WyoPreps Semifinal Football Spotlights and Playoff Series History [AUDIO]
It’s a big day for high school football teams in Wyoming with a spot in the championship game on the line.
There are 10 semifinal games across the state on Friday. WyoPreps talked with five head coaches about their teams’ first-round victory and what it will take in this round to advance to Laramie next week.
In Class 4A, two teams go on the road to face opponents they lost to earlier this season.
For the Natrona County Mustangs, they were shut out in Week 5 at Sheridan, 27-0. They get another shot at the Broncs. NC has won four straight entering this one. NC head coach Steve Harshman reflected on the overtime win last week and facing a good Sheridan team for the second time.
Cheyenne East was able to get past Campbell County last week in the first round of the playoffs. Now, the Thunderbirds get their chance to reverse the outcome in Week 8 against Rock Springs. The Tigers won that meeting, 31-15. Cheyenne East head coach Chad Goff spoke about last week’s game, the continued improvement of their QB Cameron Hayes, and facing off against Rock Springs.
In Class 1A-9 Man, WyoPreps visited with Wind River head coach Mykah Trujillo, as the Cougars get another shot at rival Shoshoni on Friday. Trujillo discussed a big win at Lusk last week and the rematch with the Wranglers.
WyoPreps also checked in with a pair of head coaches, who are in the favorite role as No. 1 ranked teams and will be at home in the semifinals.
The Pine Bluffs Hornets have been the team to beat in Class 1A-9 Man since their Week 5 victory over Shoshoni. Now, they host the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies with a berth in the championship game at stake. Pine Bluffs head coach Will Gray discussed last week’s win over Riverside, the one-two punch in the backfield on the ground, and facing a good Grizzlies team in the semis.
Little Snake River remains undefeated in Class 1A-6 Man football. After an easy win over Kaycee last week, the rematch against the Meeteetse Longhorns in the semis. That was a six-point game in Week 6 of the season in Baggs. Head coach Jack Cobb spoke about the first-round win, the return of Hadley Myers, and preparing to face the Longhorns again.
Here is a look at the playoff series history for each of the 10 semifinal games. This is courtesy of wyoming-football.com.
Class 4A: Natrona County and Sheridan will meet for the 15th time in the playoffs. The Mustangs lead the postseason series, 8-6. Their first playoff meeting was in 1933. The home team is 10-0 when you take out four games played in Laramie. Cheyenne East and Rock Springs are playing for the fifth time in the playoffs. The Thunderbirds hold a 3-1 advantage and have won the last three. The first playoff game between the two was in 2003.
Class 3A: Jackson and Douglas will match up in a playoff game for the sixth time. The Broncs have won four of the previous five against the Bearcats, including last year. The first time they faced off in the postseason was in 1986. Star Valley and Cody collide in the semifinals, and this will mark their sixth postseason meeting. The Braves have a 4-1 advantage. The first playoff game between the two schools was in 1990.
Class 2A: Wheatland plays at Lyman. This is the fourth postseason meeting in the series. The Bulldogs are 3-0 versus the Eagles. The first playoff game between the two schools was in 2012. The most recent was in 2015, a 70-6 victory by Wheatland. Lovell and Torrington are playing each other for the first time. This one happens to have a trip to the title game at stake.
Class 1A-9 Man: This is the second playoff game between Wind River and Shoshoni. The Wranglers won the first postseason game in 2000. Pine Bluffs and Rocky Mountain have only met in the playoffs. This will be the four-ever meeting. The Hornets are 2-1 versus the Grizzlies. The first postseason game between the two schools was in 1992.
Class 1A-6 Man: Little Snake River and Meeteetse will play a playoff game for only the second time. The Rattlers won the first back in 2012. It’s the first playoff game between Encampment and Dubois.