The conference schedules for the 2022 and 2023 seasons have been released to Wyoming high schools by the Wyoming High School Activities Association.

The WHSAA only sets conference schedules; non-conference schedules are set by the individual schools. The 10 Class 4A programs, as usual, will play a nine-game, round-robin schedule.

Schools will have the chance to finalize non-conference schedules and set kickoff times for games today and Wednesday at the annual statewide scheduling meeting in Casper, where the conference schedules were distributed. Schools can also add games throughout the offseason.

Class 2A, Class 1A nine-man and Class 1A six-man were affected by reclassification and will see new schedules. Meanwhile, although the same programs are in Class 4A and 3A, conference schedules are changing.

In Class 2A, the only change is Big Piney’s move out of the West Conference, leaving the West Conference with seven teams to the East’s eight. In the Punchers’ place, the team from Rich County, Utah, will play against six of the seven teams in the West. Rich County will not be a part of the 2A West Conference, though, and will not be eligible for the Wyoming postseason.

Class 1A nine-man will see some new teams, with Big Piney and Guernsey joining the East and West conferences, respectively, and no teams leaving. That gives the classification 16 teams split into two eight-team conferences.

Class 1A six-man will have 11 teams. However, they will have new conference split on north-south alignments. Six teams will be in the North (Burlington, Hulett, Kaycee, Meeteetse, Midwest, Ten Sleep) and five will be in the South (Dubois, Encampment, Farson, Hanna, Snake River). Six-man conference games are scheduled for weeks 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7.

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Some highlights from the season schedules released today:

Some big rivalries: In Class 4A, the Oil Bowl between Natrona and Kelly Walsh will be in Week 3; Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne East meet in the Capital Bowl in Week 6; Campbell County meets Thunder Basin in the Coal Bowl in Week 5 and meets with Sheridan to reprise the Energy Bowl in Week 8. The 3A West will get crazy in the final week with rivalry games between Cody and Powell and between Star Valley and Jackson scheduled for the final week of the regular season. Lander and Riverton, meanwhile, will play the latest of their Fremont County rivalry in Week 5. Lyman and Mountain View reprise their Bridger Valley rivalry in Week 4. Tongue River and Big Horn meet in the Thunder Bowl in Week 7. Other rivalry games are spread throughout the schedule.

Title game rematches: All five championship games from 2021 will see 2022 regular-season rematches, with four of the five games coming before the midway point of the regular season. Sheridan and Rock Springs meet in a rematch of the Class 4A title game in Week 3 in Sweetwater County, while Lovell will play at Lyman the same week to set up a rematch of the 2A championship. Rocky Mountain and Shoshoni will stage a rematch of the Class 1A nine-man championship in Week 4 in Shoshoni, while Cody and Jackson start 3A West play by facing each other in a title-game rematch the same week. Encampment and Snake River will play in Week 6 in Encampment to rematch the 1A six-man title game.

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The full 2022 and 2023 schedules are below, by week and by school.

2022

Week 0 (Friday, Aug. 26)
Class 4A
Campbell County at Cheyenne East
Cheyenne Central at Sheridan
Cheyenne South at Thunder Basin
Natrona at Laramie
Rock Springs at Kelly Walsh
TBD: All other classes.

Week 1 (Friday, Sept. 2)
Class 4A
Campbell County at Laramie
Cheyenne East at Natrona
Kelly Walsh at Cheyenne Central
Sheridan at Cheyenne South
Thunder Basin at Rock Springs
Interclass
Rawlins at Pinedale
TBD: All Class 3A (except Rawlins), 2A (except Pinedale), 1A nine-man, 1A six-man.

Week 2 (Friday, Sept. 9)
Class 4A
Cheyenne East at Thunder Basin
Cheyenne South at Kelly Walsh
Laramie at Sheridan
Natrona at Cheyenne Central
Rock Springs at Campbell County
Class 2A
Big Horn at Upton-Sundance
Cokeville at Lovell
Glenrock at Tongue River
Lyman at Pinedale
Newcastle at Wheatland
Thermopolis at Kemmerer
Torrington at Burns
Class 1A nine-man
Greybull at Shoshoni
Lingle at Lusk
Pine Bluffs at Guernsey
Rocky Mountain at Big Piney
St. Stephens at Wind River
Saratoga at Moorcroft
Southeast at Wright
Wyoming Indian at Riverside
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at Hulett
Encampment at Farson
Meeteetse at Kaycee
Snake River at Dubois
Ten Sleep at Midwest
Interstate
Mountain View at Rich County, Utah
TBD: All Class 3A.
Open: Hanna.

Week 3 (Friday, Sept. 16)
Class 4A
Campbell County at Cheyenne South
Cheyenne Central at Thunder Basin
Laramie at Cheyenne East
Natrona at Kelly Walsh
Sheridan at Rock Springs
Class 2A
Big Horn at Glenrock
Burns at Newcastle
Lovell at Lyman
Mountain View at Thermopolis
Pinedale at Cokeville
Tongue River at Upton-Sundance
Wheatland at Torrington
Class 1A nine-man
Big Piney at Greybull
Guernsey at Lingle
Lusk at Saratoga
Moorcroft at Southeast
Riverside at Wind River
Shoshoni at St. Stephens
Wright at Pine Bluffs
Wyoming Indian at Rocky Mountain
Class 1A six-man
Dubois at Encampment
Hanna at Snake River
Hulett at Meeteetse
Kaycee at Ten Sleep
Midwest at Burlington
Interstate
Rich County, Utah, at Kemmerer
TBD: All Class 3A.
Open: Farson.

Week 4 (Friday, Sept. 23)
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central at Laramie
Cheyenne East at Rock Springs
Cheyenne South at Natrona
Kelly Walsh at Campbell County
Thunder Basin at Sheridan
Class 3A
Buffalo at Lander
Cody at Jackson
Powell at Green River
Riverton at Rawlins
Star Valley at Evanston
Worland at Douglas
Class 2A
Glenrock at Wheatland
Kemmerer at Cokeville
Lyman at Mountain View
Newcastle at Tongue River
Pinedale at Lovell
Torrington at Big Horn
Upton-Sundance at Burns
Class 1A nine-man
Greybull at Wyoming Indian
Lingle at Wright
Pine Bluffs at Moorcroft
Rocky Mountain at Shoshoni
St. Stephens at Riverside
Saratoga at Guernsey
Southeast at Lusk
Wind River at Big Piney
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at Meeteetse
Encampment at Hanna
Farson at Dubois
Midwest at Kaycee
Ten Sleep at Hulett
Interstate
Rich County, Utah, at Thermopolis
Open: Snake River.

Week 5 (Friday, Sept. 30)
Class 4A
Campbell County at Thunder Basin
Cheyenne East at Sheridan
Cheyenne South at Cheyenne Central
Kelly Walsh at Laramie
Rock Springs at Natrona
Class 3A
Douglas at Buffalo
Evanston at Jackson
Green River at Cody
Lander at Riverton
Star Valley at Powell
Worland at Rawlins
Class 2A
Burns at Glenrock
Cokeville at Mountain View
Kemmerer at Lyman
Thermopolis at Pinedale
Torrington at Tongue River
Upton-Sundance at Newcastle
Wheatland at Big Horn
Class 1A nine-man
Big Piney at St. Stephens
Guernsey at Southeast
Lusk at Pine Bluffs
Moorcroft at Lingle
Riverside at Shoshoni
Rocky Mountain at Greybull
Wright at Saratoga
Wyoming Indian at Wind River
Open: Lovell, all 1A six-man.

Week 6 (Friday, Oct. 7)
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central at Cheyenne East
Laramie at Thunder Basin
Natrona at Campbell County
Rock Springs at Cheyenne South
Sheridan at Kelly Walsh
Class 3A
Buffalo at Worland
Cody at Star Valley
Douglas at Riverton
Jackson at Green River
Powell at Evanston
Rawlins at Lander
Class 2A
Big Horn at Newcastle
Glenrock at Torrington
Mountain View at Lovell
Pinedale at Kemmerer
Thermopolis at Lyman
Tongue River at Burns
Wheatland at Upton-Sundance
Class 1A nine-man
Lingle at Southeast
Lusk at Moorcroft
Riverside at Rocky Mountain
St. Stephens at Wyoming Indian
Saratoga at Pine Bluffs
Shoshoni at Big Piney
Wind River at Greybull
Wright at Guernsey
Class 1A six-man
Hanna at Farson
Hulett at Midwest
Kaycee at Burlington
Meeteetse at Ten Sleep
Snake River at Encampment
Interstate
Rich County, Utah, at Cokeville
Open: Dubois.

Week 7 (Friday, Oct. 14)
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central at Campbell County
Cheyenne East at Cheyenne South
Laramie at Rock Springs
Sheridan at Natrona
Thunder Basin at Kelly Walsh
Class 3A
Evanston at Cody
Green River at Star Valley
Jackson at Powell
Rawlins at Douglas
Riverton at Buffalo
Worland at Lander
Class 2A
Burns at Wheatland
Cokeville at Thermopolis
Lovell at Kemmerer
Mountain View at Pinedale
Newcastle at Glenrock
Tongue River at Big Horn
Upton-Sundance at Torrington
Class 1A nine-man
Big Piney at Wyoming Indian
Greybull at Riverside
Guernsey at Lusk
Moorcroft at Wright
Pine Bluffs at Lingle
St. Stephens at Rocky Mountain
Shoshoni at Wind River
Southeast at Saratoga
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at Ten Sleep
Dubois at Hanna
Farson at Snake River
Hulett at Kaycee
Midwest at Meeteetse
Interstate
Lyman at Rich County, Utah
Open: Encampment.

Week 8 (Friday, Oct. 21)
Class 4A
Campbell County at Sheridan
Cheyenne South at Laramie
Kelly Walsh at Cheyenne East
Rock Springs at Cheyenne Central
Thunder Basin at Natrona
Class 3A
Buffalo at Rawlins
Cody at Powell
Green River at Evanston
Lander at Douglas
Riverton at Worland
Star Valley at Jackson
Class 2A
Big Horn at Burns
Glenrock at Upton-Sundance
Kemmerer at Mountain View
Lovell at Thermopolis
Lyman at Cokeville
Torrington at Newcastle
Wheatland at Tongue River
Class 1A nine-man
Greybull at St. Stephens
Guernsey at Moorcroft
Lusk at Wright
Riverside at Big Piney
Rocky Mountain at Wind River
Saratoga at Lingle
Southeast at Pine Bluffs
Wyoming Indian at Shoshoni
Interstate
Pinedale at Rich County, Utah
Open: All 1A six-man.

2022 schedules by team
Class 4A schedules include Zero Week; other classifications do not. Open weeks will be filled by schools.

Class 4A
Campbell County
: at Cheyenne East; at Laramie; vs. Rock Springs; at Cheyenne South; vs. Kelly Walsh; at Thunder Basin; vs. Natrona; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Sheridan.
Cheyenne Central: at Sheridan; vs. Kelly Walsh; vs. Natrona; at Thunder Basin; at Laramie; vs. Cheyenne South; at Cheyenne East; at Campbell County; vs. Rock Springs.
Cheyenne East: vs. Campbell County; at Natrona; at Thunder Basin; vs. Laramie; at Rock Springs; at Sheridan; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Cheyenne South; vs. Kelly Walsh.
Cheyenne South: at Thunder Basin; vs. Sheridan; at Kelly Walsh; vs. Campbell County; at Natrona; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Rock Springs; vs. Cheyenne East; at Laramie.
Kelly Walsh: vs. Rock Springs; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Cheyenne South; vs. Natrona; at Campbell County; at Laramie; vs. Sheridan; vs. Thunder Basin; at Cheyenne East.
Laramie: vs. Natrona; vs. Campbell County; at Sheridan; at Cheyenne East; vs. Cheyenne Central; vs. Kelly Walsh; at Thunder Basin; at Rock Springs; vs. Cheyenne South.
Natrona: at Laramie; vs. Cheyenne East; at Cheyenne Central; at Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne South; vs. Rock Springs; at Campbell County; vs. Sheridan; vs. Thunder Basin.
Rock Springs: at Kelly Walsh; vs. Thunder Basin; at Campbell County; vs. Sheridan; vs. Cheyenne East; at Natrona; at Cheyenne South; vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne Central.
Sheridan: vs. Cheyenne Central; at Cheyenne South; vs. Laramie; at Rock Springs; vs. Thunder Basin; vs. Cheyenne East; at Kelly Walsh; at Natrona; vs. Campbell County.
Thunder Basin: vs. Cheyenne South; at Rock Springs; vs. Cheyenne East; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Sheridan; vs. Campbell County; vs. Laramie; at Kelly Walsh; at Natrona.

Class 3A East
Buffalo
: Open; Open; Open; at Lander; vs. Douglas; at Worland; vs. Riverton; at Rawlins.
Douglas: Open; Open; Open; vs. Worland; at Buffalo; at Riverton; vs. Rawlins; vs. Lander.
Lander: Open; Open; Open; vs. Buffalo; at Riverton; vs. Rawlins; vs. Worland; at Douglas.
Rawlins: at Pinedale; Open; Open; vs. Riverton; vs. Worland; at Lander; at Douglas; vs. Buffalo.
Riverton: Open; Open; Open; at Rawlins; vs. Lander; vs. Douglas; at Buffalo; at Worland.
Worland: Open; Open; Open; at Douglas; at Rawlins; vs. Buffalo; at Lander; vs. Riverton.

Class 3A West
Cody
: Open; Open; Open; at Jackson; vs. Green River; at Star Valley; vs. Evanston; at Powell.
Evanston: Open; Open; Open; vs. Star Valley; at Jackson; vs. Powell; at Cody; vs. Green River.
Green River: Open; Open; Open; vs. Powell; at Cody; vs. Jackson; at Star Valley; at Evanston.
Jackson: Open; Open; Open; vs. Cody; vs. Evanston; at Green River; at Powell; vs. Star Valley.
Powell: Open; Open; Open; at Green River; vs. Star Valley; at Evanston; vs. Jackson; vs. Cody.
Star Valley: Open; Open; Open; at Evanston; at Powell; vs. Cody; vs. Green River; at Jackson.

Class 2A East
Big Horn
: Open; at Upton-Sundance; at Glenrock; vs. Torrington; vs. Wheatland; at Newcastle; vs. Tongue River; at Burns.
Burns: Open; vs. Torrington; at Newcastle; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Glenrock; vs. Tongue River; at Wheatland; vs. Big Horn.
Glenrock: Open; at Tongue River; vs. Big Horn; at Wheatland; vs. Burns; at Torrington; vs. Newcastle; at Upton-Sundance.
Newcastle: Open; at Wheatland; vs. Burns; at Tongue River; vs. Upton-Sundance; vs. Big Horn; at Glenrock; vs. Torrington.
Tongue River: Open; vs. Glenrock; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Newcastle; vs. Torrington; at Burns; at Big Horn; vs. Wheatland.
Torrington: Open; at Burns; vs. Wheatland; at Big Horn; at Tongue River; vs. Glenrock; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Newcastle.
Upton-Sundance: Open; vs. Big Horn; vs. Tongue River; at Burns; at Newcastle; vs. Wheatland; at Torrington; vs. Glenrock.
Wheatland: Open; vs. Newcastle; at Torrington; vs. Glenrock; at Big Horn; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Burns; at Tongue River.

Class 2A West
Cokeville
: Open; at Lovell; vs. Pinedale; vs. Kemmerer; at Mountain View; vs. Rich County, Utah; at Thermopolis; vs. Lyman.
Kemmerer: Open; vs. Thermopolis; vs. Rich County, Utah; at Cokeville; at Lyman; vs. Pinedale; vs. Lovell; at Mountain View.
Lovell: Open; vs. Cokeville; at Lyman; vs. Pinedale; Open; vs. Mountain View; at Kemmerer; at Thermopolis.
Lyman: Open; at Pinedale; vs. Lovell; at Mountain View; vs. Kemmerer; vs. Thermopolis; at Rich County, Utah; at Cokeville.
Mountain View: Open; at Rich County, Utah; at Thermopolis; vs. Lyman; vs. Cokeville; at Lovell; at Pinedale; vs. Kemmerer.
Pinedale: vs. Rawlins; vs. Lyman; at Cokeville; at Lovell; vs. Thermopolis; at Kemmerer; vs. Mountain View; at Rich County, Utah.
Thermopolis: Open; at Kemmerer; vs. Mountain View; vs. Rich County, Utah; at Pinedale; at Lyman; vs. Cokeville; vs. Lovell.

Class 1A nine-man East
Guernsey
: Open; vs. Pine Bluffs; at Lingle; vs. Saratoga; at Southeast; vs. Wright; at Lusk; at Moorcroft.
Lingle: Open; at Lusk; vs. Guernsey; at Wright; vs. Moorcroft; at Southeast; vs. Pine Bluffs; vs. Saratoga.
Lusk: Open; vs. Lingle; at Saratoga; vs. Southeast; at Pine Bluffs; at Moorcroft; vs. Guernsey; at Wright.
Moorcroft: Open; vs. Saratoga; at Southeast; vs. Pine Bluffs; at Lingle; vs. Lusk; at Wright; vs. Guernsey.
Pine Bluffs: Open; at Guernsey; vs. Wright; at Moorcroft; vs. Lusk; vs. Saratoga; at Lingle; vs. Southeast.
Saratoga: Open; at Moorcroft; vs. Lusk; at Guernsey; vs. Wright; at Pine Bluffs; vs. Southeast; at Lingle.
Southeast: Open; at Wright; vs. Moorcroft; at Lusk; vs. Guernsey; vs. Lingle; at Saratoga; at Pine Bluffs.
Wright: Open; vs. Southeast; at Pine Bluffs; vs. Lingle; at Saratoga; at Guernsey; vs. Moorcroft; vs. Lusk.

Class 1A nine-man West
Big Piney
: Open; vs. Rocky Mountain; at Greybull; vs. Wind River; at St. Stephens; vs. Shoshoni; at Wyoming Indian; vs. Riverside.
Greybull: Open; at Shoshoni; vs. Big Piney; at Wyoming Indian; vs. Rocky Mountain; vs. Wind River; at Riverside; at St. Stephens.
Riverside: Open; vs. Wyoming Indian; at Wind River; vs. St. Stephens; at Shoshoni; at Rocky Mountain; vs. Greybull; at Big Piney.
Rocky Mountain: Open; at Big Piney; vs. Wyoming Indian; at Shoshoni; at Greybull; vs. Riverside; vs. St. Stephens; at Wind River.
St. Stephens: Open; at Wind River; vs. Shoshoni; at Riverside; vs. Big Piney; at Wyoming Indian; at Rocky Mountain; vs. Greybull.
Shoshoni: Open; vs. Greybull; at St. Stephens; vs. Rocky Mountain; vs. Riverside; at Big Piney; at Wind River; vs. Wyoming Indian.
Wind River: Open; vs. St. Stephens; vs. Riverside; at Big Piney; vs. Wyoming Indian; at Greybull; vs. Shoshoni; vs. Rocky Mountain.
Wyoming Indian: Open; at Riverside; at Rocky Mountain; vs. Greybull; at Wind River; vs. St. Stephens; vs. Big Piney; at Shoshoni.

Class 1A six-man North
Burlington
: Open; at Hulett; vs. Midwest; at Meeteetse; Open; vs. Kaycee; at Ten Sleep; Open.
Hulett: Open; vs. Burlington; at Meeteetse; vs. Ten Sleep; Open; at Midwest; at Kaycee; Open.
Kaycee: Open; vs. Meeteetse; at Ten Sleep; vs. Midwest; Open; at Burlington; vs. Hulett; Open.
Meeteetse: Open; at Kaycee; vs. Hulett; vs. Burlington; Open; at Ten Sleep; vs. Midwest; Open.
Midwest: Open; vs. Ten Sleep; at Burlington; at Kaycee; Open; vs. Hulett; at Meeteetse; Open.
Ten Sleep: Open; at Midwest; vs. Kaycee; at Hulett; Open; vs. Meeteetse; vs. Burlington; Open.

Class 1A six-man South
Dubois
: Open; vs. Snake River; at Encampment; vs. Farson; Open; Open; at Hanna; Open.
Encampment: Open; at Farson; vs. Dubois; at Hanna; Open; vs. Snake River; Open; Open.
Farson: Open; vs. Encampment; Open; at Dubois; Open; vs. Hanna; at Snake River; Open.
Hanna: Open; Open; at Snake River; vs. Encampment; Open; at Farson; vs. Dubois; Open.
Snake River: Open; at Dubois; vs. Hanna; Open; Open; at Encampment; vs. Farson; Open.

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2023

Below is the 2023 conference schedule, which is a flip-flop of the 2022 schedule:

Week 0 (Friday, Aug. 25)
Class 4A
Cheyenne East at Campbell County
Kelly Walsh at Rock Springs
Laramie at Natrona
Sheridan at Cheyenne Central
Thunder Basin at Cheyenne South
TBD: All other classes.

Week 1 (Friday, Sept. 1)
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central at Kelly Walsh
Cheyenne South at Sheridan
Laramie at Campbell County
Natrona at Cheyenne East
Rock Springs at Thunder Basin
Interclass
Pinedale at Rawlins
TBD: All Class 3A (except Rawlins), 2A (except Pinedale), 1A nine-man, 1A six-man.

Week 2 (Friday, Sept. 8)
Class 4A
Campbell County at Rock Springs
Cheyenne Central at Natrona
Kelly Walsh at Cheyenne South
Sheridan at Laramie
Thunder Basin at Cheyenne East
Class 2A
Burns at Torrington
Kemmerer at Thermopolis
Lovell at Cokeville
Pinedale at Lyman
Tongue River at Glenrock
Upton-Sundance at Big Horn
Wheatland at Newcastle
Class 1A nine-man
Big Piney at Rocky Mountain
Guernsey at Pine Bluffs
Lusk at Lingle
Moorcroft at Saratoga
Riverside at Wyoming Indian
Shoshoni at Greybull
Wind River at St. Stephens
Wright at Southeast
Class 1A six-man
Dubois at Snake River
Farson at Encampment
Hulett at Burlington
Kaycee at Meeteetse
Midwest at Ten Sleep
Interstate
Rich County, Utah, at Mountain View
TBD: All Class 3A.
Open: Hanna.

Week 3 (Friday, Sept. 15)
Class 4A
Cheyenne East at Laramie
Cheyenne South at Campbell County
Kelly Walsh at Natrona
Rock Springs at Sheridan
Thunder Basin at Cheyenne Central
Class 2A
Cokeville at Pinedale
Glenrock at Big Horn
Lyman at Lovell
Newcastle at Burns
Thermopolis at Mountain View
Torrington at Wheatland
Upton-Sundance at Tongue River
Class 1A nine-man
Greybull at Big Piney
Lingle at Guernsey
Pine Bluffs at Wright
Rocky Mountain at Wyoming Indian
St. Stephens at Shoshoni
Saratoga at Lusk
Southeast at Moorcroft
Wind River at Riverside
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at Midwest
Encampment at Dubois
Meeteetse at Hulett
Snake River at Hanna
Ten Sleep at Kaycee
Interstate
Kemmerer at Rich County, Utah
TBD: All Class 3A.
Open: Farson.

Week 4 (Friday, Sept. 22)
Class 4A
Campbell County at Kelly Walsh
Laramie at Cheyenne Central
Natrona at Cheyenne South
Rock Springs at Cheyenne East
Sheridan at Thunder Basin
Class 3A
Douglas at Worland
Evanston at Star Valley
Green River at Powell
Jackson at Cody
Lander at Buffalo
Rawlins at Riverton
Class 2A
Big Horn at Torrington
Burns at Upton-Sundance
Cokeville at Kemmerer
Lovell at Pinedale
Mountain View at Lyman
Tongue River at Newcastle
Wheatland at Glenrock
Class 1A nine-man
Big Piney at Wind River
Guernsey at Saratoga
Lusk at Southeast
Moorcroft at Pine Bluffs
Riverside at St. Stephens
Shoshoni at Rocky Mountain
Wright at Lingle
Wyoming Indian at Greybull
Class 1A six-man
Dubois at Farson
Hanna at Encampment
Hulett at Ten Sleep
Kaycee at Midwest
Meeteetse at Burlington
Interstate
Thermopolis at Rich County, Utah
Open: Snake River.

Week 5 (Friday, Sept. 29)
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central at Cheyenne South
Laramie at Kelly Walsh
Natrona at Rock Springs
Sheridan at Cheyenne East
Thunder Basin at Campbell County
Class 3A
Buffalo at Douglas
Cody at Green River
Jackson at Evanston
Powell at Star Valley
Rawlins at Worland
Riverton at Lander
Class 2A
Big Horn at Wheatland
Glenrock at Burns
Lyman at Kemmerer
Mountain View at Cokeville
Newcastle at Upton-Sundance
Pinedale at Thermopolis
Tongue River at Torrington
Class 1A nine-man
Greybull at Rocky Mountain
Lingle at Moorcroft
Pine Bluffs at Lusk
St. Stephens at Big Piney
Saratoga at Wright
Shoshoni at Riverside
Southeast at Guernsey
Wind River at Wyoming Indian
Open: Lovell, all 1A six-man.

Week 6 (Friday, Oct. 6)
Class 4A
Campbell County at Natrona
Cheyenne East at Cheyenne Central
Cheyenne South at Rock Springs
Kelly Walsh at Sheridan
Thunder Basin at Laramie
Class 3A
Evanston at Powell
Green River at Jackson
Lander at Rawlins
Riverton at Douglas
Star Valley at Cody
Worland at Buffalo
Class 2A
Burns at Tongue River
Kemmerer at Pinedale
Lovell at Mountain View
Lyman at Thermopolis
Newcastle at Big Horn
Torrington at Glenrock
Upton-Sundance at Wheatland
Class 1A nine-man
Big Piney at Shoshoni
Greybull at Wind River
Guernsey at Wright
Moorcroft at Lusk
Pine Bluffs at Saratoga
Rocky Mountain at Riverside
Southeast at Lingle
Wyoming Indian at St. Stephens
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at Kaycee
Encampment at Snake River
Farson at Hanna
Midwest at Hulett
Ten Sleep at Meeteetse
Interstate
Cokeville at Rich County, Utah
Open: Dubois.

Week 7 (Friday, Oct. 13)
Class 4A
Campbell County at Cheyenne Central
Cheyenne South at Cheyenne East
Kelly Walsh at Thunder Basin
Natrona at Sheridan
Rock Springs at Laramie
Class 3A
Buffalo at Riverton
Cody at Evanston
Douglas at Rawlins
Lander at Worland
Powell at Jackson
Star Valley at Green River
Class 2A
Big Horn at Tongue River
Glenrock at Newcastle
Kemmerer at Lovell
Pinedale at Mountain View
Thermopolis at Cokeville
Torrington at Upton-Sundance
Wheatland at Burns
Class 1A nine-man
Lingle at Pine Bluffs
Lusk at Guernsey
Riverside at Greybull
Rocky Mountain at St. Stephens
Saratoga at Southeast
Wind River at Shoshoni
Wright at Moorcroft
Wyoming Indian at Big Piney
Class 1A six-man
Hanna at Dubois
Kaycee at Hulett
Meeteetse at Midwest
Snake River at Farson
Ten Sleep at Burlington
Interstate
Rich County, Utah, at Lyman
Open: Encampment.

Week 8 (Friday, Oct. 20)
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central at Rock Springs
Cheyenne East at Kelly Walsh
Laramie at Cheyenne South
Natrona at Thunder Basin
Sheridan at Campbell County
Class 3A
Douglas at Lander
Evanston at Green River
Jackson at Star Valley
Powell at Cody
Rawlins at Buffalo
Worland at Riverton
Class 2A
Burns at Big Horn
Cokeville at Lyman
Mountain View at Kemmerer
Newcastle at Torrington
Thermopolis at Lovell
Tongue River at Wheatland
Upton-Sundance at Glenrock
Class 1A nine-man
Big Piney at Riverside
Lingle at Saratoga
Moorcroft at Guernsey
Pine Bluffs at Southeast
St. Stephens at Greybull
Shoshoni at Wyoming Indian
Wind River at Rocky Mountain
Wright at Lusk
Interstate
Rich County, Utah, at Pinedale
Open: All 1A six-man.

2023 schedules by team
Class 4A schedules include Zero Week; other classifications do not. Open weeks will be filled by schools.

Class 4A
Campbell County
: vs. Cheyenne East; vs. Laramie; at Rock Springs; vs. Cheyenne South; at Kelly Walsh; vs. Thunder Basin; at Natrona; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Sheridan.
Cheyenne Central: vs. Sheridan; at Kelly Walsh; at Natrona; vs. Thunder Basin; vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne South; vs. Cheyenne East; vs. Campbell County; at Rock Springs.
Cheyenne East: at Campbell County; vs. Natrona; vs. Thunder Basin; at Laramie; vs. Rock Springs; vs. Sheridan; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Cheyenne South; at Kelly Walsh.
Cheyenne South: vs. Thunder Basin; at Sheridan; vs. Kelly Walsh; at Campbell County; vs. Natrona; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Rock Springs; at Cheyenne East; vs. Laramie.
Kelly Walsh: at Rock Springs; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Cheyenne South; at Natrona; vs. Campbell County; vs. Laramie; at Sheridan; at Thunder Basin; vs. Cheyenne East.
Laramie: at Natrona; at Campbell County; vs. Sheridan; vs. Cheyenne East; at Cheyenne Central; at Kelly Walsh; vs. Thunder Basin; vs. Rock Springs; at Cheyenne South.
Natrona: vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne East; vs. Cheyenne Central; vs. Kelly Walsh; at Cheyenne South; at Rock Springs; vs. Campbell County; at Sheridan; at Thunder Basin.
Rock Springs: vs. Kelly Walsh; at Thunder Basin; vs. Campbell County; at Sheridan; at Cheyenne East; vs. Natrona; vs. Cheyenne South; at Laramie; vs. Cheyenne Central.
Sheridan: at Cheyenne Central; vs. Cheyenne South; at Laramie; vs. Rock Springs; at Thunder Basin; at Cheyenne East; vs. Kelly Walsh; vs. Natrona; at Campbell County.
Thunder Basin: at Cheyenne South; vs. Rock Springs; at Cheyenne East; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Sheridan; at Campbell County; at Laramie; vs. Kelly Walsh; vs. Natrona.

Class 3A East
Buffalo
: Open; Open; Open; vs. Lander; at Douglas; vs. Worland; at Riverton; vs. Rawlins.
Douglas: Open; Open; Open; at Worland; vs. Buffalo; vs. Riverton; at Rawlins; at Lander.
Lander: Open; Open; Open; at Buffalo; vs. Riverton; at Rawlins; at Worland; vs. Douglas.
Rawlins: vs. Pinedale; Open; Open; at Riverton; at Worland; vs. Lander; vs. Douglas; at Buffalo.
Riverton: Open; Open; Open; vs. Rawlins; at Lander; at Douglas; vs. Buffalo; vs. Worland.
Worland: Open; Open; Open; vs. Douglas; vs. Rawlins; at Buffalo; vs. Lander; at Riverton.

Class 3A West
Cody
: Open; Open; Open; vs. Jackson; at Green River; vs. Star Valley; at Evanston; vs. Powell.
Evanston: Open; Open; Open; at Star Valley; vs. Jackson; at Powell; vs. Cody; at Green River.
Green River: Open; Open; Open; at Powell; vs. Cody; at Jackson; vs. Star Valley; vs. Evanston.
Jackson: Open; Open; Open; at Cody; at Evanston; vs. Green River; vs. Powell; at Star Valley.
Powell: Open; Open; Open; vs. Green River; at Star Valley; vs. Evanston; at Jackson; at Cody.
Star Valley: Open; Open; Open; vs. Evanston; vs. Powell; at Cody; at Green River; vs. Jackson.

Class 2A East
Big Horn
: Open; vs. Upton-Sundance; vs. Glenrock; at Torrington; at Wheatland; vs. Newcastle; at Tongue River; vs. Burns.
Burns: Open; at Torrington; vs. Newcastle; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Glenrock; at Tongue River; vs. Wheatland; at Big Horn.
Glenrock: Open; vs. Tongue River; at Big Horn; vs. Wheatland; at Burns; vs. Torrington; at Newcastle; vs. Upton-Sundance.
Newcastle: Open; vs. Wheatland; at Burns; vs. Tongue River; at Upton-Sundance; at Big Horn; vs. Glenrock; at Torrington.
Tongue River: Open; at Glenrock; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Newcastle; at Torrington; vs. Burns; vs. Big Horn; at Wheatland.
Torrington: Open; vs. Burns; at Wheatland; vs. Big Horn; vs. Tongue River; at Glenrock; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Newcastle.
Upton-Sundance: Open; at Big Horn; at Tongue River; vs. Burns; vs. Newcastle; at Wheatland; vs. Torrington; at Glenrock.
Wheatland: Open; at Newcastle; vs. Torrington; at Glenrock; vs. Big Horn; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Burns; vs. Tongue River.

Class 2A West
Cokeville
: Open; vs. Lovell; at Pinedale; at Kemmerer; vs. Mountain View; at Rich County, Utah; vs. Thermopolis; at Lyman.
Kemmerer: Open; at Thermopolis; at Rich County, Utah; vs. Cokeville; vs. Lyman; at Pinedale; at Lovell; vs. Mountain View.
Lovell: Open; at Cokeville; vs. Lyman; at Pinedale; Open; at Mountain View; vs. Kemmerer; vs. Thermopolis.
Lyman: Open; vs. Pinedale; at Lovell; vs. Mountain View; at Kemmerer; at Thermopolis; vs. Rich County, Utah; vs. Cokeville.
Mountain View: Open; vs. Rich County, Utah; vs. Thermopolis; at Lyman; at Cokeville; vs. Lovell; vs. Pinedale; at Kemmerer.
Pinedale: at Rawlins; at Lyman; vs. Cokeville; vs. Lovell; at Thermopolis; vs. Kemmerer; at Mountain View; vs. Rich County, Utah.
Thermopolis: Open; vs. Kemmerer; at Mountain View; at Rich County, Utah; vs. Pinedale; vs. Lyman; at Cokeville; at Lovell.

Class 1A nine-man East
Guernsey
: Open; at Pine Bluffs; vs. Lingle; at Saratoga; vs. Southeast; at Wright; vs. Lusk; vs. Moorcroft.
Lingle: Open; vs. Lusk; at Guernsey; vs. Wright; at Moorcroft; vs. Southeast; at Pine Bluffs; at Saratoga.
Lusk: Open; at Lingle; vs. Saratoga; at Southeast; vs. Pine Bluffs; vs. Moorcroft; at Guernsey; vs. Wright.
Moorcroft: Open; at Saratoga; vs. Southeast; at Pine Bluffs; vs. Lingle; at Lusk; vs. Wright; at Guernsey.
Pine Bluffs: Open; vs. Guernsey; at Wright; vs. Moorcroft; at Lusk; at Saratoga; vs. Lingle; at Southeast.
Saratoga: Open; vs. Moorcroft; at Lusk; vs. Guernsey; at Wright; vs. Pine Bluffs; at Southeast; vs. Lingle.
Southeast: Open; vs. Wright; at Moorcroft; vs. Lusk; at Guernsey; at Lingle; vs. Saratoga; vs. Pine Bluffs.
Wright: Open; at Southeast; vs. Pine Bluffs; at Lingle; vs. Saratoga; vs. Guernsey; at Moorcroft; at Lusk.

Class 1A nine-man West
Big Piney
: Open; at Rocky Mountain; vs. Greybull; at Wind River; vs. St. Stephens; at Shoshoni; vs. Wyoming Indian; at Riverside.
Greybull: Open; vs. Shoshoni; at Big Piney; vs. Wyoming Indian; at Rocky Mountain; at Wind River; vs. Riverside; vs. St. Stephens.
Riverside: Open; at Wyoming Indian; vs. Wind River; at St. Stephens; vs. Shoshoni; vs. Rocky Mountain; at Greybull; vs. Big Piney.
Rocky Mountain: Open; vs. Big Piney; at Wyoming Indian; vs. Shoshoni; vs. Greybull; at Riverside; at St. Stephens; vs. Wind River.
St. Stephens: Open; vs. Wind River; at Shoshoni; vs. Riverside; at Big Piney; vs. Wyoming Indian; vs. Rocky Mountain; at Greybull.
Shoshoni: Open; at Greybull; vs. St. Stephens; at Rocky Mountain; at Riverside; vs. Big Piney; vs. Wind River; at Wyoming Indian.
Wind River: Open; at St. Stephens; at Riverside; vs. Big Piney; at Wyoming Indian; vs. Greybull; at Shoshoni; at Rocky Mountain.
Wyoming Indian: Open; vs. Riverside; vs. Rocky Mountain; at Greybull; vs. Wind River; at St. Stephens; at Big Piney; vs. Shoshoni.

Class 1A six-man North
Burlington
: Open; vs. Hulett; at Midwest; vs. Meeteetse; Open; at Kaycee; vs. Ten Sleep; Open.
Hulett: Open; at Burlington; vs. Meeteetse; at Ten Sleep; Open; vs. Midwest; vs. Kaycee; Open.
Kaycee: Open; at Meeteetse; vs. Ten Sleep; at Midwest; Open; vs. Burlington; at Hulett; Open.
Meeteetse: Open; vs. Kaycee; at Hulett; at Burlington; Open; vs. Ten Sleep; at Midwest; Open.
Midwest: Open; at Ten Sleep; vs. Burlington; vs. Kaycee; Open; at Hulett; vs. Meeteetse; Open.
Ten Sleep: Open; vs. Midwest; at Kaycee; vs. Hulett; Open; at Meeteetse; at Burlington; Open.

Class 1A six-man South
Dubois
: Open; at Snake River; vs. Encampment; at Farson; Open; Open; vs. Hanna; Open.
Encampment: Open; vs. Farson; at Dubois; vs. Hanna; Open; at Snake River; Open; Open.
Farson: Open; at Encampment; Open; vs. Dubois; Open; at Hanna; vs. Snake River; Open.
Hanna: Open; Open; vs. Snake River; at Encampment; Open; vs. Farson; at Dubois; Open.
Snake River: Open; vs. Dubois; at Hanna; Open; Open; vs. Encampment; at Farson; Open.

–patrick

Class 4A
(8) Cheyenne Central at (1) Sheridan
(5) Thunder Basin at (4) Natrona
(7) Kelly Walsh at (2) Rock Springs
(6) Campbell County at (3) Cheyenne East
Class 3A
(4W) Powell at (1E) Douglas
(3E) Buffalo at (2W) Jackson
(4E) Worland at (1W) Cody
(3W) Star Valley at (2E) Lander
Class 2A
(4E) Big Horn at (1W) Lyman
(3W) Big Piney at (2E) Wheatland
(4W) Cokeville at (1E) Torrington
(3E) Upton-Sundance at (2W) Lovell
Class 1A nine-man
(4E) Wright at (1W) Shoshoni
(3W) Wind River at (2E) Lusk
(4W) Riverside at (1E) Pine Bluffs
(3E) Southeast at (2W) Rocky Mountain
Class 1A six-man
(4W) Dubois at (1E) Hulett
(3E) Guernsey at (2W) Encampment
(4E) Kaycee at (1W) Snake River
(3W) Meeteetse at (2E) Midwest

Note: Post updated at 2:15 p.m. Saturday to reflect the result of the Hanna/Kaycee game.

–patrick

Here’s a quick look at the playoff scenarios for Wyoming high school football teams entering Week 8 of the 2021 season:

Class 4A
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Campbell County at Kelly Walsh; Cheyenne South at Natrona; Laramie at Cheyenne Central; Rock Springs at Cheyenne East; Sheridan at Thunder Basin.
Cheyenne East: In. No. 1 seed with victory. No. 3 seed with loss.
Rock Springs: In. No. 1 seed with victory and Thunder Basin victory. No. 2 seed with victory and Sheridan victory. No. 3 seed with loss and Sheridan victory. Tie for 2-3-4 seeds (score differential to break) with loss and Thunder Basin victory.
Sheridan: In. No. 1 seed with victory and Rock Springs victory. No. 2 seed with victory and East victory. Tie for 2-3-4 seeds (score differential to break) with loss and East victory. No. 4 seed with loss and Rock Springs victory.
Thunder Basin: In. No. 2 seed with victory and Rock Springs victory. Tie for 2-3-4 seeds (score differential to break) with victory and East victory. No. 4 seed with loss and South victory. No. 5 seed with loss and Natrona victory.
Natrona: In. No. 4 seed with victory and Sheridan victory. No. 5 seed with victory and Thunder Basin victory. No. 5 seed with loss.
Campbell County, Kelly Walsh: In. No. 6 seed with victory. No. 7 seed with loss.
Cheyenne Central, Laramie: Neither in nor out. No. 8 seed with victory. Out with loss.
Cheyenne South: Out.

Here’s a breakdown of how the seeding would go for the top five seeds with the three games in play:

If Natrona beats South
TeamsEastRock SpringsSheridanThunder BasinNatrona
Rock Springs, Sheridan win32154
Rock Springs, Thunder Basin win31425
East, Sheridan win13254
East, Thunder Basin win14325
If South beats Natrona
TeamsEastRock SpringsSheridanThunder BasinNatrona
Rock Springs, Sheridan win32145
Rock Springs, Thunder Basin win31425
East, Sheridan win13245
East, Thunder Basin win14325

Score differential tiebreaker (updated 10-21): If Thunder Basin, Sheridan and Rock Springs tied for the 2-3-4 seeds… Thunder Basin would have the victory against the highest-ranking non-tied team (East), so would be the No. 2 seed. Sheridan then is the No. 3 seed due to head-to-head victory over Rock Springs, which would be seeded fourth. Thanks to Nash in the comments for correcting the error I had previously listed in this scenario.

Class 3A East
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Douglas at Worland; Lander at Buffalo.
Douglas: In. No. 1 seed with victory. No. 2 seed with loss and Lander victory. Tie for 1-2-3 seeds (score differential/coin flip to break) with loss and Buffalo victory.
Buffalo: In. Tie for 1-2-3 seeds (score differential/coin flip to break) with victory and Worland victory. No. 2 seed with victory and Douglas victory. Tie for 2-3-4 seeds (score differential/coin flip to break) with loss and Douglas victory. No. 4 seed with loss and Worland victory.
Worland: In. No. 1 seed with victory and Lander victory. Tie for 1-2-3 seeds (score differential/coin flip to break) with victory and Buffalo victory. Tie for 2-3-4 seeds (score differential/coin flip to break) with loss and Lander victory. No. 3 seed with loss and Buffalo victory.
Lander: In. Tie for 2-3-4 seeds (score differential/coin flip to break) with victory and Douglas victory. No. 3 seed with victory and Worland victory. No. 4 seed with loss.
Rawlins, Riverton: Out.
Score differential tiebreakers:
Scenario 1: If Buffalo, Worland and Lander tied for the 2-3-4 seeds… Lander would have to defeat Buffalo by 10 or more points to win the No. 2 seed (Lander +3, Buffalo +2, Worland -5). Buffalo would be the No. 3 seed by virtue of its head-to-head victory over Worland, which would be the fourth seed. … If Lander won by nine or fewer points, Buffalo would be the No. 2 seed. Worland would be the No. 3 seed with a head-to-head victory over Lander, which would be the No. 4 seed.
Scenario 2: If Douglas, Buffalo and Worland tied for the 1-2-3 seeds… Worland would have to beat Douglas by at least 12 points to force a coin flip for the 1-2-3 seeds. A Worland victory by 11 or fewer points would give Douglas the point differential tiebreaker and the No. 1 seed. Buffalo would then be the No. 2 seed due to its victory against Worland.

Class 3A West
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Evanston at Powell; Jackson at Cody.
Cody, Jackson: In. No. 1 seed with victory. No. 2 seed with loss.
Star Valley: In. No. 3 seed.
Evanston, Powell: Neither in nor out. No. 4 seed with victory. Out with loss.
Green River: Out.

Class 2A East
Week 8 games potentially affecting playoff seeding: Burns at Torrington; Tongue River at Glenrock; Upton-Sundance at Big Horn; Wheatland at Newcastle.
Torrington: In. No. 1 seed.
Wheatland: Neither in nor out. No. 2 seed with victory. No. 4 seed with loss and Upton-Sundance victory. Get in a messy tie with loss and Big Horn victory (see below).
Upton-Sundance: Neither in nor out. No. 2 seed with victory and Newcastle victory. No. 3 seed with victory and Wheatland victory. No. 4 seed with loss and Wheatland victory. Get in a messy tie with loss and Newcastle victory (see below).
Big Horn: Neither in nor out. No. 3 seed with victory and Wheatland victory. Get in a messy tie with victory and Newcastle victory (see below). Get in a messy tie with loss and Wheatland victory (see below). Either out or in a messy tie (see below) with loss and Wheatland victory.
Newcastle: Neither in nor out. No. 3 seed with victory and Upton-Sundance victory. Get in a messy tie with victory and Big Horn victory (see below). Get in a messy tie or out with loss and Upton-Sundance victory (see below). Out with loss and Big Horn victory.
Burns: Neither in nor out. Need a victory, a Tongue River victory, an Upton-Sundance victory and a Wheatland victory to get in a messy tie (see below). Out in all other scenarios.
Tongue River: Neither in nor out. Need a victory, a Burns victory, an Upton-Sundance victory and a Wheatland victory to get in a messy tie (see below). Out in all other scenarios.
Glenrock: Out.
Here are the 2A East scenarios for Week 8. They involve the potential for two four-way tiebreakers, which would be broken with a method TBD, as well as a three-way tiebreaker to be broken by either point differential or coin flip:

If Tongue River beats Glenrock…WheatlandUpton-SundanceBig HornNewcastleBurnsTongue River
Burns, U-S, Wheatland win23tie 4-out-out-outtie 4-out-out-outout (even in tie)tie 4-out-out-outScenario 1
Burns, U-S, Newcastle win42out3outout
Burns, Big Horn, Wheatland win243outoutout
Burns, Big Horn, Newcastle win243outoutoutScenario 2
Torrington, U-S, Wheatland win234outoutoutScenario 3
Torrington, U-S, Newcastle win42out3outout
Torrington, Big Horn, Wheatland win243outoutout
Torrington, Big Horn, Newcastle win243outoutoutScenario 2
If Glenrock beats Tongue River…WheatlandUpton-SundanceBig HornNewcastleBurnsTongue River
Burns, U-S, Wheatland win234outoutoutScenario 4
Burns, U-S, Newcastle win42out3outout
Burns, Big Horn, Wheatland win243outoutout
Burns, Big Horn, Newcastle win243outoutoutScenario 2
Torrington, U-S, Wheatland win234outoutout
Torrington, U-S, Newcastle win42out3outout
Torrington, Big Horn, Wheatland win243outoutout
Torrington, Big Horn, Newcastle win243outoutoutScenario 2

Tiebreaker scenarios:
Scenario 1: Where Big Horn, Burns, Newcastle and Tongue River tie for the fourth and final spot, Burns would be 0-3 against the other three teams and would be eliminated from the tiebreaker. The remaining three teams would have their tie broken by a coin flip, with the odd team out and the head-to-head winner of the remaining teams taking the spot in the playoffs. (Four-way ties do not revert to three-way ties in cases like this.) Thanks to WHSAA Associate Commissioner Trevor Wilson for clarification on this tiebreaker.

Scenario 2 (updated 10-21): Where Wheatland, Upton-Sundance, Big Horn and Newcastle tie for the 2-3-4 spots and one team finishing out, the four-way tiebreaking instructions would be used. In a case where two teams are 2-1 and the other two are 1-2 against each other, the two 2-1 teams would take the top two seeds, with the head-to-head result determining the higher seed. In this situation, Wheatland and Big Horn would be seeded 2 and 3, as both are 2-1 and Wheatland will have defeated Big Horn. Then Upton-Sundance and Newcastle, the two 1-2 teams, would have Upton-Sundance seeded fourth and Newcastle out due to the head-to-head victory. Thanks to WHSAA Associate Commissioner Trevor Wilson for further clarification on this tiebreaker.
Scenario 3: Where Big Horn, Newcastle and Tongue River tie for the fourth and final spot, Big Horn would win a score differential tiebreaker (Big Horn +11, Tongue River -2, Newcastle -9).
Scenario 4: Where Big Horn, Newcastle and Burns tie for the fourth and final spot, Big Horn gains the No. 4 seed with head-to-head victories over both.

Class 2A West
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Big Piney at Kemmerer; Lovell at Cokeville.
Lyman: In. No. 1 seed.
Lovell: In. No. 2 seed with victory. No. 3 seed with loss and Kemmerer victory. Tie for 2-3-4 seeds (score differential to break) with loss and Big Piney victory.
Cokeville: In. No. 2 seed with victory and Kemmerer victory. Tie for 2-3-4 seeds (score differential to break) with victory and Big Piney victory. No. 4 seed with loss.
Big Piney: In. Tie for 2-3-4 seeds (score differential to break) with victory and Cokeville victory. No. 3 seed with Lovell victory, regardless of win or loss. No. 4 seed with loss and Cokeville victory.
Thermopolis, Kemmerer, Mountain View, Pinedale: Out.
Score differential tiebreaker: If Lovell, Cokeville and Big Piney all tie for the 2-3-4 seeds… Cokeville would have to defeat Lovell by 10 or more points to secure the No. 2 seed. If that happens, Cokeville will be 2, and Lovell will be No. 3 by virtue of the head-to-head victory against Big Piney, which will be fourth. … If Cokeville wins by nine or fewer, Lovell will win the score differential tiebreaker, with Big Piney getting the No. 3 seed with the head-to-head victory over Cokeville, which would be the fourth seed. A coin flip wouldn’t be used, since it’s mathematically impossible to finish with a tied score differential given the two existing final scores.

Class 1A nine-man East
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Wright at Southeast.
Pine Bluffs: In. No. 1 seed.
Lusk: In. No. 2 seed.
Southeast, Wright: In. No. 3 seed with victory. No. 4 seed with loss.
Lingle, Saratoga: Out.
Moorcroft: Ineligible.

Class 1A nine-man West
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Shoshoni at Riverside; Wind River at Wyoming Indian (both Thursday).
Shoshoni: In. No. 1 seed.
Rocky Mountain: In. No. 2 seed.
Wind River: In. No. 3 seed with victory. No. 3 seed with loss and Shoshoni victory. No. 4 seed with loss and Riverside victory.
Riverside: In. No. 3 seed with victory and Wyoming Indian victory. No. 4 seed with victory and Wind River victory. No. 4 seed with loss.
Greybull, St. Stephens, Wyoming Indian: Out.

Class 1A six-man East
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Midwest at Guernsey; Kaycee at Hanna (Saturday).
Hulett: In. No. 1 seed.
Guernsey: In. No. 2 seed with victory. No. 3 seed with loss and Hanna victory. Tie for 2-3-4 seeds (score differential/coin flip to break) with loss and Kaycee victory.
Midwest: Neither in nor out. No. 2 seed with victory and Hanna victory. Tie for 2-3-4 seeds (score differential/coin flip to break) with victory and Kaycee victory. No. 3 seed with loss and Hanna victory. No. 4 seed with loss and Kaycee victory.
Kaycee: Neither in nor out. Tie for 2-3-4 seeds (score differential/coin flip to break) with victory and Midwest victory. No. 3 seed with victory and Guernsey victory. Out with loss.
Hanna: Neither in nor out. No. 4 seed with victory. Out with loss.
Score differential tiebreakers:
Scenario 1: If Midwest, Kaycee and Guernsey tied for the 2-3-4 seeds… Midwest would have to defeat Guernsey by six or more points to win the No. 2 seed (Midwest 1, Guernsey 1, Kaycee -2, with Midwest winning the head-to-head tie for the second seed; Midwest wins the differential outright by winning by seven or more). Guernsey would be the No. 3 seed by virtue of its head-to-head victory over Kaycee, which would be fourth. … If Midwest won by five or fewer points, Guernsey would win the score differential and be the No. 2 seed. Kaycee would be No. 3 with its head-to-head victory over Midwest, and Midwest would be seeded No. 4.
Scenario 2: If Midwest, Hanna and Kaycee tied for the final two seeds… Midwest would win the score differential tiebreaker in all scenarios. Hanna can’t catch Midwest (current score differential Midwest +7, Kaycee +5, Hanna -12). Midwest would win the score differential tiebreaker, and Hanna would be the No. 4 seed by virtue of the head-to-head victory over Kaycee, no matter the margin.

Class 1A six-man West
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: none.
Snake River: In. No. 1 seed.
Encampment: In. No. 2 seed.
Meeteetse: In. No. 3 seed.
Dubois: In. No. 4 seed.
Burlington, Farson: Out.
Even with two conference games this weekend, seeds are set. Snake River, even with a loss, wins all tiebreakers with Encampment; Encampment, even with a loss, wins all tiebreakers with Meeteetse; Farson, even with a victory, loses all tiebreakers with Dubois. There are no potential three-way ties that could happen in the conference standings.

–patrick

Note: Post updated 3:27 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, to update 1A six-man East scenarios. Post updated 4:32 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, to update 1A six-man West scenarios. Post updated 9:44 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, to update 2A East scenarios. Post updated 3:06 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, with updated 2A East four-way tiebreaker scenarios. Post updated 4:51 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, with updated 2A West tiebreakers after result of Thermopolis/Big Piney game. Post updated 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, to reflect correction to error in 4A tiebreaker and additional guidance from the WHSAA office regarding the 2A East four-way tiebreaker possibilities.

With the 2021 postseason coming into sharper focus with two weeks remaining in the regular season, here’s a breakdown of what’s possible in each Wyoming high school football conference:

Class 4A
In: Cheyenne East, Rock Springs, Sheridan, Thunder Basin, Natrona, Campbell County, Kelly Walsh.
Neither in nor out: Cheyenne Central, Cheyenne South, Laramie.
Out: No one.
Can the top seed be decided this week? Not even close. With four teams at 6-1, the top four seeds, much less the top seed, are all up for grabs.
Break it down for me: After the mess at the top between East, Rock Springs, Sheridan and Thunder Basin, it gets a little easier. Central has the best odds for the last spot, with South and Laramie both needing a win in Week 7 — against each other, conveniently — to stay in realistic contention.

Class 3A East
In: Douglas, Buffalo.
Neither in nor out: Worland, Lander, Rawlins, Riverton.
Out: No one.
Can the top seed be decided this week? Kind of. Buffalo and Douglas, both 3-0, play each other, but only Buffalo secures the top seed with a victory in Week 7; Douglas would get it, though, with a victory and a Riverton upset of Worland.
Break it down for me: Rawlins and Riverton are desperately trying to stay in the hunt, and both need Ws this week before meeting each other in Week 8. Otherwise, Lander and Worland are in.

Class 3A West
In: Cody, Jackson.
Neither in nor out: Evanston, Powell, Star Valley, Green River.
Out: No one.
Can the top seed be decided this week? Nope; the big Cody-Jackson showdown is in Week 8.
Break it down for me: Evanston, Powell and Star Valley are all 1-2, fighting for the final two playoff spots. Green River is in desperation mode.

Class 2A East
In: Torrington.
Neither in nor out: Wheatland, Upton-Sundance, Big Horn, Burns, Newcastle, Tongue River.
Out: Glenrock.
Can the top seed be decided this week? Yes; if Torrington beats Wheatland, Torrington will be the No. 1 seed.
Break it down for me: Of the available spots, Wheatland has the easiest road to the playoffs, Tongue River the toughest. The real fight is for spots 3-4, with U-S, Big Horn, Burns and Newcastle all in real contention.

Class 2A West
In: Lyman.
Neither in nor out: Cokeville, Lovell, Big Piney, Kemmerer, Thermopolis, Mountain View.
Out: Pinedale.
Can the top seed be decided this week? Yes; if Lyman wins this week against Pinedale, the Eagles will be the West’s top seed.
Break it down for me: This one is a bit trickier as Big Piney and Thermopolis play on Tuesday of Week 8 in a COVID makeup. But it would take a LOT to go crazy for Cokeville or Lovell to not make it. That leaves a huge chase for the fourth spot, with Big Piney having a slight edge over the three teams with losing records in conference play.

Class 1A nine-man East
In: Pine Bluffs.
Neither in nor out: Lusk, Southeast, Wright, Lingle, Saratoga.
Out: No one.
Ineligible: Moorcroft.
Can the top seed be decided this week? It’s already decided; Pine Bluffs will be the No. 1 seed out of the East. Even with a loss next week in the conference finale against Lingle, the Hornets have tiebreakers against anyone they would tie.
Break it down for me: Lusk and Southeast are all but in and will meet next week in a game that will likely decide the No. 2 seed. The Saratoga-Wright game next week will be huge for deciding the conference’s fourth seed. And Lingle’s just in the middle of it all, a good a chance as anyone.

Class 1A nine-man West
In: Shoshoni.
Neither in nor out: Wind River, Rocky Mountain, Riverside, Greybull.
Out: St. Stephens, Wyoming Indian.
Can the top seed be decided this week? Yes; a Shoshoni victory against Greybull will give the Wranglers the top seed no matter what happens in Week 8.
Break it down for me: This week’s top game is between Wind River and Rocky Mountain, which will likely decide first-round hosting duties. Greybull’s loss to Riverside likely left them on the outside looking in; an upset over Shoshoni this week, and then some tiebreaker magic, is the only thing that can save the Buffs’ season.

Class 1A six-man East
In: Hulett.
Neither in nor out: Guernsey, Midwest, Hanna, Kaycee.
Out: No one.
Can the top seed be decided this week? It’s already decided; Hulett sewed up the No. 1 seed in Week 6.
Break it down for me: Guernsey is in great shape, Midwest good shape. Hanna and Kaycee are both 0-2 in league play, though. They’ll play each other in Week 8, as will Guernsey and Midwest in a conference that will leave a lot to the last day.

Class 1A six-man West
In: Snake River.
Neither in nor out: Encampment, Meeteetse, Farson, Dubois.
Out: Burlington.
Can the top seed be decided this week? It’s already decided; Snake River secured the West’s top seed last week.
Break it down for me: Encampment, Dubois, Meeteetse and Farson are in a scrap for the final three seeds. Encampment and Farson both have two games left; Dubois and Meeteetse each only have one game. Of the four remaining West games, three are between these four teams, including Meeteetse vs. Farson and Dubois vs. Encampment next week.

–patrick

This post was updated at 3:24 p.m. Saturday to reflect new scenarios in the 1A six-man East.

This post was updated at 4:33 p.m. Saturday to reflect new scenarios in the 1A six-man West.

Projected playoff pairings for the 2020 Wyoming high school football playoffs. Official pairings will be released by the Wyoming High School Activities Association at the end of the regular season:

Class 4A
(8) Laramie at (1) Cheyenne East
(5) Rock Springs at (4) Sheridan
(7) Kelly Walsh at (2) Cheyenne Central
(6) Natrona at (3) Thunder Basin

Class 3A
(4E) Worland at (1W) Cody
(3W) Powell at (2E) Lander
(4W) Star Valley at (1E) Douglas
(3E) Riverton at (2W) Jackson

Class 2A
(4W) Cokeville at (1E) Torrington
(3E) Wheatland at (2W) Mountain View
(4E) Big Horn at (1W) Lyman
(3W) Lovell at (2E) Upton-Sundance

Class 1A nine-man
(4W) Riverside at (1E) Southeast
(3E) Pine Bluffs at (2W) Shoshoni
(4E) Saratoga at (1W) Rocky Mountain
(3W) Greybull at (2E) Lusk

Class 1A six-man
(4E) Hanna at (1W) Farson
(3W) Encampment at (2E) Hulett
(4W) Snake River at (1E) Kaycee
(3E) Guernsey at (2W) Meeteetse

Championship games will be played at host sites this year. Per WHSAA specifications, the West champion will be the top seed for the 3A and 1A six-man playoffs, while the East champion will be the top seed for the 2A and 1A nine-man playoffs.

–patrick

Here’s a quick look at the playoff scenarios for Wyoming high school football teams entering Week 8 of the 2020 season:

Class 4A
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Cheyenne Central at Laramie; Cheyenne East at Rock Springs; Natrona at Cheyenne South; Thunder Basin at Sheridan.
Cheyenne East: In. Either No. 1 or No. 2 seed. Can still get No. 1 seed with loss; can still get No. 2 seed with victory.
Thunder Basin: In. Seed between No. 1 and No. 3. No. 1 seed with victory in all scenarios. No. 1 seed with loss and Rock Springs victory. No. 2 seed with loss, Laramie victory and East victory. No. 3 seed with loss and Central victory.
Cheyenne Central: In. Seed between No. 2 and No. 4. No. 2 seed with victory and Sheridan victory. No. 3 seed with victory and Thunder Basin victory. No. 3 seed with loss and East victory. No. 3 seed with loss, Rock Springs victory and Sheridan victory. No. 4 seed with loss, Rock Springs victory and Thunder Basin victory.
Rock Springs: In. Seed between No. 3 and No. 5. Can get no higher than a No. 4 seed with loss; either a No. 3, 4 or 5 seed with victory.
Sheridan: In. Seed between No. 4 and No. 6. No. 4 seed with victory in all scenarios. Either a No. 4, 5 or 6 seed with loss.
Natrona: In. Seed between No. 5 and No. 6. No. 5 seed with victory and Thunder Basin victory. No. 6 seed with victory and Sheridan victory. No. 6 seed in all scenarios with loss.
Kelly Walsh: In. No. 7 seed.
Laramie: In. No. 8 seed.
Campbell County, Cheyenne South: Out.
Three-way tie explanation 1: If East, Central and Thunder Basin all finish 7-2 tied for the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds, Thunder Basin would be the 3 seed by virtue of a loss to Sheridan (the highest ranking non-tied team). East then takes the 1 seed due to a head-to-head victory against Central.
Three-way tie explanation 2: If Rock Springs, Sheridan and Central all finish 6-3 tied for the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 seeds, Rock Springs would be the 5 seed by virtue of a loss to Thunder Basin (the highest ranking non-tied team). Central then takes the 3 seed due to a head-to-head victory against Sheridan.

Three-way tie explanation 3: If Natrona, Rock Springs and Sheridan all finish 5-4 tied for the No. 4, 5 and 6 seeds, Rock Springs would be the 4 seed by virtue of a victory against Central (the highest-ranking non-tied team where the tiebreaker applies). Natrona then takes the 5 seed due to a head-to-head victory against Sheridan.
All other tiebreakers in 4A are head-to-head tiebreakers. Because the “highest-ranked non-tied team” tiebreaker breaks all potential three-way ties, score differential should not be necessary.
Note: Tables below updated 11:52 a.m. Monday to reflect that the Kelly Walsh-Campbell County game does not affect the scenarios.

4A scenarios

If Central beats Laramie…

EastThunder BasinCentralRock SpringsSheridanNatrona
East, Natrona, Thunder Basin win213465
East, Natrona, Sheridan win132546
East, South, Thunder Basin win213546
East, South, Sheridan win132546
Rock Springs, Natrona, Thunder Basin win213465
Rock Springs, Natrona, Sheridan win132546
Rock Springs, South, Thunder Basin win213456
Rock Springs, South, Sheridan win132546

If Laramie beats Central

EastThunder BasinCentralRock SpringsSheridanNatrona
East, Natrona, Thunder Basin win213465
East, Natrona, Sheridan win123546
East, South, Thunder Basin win213546
East, South, Sheridan win123546
Rock Springs, Natrona, Thunder Basin win214365
Rock Springs, Natrona, Sheridan win213546
Rock Springs, South, Thunder Basin win214356
Rock Springs, South, Sheridan win213546

Class 3A East
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Riverton at Rawlins; Worland at Douglas.
Douglas: In. No. 1 seed.
Lander: In. No. 2 seed.
Riverton: In. No. 3 seed with victory. No. 3 seed with loss and Douglas victory. No. 4 seed with loss and Worland victory.
Worland: In. No. 3 seed with victory and Rawlins victory. No. 4 seed with loss OR Riverton victory.
Buffalo, Rawlins: Out.

Class 3A West
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Cody at Jackson; Green River at Star Valley; Powell at Evanston.
Jackson: In. No. 1 seed with victory. No. 2 seed with loss.
Cody: In. No. 1 seed with victory. No. 2 seed with loss and Powell victory. No. 2 seed with loss, Evanston victory and Green River victory. No. 3 seed with loss, Evanston victory and Star Valley victory.
Powell: In. No. 3 seed with victory. No. 3 seed with loss and Green River victory. No. 4 seed with loss and Star Valley victory.
Star Valley: Neither in nor out. No. 2 seed with victory, Jackson victory and Evanston victory. No. 3 seed with victory, Cody victory and Evanston victory. No. 4 seed with victory and Powell victory. Out with loss.
Green River: Neither in nor out. No. 4 seed with victory. Out with loss.
Evanston: Out.
Two potential three-way ties exist in 3A West scenarios for Week 8. If Jackson, Star Valley and Powell all win, Cody, Powell and Star Valley tie for second, third and fourth at 3-2. Cody wins with score differential of +5 (Powell 0, Star Valley -5) and is the second seed. Powell is the third seed with head-to-head victory over Star Valley; Star Valley is the fourth seed. … If Evanston and Green River win, Powell, Star Valley and Green River tie for third, fourth and fifth (out) at 2-3. Powell wins this tiebreaker with head-to-head victories over both. Green River would have the head-to-head over Star Valley to get the fourth seed.

Class 2A East
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Big Horn at Upton-Sundance; Newcastle at Wheatland; Torrington at Burns*.
Torrington: In. Seeding TBD, likely No. 1 or 2. Likely No. 1 seed with Upton-Sundance victory. Likely No. 2 seed with Big Horn victory.
Upton-Sundance: In. Likely No. 2 seed with victory. No. 3 seed with loss.
Big Horn: In. Likely No. 1 seed with victory. No. 3 seed with loss and Newcastle victory. No. 4 seed with loss and Wheatland victory.
Wheatland: In. No. 3 seed with victory and Upton-Sundance victory. No. 4 seed with victory and Big Horn victory. No. 4 seed with loss.
Burns, Glenrock, Newcastle, Tongue River: Out.
*-The Torrington-Burns game has been canceled due to COVID-19. It’s not certain what contingencies will be used to break any playoff seeding ties that might come of this cancellation. However, the WHSAA’s plans set out in the summer note that in cases like this, the coaches from the conference would decide on seeding. However, with no mathematical possibilities of any three-way ties, such a scenario isn’t likely needed here… but these projections come with an asterisk just in case.

Class 2A West
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Cokeville at Lovell; Lyman at Mountain View.
Lyman, Mountain View: In. No. 1 seed with victory. No. 2 seed with loss.
Cokeville, Lovell: In. No. 3 seed with victory. No. 4 seed with loss.
Big Piney, Kemmerer, Pinedale, Thermopolis: Out.

Class 1A nine-man East
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Saratoga at Lusk.
Southeast: In. No. 1 seed.
Lusk: In. No. 2 seed with victory. No. 2 seed with loss by 11 or fewer points. Tie for No. 2-3-4 seeds (coin flip to break) with Saratoga victory by 12 or more points.
Pine Bluffs: In. No. 3 seed with Lusk victory. No. 3 seed with Saratoga victory by 11 or fewer points. Tie for No. 2-3-4 seeds (coin flip to break) with Saratoga victory by 12 or more points.
Saratoga: In. Tie for No. 2-3-4 seeds (coin flip to break) with victory by 12 or more points. No. 4 seed with victory by 11 or fewer points. No. 4 seed with loss.
Lingle, Wright: Out.
Moorcroft: Ineligible.
In the case of a Saratoga victory against Lusk, which would prompt a tie for the No. 2, 3 and 4 seeds, the scoring differential tiebreaker kicks in. Saratoga has to win by 12 or more to tie the scoring differential and force a coin flip. A Saratoga victory by 11 or fewer means Lusk wins the score differential tiebreaker, with Pine Bluffs finishing third due to its head-to-head win against Saratoga.
Note: Updated 2:54 p.m. Saturday with clarification from WHSAA regarding conference standings and ineligible teams. Games against Moorcroft this year do NOT count toward conference standings, which created some different playoff scenarios than having the games count but having Moorcroft drop from the standings with regard to playoff eligibility. Apologies for the confusion.

Class 1A nine-man West
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Riverside at Shoshoni.
Rocky Mountain: In. No. 1 seed.
Shoshoni: In. No. 2 seed with victory. No. 3 seed with loss.
Riverside: In. No. 2 seed with victory. No. 4 seed with loss.
Wind River: Neither in nor out. No. 4 seed with Riverside victory. Out with Shoshoni victory.
Greybull: Neither in nor out. No. 3 seed with Shoshoni victory. Out with Riverside victory.
In the 3-4-out tiebreaker between Riverside, Wind River and Greybull, score differential would be used. Greybull finishes +11, Riverside -4 and Wind River -7. Greybull gets the third seed. Riverside then gets the fourth seed by virtue of its head-to-head victory over Wind River.

Class 1A six-man East
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: None.
Kaycee: In. No. 1 seed.
Hulett: In. No. 2 seed.
Guernsey: In. No. 3 seed.
Hanna: In. No. 4 seed.
Midwest, NSI: Out.
A potential tiebreaker at 2-3 for the No. 3-4-out seeds exists between Hanna, Guernsey and NSI. However, Guernsey wins that tiebreaker with head-to-head victories against the other two. Even with a victory in Week 8, NSI loses both two-way and three-way ties for either third or fourth place with either Hanna or Guernsey due to head-to-head losses against both. There’s also potential for a tie for the No. 2-3-4 seeds with Hulett, Hanna and Guernsey, which Hulett wins due to head-to-head victories against both.
Note: These scenarios were updated at 2:02 p.m. Saturday to reflect the results of Saturday’s game.

Class 1A six-man West
Week 8 games affecting playoff seeding: Burlington at Encampment; Farson at Snake River.
Farson: In. No. 1 seed.
Meeteetse: In. No. 2 seed.
Encampment: Neither in nor out. No. 3 seed with victory. No. 4 seed with loss and Farson victory. Out with loss and Snake River victory.
Snake River: Neither in nor out. No. 3 seed with victory and Burlington victory. No. 4 seed with Encampment victory, win or lose. Out with loss and Farson victory.
Burlington: Neither in nor out. No. 3 seed with victory and Farson victory. No. 4 seed with victory and Snake River victory. Out with loss.
Dubois, Ten Sleep: Out.
In the scenario where Burlington, Dubois and Snake River tie for the No. 4 seed with 2-4 records, Snake River would win the berth on score differential (Snake River +8, Burlington 0, Dubois -8).
In the scenario where Encampment, Snake River and Burlington tie for the 3-4-out positions with 3-3 records, Snake River would win the tiebreaker due to a victory against the highest-ranked non-tied team (Farson). Then Burlington takes the No. 4 seed due to the head-to-head victory against Encampment.
Note: These scenarios were updated at 4:47 p.m. Saturday to reflect the results of Saturday’s games.

–patrick

One ramification of game and season cancellations is unbalanced schedules — something we now see in the Class 1A nine-man West Conference.

Decisions by St. Stephens and Wyoming Indian to cancel their fall sports have created unbalanced conference schedules for other members of the Class 1A nine-man West Conference.

In conference play, Greybull and Shoshoni have three home games against just one road game. Meanwhile, Riverside and Wind River have three road games against just one home game.

The helped: Greybull and Shoshoni.

  • Greybull: Home games against Wind River, Rocky Mountain, Riverside; road game against Shoshoni
  • Shoshoni: Home games against Rocky Mountain, Greybull, Riverside; road game against Wind River

The neutral: Rocky Mountain.

  • Rocky Mountain: Home games against Riverside, Wind River; road games against Shoshoni, Greybull

The harmed: Riverside and Wind River.

  • Riverside: Home game against Wind River; road games against Rocky Mountain, Greybull, Shoshoni
  • Wind River: Home game against Shoshoni; road games against Greybull, Riverside, Rocky Mountain

The easiest fix? Flip-flop the locations of two games. Have Wind River play at home against Greybull (Week 2) and have Riverside play at home against Shoshoni (Week 8). That would give everyone in the conference two home games and two road games.

Would Greybull and Shoshoni be willing to make those changes? Are Riverside and Wind River willing to ask?

More importantly: Is this the last time we’ll see this happen in 2020?

We may see more unbalanced schedules like this in 2020 if more games or more seasons are canceled. The 1A nine-man West may be just the first example.

–patrick

The Wyoming High School Activities Association has built several different schedules to accommodate varying start times for a 2020 football season.

Right now, games are scheduled to begin on Aug. 28. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic sparking postponements and cancellations of events across the country, and with schools themselves trying to figure out how to best accommodate students, an on-time start to the football season is not certain.

The different contingency plans established by the WHSAA, shared with wyoming-football.com by WHSAA Commissioner Ron Laird, depend on when a safe start to the season can take place. For each week lost, the plans change.

Laird said Monday that each sport has its own potential contingencies set up for the fall if the start of the season is delayed or if time is lost during the middle of the season.

“We’re trying to play,” Laird said. “That’s the key. We want kids to be able to participate, and we’re going to do everything we can to make that happen.”

Football’s contingency plans

For football, the ramifications of late starts range widely. On one of the spectrum, a week or weeks of the schedule may be canceled. The later the start to the season, though, the more challenging the changes become, including eliminating playoff rounds, changing the date and location for championship games, and finding new ways to seed teams for playoffs.

The football season would start no later than Oct. 16. Scheduling championship games for the week of Friday, Nov. 20 — which would happen if the season starts any later than Sept. 18 — is also complicated by the University of Wyoming’s home football game scheduled with Boise State on Saturday, Nov. 21. In contingencies where championships are moved to the week of Nov. 20, the higher-seeded team will host the championship game. In Class 3A and 1A six-man, the East Conference champions will be the higher seeds, while in Class 2A and 1A nine-man, West Conference champions will be the higher seeds. However, if the two teams played each other during the regular season, the winner of the game will host the championship.

Class 4A could also move to a North-South conference schedule, with Sheridan, Campbell County, Thunder Basin, Natrona and Kelly Walsh in the North and Cheyenne Central, Cheyenne East, Cheyenne South, Laramie and Rock Springs in the South. However, a move to conference play for playoff seeding is the decision of the 4A schools, not of the WHSAA, and may not come until after the season starts, Laird said.

Playoff qualification; uneven cancellations

More broadly, Laird said, if chunks of the conference schedule are lost, and teams can’t complete the conference schedule, the coaches themselves will meet to decide which teams will qualify for the playoffs.

Laird said the WHSAA members looked at a variety of power-rating or RPI methods to seed teems, including the one Wyoming used in the 2000s. Ultimately, they decided a coach seeding meeting would work best, similar to what coaches do for seeding for regional wrestling meets.

Laird said some arguments may develop — most likely between teams tied for a playoff spot — but said the coaches “would know best the teams in their conferences.”

Laird also said teams may need to prepare for uneven cancellations affecting the schedule; one district, or one county, deciding to suspend school or activities due to an outbreak does not mean other schools would follow suit. Consequently, some teams may play more games than others.

“There’s a good chance we’re not going to have competitive equity this year,” he said.

If such cancellations happen, Laird said any scheduled games would be counted as no-contest games, not as forfeits. Playoff seeding would still remain with coaches.

“We don’t want to penalize the school over something they have no control over,” Laird said.

Rescheduling games in such circumstances could also be a possibility, Laird said.

Also, schools that don’t reach the playoffs in a shortened season can schedule games with other non-playoff teams during playoff weeks.

Other considerations: Midseason changes, UW

While the contingency plans outline what would happen with late starts to the season, Laird said the WHSAA is also looking into steps to take if one week or a group of weeks midseason is lost.

“We’ve tried to ‘what-if’ it as much as we could,” Laird said.

Laird also acknowledged that if the University of Wyoming can’t play its football season as scheduled, “it’s going to be pretty tough for us to play.”

Football is not alone

Other fall sports will also feel ramifications of contingency scheduling, Laird said. For volleyball, cross country, golf and swimming, he said schedules may need to be shifted to avoid large invitational meets, where large numbers of people could mean a higher likelihood of contagion transmission.

Moving fall sports to the spring also remains a possibility, but Laird said “it isn’t as clean as that sounds. … It is basically the last, last resort. It will be a trickle-down if we move that, and then we’ve got to move other things.”

Particularly, Laird said moving fall sports to the spring would affect track and soccer for a second consecutive year, something he said he wants to avoid.

Laird said the WHSAA’s overall goal was to return students to activities “and do it safely for everybody.”

A breakdown of football’s plan

The WHSAA’s full contingency plan for football is here. Here’s a quick breakdown of how the schedule changes with each week pushed back:

  • Season starts Week 1 (Sept. 4): Zero Week contests are canceled, no make-up.
  • Season starts Week 2 (Sept. 11): Zero Week contests and Week 1 games are canceled, no make-up.
  • Season starts Week 3 (Sept. 18):
  • For 4A and 3A, Zero Week, Week 1 and Week 2 games are canceled, no make-up.
  • For 2A, 1A nine-man and 1A six-man, Week 2 games are moved to the week of quarterfinal playoffs, and no quarterfinal playoff round is played.
  • Season starts Week 4 (Sept. 25):
  • For 4A and 3A, Week 3 games move to the original week of the quarterfinal playoffs (Oct. 30). Playoff games are all shifted back one week, with championships scheduled for Nov. 20.
  • For 2A, 1A nine-man and 1A six-man, Week 2 games are moved to the week of Oct. 30 and Week 3 games to Nov. 6. There would be no quarterfinal playoffs, with semifinals on Nov. 13 and championships Nov. 20.
  • Season starts Week 5 (Oct. 2):
  • For 4A and 3A, all games are pushed back one week and week 3 games are moved to the original week of semifinals. Quarterfinal playoffs are eliminated, and semifinal games would be played Nov. 13 (the original week of championships) and championships Nov. 20.
  • For 2A and 1A nine-man, a six-game regular season, as the schedule would go Week 5-Week 6-Week 7-Week 8-Week 2-Week 3, with Week 4 games eliminated. Again, there would be no quarterfinal playoffs, with semifinals on Nov. 13 and championships Nov. 20.
  • For 1A six-man, a six-game regular season, as the schedule would go Week 5-Week 6-Week 7-Week 8-Week 2-Week 4, with Week 3 games eliminated. Again, there would be no quarterfinal playoffs, with semifinals on Nov. 13 and championships Nov. 20.
  • Season starts Week 6 (Oct. 9):
  • For 4A and 3A, a five-week regular season (with possible rescheduling in 4A), with the schedule going Week 6-Week 7-Week 8-Week 4-Week 5. Semifinals would be Nov. 13 and championships Nov. 20.
  • For 2A and 1A nine-man, a six-week regular season with a schedule of Week 6-Week 7-Week 8-Week 2-Week 3-Week 5. No quarterfinal or semifinal playoffs; conference champions would meet in the state championship on Nov. 20.
  • For 1A six-man, a six-week regular season with with a schedule of Week 6-Week 7-Week 8-Week 5-Week 2-Week 4. No quarterfinal or semifinal playoffs; conference champions would meet in the state championship on Nov. 20.
  • Season starts Week 7 (Oct. 16):
  • For 4A and 3A, five-week regular season (with possible rescheduling in 4A), with the schedule going Week 7-Week 8-Week 4-Week 5-Week 6. No quarterfinals or semifinals; conference champions would meet in state championship games Nov. 20.
  • For 2A and 1A nine-man, a five-week regular season with the schedule going Week 7-Week 8-Week 2-Week 3-Week 5. Again, no quarterfinals or semifinals, with conference champs playing in the title game Nov. 20.
  • For 1A six-man, a five-week regular season with the schedule going Week 7-Week 8-Week 5-Week 6-Week 4. Again, no quarterfinals or semifinals, with conference champs playing in the title game Nov. 20.

–patrick

It’s a tradition ’round these parts to live in a fantasy world — one with reliable transportation, unlimited money and lots of free time.

How I would spend that time and money, come August/September/October/November, is on attending high school football games.

With a 2020 schedule in hand (and with an optimistic view that the season will still happen on schedule), here’s where I’d go to catch as many games, and as many good games, as I possibly could:

Week 0 (Friday, Aug. 28): East-West Jamboree, Casper, 11 a.m. Friday; Cheyenne East at Thunder Basin, 6 p.m. Friday; Big Horn-Buffalo scrimmage, 1 p.m. Saturday. The showdown in Gillette between the Thunderbirds and the ‘Bolts is the marquee matchup of the opening weekend. However, the East-West Jamboree, featuring nine of the teams in six-man nine-man facing off in Casper, will be a great opportunity to see how the classification might come together. Another scrimmage on Saturday between two teams that played in Laramie last year is a nice bonus.

Week 1 (Friday, Sept. 4): Rawlins at Lyman, 5 p.m. Thursday; Guernsey-Sunrise at Farson, 1 p.m. Friday; Mountain View at Evanston, 7 p.m. Friday; Snake River at Hanna, noon Saturday. The first two games are nice appetizers before the meal. The Mountain View-Evanston game is one of the most intriguing interclass games on the schedule in 2020, and then Saturday’s Carbon County duel between Snake River and Hanna is a reprise of last year’s six-man title game.

Week 2 (Friday, Sept. 11): Farson at Burlington, 2 p.m. Friday; Lander at Powell, 7 p.m. Friday; Ten Sleep at Meeteetse, 2 p.m. Saturday. The Northwest corner has some intriguing games in Week 2, including the Lander-Powell matchup that could be 3A’s most interesting early-season matchup. Both squads impressed last year, and I’d be curious to see how they stack up. Throw in a couple six-man games, and it’s a full weekend.

Week 3 (Friday, Sept. 18): Shoshoni at St. Stephens, 5 p.m. Thursday; Encampment at Farson, 2 p.m. Friday; Sheridan at Rock Springs, 6 p.m. Friday; Burlington at Snake River, 2 p.m. Saturday. Lots of options existed in Week 3, including the Oil Bowl, but I decided that seeing a pair of what should be awesome 1A six-man West games was too good to pass up. In between is a showdown between Sheridan and Rock Springs that should be better than people anticipate, and a Thursday nine-man Fremont County game is a nice bonus (but not the only one we’ll get this year).

Week 4 (Friday, Sept. 25): Shoshoni at Wind River, 7 p.m. Thursday; Hulett at Kaycee, 2 p.m. Friday; Rock Springs at Natrona, 6 p.m. Friday; NSI at Midwest, 2 p.m. Saturday. More six-man and nine-man fun at non-Friday night times is always cool, and the Rock Springs-Natrona game last year was a doozy. Several games with great potential dot the schedule for Week 4, so really, you can’t go wrong.

Week 5 (Friday, Oct. 2): Sheridan JV at NSI, 1 p.m. Thursday; Farson at Kaycee, 2 p.m. Friday; Torrington at Big Horn, 6 p.m. Friday; Guernsey at Hulett, 1 p.m. Saturday. We’re staying Northeast for this weekend of football, mostly because I want to see this Torrington-Big Horn matchup. Who knows? By Week 5, it may have lost some luster, but right now it looks like a really fun game. A bunch of six-man around it fills out the weekend.

Week 6 (Friday, Oct. 9): St. Stephens at Wind River, 7 p.m. Thursday; Cody at Star Valley, 4 p.m. Friday; Cokeville at Kemmerer, 6 p.m. Friday; Thermopolis at Lyman, 11 a.m. Saturday. Yes, I know, I can’t get to BOTH the Star Valley and Kemmerer fields in time to watch both games… but I can’t resist that Cody-Star Valley game, which always seems to be a good one. Everything else is gravy, even if it’s just the second half (or fourth quarter?) in Kemmerer.

Week 7 (Friday, Oct. 16): St. Stephens at Wyoming Indian, 7 p.m. Thursday; Lusk at Southeast, 2 p.m. Friday; Wheatland at Torrington, 7 p.m. Friday; Hulett vs. Hanna (at Midwest), noon Saturday. On paper, the Lusk-Southeast, Wheatland-Torrington and Hulett-Hanna games could all be huge in deciding conference championships and playoff seeding. Meanwhile, Thursday’s game is the renewal of a reservation rivalry that may not have the title stakes but might be the most meaningful game of the week.

Week 8 (Friday, Oct. 23): Glenrock at Tongue River, noon Friday; Thunder Basin at Sheridan, 6 p.m. Friday; Dubois at Ten Sleep, 2 p.m. Saturday. You’d be out of your mind to think I’d miss the ‘Bolts and the Broncs in the regular-season closer. The other two games are nice and close, and they’d bring a solid end to the regular season.

With this plan, I’d get to see 41 of Wyoming’s 65 programs play football. Thanks to the non-Friday-night scheduling, I’d see Farson four times and Hulett and St. Stephens three times each; I’d also see Thunder Basin, Sheridan, Rock Springs, Big Horn, Lyman, Torrington, Shoshoni, Wind River, Guernsey, Snake River, Hanna, Burlington, Ten Sleep, Kaycee and NSI twice each. I’d see every team in six-man thanks to its less consistent scheduling. And I’d put an extra 2,618 miles on my car, eat lots of sodium-filled gas station snacks and temporarily alienate my wife in the process. Worth it.

–patrick

Updated 9:15 a.m. May 28 to fix an error in the Week 0 listing.

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