The 2021 Wyoming all-state football teams were released Saturday by the Wyoming Coaches Association.

Among the 180 players selected were 37 players chosen for the second time and nine for the third time, including the first three-time all-state selections for Riverton, Star Valley and Wheatland.

Three-time all-state players chosen were Jackson’s Colter Dawson and Sadler Smith; Lusk’s Dylan Molzahn; Riverton’s Lucas Engle; Sheridan’s Carter McComb; Snake River’s Zander Risner; Southeast’s Ryan Clapper; Star Valley’s Lucas Chappell; and Wheatland’s Jake Hicks. Engle, Chappell and Hicks are the first three-time all-state players from their respective schools, according to current all-state listing availability.

Repeat selections were Cheyenne East’s Gavin Goff; Cody’s Daniel Gorman, Matt Nelson, Luke Talich and Jonathan Williams; Douglas’ Keltan Ewing and Rylan Wehr; Dubois’ Max Claar; Encampment’s Koye Gilbert; Farson’s Cree Jones; Green River’s Dylan Taylor; Jackson’s Matt Carney, Brody Hasenack and Sam Scott; Kelly Walsh’s Cameron Burkett; Lusk’s Dayne Lamp; Lyman’s Rho Mecham and McKoy Smith; Meeteetse’s Dace Bennett and Kalvin Erickson; Moorcroft’s Zane Linder; Natrona’s Kaeden Wilcox; Pine Bluffs’ Stu Lerwick, Diego Paniagua and Ty Sweeter; Powell’s Toran Graham, Lane Shramek and Hawkin Sweeney; Rock Springs’ Isaac Schoenfeld and Cadon Shaklee; Rocky Mountain’s Nate Minemyer; Shoshoni’s Nathon Cousineau; Southeast’s Cord Herring; Star Valley’s Lane Oesch; Torrington’s Beau Bivens and Chase Miller; and Wheatland’s Kade Preuit. All were on their respective 2020 all-state teams.

Click here to see the full 2021 Wyoming all-state football teams. Lists are also available on the WCA website.

–patrick

Post updated 6:21 p.m. Nov. 20 to fix the total number of players selected.

Two Jackson players with record-setting years now sit at the top of Wyoming’s unofficial single-season passing and receiving yard record lists.

Including Week 0 efforts, Jackson’s Sadler Smith finished his season with 3,459 passing yards. Teammate Nate Keipert finished with 1,210 receiving yards. Both marks are unofficial single-season records for Wyoming.

Formerly, the records were held by Campbell County’s Dalton Holst for passing (3,190 yards in 2015) and Cheyenne East’s Chance Aumiller (1,121 yards in 2019).

Jackson went 9-3 this season and finished as Class 3A runners-up.

Smith also made the top 10 this season for single-game passing, with his 429-yard effort against Pocatello, Idaho, now third overall.

Cheyenne East’s Garet Schlabs moved into sixth in single-game receiving yards with 239 yards against Campbell County this season.

I also added sections in the individual records for nine-man and six-man games and seasons. Nine-man records are top five and date back to 2020 only. Six-man records are top 10s and date back to 2009, although full six-man season statistics were not available until 2012. However, some single-game records are incomplete due to lack of fully available game-by-game statistics. I will fill in the missing information as it becomes available.

–patrick

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

The 2021 season — as much as it can be — is now incorporated into each individual page on wyoming-football.com. Let me know if something looks weird or incorrect, or if I missed something, by leaving a comment here or emailing me: pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

With that, here were some team record scoring and streaks that made their way to their respective top 10s this year:

The 148 combined points scored by Dubois (68) and Meeteetse (80) in their game on Sept. 18 tied for the ninth-most combined points in a single game.

The 102 points scored combined by Buffalo (27) and Jackson (75) in their 3A quarterfinal game was the fourth-most ever by two teams in an 11-man playoff game. Jackson’s 75 points was the second-most points ever scored by one team in an 11-man playoff game.

Cheyenne South’s 490 points allowed is sixth-most all-time for a single 11-man season. The 54.44 points allowed per game by the Bison was 10th all-time most allowed in an 11-man season.

Cokeville extended existing records with its 34th consecutive winning season and its 36th consecutive non-losing season. Sheridan reached the top 10 with its 15th consecutive non-losing season and also moved up to tied for third all-time with its 15th consecutive winning season.

Laramie stayed in second place all-time with its 21st consecutive losing season and remained in third with its 21st consecutive non-winning season. Moorcroft moved into a tie for fifth with its 13th consecutive losing season. Together, Worland and Wyoming Indian moved into a tie for seventh with their 12th consecutive losing seasons. And Wright moved into a tie for seventh with its 15th consecutive non-winning season.

Updates for individual records, all-state and other postseason honors will happen when they are available. Enjoy…

–patrick

For the first time since 2012, all five championship games were rematches of regular-season encounters.

And if you wanted to know how the title games went, you didn’t have to look any further than those earlier games.

All five teams that won these matchups in the regular season also won them on Friday and Saturday in Laramie, as Sheridan, Cody, Lyman, Shoshoni and Snake River made it clear their victories earlier this season were no flukes — they were trends.

Sheridan won its second Class 4A championship in three years and its fifth in seven years with an overwhelming offensive performance, beating Rock Springs 45-27. Rock Springs fell behind on the opening kickoff, which Sheridan ran back for a touchdown, and never recovered. The Broncs led 24-7 at halftime and the Tigers never got closer than 16 points in the second half. Compared to Sheridan’s 27-24 victory against Rock Springs in the regular season, this one wasn’t nearly as nerve-wracking, but since the W came in Laramie, it generated significantly more excitement.

The Class 3A classic many expected — expectations based on Cody’s last-minute 21-15 victory against Jackson in Week 8 — didn’t develop. But Cody doesn’t mind that at all. Three long pick-sixes from Cody on three consecutive possessions in the second half broke open what had been a close game. The Broncs rode that momentum to a 41-24 victory and a second consecutive state championship and its fourth since 2014. At 11-0, Cody finished with its first undefeated, untied season since 1932.

In Class 2A, points came at a premium. Lyman’s second-quarter score and two-point conversion was enough for an 8-6 victory against 2A West foe Lovell. The game was nothing like the regular-season matchup the two teams had in September, when the Eagles scored points in bunches in a 34-15 victory. Lyman, though, will take that victory any way it can, marking a school-record 19th consecutive time the Eagles have finished with more points than their opponents. It’s the longest active winning streak in Wyoming, and it will continue into 2022.

Shoshoni’s championship in Class 1A nine-man built slowly. The Wranglers scored once each in the first, second and third quarters and had a 19-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter; they held on to beat Rocky Mountain 19-6. For the two West Conference rivals, their meeting in Week 11 was quite similar to their Week 2 game that Shoshoni won 27-10. Shoshoni will take it; the title is the program’s first since 1985. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies finished 9-2, with both losses to Shoshoni.

The Class 1A six-man championship game between Snake River and Encampment, at least in terms of the final score, was nearly identical to the regular-season matchup. Snake River won the championship game and capped an undefeated season with a 65-24 victory; the Rattlers won the regular-season matchup 66-24. The championship game itself was close at halftime, but an inspired Snake River effort on defense in the second half helped the Rattlers win their fourth state championship since 2010 and their second in the past three years.

And that’s how the 2021 season came to a close — familiarly.

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Here are the results of my picks from last week, this season and all-time:

Last week: 4-1 (80 percent). This season: 261-50 (84 percent). 17-year overall mark: 4,085-999 (80 percent).

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Several pages have already been updated, including the 2021 scores and standings pages, the playoff brackets, the state champions listings, the state championship games and a few others. Individual team pages, scoring records, streaks, all-time standings and everything else I can update with the 2021 games will be updated throughout the day on Sunday.

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–patrick

Post updated at 9:33 a.m. Nov. 14 to correct an error in reporting on Class 4A.

From Sheridan trying to extend its state record of championships to 28 to Encampment trying to win its first in just its third year back, the 2021 Wyoming high school football title games won’t be short on intrigue.

Each of the five championships, back at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie after the 2020 games were at host sites due to COVID-19, has interesting historical perspective.

The Class 3A game between Cody and Jackson is the only rematch from 2020, but Lyman in 2A is also going for a repeat championship. Meanwhile, the two teams in the 1A nine-man title game have never played in Laramie before this weekend, and new champs are guaranteed in 4A, 1A nine-man and 1A six-man.

Here is a quick look at all five championship games:

Class 4A, 4 p.m. Saturday
Rock Springs (2, 10-1) vs. Sheridan (1, 10-1)
Series record: Sheridan leads 27-4-2.
Last meeting: Sheridan beat Rock Springs 27-24 on Sept. 17 in Sheridan.
Last playoff meeting: Sheridan beat Rock Springs 35-6 on Oct. 30, 2020, in a Class 4A quarterfinal game in Sheridan.
State championships: Rock Springs seven, most recently in 2002. … Sheridan 27, most recently in 2019.
Previous title game record: Rock Springs, 5-7. … Sheridan, 17-7.
The path to the title game: Rock Springs took care of Kelly Walsh 42-21 in the quarterfinals and thumped Cheyenne East 55-34 in the semifinals. … Sheridan wiped out Cheyenne Central 48-14 in the first round and beat Natrona 38-24 in the semifinals.
The case for the Tigers: The best argument for Rock Springs is a simple one — the best offense and the best defense in Class 4A belong to the same team, and it’s the Tigers. That combination rarely fails. Rock Springs has a diverse offense that gets lots of people involved, and QB Brock Bider takes care of the ball well. And the defense plays consistently, with eight of nine regular-season opponents being held to 18 points or less.
The case for the Broncs: No team is better at creating opportunities for itself than Sheridan. With a turnover ratio of plus-24, the Broncs have consistently put themselves in positions to have success. Colson Coon is a 1,000-yard back and leads Class 4A in touchdowns, and a menagerie of players contribute to an efficient defense. Oh, and something about 27 state championships.
The pick: For some reason, a three-point margin was the margin of choice for several 4A games this year, including five games in the span of three weeks. One of those was Sheridan’s 27-24 victory against Rock Springs. The Broncs had a few things going for them in that game, though, including the big one — the game was in Sheridan. Is a neutral site enough to swing a game those extra points? … Rock Springs 24, Sheridan 21.

Class 3A, 3 p.m. Friday
Jackson (2W, 9-2) vs. Cody (1W, 10-0)
Series record: Cody leads 23-8.
Last meeting: Cody beat Jackson 21-15 on Oct. 22 in Cody.
Last playoff meeting: Cody beat Jackson 34-31 on Nov. 14, 2020, in the Class 3A championship game in Cody.
State championships: Jackson three, most recently in 2007. … Cody six, most recently in 2020.
Previous title game record: Jackson, 3-2. … Cody, 6-5.
The path to the title game: Jackson scored a ton in the quarterfinals to beat Buffalo 75-27 and held on to beat Douglas 28-20 in the semifinals. … Cody eased past Worland 40-7 and nudged out Star Valley 24-17 in the semifinals.
The case for the orange-and-black Broncs: Any conversation about Jackson inevitably starts with the Broncs’ high-octane offense and multiple weapons, as 3A’s top rusher (Brody Hasenack) and passer (Sadler Smith) and three of the top five receivers (Nate Keipert, Colter Dawson, Sam Scott) are in Jackson. But the defense has been more than up to the task, with Dawson’s monster efforts accentuated by players in good schemes around him.
The case for the blue-and-gold Broncs: The defending state champions have won 15 consecutive games going back to last year, seemingly not missing a beat from 2020 to 2021. Class 3A’s second-best offense (behind Jackson) and second-best defense (behind Douglas) has been an unbeatable combination, and the Broncs have done so behind the spread-the-love team approach that has been coach Matt McFadden’s calling card his entire time in Cody.
The pick: The Week 8 classic these two teams staged in Cody isn’t far from either team’s mind, as a Cody touchdown in the waning moments provided the difference in a 21-15 victory. Both teams have had similar playoff experiences — opportunities set up by easy first-round victories were nearly squandered by second-half slowdowns in the semifinals. Regardless, this is the championship matchup, the rematch, we’ve been waiting a whole year to see. It won’t disappoint. … Cody 31, Jackson 28, in overtime.

Class 2A, 10 a.m. Saturday
Lovell (2W, 9-1) vs. Lyman (1W, 11-0)
Series record: Lyman leads 11-10.
Last meeting: Lyman beat Lovell 34-15 on Sept. 17 in Lovell.
Last playoff meeting: Lyman beat Lovell 22-20 on Nov. 10, 2012, in the Class 2A championship game in Laramie.
State championships: Lovell two, most recently in 2011. … Lyman five, most recently in 2020.
Previous title game record: Lovell, 2-5. … Lyman, 5-1.
The path to the title game: Lovell beat Upton-Sundance 21-8 in the quarterfinals and had little trouble with Torrington, winning 35-7 in the semifinals. … Lyman topped Big Horn 42-20 in the first round and knocked out Wheatland 38-28 in the semifinals.
The case for the Bulldogs: Lovell’s offense is one big game of whack-a-mole; when a defense focuses on one, the others can make them look silly. The defense is opportunistic and plays big when it needs to, resulting in the best scoring defense in 2A. And Lovell has won seven in a row since that early loss to Lyman and is looking like an entirely new team.
The case for the Eagles: Put simply: Lyman has won 18 in a row and 22 of 23 the past two seasons. The defending 2A champs are built for efficiency, with QB Ashton Houskeeper leading the team in passing and rushing, Rho Mecham leading the defense in TFLs, sacks and bruised dreams and McKoy Smith being indispensable on both sides. It’s a group that knows how to win, and they keep proving that fact over, and over, and over.
The pick: To find success in 2A, you have to be able to run the ball, and you have to be able to stop the run. So it’s no surprise the top two rushing offenses and the top two rushing defenses are meeting in the title game. Although it would be easy to look at that Week 3 game and decide this is Lyman’s game to lose, Lovell learned a lot from that loss and has been playing lights-out ever since. It’ll be close, and tough, and a struggle, and one mistake could make the difference. … Lyman 26, Lovell 21.

Class 1A nine-man, 1 p.m. Saturday
Rocky Mountain (2W, 9-1) vs. Shoshoni (1W, 9-1)
Series record: Rocky Mountain leads 14-13.
Last meeting: Shoshoni beat Rocky Mountain 27-10 on Sept. 10 in Cowley.
Last playoff meeting: Rocky Mountain beat Shoshoni 59-6 on Oct. 23, 1998, in a Class 1A-Division I quarterfinal game in Byron.
State championships: Rocky Mountain four, most recently in 1998. … Shoshoni two, most recently in 1985.
Previous title game record: Rocky Mountain, 4-1. … Shoshoni, 2-0.
The path to the title game: Rocky Mountain dispatched defending champ Southeast 37-22 in the first round and came back to beat Pine Bluffs 30-24 in the semifinals. … Shoshoni shut out Wright 55-0 in the quarterfinals and did the same to Wind River 27-0 in the semifinals.
The case for the Grizzlies: Rocky’s offense keys through QB Carsyn Weber, who leads the Grizzlies in both rushing and passing. The defense is consistent and has multiple players who can make a big play. And after winning eight in a row, including the defending champs (Southeast) and the odds-on, undefeated favorites (Pine Bluffs) in the playoffs, they’re justifiably confident.
The case for the Wranglers: A mid-season, nonconference loss to Pine Bluffs aside, the Wranglers have been in control of every single game they’ve played so far. They haven’t given up a point in the playoffs and boast the classification’s toughest defense and its most opportunistic. Pehton Truempler is a 1,000-yard back, Alex Mills a 1,000-yard passer, and four players are 120-point defensive men. What more do you need?
The pick: Either way, one program will win its first state title this century. The question will be which team — neither of which has ever played in a title game at The War — handles the new surroundings the best. Neither team lacks focus or discipline, and in that kind of matchup, things like depth, execution and momentum are amplified. Closer than Week 2, but a totally different game. … Shoshoni 30, Rocky Mountain 26.

Class 1A six-man, noon Friday
Encampment (2W, 8-1) vs. Snake River (1W, 9-0)

Series record: Encampment leads 2-1.
Last meeting: Snake River beat Encampment 66-24 on Sept. 10 in Baggs.
Last playoff meeting: First playoff meeting.
State championships: Encampment zero. …. Snake River three, most recently in 2019.
Previous title game record: Encampment, 0-0. … Snake River, 3-1.
The path to the title game: Encampment whaled on Guernsey 68-0 in the quarterfinals and outlasted Dubois 56-36 in the semifinals. … Snake River overwhelmed Kaycee 62-8 in the first round and barely advanced past Meeteetse 47-46 in the semifinals.
The case for the Tigers: Who doesn’t love the underdog story? From not even existing to state title game in less than four years, Encampment has proven right every hope the community had when it brought the program to life in 2019. They’re deep but also top-heavy; they’re diverse but also specialized. In short, they’re everything a six-man team should be — and they’re in the title game for a reason, not for a fluke.
The case for the Rattlers: Six-man’s most efficient offense (9.6 yards per play) and stingiest defense (3.8 yards per play) on the same team? Makes sense that Snake is unbeaten. The only team to come close to the Rattlers was Meeteetse (twice) and non-playoff Farson; every other victory, including the one against Encampment, hovered past the 40 margin. Health is the big question.
The pick: In a version of the game often defined by offense, the state’s top two defenses will decide the title. To be clear, there will be plenty of offense. Usually at some point in a six-man game, though, one team will make a series of defensive stops to take control of the game’s pace. The problem is when both teams do that at the same time — and both of these Carbon County rivals are capable of that. … Snake River 47, Encampment 37.

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Here are the results of my picks from last week and this season:

Last week: 8-2 (80 percent). This season: 257-49 (84 percent).

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–patrick

If you look up “dynasty” in the dictionary, it does not say: “See also: Sheridan.”

But give it time.

The way things are going, Webster is going to have to make room for the Broncs.

For the 14th consecutive year, Sheridan is in the Class 4A football semifinals.

Only one other program in state history has had the same level of consistency in the playoffs. Cokeville reached 22 consecutive semifinal rounds from 1993-2014 — the only team to exceed Sheridan’s current streak of success.

But Cokeville isn’t Sheridan.

The Broncs compete at Wyoming’s big-school level, constantly facing the best teams the state has to offer. For almost a generation, the Broncs have shown they are up to the challenge.

Eight times in those 14 years, the Broncs have advanced to the state championship game. Six of those times, the Broncs have won it all.

So fortune should favor top-seeded Sheridan when it plays against Natrona in the 4A semifinals on Friday. After all, the Broncs are — get this — 41-2 at home in playoff games all-time, including last week’s 48-14 victory against Cheyenne Central in the first round of this year’s playoffs.

Read that record again. Forty-one. And. Two. Five away from a Tool song.

The “two,” though, might give Natrona some hope. The Broncs’ only two home playoff losses, ever?

  • 2008: Green River. Semifinals.
  • 2013: Cheyenne East. Semifinals.

The only two home playoff losses the Broncs have ever had have come in the 14-year streak, and they’ve come in the semifinals.

Natrona: I’m telling you, there’s a chance.

Against a dynasty at their place, sometimes that’s all you can ask for.

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Sheridan’s semifinal streak isn’t the only one continuing this year — for the fifth consecutive year, streaks to the championship doorstep for Cheyenne East and Cody also continue. Meanwhile, feel-good Wind River broke an 11-year streak of semifinal-less years by beating Lusk last week, and the Cougars’ semifinal road trip, just down the back road to Shoshoni, is significantly shorter than its quarterfinal trip to Niobrara County.

Meanwhile, where’s Upton-Sundance? The Patriots are out after seven straight years of semifinal berths, the longest such streak broken this year.

Six of the 10 games are rematches from the regular season, including both 4A and 1A six-man games. Meanwhile, Lovell and Torrington are facing each other for the first time ever. Rocky Mountain and Pine Bluffs are playing each other for the fourth time, but for the first time the game is in Laramie County (although Byron High did come to Pine for the 1948 six-man championship).

All that said, the semifinals shape up well this year — lots of contenders, a grand total of zero pretenders (legit, in all five classifications) and quite a bit of uncertainty.

This time of year, that’s how it should be.

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Here are the semifinal picks. If you don’t know what bold means by now, then I suggest you come here more often, get acquainted, grab a drink, settle in. We have fun here, and you should be a part of it.

Friday
Class 4A
(4) Natrona at (1) Sheridan: Natrona is tough and confident and will give the Broncs a tussle, but I think they might be a year away. Sheridan’s time is now, and it will show at Homer Scott Field.
(3) Cheyenne East at (2) Rock Springs: I love this matchup so much, and I think the Thunderbirds absolutely have the potential to knock off the Tigers on the road. But Rock Springs is rolling right now, and a 31-15 victory against the T-Birds just two weeks ago in the capital city has to give them confidence.
Class 3A
(2W) Jackson at (1E) Douglas: Douglas looked strong in its quarterfinal victory against Powell. The problem is that so did Jackson in wiping the floor with Buffalo. Any other year, 3A is Douglas’ to claim. But this isn’t any other year in 3A.
(3W) Star Valley at (1W) Cody: The Braves are the wild-card pick in 3A’s semifinal round; after starting 3-5, they’ve won three in a row and are playing as well as anyone. Cody, though, has been at that level all season.
Class 2A
(2E) Wheatland at (1W) Lyman: The annoying thing about Lyman is that the Eagles don’t do anything that stands out. Decent offense, decent defense, decent special teams. But darn if their TEAM isn’t the strongest all-around thing we’ve seen in 2A this year, and darn if they don’t know how to win.
(2W) Lovell at (1E) Torrington: Lovell’s six-game winning streak meets Torrington’s eight-game streak in the “something’s got to give” game. And after the way Cokeville put the fear of the ghosteses into the Trailblazers last week, Lovell could come down to Goshen County and win this one. Torrington’s still the fave, though.
Class 1A nine-man
(3W) Wind River at (1W) Shoshoni: I’ll admit it now: Wind River’s turnaround has been my absolute favorite story of 2021, regardless of classification. They’ve been so much fun. The Wranglers, meanwhile, don’t have time for those shenanigans.
(2W) Rocky Mountain at (1E) Pine Bluffs: If the undefeated Hornets are going to find a bugaboo, it might just be the we’ve-won-seven-in-a-row-but-somehow-we’re-still-under-the-radar Grizzlies who present it to them. In Cowley, it might be a different story, but in the air where you can smell the Nebraska corn, I like Pine.
Class 1A six-man
(4W) Dubois at (2W) Encampment: Dubois will be back — next year, and the following year — to this level. Encampment may be, too. For now, though, Encampment’s first semifinal home game in program history is theirs to take.
(3W) Meeteetse at (1W) Snake River: This scenario is exactly what the Rattlers wanted to avoid. Meeteetse was the only six-man team to actually hang with Snake River this season, eventually falling 29-23. I’ll take unbeaten Snake, but don’t overlook a Longhorn team that knows it can play, and beat, the best six-man has to offer.

For a full schedule including kickoff times, as well as results from past weeks, go here. Click on “Semifinals on the top of the page for this week’s schedule. Click here for a playoff bracket.

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Here are the results of my picks from last week and this season:

Last week: 17-3 (85 percent). This season: 249-47 (84 percent).

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Cheyenne South head coach Dan Gallas will retire after six years as the Bison’s leader.

Gallas’ retirement was first reported by the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle’s Jeremiah Johnke on Twitter.

Cheyenne South football coach Dan Gallas is retiring from coaching South AD Mark Puev just announced in an email. Gallas was the Bison’s coach for the past six seasons. #wyosports— Jeremiah Johnke (@jjohnke) November 3, 2021

Gallas led South to its first, and so far only, Class 4A playoff berth in 2016. Prior to coming to Cheyenne South, Gallas coached at three different high schools in Colorado, compiling an overall record of 101-70 combined at Smoky Hill, Grand Junction and Northglenn high schools.

South went 7-48 the past six years and 0-9 each of the past two seasons.

Gallas is the second Wyoming head football coach to retire, joining Cokeville’s Todd Dayton. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Now that the regular season has come to an end and the 40 teams are set in their brackets, let’s take a quick look back at the regular season and highlight some teams that surprised, frustrated and grew this season:

Three biggest surprises: Wind River, Wright, Midwest. Zero expectations followed these teams into the 2021 season. Together, they combined for four victories in 2020, and entering 2021 didn’t give much of an indication of how much better each would be. Wind River jumped from 2-5 to 6-2; Wright went from 2-6 to 4-4; Midwest went from 0-8 to 4-4 and hosting a playoff game for the first time since 2013, the longest such streak broken in the first round this year. It’s not so much the leaps forward as how unexpected they were — Wind River had good numbers but a small senior class and a decade of losing seasons, Wright lost every all-conference player from a tough season in 2020, and Midwest was set to rely on a bunch of freshmen. Yet here they are, not only in the playoffs but solid contenders.

Three biggest frustrations: Cheyenne Central, Mountain View, Kaycee. Cheyenne Central and Kaycee, despite being worlds apart, have similar 2021 stories — high expectations after a solid season in 2020 that ended with a frustrating playoff loss, a slow start to the 2021 season, a Week 8 fight just to make it to the playoffs. Neither one expected to be in that kind of situation in August. Mountain View, meanwhile, is out of the playoffs for the first time in a decade after an injury-plagued 1-7 season that just snowballed. Hopefully for each program, 2022 brings brighter days.

Biggest building seasons: Evanston, Newcastle, Kemmerer. These three teams did not make the playoffs, but each made big steps forward as programs from where they were in 2020. Evanston was the feel-good story of the first half of the 3A season before stumbling down the stretch in West Conference play, but the Red Devils still finished 5-4. Newcastle was scrappy and tough and darn near earned a playoff berth before losing by two to Wheatland in Week 8. And Kemmerer, long dormant, got a couple solid victories and played tough otherwise, big steps for a program that exorcised the weight of two consecutive winless seasons during 2021.

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Now, the third season begins.

The 2021 playoff brackets have some familiar faces: Natrona is in the playoffs for the 30th consecutive season, Cokeville the 29th, Big Horn the 23rd, Douglas the 20th. But Dubois is in for the first time in five years, the longest playoff drought broken by any team in any of the five brackets this year.

Some usual suspects aren’t around, though: In addition to Mountain View missing out for the first time in 10 years, Farson is out for the first time in eight years.

Probably the best feel-good story of the first round is in Encampment, where the Tigers are hosting a playoff game for the first time in program history. Encampment has won five in a row and is 6-1 entering the postseason. For a team that’s only three years old, you can’t ask for much more than that — except for maybe the program’s first postseason home victory?

Speaking of which: 20 teams will win this weekend, while 20 other teams will see their seasons come to a close. Which ones will it be? Well, here are some thoughts, with teams I think will win in bold:

Class 4A
(8) Cheyenne Central at (1) Sheridan: The Indians stayed close to the Broncs in the regular season and could make this one interesting, but it’s tough to go against the Broncs at home in a playoff game.
(5) Thunder Basin at (4) Natrona: Natrona did the thing two weeks ago. I don’t know if the ‘Bolts will allow such dominance this time around, but NC’s was an impressive victory, one I can’t ignore.
(7) Kelly Walsh at (2) Rock Springs: The only 4A playoff rematch that wasn’t a close game in the regular season wasn’t close for a reason. The Tigers definitely have the upper hand here.
(6) Campbell County at (3) Cheyenne East: The Camels are a program on the rise, and East knows they will be problematic (see their regular-season matchup for proof). But I still like the defending champs here.
Class 3A
(4W) Powell at (1E) Douglas: It’s too easy to forget just how completely Powell handled Douglas in Week 3 when the Panthers won 17-0. This one might be closer, but Powell should be really confident here.
(3E) Buffalo at (2W) Jackson: Buffalo has had a nice season and will be competitive. But Jackson is thinking bigger than a date with the Bison.
(4E) Worland at (1W) Cody: When these two teams played in the regular season, Worland hung around and lost 35-21. But it wasn’t really that close, and Cody will show that.
(3W) Star Valley at (2E) Lander: The Tigers closed the season strong and won three in a row to earn hosting duties. And a home playoff game will be a nice consolation prize for the third year in a row.
Class 2A
(4E) Big Horn at (1W) Lyman: I’ll be honest: I did not see a repeat of 2020’s success coming for the Eagles in 2021. To the credit of the defending champs, they haven’t repeated 2020 — they’ve been even better.
(3W) Big Piney at (2E) Wheatland: Will the real Wheatland please stand up? If the Bulldogs do, they’ll be fine. If they don’t, the Punchers absolutely have the capability of winning on the road.
(4W) Cokeville at (1E) Torrington: No one likes to see themselves opposite Cokeville in their playoff bracket, especially as the Panthers try to send coach Todd Dayton off right in his final season. Watch for an inspired Panther group to make this a heck of a game.
(3E) Upton-Sundance at (2W) Lovell: Both these teams have been tough, darn tough, all season long. I think neither will go down without a fight. And I still like the Bulldogs at home.
Class 1A nine-man
(4E) Wright at (1W) Shoshoni: The Panthers come into the playoffs having lost three of their last four. A 7-1 Shoshoni team will be ready for whatever Wright tries to throw at them.
(3W) Wind River at (2E) Lusk: Wind River was the team I least expected to see at 6-2, yet here they are. And they may very well pull off this upset. The Tigers are the favorites, though… but only if they bring their “A” game.
(4W) Riverside at (1E) Pine Bluffs: Sorry, but this undefeated train ain’t stopping for the Rebels.
(3E) Southeast at (2W) Rocky Mountain: Game of the week? Quite possibly, as the defending champion Cyclones won’t fall easy and the Grizzlies know it.
Class 1A six-man
(4W) Dubois at (1E) Hulett: Playing the same team in Week 8 as you do in the postseason is always an awkward situation, especially when you know prior to Week 8 that you’re going to play a week later. Who learned what? Rams could be a spoiler…
(3E) Guernsey at (2W) Encampment: This week’s game against Guernsey is the first time the Tigers and Vikings have faced each other, the only such game in any bracket. As noted already, the Tigers have put together an impressive run so far. Encampment should keep rolling.
(4E) Kaycee at (1W) Snake River: The undefeated Rattlers figured out the winning formula early, and they’ve kept with it all season. No reason to think it will stop now.
(3W) Meeteetse at (2E) Midwest: I did not figure the Oilers as playoff hosts this year, and this will be a great boost to their program and their young guns. But Meeteetse is the better team this year.

For a full schedule including kickoff times, as well as results from past weeks, go here. Click on “Week 8” on the top of the page for this week’s schedule. Click here for a playoff bracket.

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Here are the results of my picks from last week and this season:

Last week: 28-4 (88 percent). This season: 232-44 (84 percent).

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Who’s ready to pull a big first-round upset, and who’s read to leave a goose egg on the opponents’ scoreboard as they cruise on to the semifinals? Leave a comment here, or hit me up on the Facebook page or on Twitter.

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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

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