A game that could factor into the playoff seeding and a possible playoff preview is our big school WyoPreps Game the Week.

The spotlight shines on fourth-ranked Campbell County at Cheyenne Central.

We switched up the selection this week to a couple of teams WyoPreps has not spotlighted this season. We know No. 3 Natrona County at No. 1 Sheridan will be a great game (fan vote), we simply decided to check in on a couple of teams we haven’t so far in the 2023 season.

The Camels are 5-2 on the season and are in the fourth seed in the playoff race. The Indians are 3-4 on the year and currently occupy the sixth spot in the postseason picture.

The match-up to watch is Central’s No. 2 rush offense which averages 199 yards per game against the No. 1 rush defense from Campbell County that allows only 95 yards per game.

Neither defense allows too much. The Camels give up 226 yards and 19.4 points per game. The Indians surrender 266 yards and 15.9 points per game.

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Will the Campbell County offense be the difference? They are No. 2 in 4A right now at 397 yards per game. The Camels also average 40.3 points per game. They are led by QB Mason Drube (No. 2 passer in 4A) and running back Trent Rosenau (No. 1 rusher in 4A).

Cheyenne Central has a one-two punch on the ground in Mason Counter (No. 2 rusher in 4A) and Miles Porwoll (No. 10 rusher in 4A).

Two linebackers stand out in the game for each team on defense. Tate Berry is No. 4 in defensive points per game in 4A for the Indians, and Levi Palmer is No. 13 in 4A for the Camels.

Campbell County’s Orah Garst and Central’s Mike Apodaca spoke to WyoPreps before the game. Coach Garst reflected on a tough loss to Natrona County last week, what lessons they learned, his respect for the Central Indians, and how a game like this will be determined. Coach Apodaca discussed some changes they’ve made in the middle of the season, what’s been the key to their defensive success, what he sees in the Camels, and some keys for his team to be successful.

This game will be the 59th meeting in the series, according to wyoming-football.com. It began in 1971. The series is even at 29-29. The Indians have won five of the last six.

The kick-off is at 6 p.m. in Cheyenne at Riske Field.

Cheyenne East-Cheyenne Central Football

Cheyenne East-Cheyenne Central Football

Gallery Credit: Casey Muffley

Natrona-Campbell County Football

Natrona-Campbell County Football

Gallery Credit: Libby Ngo, Shannon Dutcher

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