PhotoFest: Torrington Edges Big Horn for 2A Football Title
Torrington got off to a slow start this season with a pair of losses to Nebraska schools but this group finished fast as they held off defending champion Big Horn 28-26 to win the 2A football state championship in Laramie on Friday.
The teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter as Kaiden Riggs got into the end zone from 3 yards out to give the Blazers a 7-0 lead. Big Horn answered back with a 79-yard TD connection from Avon Barney to Caleb Gibson but the extra point was missed and it was 7-6.
Torrington found some traction in the 2nd quarter as Bryce Hager scooted into the end zone from 7 yards out to make it 14-6. Big Horn answered again as Barney scored on a 4-yard run to cut the gap to 14-12. Near the end of the 2nd quarter, Kaiden Riggs caught an 11-yard TD pass so at the intermission, Torrington led 21-12.
After a scoreless 3rd quarter, Big Horn got right back into the game on a 4-yard run for a touchdown so the Rams were down 2 at 21-19. With under 4 minutes to go in the game, Riggs extended Torrington's lead to 28-19 with a 4-yard run for a score. Big Horn came right back a minute later on another Cruz touchdown to make it 28-26 and that was as close as the Rams would come.
Torrington won their first state title since 1990 and finished the year 9-3. It was another solid year of football for Big Horn and the Rams concluded the season 9-2. We have a video to share from that title game in Laramie on Friday and some fantastic photos of the game from Libby Ngo. They can be located in our gallery below. Enjoy!
Torrington-Big Horn 2A Football Championship
Gallery Credit: Libby Ngo