It’s win-or-go-home time in Class 2A East, as the Newcastle Dogies host the Torrington Trailblazers in a WyoPreps Game of the Week.

It’s a simple outcome. The winner qualifies for the playoffs next week. The loser’s season comes to an end.

Both teams are 3-3 in conference games. Newcastle is 3-4 on the season, while Torrington is 3-5.

These two teams are very similar. Newcastle has an edge in rushing by nine yards per game. Torrington holds a 22 yards per game advantage through the air. That gives the Blazers 13 yards more per game in total offense. Newcastle is averaging 19.1 points per game, while Torrington is at 17.6 points per game.

Defensively, the Blazers give up 10 fewer yards per game rushing, while the Dogies allow 13 fewer yards per game through the air. They are separated by only five yards per game. Torrington is giving up 25 points per game, while Newcastle allows almost 29 points per game.

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WyoPreps discussed the game with Torrington head coach Russell Stienmetz and Newcastle head coach Matt Conzelman, who both said the teams are similar. They understand the situation, what to expect from each other, and how this one comes down to execution.

The first meeting between these two foes was back in 1955, according to the records at This will be the 42nd meeting on the football field. Torrington has dominated the series and holds a lead of 33-7. There was one tie. The Blazers have won the last five in a row.

The kick-off is at 6 p.m. from Schoonmaker Field in Newcastle.

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