Sheridan County rivals go head-to-head in the WyoPreps Game of the Week, as the No. 2 Tongue River Eagles play at the No. 4 Big Horn Rams on Friday.

This game will decide first place in the 2A East, who wins the conference title, and gets home-field advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Tongue River is 7-0 this season and Big Horn is 5-1. Both teams are 5-0 in the conference.

The game features the top two offenses in Class 2A. The Rams are averaging 353.7 yards and 41 points per game. The Eagles are at 351.1 yards and 33.7 points per game. Tongue River has the edge on the ground, while Big Horn is better at throwing the ball.

Defensively, Tongue River is No. 1 versus the run and allows only 66.2 yards per game. Big Horn is tops against the pass and gives up only 38.3 yards per game. They rank first (TR) and fourth (BH) in total defense, respectively.

The signal callers key each team’s attack. That’s Cooper Garber for the Rams and Connor Cummins for the Eagles. There are plenty of weapons for each QB to utilize in a game.

On the flip side, Wyatt Brown (BH) and Tavis Aksamit (TR) anchor the defenses.

It’s another case where each team knows the other well.

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WyoPreps spoke with Tongue River head coach Steve Hanson and Big Horn head coach Kirk McLaughlin for an in-depth preview of the big game. Both coaches discussed how things are going for their team, what this rivalry is about, the importance of the game but balancing that with focus, knowing the opponent is a tough team to play, and more. says this is the first time a conference title has been on the line between the two teams since 1977. The first meeting in the series was in 1956, which was won by Tongue River. The Eagles lead the all-time series, 34-25, with one tie. Big Horn had won 10 straight until last year’s win by Tongue River. The Rams have also won the last eight games they’ve played at home in the series.

The kick-off is at 2 p.m. in Big Horn.

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