New WyoPreps Football Rankings Feature Change in All Five Classes
The new WyoPreps.com Coaches and Media Football Poll is highlighted by three new No. 1 ranked teams in the fourth poll of the season.
Besides the top spot being different, there is at least one change in all five classifications and four new teams to the rankings.
The top three classes feature a new school listed at No. 1. Cheyenne Central, Powell, and Mountain View claim those spots.
Coming off their victory in the final 10 seconds on the road, the Indians are the new top-ranked team in Class 4A. Central received 18 of the 24 first-place votes. Thunder Basin received five, and the Bolts move up to second. Previous No. 1 Sheridan earned one first-place ballot but the Broncs fall to third. Cheyenne East and Natrona County hold at four and five. The big game this week has No. 2 Thunder Basin at top-ranked Central on Friday night.
The Panthers have steadily climbed the poll from No. 4 in the preseason rankings to now the top position in Class 3A. Powell received 12 of 21 first-place tallies. Each of the top four teams received multiple votes for No. 1 this week. Cody slides into second by three points over last week’s top team, Jackson, who falls to third. Star Valley holds onto the No. 4 position and received four first-place votes, despite a 0-3 start, though all their losses are to out-of-state opponents. The Douglas Bearcats make their debut in the rankings this season, as they find themselves fifth this week. Douglas gets a test this week, as top-ranked Powell visits on Friday night.
The Mountain View Buffalos are back on top of Class 2A. After their road win at previous No. 1 Lovell last Friday night, the defending champs earned 16 of the 21 first-place votes. Wheatland received three, and the Bulldogs climb to second. Lovell falls two spots to third. Upton-Sundance moves up one spot to fourth, while there is a tie for fifth between Lyman and Torrington. Both are new to the rankings. The Eagles received two first-place votes, while the Trailblazers picked up more third through fifth-place tallies. Thermopolis dropped out of the top five, but they are one of four other teams that garnered votes. The big game in 2A this week has No. 3 Lovell visiting co-No. 5 Lyman on Saturday.
The two Class 1A divisions, 9-man, and 6-man have small changes this week.
In 9-man, the top four are the same. Southeast holds first with 12 of the 15 first-place votes. Rocky Mountain and Lusk are still second and third, respectively. The Tigers did close the margin on the Grizzlies. Even with a 0-2 record, voters still have the Shoshoni Wranglers at No. 4. Their two losses are to the top two teams in the class. New to the rankings this week is the Moorcroft Wolves. They are just three points in the polling behind Shoshoni. Moorcroft is 2-0 for the first time since 2009, according to wyoming-football.com. The Wolves will get a visit from third-ranked Lusk on Friday.
In 6-man, the teams remain the same but in a new order. Farson-Eden is still ranked first with 11 of the 12 first-place ballots. Encampment got the other No. 1 vote. The Tigers move up one spot to second. Also climbing one position are Burlington and Kaycee. The Huskies lost to the top-ranked Pronghorns by only seven points and impressed enough voters to slide up a notch to third. Kaycee is 2-0, and the Buckaroos are now fourth. Coming off their first loss since the 2018 playoff semifinals, defending champion Little Snake River drops to No. 5 in this week’s poll. Four of the top five play each other this weekend. It’s a 1 vs. 2 showdown as Encampment heads to Farson to face the Pronghorns on Friday. Then on Saturday, third-ranked Burlington is on the road to No. 5 Little Snake River.
You can click the button below to see the voting breakdown below of the coaches and media around the state.
Disclaimer: The WyoPreps Coaches and Media Poll is done strictly for fun. It does not have any bearing on the playoffs or playoff positioning.