The 2020 high school football season is one the Rawlins Outlaws would rather forget. This team’s turning a new chapter.

The Outlaws went winless last fall and were out-scored 329-to-68 in nine games. They lost to a pair of Class 2A opponents, including state champion Lyman, plus a 4A JV team, Star Valley, and all five 3A East Conference foes.

Seniors Jase Smith and Eli Kern talked to WyoPreps about the start of practice, the change they’re seeing in preparing for the new season, and more.

Smith was second on the Rawlins squad with 92 defensive points last year. He finished with 55 tackles, which included one tackle for loss and one sack, plus one fumble recovery. Smith had limited time on offense but figures to have a more prominent role in 2021.

Kern caught 27 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown last season. He added 14 tackles, three pass breakups, and 28 total defensive points in 2020.

Clayton McSpadden enters his fourth season as head coach. He talked about moving on from last year and trying to re-energize the culture with Outlaw football. McSpadden also discussed bringing in former Campbell County head coach Vic Wilkerson as an offensive assistant coach, and how the coaching staff as a whole is trying to raise their level of focus to help towards a quick turnaround.

Rawlins’ last Class 3A playoff appearance was in 2017 when the Outlaws finished 7-3.

The 2021 season debut is at home versus 2A Wheatland on Friday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m.

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