Following an outstanding athletic career at the prep level, Saratoga’s Teegan Love has decided to play football after signing with Chadron State.

Love was a four-year letterman and starter for the Panthers. He earned all-state honors on the gridiron after the 2020 season last fall.

Love helped Saratoga to a 3-5 overall record and a 2-4 mark in conference play during the inaugural Class 1A-9 man high school football season in Wyoming. The Panthers made the first round of the state football playoffs, where they lost to Rocky Mountain, 44-40.

Love averaged the most all-purpose yards per game in Class 1A-9 man with 350.5. He was third in rushing with 1,166 yards and 12 touchdowns. Love averaged 145.8 yards rushing per game and 7.9 yards per attempt. He was second in passing at 204.8 per game and finished with 1,638 passing yards, 22 TDs, and eight interceptions. Love averaged 18 yards per completion.

As a senior, he had the best single-game rushing performance with 506 yards and five TDs against Lingle-Ft. Laramie on Oct. 2, 2020. That included a 95-yard TD run, which was the longest rush in Class 1A-9 man football last season. Love also produced three of the top five all-purpose yardage totals in a single game in 2020. He had the No. 1 in the class with 676 total yards against Lingle. On defense, he had 59 total tackles for an average of 7.4 per game. Love ranked No. 20 in defensive points at 13.4 per contest in the 9-man division. He also finished with two sacks, two fumble recoveries, an interception, and three pass breakups.

In his junior season of 2019, Love helped Saratoga go 5-3 in Class 1A-6 man, but the Panthers were ineligible for the playoffs according to WHSAA by-laws. Love had three of the top five single-game passing performances in 2019. That included a 451-yard effort versus Hulett. In the same game, Love finished with 650 all-purpose yards, the most in a single-game in 6-man that season, and he had three of the top five single-game all-purpose yardage totals. Love finished his junior year with 1,671 passing yards with 26 TDs and only four interceptions. He ran for 798 yards and 10 touchdowns. Love averaged 365 all-purpose yards per game, No. 1 in 6-man.

Love was a two-time all-state pick in basketball at Saratoga High School. He led the Panthers to the school’s first-ever boys basketball state championship in 2020. They were runner-up in 2021. Love was a four-year letterman and starter for Saratoga.

He also competed in track and field for three years and qualified for the state meet each year. Love lost his junior year of track and field due to the virus. He competed in four events at the Class 1A state track meet in 2021 and finished third in the high jump.

Chadron State College competes at the NCAA Division II level and in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). Love will play for head coach Jay Long in the Eagles program.

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