Midwest alums Cathy and Steve VanNorman hooked me up with some more Midwest game films from the early 1980s, including the first two Class 1A state championship games from 1983 and 1984. Score! I’ve added these games to my YouTube playlist of archived Midwest football game films:

1980 vs. Big Horn
1983 vs. Guernsey-Sunrise
1983 vs. Cokeville (1A state championship game)
1984 vs. Big Horn
1984 vs. Tongue River
1984 vs. Moorcroft
1984 vs. Burlington (1A semifinal)
1984 vs. Cokeville (1A state championship game)

With the earlier upload of Midwest football game videos, this now makes 92 MHS football games available online.

If you’ve got Wyoming varsity high school football game tapes around that you’d like digitized and posted to YouTube, let me know! I’m happy to help. I love seeing the game in its previous eras.

–patrick

I’m going to try something new tonight: a livestream! Chat Wyoming high school football with me in real time. Post comments and questions here, and I’ll answer them as I see them. Plus, it’s likely my cat will maeke an unscheduled cameo appearance!

http://www.youtube.com/user/pschmiedt/live

–patrick

This spring, I digitized 84 Midwest High School football game tapes and posted them to YouTube. The games range from 1980 to 2007, but most of the games are from the 1980s and the 2000s. I created a playlist on YouTube for all the games, but I’ve also posted links to the individual games below. Many thanks to Midwest coach Ken Swieter for giving me access to the tape library!
If other schools have similar tape libraries they would like to see digitized, let me know.

One of the cool things about this project is that it’s not just for Midwest; footage of teams from 17 other schools are here, too.

My favorite game in the collection is the 1986 game between Midwest and Big Horn. I knew the significance of this game long before I saw the game footage — both teams entered the regular-season finale undefeated, but only the winner moved on to the playoffs. I also knew Big Horn won in overtime. What I did not realize was that Big Horn tied the game with less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter (update: I watched again, and it was actually 40 seconds remaining) with an 85-yard touchdown pass. Heartbreak for the Oilers; jubilation for the Rams; astonishment for me, 30 years later. (If you want to see that play, fast forward to 41:10 on that video.)

Another good one is the 1989 nine-man semifinal game between Midwest and Dubois. Midwest was down 15-14 in the fourth quarter but staged an epic 16-play drive — all running plays — and converted two fourth downs on its way to the winning touchdown. I lived seven years in Midwest and never heard about that drive…. Well, now, we can all see it in its full glory.

The following games have been added to YouTube:

1980 season
Moorcroft

1982 season
Upton
Natrona sophs
Tongue River
Moorcroft

1983 season
Tongue River
Moorcroft

1984 season
Wright

1985 season
Guernsey-Sunrise
Moorcroft
Sundance
Upton
Wright
Tongue River
Hulett

1986 season
Guernsey-Sunrise
Moorcroft
Upton
Wright
Tongue River
Hulett
Big Horn

1987 season
Guernsey-Sunrise
Moorcroft
Sundance
Upton
Wright
Tongue River
Hulett
Big Horn
Cokeville
 (1A semifinals)

1988 season
Moorcroft
Sundance
Upton
Wright
Tongue River
Hulett
Big Horn

1989 season
Moorcroft
Tongue River
Sundance
Wright
Dubois
Big Horn
Dubois (1A semifinals)
Hanna (1A state championship)

1991 season
Ten Sleep

1993 season
Big Horn

1998 season
Big Horn
Hulett

1999 season
Dubois
Meeteetse

2000 season
Normative Services
Ten Sleep
Meeteetse
Hulett

2001 season
Hanna
Ten Sleep
Meeteetse
Big Horn

2002 season
Upton JV
Sundance JV
Meeteetse
Natrona sophs 1
Hulett
Natrona sophs 2

2003 season
Upton
Guernsey-Sunrise
Lingle
Burlington
Ten Sleep
Hulett

2004 season
Wyoming Indian
Guernsey-Sunrise
Lingle
Burlington
Hanna
Ten Sleep
Hulett
Normative Services

2005 season
Upton
Moorcroft
Natrona sophs
Normative Services

2007 season
Shoshoni

–patrick

This week, I acquired several old game tapes from my alma mater, Midwest. One of the tapes in the stack was the Class 1A nine-man state championship game from 1989 between the Oilers and the Hanna Miners. Hanna won the game, and the video — now more than 26 years old — was worth digitizing (and uploading to YouTube).

If you have old game videos, especially of playoff and championship games, that you’d like me to digitize and share here, let me know! I’m happy to do so.

–patrick

I recently converted the game tape of the 1998 meeting between Midwest and Hulett to a digital format and loaded it onto Youtube.

I played for Midwest in this game, which we won 19-16. Other than that, the game doesn’t really have any special significance, although I did call it my most memorable game in A Century of Fridays. For the fun stuff, fast forward to 31:30, to watch Midwest’s game-winning drive, down 16-13.

If you’ve uploaded game film to Youtube, I’d love to hear about it. Post a comment below! Of course, not every game film will get a post on this blog, but if anyone has gone to the effort of restoring playoff/championship game films, I’d be glad to share them around. I’ve previously linked to the 1954 Class A championship film and to Powell’s 1957 playoff games, including the Class A title game.

In uploading this video, I also stumbled across Meeteetse’s game films for the year, including the state championship against Midwest.

–patrick

A film of the 1954 Class A championship game between Worland and Torrington has been digitized and posted online — and it’s pretty sweet.

The video, posted by RT Communications at rtcom.tv, can be viewed on this page (although the direct link to the file may be necessary on some browsers/systems).

Worland won the game 32-7, but as the film shows, the game was close until the fourth quarter. Both teams ran variations of the single wing offense.

The video was apparently posted in September, but I just now got around to noticing it. RT Communications has numerous other historical Worland football games posted on its website, including the 2002 4A championship game against Star Valley.

–patrick

Powell’s best season in school history just might be 1957.

That season, the Panthers went 11-0 on their way to winning the Class A championship, beating Rawlins 19-13 in the semifinals and Torrington 40-6 in the championship game — and both games were on the road.

But how good were these Panthers, really?

Now, you can see for yourself — thanks to the son of a former Powell player who has uploaded films of Powell’s two playoff games to YouTube.

The films were uploaded by Wesley Fryer, who noted on his Flickr account that his father, Tom Fryer, was Powell’s quarterback in both games. He also noted on his YouTube profile that the game film was digitized by Biff Beck, a PHS graduate from that era.

You can read more about the process of digitizing and uploading the films on Fryer’s blog by clicking here.

The videos. Please note that these were the Class A playoffs, not the Class 4A playoffs as listed on the videos:

First half of Rawlins-Powell semifinal (if it’s not showing up below, click here):

Second half of Rawlins-Powell semifinal (if it’s not showing up below, click here):

First half of Torrington-Powell championship (if it’s not showing up below, click here):

Second half of Torrington-Powell championship (if it’s not showing up below, click here):

There are plenty of interesting things to note about each video. What do you see that catches your eye? (I will post some more later about what interests me in these videos.)

This is a fantastic collection of videos; props to Mr. Fryer and Mr. Beck for taking the time to preserve and share them with the world. I would love to see more films like this from this era!

–patrick

With the new year approaching, I got to thinking about the past decade of Wyoming high school football games and all of the great ones we’ve been privileged to watch, hear about, or (in my case) write about. With 2,948 games played since 2001, there are plenty of great games from which to choose. I started a mental checklist and kept coming up with games I had forgotten; there were probably 60 games on my original list. From that, I pared my list down to about 40, then to the top 20 games of the past 10 years.

The list is probably a little heavy on later-decade games, as I didn’t start my work at the Star-Tribune until 2005, and is also heavy on playoff games, but that makes sense considering that playoff games have more riding on them, better teams playing, and can end seasons — all heightening the drama and the memorable aspects involved.

I tried to pick the best games, where both teams were at full strength, where the stakes were high, where the outcome was in doubt until late. You won’t see any games decided by more than seven points on this list.

Obviously, this list is the work of one person. If you came up with your own list, you would probably include some games that I did not. And that’s encouraged. Take a look at this list, then let me know which games you think I forgot.

These games are in chronological order. It was hard enough for me to pick 20; rank-ordering those 20 would take me until the start of next season. (But check out the bottom of this post for my “game of the decade.”)

Without further ado, the top 20 games of Wyoming high school football in the past 10 years:

Big Piney 34, Glenrock 33, OT, 2001 Class 3A semifinals — Herders rally from 27-0 deficit, but miss extra point in overtime

Southeast 14, Lusk 7, 2001 Class 2A championship — Two two-time defending champs stage a classic

Worland 17, Star Valley 14, OT, 2002 Class 4A championship — 18-yard field goal by Casey Lass in OT wins it for Warriors

Cokeville 14, Southeast 13, 2003 Class 1A championship — Cyclones go for two, come up short with 2:14 to go

Green River 24, Riverton 21, 2004 Class 5A semifinals — Wolves nearly upset by Wolverines on their way to a perfect season

Guernsey-Sunrise 20, Cokeville 18, 2004 Class 1A championship — Nigel Bristow scores winning TD with 2 minutes to go

Cheyenne Central 23, Natrona 20, OT, 2005 Class 5A semifinals — Central drives late in fourth quarter for TD to tie it, wins in OT

Guernsey-Sunrise 26, Burlington 23, 2005 Class 1A semifinals — Vikings win with TD on final play

Big Piney 12, Newcastle 6, 2006 Class 3A quarterfinals — Punchers make the long trip, win with Seth Linn’s TD catch in final three seconds

Cheyenne East 5, Natrona 3, 2006 Class 4A semifinals — East scores five points in final three minutes, then holds off NC’s last drive

Guernsey-Sunrise 14, Cokeville 12, 2006 Class 1A championship — Panthers miss short field goal on season’s final play

Cheyenne East 35, Gillette 34, 2 OT, 2007 Class 5A semifinals — Blocked extra point in second OT helps to give T-Birds the victory

Jackson 10, Buffalo 6, 2007 Class 4A championship — Jackson produces epic goal-line stand in final 2 minutes

Riverside 21, Big Horn 20, 2007 Class 2A championship — Rebels go 99 yards on game-winning drive, convert 2-point try for championship

Glenrock 16, Buffalo 14, 2008 regular season — Herders’ biggest test during unbeaten season comes down to conversion try in final moments

Douglas 28, Powell 27, 2 OT, 2008 Class 4A semifinals — Cody Bohlander’s three-TD day is capped with winning conversion run

Kelly Walsh 28, Natrona 27, 2 OT, 2009 regular season — Trojans rally from 21-0 deficit, stop Mustangs on 2-point conversion in second OT

Kaycee 58, Midwest 56, 2009 Class 1A-six man semifinals — Buckaroos’ Shawn Straub scores long TD in final 15 seconds

Buffalo 24, Cody 21, OT, 2010 Class 3A semifinals — Bison rally from 14-0 deficit, come up with big defensive stand in overtime

Thermopolis 13, Big Horn 9, 2010 Class 2A championship — Bobcats repeat as champion with late TD by Mitch Syverson

Also on my short list: Lovell 18, Rocky Mountain 15, 2002 Class 3A quarterfinals; Gillette 40, Kelly Walsh 37, OT, 2005 regular season; Powell 33, Lander 31, 2005 Class 4A quarterfinals; Wright 13, Big Horn 7, 2005 Class 2A semifinals; Upton 7, Cokeville 3, 2005 Class 1A semifinals; Buffalo 17, Star Valley 14, 2005 Class 4A championship; Douglas 30, Jackson 26, 2006 Class 4A quarterfinals; Evanston 36, Kelly Walsh 31, 2007 Class 5A quarterfinals; Jackson 16, Douglas 14, 2007 Class 4A semifinals; Lander 6, Jackson 0, 2008 regular season; Douglas 21, Buffalo 14, OT, 2008 regular season; Pine Bluffs 22, Hulett 20, 2009 regular season; Sheridan 9, Kelly Walsh 7, 2009 Class 4A semifinals; Gillette 27, Sheridan 24, OT, 2010 regular season; Southeast 15, Rocky Mountain 14, 2010 Class 1A 11-man quarterfinals.

Of these games, though, one stands out as my choice for “game of the decade”…. and I’m going with the 2007 2A title game, Riverside over Big Horn. This game was etched into memory by Riverside’s game-winning 99-yard drive — and by the Rebels’ successful 2-point conversion late in the game. But this game was more than that. Riverside was avenging a home loss to Big Horn earlier in the season that had ended in similar fashion, with the Rebels having missed a two-point conversion in overtime; Riverside was coming off a two-point loss to Southeast in the 2006 title game; the Rebels had won their other two playoff games by a combined three points, while Big Horn had won its playoff games by eight and five points in one of the most even playoff brackets in recent memory; Big Horn was playing in its fourth state championship game in six years, having won in 2003 and 2004, while Riverside was playing for the town of Basin’s first state football championship…. all that drama, all that intrigue, all that background, and all you need to know is “Rebels convert.”

So what do you think? What games did I forget about? Which game would be your choice for top game of the decade? Post a comment below. Then let’s get set for another decade of high school football!

Happy New Year!

–patrick

So it’s late Friday night in Laramie, Wyoming. I could be out having fun. Or I could be writing one of my three final papers that are due next week. Or I could be working out, or sleeping, or any one of a hundred other productive things. Instead, I’m posting my favorite Wyoming high school videos from YouTube here.

The first (and possibly coolest, IMHO) video is a film strip of a Green River-Evanston game. I’m guessing it’s from the early 1960s, based on the uniforms, but I can’t be sure. It’s only 30 seconds long but it’s a great 30 seconds… click here to watch it.

Second is a solid pic/sound compilation from the Jackson Hole News & Guide of the 2007 4A championship between Buffalo and Jackson… click here to watch it.

Third is the Gillette Public Access highlights from the 2008 5A title game between Gillette and Green River. Remember that one? Yeah, it was good…. click here to watch it.

Fourth is the Buffalo “rap” video with lots of highlights from the 2005 Bison season… yeah that 22-game streak was pretty amazing. The rap? Well… click here to watch it.

Fifth is a two-for-one, the videos from the “Line of Scrimmage” thing a couple years ago about Big Piney that ran on Monday Night Football. Any time folks from Cali come out to Wyoming for 2A football, I smile…. Click here for the first and click here for the second.

Anyway, if you’ve got a favorite, feel free to post it below.

Oh, and because I can’t resist… one more, even though it’s not Wyoming it’s awesome.

Now I’ve put a dent in your Friday night, too.

–patrick