Sheridan’s Coy Steel ready to go after season-ending knee injury

Steel, CoyCoy Steel was on pace to break Wyoming’s all-class receiving yards mark when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in one of this knees during Sheridan’s 48-7 win over Cheyenne East on Sept. 18, 2015.

Steel had hauled in 18 passes for 333 yards and six touchdowns through his three-plus games. The state receiving record stands at 1,116 yards according to wyoming-football.com.

ACL injuries aren’t as catastrophic as they were as little as a decade ago, but they’re still not easy to come back from.

Steel, though, has returned full strength and is gearing up for his senior season. Continue reading

Natrona’s recent helmet history

As promised in a previous blog post today, no Wyoming high school football team has switched up the look of its helmets in the last few years more than Casper Natrona County. For more than a decade before this, the only change I can think of came when the Mustangs ditched the black stripes in favor of a single orange stripe.

Take a look at the changes. Continue reading

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 South

Cheyenne South junior running back Marquez Jefferson, center, earned All-Class 4A East Conference honors after rushing for 887 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Photo by Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Cheyenne South junior running back Marquez Jefferson, center, earned All-Class 4A East Conference honors after rushing for 887 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Photo by Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

A few weeks ago, I came home late from work and turned on ESPN’s “College Football Final.” They were going into a Colorado highlight when host Rece Davis said something along the lines of, “There are no two teams in the country who are more improved but have less to show for it than Colorado and Arkansas.”

Clearly this was before Arkansas beat LSU and Ole Miss in consecutive weeks.

You might be thinking to yourself, what does this have to do with the 2014 Cheyenne South football team?

Well, that’s an apt description for the Bison, is it not?

There was no team in Class 4A more improved but with less to show for it in the standings.

South finished its fourth season of varsity football 2-7, a school record for wins. It scored its first win over a cross-town rival and its first road win (31-28 at Cheyenne Central on Sept. 5). 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

Pigskin postmortem: Cheyenne Central

Severn, Drew

Drew Severn

Drew Severn had spent four seasons as an assistant football coach in Burns before being hired as Cheyenne Central’s head coach this season. There also was time spent as a sub-varsity coach in his native Arizona before he returned to the Cowboy State, where he lettered football for the University of Wyoming from 2002-05.

Severn knew this season would be a learning experience as he got used to the responsibilities that come with being the head coach.

It was just that.

“I made the final call on everything we were doing,” Severn said. “I had always given my opinion but I had never been the person that made the final decision before this year. That was uncharted territory, but I got more comfortable with that as the year progressed and I was making decent enough calls to get us in the right spot.

“We got better towards the end of the year and I got better towards the end too.” Continue reading

Burns, Pine Bluffs: A look back

We have an excellent resource at our disposal. It’s the ultimate clearinghouse for information on Wyoming high school football, and it’s wyoming-football.com. I can’t recommend it enough, but I suggest you leave yourself an afternoon off to check it out, otherwise you could bury some serious hours down a rabbit hole there.

It has the scores of every high school football game in the state’s history of the sport, even for now-defunct schools like Seton, Albin and Carpenter (yes, Carpenter had a high school; I’m just as surprised as you are). It also has some other information, such as a school’s all-time win-loss record, and information on streaks. Continue reading

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.
1960: Central 13, East 7 Continue reading