Sheridan, Cody, Mountain View, Pine Bluffs and Kaycee are your 2017 state champions. When we think about the 2017 season, we’ll probably start there.

We won’t finish there, though.

One of the beauties of having the state’s football history compiled in one place is that it allows me (and us) to track records that, prior to the beginning of research on this site in 2004 and the launch of the site in 2005, were really difficult to authenticate. No more. So here are some highlights — beyond the champions — of 2017:

Scoring records

Two teams set overall season scoring records in 2017.

Natrona, with 545 points, notched more points than any other in the state’s 11-man history. The Mustangs’ mark topped the previous record of 539, set by Gillette in 2015.

Meanwhile, Kaycee, which averaged 70.7 points per game, set the state’s all-time record for average points per game. The old record of 68.27 points per game was set by Meeteetse in 2015. Also, Kaycee’s 707 total points is good enough for third all-time.

Class 4A champion Sheridan finished the season with 527 points, good enough for fourth all-time in the 11-man ranks.

On the other side, some teams set records they’d rather not. Gillette allowed 570 points this season, the most ever given up in an 11-man season and the fourth-most regardless of game style (six-, eight-, nine- or 11-man). The old 11-man record, 521, was set by Cheyenne South in its inaugural season in 2011. Jackson allowed 436 points this season, the eighth-highest mark in the state’s 11-man history, while St. Stephens allowed 576 points, second-most all-time regardless of style.

Normative Services and St. Stephens finished second and third, respectively, in most average points allowed per game. NSI allowed 78 points per game this season, while St. Stephens allowed 72 ppg. Gillette’s 63.33 points allowed per game was the third-most ever in an 11-man season.

For single-game scoring, the 62-44 game between Green River and Jackson on Oct. 13 is tied for 10th all-time for combined points (106) in an 11-man game. Also, Kaycee’s 77 points against Meeteetse in the first round of the six-man quarterfinals on Oct. 27 is eighth-most for points by a single team in a playoff game.

See the scoring records here.

Streaks

The most notable streak in 2017 is Kaycee’s winning streak, which now rests at 30 games entering 2018. Many outlets reported that Kaycee’s streak was 31 consecutive games, counting a forfeit loss from Rock River in the tallies. However, historically, this site and most media outlets do not regard a canceled season — as Rock River’s was this year — as a series of eight forfeits (for example, see Tongue River 2011). Instead, the games are simply removed from the schedule, and that team’s opponents either schedule replacement games (as Meeteetse, Hanna, Lingle and others did with their Rock River week this season) or leave it as a bye. Kaycee left the week open, and therefore their final season tally for 2017 will be listed as 10-0 and the winning streak at 30.

Cokeville notched its 30th consecutive winning season and its 32nd consecutive non-losing season, increasing its state records in both categories.

Laramie, meanwhile, had its 17th consecutive losing season, second all-time to Newcastle’s 22 consecutive losing seasons from 1984-2005. Rawlins ended its streak of consecutive losing seasons this year at 16.

Gillette’s scoring streak ended at 136 games this year, leaving Snake River at 85 consecutive games as the team with the longest active scoring streak. The Rattlers’ streak is tied for 12th-longest all-time.

See the streaks records here.

Coaching

Natrona coach Steve Harshman moved into third place all-time among the state’s coaches in victories. With 190 victories in Wyoming, Harshman passed John Deti Jr. for third place. He trails former Laramie coach John Deti Sr. (205 victories) and current Cokeville coach Todd Dayton (who extended his state record to 315 victories).

Sheridan coach Don Julian moved into sixth-place all-time on the same list. Julian now has 165 victories in his Wyoming career.

Of active Wyoming coaches, Dayton, Harshman, Julian, Southeast’s Mark Bullington (138 victories) and Glenrock’s Ray Kumpula (127) have more than 100 victories. Douglas’ Jay Rhoades will enter 2018 with 95 victories at Douglas and will be the only active coach with a chance to enter the Wyoming 100-victory club in 2018.

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I nailed more than half my picks last week. But that means I whiffed on almost half. My season and career totals:

Last week: 3-2 (60 percent). This season: 259-46 (85 percent — my best season yet!). 13-year total: 3,089-772 (80 percent).

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A couple quick reminders as I close out the books on 2017:

First, wyoming-basketball.com is a site you should know exists. And you should check it out. It’s full of cool info on the state’s hoops history.

Second, if you like the work I’ve done, consider a page sponsorship. $20 secures a page for an entire year. It also means a lot to me, personally. My sponsors are awesome and allow me to operate the site without paying for it out of my own pocket.

Third, and finally, we’re not done. All-state and all-conference teams will be released this week, as will the Casper Star-Tribune’s Super 25 team. I may have some individual records to post. The 2018 schedules will be out soon. We’ll probably see some new coaches in the state by the time the 2018 season starts. We’ll have the National Football Foundation banquet and awards; we’ll have the Shrine Bowl; we’ll have other stuff. I’ll be here for all of it. Thanks again for reading and supporting the site.

–patrick

I’ve made the following updates to the site:

Added Cokeville’s 44-0 victory against Kemmerer on Aug. 26, 2016. Officials at both schools verified that this was a full-on game played with normal timing and gameplay rules, contrary to my previous understanding. This extends Kemmerer’s losing streak entering this season to 37 games and its home losing streak to 18 games.

I have also added a few updates to the 2017 schedule, mostly to note some schedule changes to Zero Week.

All the updates have been made on all the relevant pages.

–patrick

I recently added the Wyoming high school football standings from 1894-1947 to the site. Click here for a full listing of year-by-year standings.

Standings prior to 1948 list overall records only, as district play was loosely organized, each team in a district did not necessarily play every other team in the same district, and district records alone were not how a district champion was determined.

I also combined the 1904, 1905, 1906 and 1907 season pages onto the page that previously listed the results from 1894-1903 only. That’s here. All of the links have been redirected on all the relevant pages.

–patrick

In compiling the results for this website, I came across a handful of games that were listed as postponed.

Now, we all know the difference between a postponed game and a canceled game, right? A canceled game won’t be made up; a postponed game will be.

Not everyone understands or acknowledges this difference. Even so, a few games exist in this database as “postponed” instead of canceled, but no make-up game or result is noted. Perhaps these games were postponed in hope that the game would be made up but later was not. Often, such failures in scheduling weren’t acknowledged by the various newspapers in the state — the games just disappeared. Or they were replayed and the game result was never published. I’m not sure.

These are those games:

O30/1923 Cheyenne Central Wheatland postponed-snow
S24/1937 Lovell Sheridan postponed-infantile paralysis
O31/1941 Pavillion Byron postponed
N5/1956 Lusk Newcastle postponed
O25/1957 Huntley Chugwater postponed-bad field
O8/1993 Hill City (SD) Upton postponed-snow
N3/1922 Basin Cody ppd-snow
O2/1942 Deaver-Frannie Cowley ppd.
O9/1942 Byron Deaver-Frannie ppd.
O16/1942 Gillette Midwest ppd-snow (played each other later but had scheduled two games against each other that year)
O16/1942 LaPorte (CO) St. Mary’s ppd.
S29/1943 St. Mary’s Albin ppd (played each other later but had scheduled two games against each other that year)
O19/1951 Ranchester Big Horn ppd
O26/1951 Dayton Ranchester ppd
S17/1965 Glenrock Upton ppd-snow
S17/1965 Green River Kemmerer ppd-snow (played each other later but had scheduled two games against each other that year)
S17/1965 Lander Greybull ppd-snow
S24/1965 Deaver-Frannie Morton ppd
S28/1973 Glenrock Goshen Hole ppd., light failure

Seven games that were listed as postponed I’ve been able to figure out that yes, indeed, they were rescheduled and played. The listing for those seven games already existed in the database; however, the originally scheduled games, listed here, have been removed.

S12/1952 Sundance Newcastle ppd-polio
O11/1957 Cheyenne Central Rawlins postponed-flu
O17/1957 Big Horn Moorcroft postponed-flu (this game was rescheduled but not played)
S17/1965 Thermopolis Buffalo ppd-snow
S17/1965 Riverton Worland ppd-snow
S17/1965 Torrington Rock Springs ppd-snow
S17/1965 Laramie Natrona ppd-snow

–patrick

Thanks to some digging into Idaho newspapers at newspaperarchive.com, I’ve made the following updates:

Added the result of Jackson’s 39-13 victory against Montpelier, Idaho, on Oct. 27, 1967.

Added the result of Star Valley’s 13-7 loss to Montpelier, Idaho, on Oct. 30, 1936.

Added the result of Star Valley’s 28-6 loss to Montpelier, Idaho, on Sept. 24, 1931.

Noted that the scheduled game between Kemmerer and Montpelier, Idaho, on Nov. 15, 1929, was not played; Montpelier played Malad, Idaho, on Nov. 11 of that year and had a game scheduled with Idaho Falls for Nov. 18, and no indication of any game with Kemmerer was noted for Nov. 15.

All relevant pages have been updated with the new info.

–patrick

Jim Craig provided some valuable help for some games involving Powell and some all-state help. Here’s the updates I made thanks to his help:

Added two games to Powell’s 1945 season: a 6-6 tie with Columbus, Mont., on Sept. 8 in Powell, and an 18-0 victory against Laurel on Sept. 14-15 in Laurel (added to missing games list because an exact date couldn’t be pinned down).

Added Powell’s 7-2 loss to Laurel, Mont., on Sept. 12, 1947, in Laurel.

Corrected the score for Lovell’s 14-6 victory against Powell on Sept. 23, 1949; I had the score reversed, with Powell winning.

Added the first name and corrected the team for Laramie’s Dick Cox, a second-team all-state choice in 1951; he was previously listed with Rawlins, which was incorrect.

(Short track aside: He also found the last missing state track champion on my lists, the 1979 girls Class C 4×1 champion — Ten Sleep. Their title and time was added to the list.)

Through some of my own research, I also made these updates:

Found the location for the game between Meeteetse and Joliet, Mont., on Oct. 14, 2002; it was in Joliet.

Found the score for Deaver-Frannie’s 49-6 loss to the Billings West, Mont., JV on Oct. 26, 1962.

All the updates have been made on all the relevant pages.

–patrick

Thanks to Jim Craig’s continued help in the archives, I was able to make these updates:

Added St. Mary’s 42-0 victory against Burns in Burns on Sept. 17, 1943.

Noted that Sundance’s 15-0 victory against Wright on Sept. 13, 1991, was later forfeited to Wright. This forfeit explains why Upton, Sundance and Wright had to have a triangular playoff at the end of the 1991 season. This also changed Wright’s longest losing streak.

Added Reliance’s 7-6 victory against the Green River JV on Oct. 26, 1938, in Green River.

Added Sunrise’s 32-26 victory against Manville on Oct. 14, 1949, in Lance Creek. This game result was originally listed for a game played on Oct. 5. An Oct. 5 game was also played, and Sunrise won that game, but a score for that game has yet to be pinned down (added to the missing games list due to that).

Added the location and date for Wind River’s 33-19 victory against Burlington on Oct. 23, 1990, in Burlington.

Added the location of Mountain View’s 19-12 loss to the Jackson JV on Sept. 11, 1981 — it was in Jackson.

Added the location of Meeteetse’s 36-6 loss to the Cody JV on Oct. 8, 1995; it was in Meeteetse.

Added numerous updates to the track and field champions listings. Times/marks and first and last names have been nailed down for every champion except for one… and we’re working on finding that one as we speak!

I also updated the 1990 2A all-state team to put Bill Holthues on the right team. He played for Thermopolis, not Big Piney. Thanks to Heath Hayes for catching that!

I also fixed Rawlins’ all-time playoff record: It’s 4-10, not 3-10.

All the updates have been made on all the relevant pages.

–patrick

Thanks to Jim Craig and his continuing help with research, I’ve been able to make some more updates:

Added Byron’s 39-12 victory against Cowley on Oct. 22, 1948. (Added to the missing games list because a location could not be found.) This victory extended Byron’s verified win streak to 28 games for this era, tied for fourth-longest in state history; unofficially, Byron’s win streak is 41 games for this time, which at the time was a national six-man record and would be a state record for all schools.

Updated the 1949 all-state second team with three missing first names: Green River’s Dale Terwilliger and Worland’s Gene Schneider and Jerry Brown.

–patrick

One small project I’ve tackled is getting first names for all first- and second-team all-state selections since 1946. This week, I added some first names to the 1951 AA second-team all-state lists: Cheyenne’s Ken Furman, Laramie’s Eldon Smith and Sheridan’s John Rawlings. Only one first name is missing from that team now, that of Cox from Rawlins. However, no one with that last name is listed for that year in the Rawlins yearbook. Help?

I also added eight first names to the 1949 all-state second team: Cheyenne’s Lyle Van Horne and Dick Mabie; Natrona’s Robert McConahay and Darrell Hougham; Newcastle’s Pete Thompson; Rock Springs’ Tom Lambert; and Sheridan’s Jim Askew and Gary Kaiser. However, I’m still missing first names for Green River’s Terwilliger (it could be either Dale or Eddie…) and Worland’s Schneider and Brown. Help again?

Thanks again to the help of Jim Craig, I made several other fixes/additions to the site:

I added two games to the database: Midwest’s victory against the Natrona JV on Sept. 21, 1962, in Midwest (added to the missing games list because a score has yet to be found) and Midwest’s 22-19 victory against the Natrona JV on Aug. 26, 1978, in Midwest.

I also noted the 1940 game between Douglas and Midwest was canceled.

I also updated the 1937 season page to accurately reflect Buffalo’s 20-0 victory against Gillette on Oct. 7. I had it as a 0-0 tie on the year page but as a 20-0 Buffalo victory on both team pages. That discrepancy is fixed.

–patrick

Seven players entered Wyoming’s unofficial top 10 single-season records for rushing, passing, receiving or defensive points for their performances in the 2016 season.

Wyoming has a new (unofficial) leader in defensive points for a season. Shoshoni’s J.J. Pingetzer finished the season with 312 defensive points. He is the first recorded player to finish with more than 300 defensive points in a season.

Two 3A passers entered the passing yards top 10, with Riverton’s Brady Fullerton claiming the No. 3 spot with 2,442 passing yards and Douglas’ Ty Larson finishing in the No. 4 spot with 2,395 yards. Sheridan’s Drew Boedecker was just outside the top 10 with 2,128 yards, nine yards short of No. 10.

Two rushers also entered the top 10, with Big Horn’s Colton Williams moving into the No. 7 spot with 1,923 rushing yards and Glenrock’s Garrett Schwindt moving into ninth with 1,872 yards. Gillette’s Austin Clemetson was just outside the top 10 with his 1,847 yards this year — only three yards short of the 10th-place spot.

Two receivers also got into their top 10, with Sheridan’s Coy Steel finishing eighth with 1,033 yards and Douglas’ Eric Jamerman moving into 10th with his 1,004 yards.

See the full top 10s for each category here.

–patrick

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