Wyoming High School Football Rankings: Week 4, 2014 [POLL]
The cream is beginning to rise to the top in the latest coaches/media football polls, and one class has been stirred up.
There's no doubt which teams are in the top 2, in Class 4A right now. Natrona took all but 1 first place vote, while Sheridan took all but 1 second place vote. The Mustangs and Broncs will resolve that issue a few weeks down the road. NC will entertain Evanston this weekend, when Sheridan will make the road trip to Rock Springs. Gillette falls to #3, and can't take their trip to Cheyenne South lightly, because the Bison would love the opportunity to get back into the top 5, and stampede over a Camel team, that got trampled on at home last week. East slips to #4, and hosts Kelly Walsh who is back in at #5 last week. This game, along with the Central at Laramie game, is important in terms of trying to secure the #4 seed and a first round home playoff game (yes, it's time to start thinking some about playoff seeding).
In 3A, Riverton proved themselves last week, by going on the road and stunning then #1 Powell. The Wolverines are the new #1 ranked team now, but they don't get a breather this week. They have been targeted, by an undefeated and unranked Torrington team, looking for some love and respect. Perhaps the one thing that's been holding back the TrailBlazers, is their strength of schedule so far. That hardly matters now. Their chance to establish validity is this week at Riverton, and/or next week, hosting #2 Douglas, but let's take one game at a time first. Speaking of the Bearcats, they won't be that far away, playing at unranked and winless Lander on Friday. The Panthers fall to #3, and have a long road trip to face winless Green River. Cody drops one spot to #4, and head to Star Valley, while #5 and undefeated Jackson holds at their spot, and might get a challenge this Friday at Worland.
The latest 2A polls have some moving around as well, but not as much as 3A. Big Horn is still on top with all but 1 first place vote. The Rams pay a visit to winless Wright this Friday. Mountain View is up to #2, and will host Lovell. #3 Newcastle faces their second straight ranked opponent this week, as the Dogies will cross the Big Horn Mountains to play new #5 Greybull. Elsewhere, #4 Wheatland is home vs. Glenrock.
1A poll is still Cokeville, and 4 teams from the East. The Panthers and Lusk are like Natrona and Sheridan in the 4A poll. One got all but one #1 vote, and the other got all but one #2 vote. Cokeville plays at Rocky Mountain, while the Tigers go to Tongue River. The big game this week, is one that's usually been at the end of the season in past years. It's #3 Lingle-Ft. Laramie at #4 Southeast. Maybe the date change is what the Doggers need, considering they've lost 16 straight vs. the Cyclones, and last won this rivalry game, when the current seniors were wearing diapers...or 1996 to be precise. The shortest road trip for any team this week, is #5 Upton-Sundance, as the Patriots will make short trip up US Highway 16, to visit Moorcroft.
In 6-man, the polls say it's Guernsey-Sunrise and then everyone else. The Vikings are the unanimous #1, but Little Snake River and their undefeated record are hanging around at #2. G-S plays at Normative Services on Saturday, while LSR is at Ten Sleep, that day as well. All eyes will be on undefeated and current #4 Farson-Eden this Friday. The Pronghorns went tooth and nail with unranked Dubois last week and got the W. Now a bigger test awaits, when they host #3 and defending state champion Meeteetse. Both teams have been battle tested, so this should be a good one. Finally in the rankings, Kaycee got their #5 spot back, and host rival Midwest on Saturday.