The second seed in the Class 1A 9-Man West Conference is on the line as No. 4 Big Piney visits Basin to face Riverside on Friday night.

Both teams are 5-1 in the conference. The winner would have a chance at two home playoff games, while the loser would go on the road.

The Punchers are 6-1 on the season. The Rebels enter with a 5-2 mark.

Big Piney’s Jeromy Moffat and Riverside’s Jason Mitchell spoke to WyoPreps for a game preview. Coach Moffat discussed on the season has gone since their loss to Wind River, how the Punchers are getting a little healthier down the stretch, what he sees in the Rebels, and some keys to their success. Coach Mitchell pointed to a specific key to their success this season, the ability of Ty Strohschein, the challenge Big Piney presents, and trying to stay within their own plan.

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Both teams average over 240 rushing yards per game. A key difference is how Big Piney allows 101 yards fewer per game on the ground compared to Riverside.

Key players in this game include Strohschein for the Rebels. He averages 168.6 yards per game on the ground. He’s also No. 8 in the classification in defensive points per game at 18.6. Caden Clifford (114.7) and Ruben Stoutenberg (104.2) of Big Piney are both in the top seven in rushing yards per game, while Karsyn Gurr is No. 3 in receiving at 52.5 yards per game.

Friday night is the third game on a football field between the two schools. The first was in 2013, and the second was last year. Big Piney has won both, 19-10 and 34-0. That’s from series records at

The kick-off is at 6 p.m. in Basin at Rebel Stadium.

Southeast-Riverside Football

Southeast-Riverside Football

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Big Piney-Shoshoni Football

Big Piney-Shoshoni Football

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