Five of Wyoming’s Class 4A teams debut new helmets

The first weekend of the Wyoming Class 4A football season saw five teams debut new helmets. Some of the changes were drastic, while others were subtle. Here’s a comparison of the 2014 looks and the 2015. Continue reading

Pigskin postmortem: Cheyenne East

Chad Goff has coached the Cheyenne East football team to a 59-39 record, two state championships and two runner-up finishes in nine seasons. Photo by Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Chad Goff has coached the Cheyenne East football team to a 59-39 record, two state championships and two runner-up finishes in nine seasons. Photo by Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Cheyenne East’s season ended with a 34-31 double-overtime loss to Gillette in the Class 4A semifinals.

The Thunderbirds (8-3) may have ended up short of their ultimate goal, but ninth-year coach Chad Goff deemed the season a success.

“We started the season as a great group of individuals and ended the season as a great team,” Goff said. “We grew a lot. These kids did a lot of things together, spent a lot of time together, created a nice brotherhood, created memories that they’ll have forever and became a nice team.

“… We got as much out of the kids as we could and they gave us as much as they could. High school football requires a lot of things to go your way. All season, we had things go our way but, in that final game, we had some things that hadn’t happened to us all year happen in that game.” Continue reading

Bartlett brothers get special moment in East’s rout

Tevis Bartlett

Tevis Bartlett

Tevis Bartlett was the last  player expected on the field with Cheyenne East leading Casper Kelly Walsh 57-27 when it took over on its own 26-yard line with 6 minutes, 23 seconds to play in the Class 4A quarterfinal game.

Most of the Thunderbirds’ starters were also on the field, but nobody would have blamed coach Chad Goff for keeping Wyoming’s reigning Gatorade Player of the Year on the sideline during what amounted to little more than garbage time.

That play – an 8-yard completion – was Bartlett’s last Friday.

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Oct. 8, 2014 Class 4A football statistics

TEAM STATISTICS

Rushing offense: 1. Rock Springs 287.0; 2. Sheridan 228.8; 3. Casper Natrona County 216.5; 4. Cheyenne East 188.0; 5. Gillette 167.5; 6. Evanston 159.2; 7. Laramie 151.8; 8. Cheyenne South 150.7; 9. Cheyenne Central 116.7; 10. Casper Kelly Walsh 108.7.

Passing offense: 1. Gillette 278.0; 2. South 231.3; 3. Natrona 167.0; 4. Sheridan 164.3; 5. Central 160.8; 6. Laramie 155.8; 7. East 119.0; 8. Kelly Walsh 115.8; 9. Evanston 96.8; 10. Rock Springs 19.5.

Total offense: 1. Gillette 445.5; 2. Sheridan 393.2; 3. Natrona 383.5; 4. South 382.0; 5. Laramie 307.7; 6. East 307.0; 7. Rock Springs 306.5; 8. Central 277.5; 9. Evanston 256.0; 10. Kelly Walsh 224.5.

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Cheyenne Central vs. Cheyenne East football history

CHEYENNE CENTRAL 42, CHEYENNE EAST 23

Longest win streak: Central 9 (1976-84)
Largest margin of victory: 48 (1976)
Central record as true home team at Milt Riske Field (since 2001): 2-6.
East record as true home team at Okie Blanchard Stadium (since 2001): 5-4.
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Sept. 23, 2014 Class 4A football statistics

TEAM STATISTICS

Rushing offense: 1. Rock Springs 283.0; 2. Sheridan 228.5; 3. Casper Natrona County 186.8; 4. Evanston 184.3; 5. Gillette 182.8; 6. Cheyenne East 178.5; 7. Casper Kelly Walsh 128.8; 8. Laramie 123.5; 9. Cheyenne South 115.8; 10. Cheyenne Central 96.0.

Passing offense: 1. South 276.3; 2. Gillette 235.3; 3. Sheridan 191.8; 4. Central 190.8; 5. Natrona 168.0; 6. Laramie 158.0; 7. East 119.8; 8. Evanston 119.5; 9. Kelly Walsh 105.0; 10. Rock Springs 18.0.

Total offense: 1. Sheridan 420.3; 2. Gillette 418.0; 3. South 392.0; 4. Natrona 354.8; 5. Evanston 303.8; 6. Rock Springs 301.0; 7. East 298.3; 8. Central 286.8; 9. Laramie 281.5; 10. Kelly Walsh 233.8.

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Sept. 17, 2014 Class 4A football statistics

TEAM STATISTICS

Rushing offense: 1. Rock Springs 257.0; 2. Gillette 224.3; 3. Sheridan 204.7; 4. Cheyenne East 197.7; 5. Evanston 195.0; 6. Casper Natrona County 171.7; 7. Cheyenne South 124.0; 8. Cheyenne Central 65.3; 9. Laramie 49.3; 10. Casper Kelly Walsh 39.0.

Passing offense: 1. South 280.7; 2. Gillette 231.0; 3. Sheridan 186.0; 4. Central 172.3; 5. Laramie 155.3; 6. Natrona 150.3; 7. Kelly Walsh 114.5; 8. Evanston 97.3; 9. East 94.0; 10. Rock Springs 24.0.

Total offense: 1. Gillette 455.3; 2. South 404.7; 3. Sheridan 390.7; 4. Natrona 322.0; 5. Evanston 292.3; 6. East 291.7; 7. Rock Springs 281.0; 8. Central 237.7; 9. Laramie 204.7; 10. Kelly Walsh 153.5.

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Sept. 9, 2014 Class 4A football statistics

TEAM STATISTICS

Rushing offense: 1. Rock Springs 233.5; 2. Gillette 217.0; 3. Cheyenne East 209.5; 4. Evanston 193.5; 5. Sheridan 186.0; 6. Cheyenne South 166.5; 7. Casper Natrona County 135.5; 8. Cheyenne Central 99.5; 9. Laramie 71.5; 10. Casper Kelly Walsh 39.0.

Passing offense: 1. South 271.0; 2. Gillette 250.5; 3. Central 160.5; 4. Laramie 157.5; 5. Sheridan 157.0; 6. Natrona 144.5; 7. Kelly Walsh 114.5; 8. Evanston 83.0; 9. East 73.5; 10. Rock Sprigs 19.0.

Total offense: 1. Gillette 467.5; 2. South 437.5; 3. Sheridan 343.0; 4. East 283.0; 5. Natrona 280.0; 6. Evanston 276.5; 7. Central 260.0; 8. Rock Springs 252.5; 9. Laramie 229.0; 10. Kelly Walsh 153.5.

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East’s Bartlett has two FBS offers

Cheyenne East junior Tevis Bartlett (6-foot-4, 195 pounds) has football scholarship offers from the University of Wyoming and University of Colorado.

Both schools are looking at the 2013 Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year as either a quarterback or safety, I was told Friday morning.

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Final 2013 Class 4A football statistics

TEAM STATISTICS

Rushing offense: 1. Gillette 253.1; 2. Sheridan 213.0; 3. Cheyenne East 206.8; 4. Casper Natrona County 177.0; 5. Cheyenne Central 176.6; 6. Evanston 148.3; 7. Cheyenne South 143.6; 8. Casper Kelly Walsh 140.6; 9. Rock Springs 109.2; 10. Laramie 104.7. Continue reading