3-0 mark. They enter off a big win over Upton-Sundance, 17-14.

Big Horn has bounced back from a 0-2 start to win their last two. The Rams are 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference. They beat Burns, 42-6, last week.

WyoPreps’ David Settle had an opportunity to chat with both head coaches ahead of this game. Big Horn head coach Kirk McLaughlin talked about their transition to Class 2A and a bumpy start. He also touched on a younger team, preparing for a good Torrington squad, and limiting their mistakes. Torrington head coach Russell Steinmetz discussed how his squad was young a season ago and how that experience is paying off now. He also talked about the Blazers’ balance, how key their defense has been, the tough opposition they’ll face from Big Horn, and some of their keys in the audio interview above.

Neither team is towards the top of Class 2A in offensive or defensive statistics. The Rams average about 45 yards more per game than Torrington. Big Horn also allows about 27 yards less per game. The Blazers give up only 12 points per game, while the Rams surrender 19 points per game. Torrington is also plus-7 in turnover margin entering the match-up.

Big Horn is led by QB Cooper Garber and linebackers Sean Walker and James Richards. This is a younger Rams team that’s had to replace several key players off of the last two Class 1A state championship teams. Returning all-state and Super 25 player Carson Bates has been out due to injury.

Torrington is led by QB Beau Bivens on offense. Keiser Wolfe is the top receiver, while Trace Floyd contributes in all phases of the game. The trio of Cody Pierce, Carson Schultz, and Cole Parriot anchor the defense.

Even though it’s a key conference game, these two schools have never met on the football field. Torrington was in Class 3A for a long, long time before dropping down to 2A this year. Big Horn has bounced between 2A and 1A throughout the years. The Rams spent the last three years in Class 1A-11 man before opting to stay with 11-man football and moving back to Class 2A.

Big Horn Field plays host to this key 2A East showdown. The game starts at 6 p.m.

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