Wyoming High School Football Rankings: Week 8, 2014 [VIDEO]
Entering the final week of the 2014 regular season, the latest coaches/media rankings may not hold as much value, compared to post-season seeding.
There should be no doubt, which team is the unanimous #1 in 4A. Natrona's shutout of #3 Sheridan last week, enabled the Mustangs to clinch the #1 seed. One game is interest this week is #4 East at #2 Gillette, because the 2, 3, and 4 seed are somewhat undecided, between those 2 teams and Sheridan. Central climbs into the top 5 at #5, thanks to their shutout win of former #5 Kelly Walsh last week. The Indians can lock down the #5 seed with a win this weekend vs. Evanston.
How tough is 3A? No undefeateds remain. New #1 Douglas kept former #1, now #3 Riverton out of the end zone in last week's showdown, to clinch the #1 East seed. Cody has moved up to #2, but the Broncs have not yet wrapped up the top seed in the west. A trip to arch-rival and #5 Powell stands in their way, and the Panthers are out for redemption after dropping their second home game last week, when they fell vs. #4 Jackson.
For the 2A teams, the rankings are unchanged. #1 Big Horn has one obstacle out of the way (#3 Newcastle), and they have to deal with another. The Rams grabbed all but 1 #1 vote, and can clinch the east with a win home vs. #4 Wheatland this weekend, but don't expect the Bulldogs to just lay down. An upset would scramble the bracket. Elsewhere, it's rivalry week on the west side. #2 Mountain View goes to Lyman in the Bridger Valley battle. The winner wins the west. #5 Lovell has not yet clinched a post-season bid, but can do so, if they win home vs. Greybull.
Action in 1A has calm down some, but the bigger games this weekend, involve the unranked teams. The top 3 stay the same with Cokeville, Lusk and Lingle-Ft. Laramie. All 3 teams have locked up their playoff spots. Rocky Mountain also has secured a first round home playoff game, and are now #4 in the rankings. Tongue River claims the #5 spot.
6-man is focusing on 3 games that will have an effect on playoff seedings. The big one has #3 Farson-Eden at #4 Little Snake River. The Pronghorns can win the west with a win, while #2 Dubois is cheering for the Rattlers. There is another game featuring ranked teams, but it means nothing for the post-season. #1 Guernsey-Sunrise and #5 Meeteetse both had last week off, and will tune-up for the playoffs vs. each other. A scenario exists that the 2 teams might rematch in the first round. Other games that determine playoff spots include Kaycee at H.E.M. and Normative Services at Midwest.
Below is a clip of the final play of the Midwest at Hulett game, played on Saturday, October 18th. We did not get the entire and only had our backup camera with us at the time. We apologize for some shakiness in the video. The play is a 31 yard touchdown pass from Cole Kilts to Paul Hammond.