Colors: red and white
Stadium: Longhorn Stadium
State championship: 1993
Times worth remembering: The Longhorns were small-school dynamos from 1987-93, when they had winning records for six out of seven years, made the playoffs five times and won the school’s only state championship, in 1993. Combined, the Longhorns went 46-14 in those seven years.
Times worth forgetting: Football was on a tenuous perch in Meeteetse in the early 1980s. The Longhorns couldn’t field a team in 1982, and could barely patch together a schedule in 1983-85, playing both Burlington and Ten Sleep twice during the regular season to fill out the season. Then, in 1986, just as the Longhorns finally put together a full schedule, they bottomed out, losing six of their seven games by shutout in an 0-7 season.
Best team: This is a fairly easy choice — the Longhorns’ only undefeated team was also the one that won the school’s only state championship. The 1993 ‘Horns were a hard-hitting, athletic bunch (I know, I’ve seen their championship-year highlight video) that knew how to pile on points, averaging nearly 39 points per game. The strength of the team was its skill-position players, led by QB Scott Coale and RB Jason Yockey.
Biggest win: Speaking of Yockey, it was his foot that kicked the game-winning field goal for Meeteetse in the fourth quarter of its 23-20 win over Hulett for the state championship in 1993. The Longhorns had beaten the Red Devils 25-8 earlier in the season but got a much tougher test in the final. Even so, Meeteetse’s ground game saved the day, and Yockey’s 40-yarder with 1:17 to go salted away the Longhorns’ first and only title.
Heartbreaker: Less than one year removed from an 0-7 shoutout-filled season, the Longhorns were surprise hosts for the 1987 1A championship game after piling up a 7-1 record. And Meeteetse almost pulled off the upset against Cokeville in the title game. However, the Longhorns’ comeback bid came up short; after falling behind 14-0 in the third quarter, Meeteetse came up short on both conversion attempts after scoring twice and lost 14-12.
Site updates: Lots of Deaver-Frannie, and some Meeteetse, Byron, Cowley, Burlington and Hulett (and how you can help)
I came across some old copies of the Deaver Sentinel newspaper last week in the library, and in doing so I was able to add a lot of information about Deaver-Frannie’s seasons in 1947 and 1948. The following games were added:
A 62-24 loss to Meeteetse on Sept. 26, 1947
A 26-18 loss to Cowley on Oct. 8, 1947
A 39-0 loss to Byron on Oct. 31, 1947
A 49-7 loss to Byron on Oct. 3, 1948
I also found the date (Oct. 17, 1947) for the game between Meeteetse and Deaver-Frannie, the location for the Oct. 24, 1947, game between Deaver-Frannie and Byron (it was in Byron) and the location for the Sept. 17, 1948, game between Deaver-Frannie and Cowley (it was in Cowley).
I also corrected the score for Deaver-Frannie’s 38-0 victory over Meeteetse on Sept. 24, 1948; I had originally listed 28-0.
I also added canceled games scheduled between Deaver-Frannie and Cowley on Nov. 7, 1947, and between Deaver-Frannie and Burlington on Nov. 11, 1948.
Also, courtesy of the Deaver paper, I added Meeteetse’s 6-0 victory over Cowley on Oct. 3, 1947.
The new findings also caused some changes to the streaks page. Meeteetse’s 22-game losing streak in this time frame was chopped down to 19, and therefore taken off the page. Byron’s winning streak from 1946-50 also grew by two games, now reaching 24 according to my current research.
The Byes Project also produced one more game: Hulett’s 26-0 victory over Buffalo, S.D., on Sept. 9, 1960.
All those corrections have been made on all the relevant pages.
Speaking of the Byes Project, it’s going fairly well. After starting with close to 800 dates to check from 1960-forward, I’m down to about 180ish. There are some seasons on which I am struggling, though, where I’ve exhausted my available resources. I’d appreciate some help finding more information on the following seasons:
Big Horn’s 1965 season
Burlington’s 1962 season
Douglas’ 1965 season
Dubois’ 1968 season
Goshen Hole’s 1966 season
Guernsey’s 1962 season
Guernsey-Sunrise’s 1963 season
Hanna’s 1965 season
Hulett’s 1964, 1965 and 1981 seasons
Lyman’s 1965 season
Meeteetse’s 1965 and 1995 seasons
Mountain View’s 1962 and 1965 seasons
Ten Sleep’s 1962 and 1963 seasons
Tongue River’s 1961 and 1963 seasons
If you think you might be able to help me out with those seasons, let me know and I’ll let you know what I’m looking for specifically. My e-mail address is email@example.com. Thanks!
In addition to the football research I’m doing, I am also deep into researching the state basketball tournaments, as well. I have posted most of the scores from the state tournaments — albeit in rudimentary form — at the basketball arm of this site.
The research for the girls tournaments is complete; I have every score from every girls state tournament game from the modern era (1976-2009).
The boys’ research, obviously, is a bit more complex, simply because the tournaments for boys stretch back much farther. However, I have obtained ALL BUT ONE score from 1946 forward.
The only score missing from the last 64 years is a consolation semifinal game from the Class A tournament in 1953, in which Rawlins defeated Reliance. I have looked in seven different newspaper microfilms for the score — the Casper Tribune-Herald, the Powell Tribune, the Laramie Republican Boomerang, the Rawlins Daily Times, the Rock Springs Daily Rocket/Rock Springs Miner, the Thermpolis Independent Record and the Wyoming State Tribune — and none of them had it. I’m up against a wall here so I’m appealing to YOU for help on this one…. If you can find it, let me know, and I’ll be forever appreciative.
Prior to 1946 is a bit more sketchy, but I haven’t put in a ton of time on those years yet, either.
Although they were posted a few weeks ago by the WHSAA, I have yet to mention the 2010 football schedules. There wasn’t much drama involved in them this year — for the most part, the 2009 schedule was simply flipped into the 2010 schedule, with only the locations of the games changing — so I didn’t really talk about them much when they came out. But now that we’re more than a month removed from the 2009 championships (and now that I’ve posted the update here!), I think we can officially start looking forward.
Here’s a little breakdown of each team’s 2010 season schedule outlook with a link to the full schedules:
Gillette: One of the early favorites in 4A. The tough part of the season might come at the end. Road games at Sheridan and Natrona will probably be key for playoff seeds, but the Camels get Central, Kelly Walsh and Green River at home in the final four weeks of the season.
Central: Central has to replace a ton of seniors, and the Indians will be tested early. At Natrona to start, home against an improved Rock Springs teams, then at Evanston and at Laramie. Surviving that will be important.
East: Could be the turnaround story of ’10 and should be one of the early favorites. The schedule sets up favorably, too, but road games against Sheridan and Gillette the first two weeks will test the Thunderbirds’ mettle.
Evanston: A big question mark, the Red Devils still have a lot of rebuilding to do. Having Gillette, Natrona, Central and Green River the first four weeks will either be empowering or will be too much to overcome.
Green River: Will be underrated next season but should return enough talent to stay competitive. The Wolves look like they have a really balanced schedule, which helps, but starting with two road games the first two weeks (East and Kelly Walsh) won’t help.
Kelly Walsh: I’m thinking KW could be decent next fall, and the schedule shapes up beautifully. The rematch with Sheridan comes right off the bat (this time in Casper), which will help the team move past the loss. The only stumbling blocks appear to be road games with East and Gillette — and the Oil Bowl.
Laramie: It’s tough to get a read on the Plainsmen, who have to replace a ton of backfield talent. Unfortunately for Laramie, they’ll get some big tests the first four weeks: at Rock Springs, home against Gillette, at Natrona, home against Central. Survive that stretch, and Laramie will be dangerous.
Natrona: If the Mustangs find ways to win close games, they’ll be really good. The schedule appears to be bottom heavy, which might actually play into NC’s favor. Season ends with four toughies: at East, home against Gillette and Rock Springs, then at Sheridan.
Rock Springs: I’ve got high expectations for the Tigers. Weeks 2-7 (home vs. Gillette, at Sheridan, home vs. Kelly Walsh, at Green River in the Trona Bowl, home vs. East, then at Natrona) will be a grind, but it’ll also be a great way for a young team to prove itself.
Sheridan: Defending champs have a LOT of holes to fill and probably won’t start ’10 as the favorites. KW, East and Green River right off the bat will help the Broncs gauge where they’re at right away.
Half-educated made in December top 5 picks for 2010: 1. Gillette; 2. East; 3. Natrona; 4. Kelly Walsh; 5. Sheridan.
Buffalo: Few schools consider a semifinal appearance a down year, but that’s how it is for the Bison, who have work to do but will start from a solid base of returners. Having its toughest three conference games (Douglas, Riverton, Torrington) on the road won’t help.
Cody: Could be a dangerous team if the pieces come together. The schedule shapes up well, too, with three home conference games, but drawing Star Valley and Worland for the road games will make it tough to go unbeaten in league play.
Douglas: The domination the Bearcats exhibited in 2009 makes them the early 2010 favorites. Back-to-back road trips to Jackson and Star Valley (the only change in the 3A schedule) in Weeks 2-3 will be a good early test. Douglas also gets Buffalo and Riverton at home.
Jackson: In a word: rebuilding. In two words: still rebuilding. On the plus side, the Broncs get their final two conference games, games that could be crucial to playoff seeding (or qualifying), at home, with Worland and Star Valley making the visits to Teton County in Weeks 7 and 8.
Lander: To steal a line from Dethklok, possibly awesome, possibly horrible. They’ll get to know the Bighorn Basin well, with trips to Worland, Powell AND Cody, which might be a good test but could also steal some of the Tigers’ thunder.
Powell: Should be better than they were in ’09 — and shouldn’t crater like the ’09 team. Then again… back-to-back road games against Worland and Cody in Weeks 6 and 7, plus a tough non-conference schedule, will make it tough on the Panthers.
Rawlins: Nowhere to go but up. The Outlaws’ schedule fits into that “tough but it could be worse” mold, but Rawlins definitely got the short end of the stick by being forced to finish the regular season with road games at Wheatland and Buffalo in Weeks 7 and 8.
Riverton: The Wolverines? No clue. Should be decent, could be bad. I don’t know. Rough non-conference schedule, and draw both Douglas and Torrington for road games, but get Buffalo at home.
Star Valley: Got high hopes for the Braves, who should be among 3A’s best. The schedule shapes up decent, too, as the Braves draw both of last year’s championship game participants (Cody and Douglas) to Afton. Two road games to end the conference slate (Lander and Jackson) isn’t exactly the funnest way to end the regular season, though.
Torrington: The Trailblazers should have more balance, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. As for the schedule, the start (at Chadron, Neb., then at Worland) and the end (at Douglas) don’t look fun, but the rest looks manageable.
Wheatland: Under the radar, the Bulldogs could be a dangerous team in 2010. They’ll have to learn to win on the road, though, as they draw three tough conference games (Buffalo, Riverton and Torrington) away from Platte County.
Worland: A rebuilding team draws a decent schedule. Manageable, but no cakewalk, especially with road games against Buffalo, Wheatland and Star Valley in the first four weeks of the season.
Half-educated made in December top 5 picks for 2010: 1. Douglas; 2. Star Valley; 3. Cody; 4. Buffalo; 5. Powell.
Big Horn: Write it down: The Rams will be a breakthrough team in 2010. Big Horn gets both Glenrock and Thermopolis at home in Weeks 4-5, and if the Rams can win both of those, watch the —- out. The road games are winnable, and matching up with Greybull at Greybull in Week 1 will be a great start.
Big Piney: For the Punchers, who could be a tough team to beat, they’ll have to prove their worth in the second half of the season. They draw road games against Kemmerer, Pinedale and Lovell in Weeks 5, 6 and 8 respectively, all sandwiching a heckuva tough home game versus Greybull in Week 7.
Burns: Wow. The Broncs couldn’t do much worse than this. Three of their four conference road games come against Big Horn, Glenrock and Thermopolis. Good luck with that, Burns. Road warriors, you must become.
Glenrock: Perennial contenders, the Herders have to get good fast, as they get Kemmerer, Thermopolis and Big Horn in Weeks 1, 3 and 4. A soft second half of the season, including drawing an improving Wright team at home, won’t help Glenrock prepare for the playoffs, either.
Greybull: The early favorites to win the West in 2010 have their toughest stretch in the second half of the season, as road games with Lovell in Week 5 and Big Piney in Week 7 sandwich a home game against always-tough Kemmerer in Week 6. Drawing Big Horn out of the gate in Week 1 will be a fun test, too.
Kemmerer: Rangers need to rebuild a bit but should still be in the hunt. The schedule looks balanced, although the games do appear to get tougher toward the second half of the season, and the big showdown with Greybull is a road game.
Lovell: The Bulldogs should again be pretty good, in part thanks to a decent, balanced schedule. The final two weeks — at Kemmerer in Week 7 and at home against Big Piney in Week 8 — will be crucial for playoff qualifying/seeding, so being on point for those will be key.
Lyman: The Eagle rebuilding project gets tested early and often in 2010. Lyman’s first four opponents are Thermopolis, Kemmerer, Lovell and Big Piney. Whew. If nothing else, Lyman will figure out quickly where it stands and how much improvement it still needs to make.
Moorcroft: A crash-and-burn finish to ’09 might be repeated in ’10, especially with how the schedule shapes up. The Wolves have it kinda easy early but draw Big Horn, Wright and Glenrock in the final three weeks of the season.
Mountain View: Work to do in the Bridger Valley, and with a schedule that starts with Cokeville, Greybull, Big Piney and Lovell (with only Greybull at home), that work will be put to the test early. Fortunately, the showdown with Kemmerer waits until Week 8. How nice.
Newcastle: There just aren’t any soft spots for the young Dogies in 2010. However, with home games against Wright and Glenrock in Weeks 4 and 5 respectively, Newcastle is at least in the position to KO some unsuspecting teams and draw a little momentum for a late run.
Pinedale: The upside for the struggling Wranglers comes in the schedule in that most of the toughest games are at home. Kemmerer, Greybull and Big Piney all have to come to Pinedale — and it’s always easier to pull off upsets at home.
Thermopolis: The defending champs, and the early favorites to win it all in ’10, drew a decent-but-it-coulda-been-easier schedule…. The two games that will arguably be toughest, Glenrock in Week 3 and Big Horn in Week 5, are both on the road.
Tongue River: Rebuilding continues in Dayton, where, aside from a home game against Glenrock to kick off the conference season in Week 2, the tough side of the schedule comes at the end. The Thunder Bowl with Big Horn is Week 7, and a road game at defending champ Thermopolis comes in Week 8.
Wright: Could be the breakthrough team in 2A this year, but have the misfortune of sharing a conference with Thermop, Glenrock and Big Horn….. and Wright draws both the defending champ and the runner up on the road in Weeks 2 and 6. Big Horn does come to Wright in Week 3, though.
Wyoming Indian: The Chiefs caught no favors to start league play. After opening with Big Piney at home in Week 2, the Chiefs go to Greybull in Week 3, then to Kemmerer in Week 4…. Survive that stretch without a ton of injuries, and Wyoming Indian has a chance.
Half-educated made in December top 5 picks for 2010: 1. Thermopolis; 2. Greybull; 3. Glenrock; 4. Kemmerer; 5. Big Horn.
Burlington: The best team to not make the playoffs last year, the Huskies could be decent. The three toughest games of the season might come at the end, though, as the Huskies sandwich home games against Wind River in Week 6 and Cokeville in Week 8 with a trip to Byron to face Rocky Mountain in Week 7.
Cokeville: Could be the best of the bunch of 1A come 2010. The only trouble is that three of the toughest conference games are all road games: Riverside in Week 2, Wind River in Week 7 and Burlington in Week 8. It’s a tough schedule, but Cokeville is used to the long road trips and shouldn’t be fazed.
Dubois: No soft spots on the Rams’ schedule next fall, and the games against semifinalists Wind River (Week 3) and Cokeville (Week 6) are both road games. Dubois does draw some other key games at home, though: Rocky, Burlington, Riverside and Shoshoni all make the trip to Dubois.
Hulett: The Red Devils were senior-laden and have a lot of rebuilding to do. On the plus side, all the long trips to the southeast corner aren’t happening in 2010 as Pine Bluffs, Lingle and Southeast all have to come to Hulett. That’ll definitely help Hulett keep its legs.
Lingle: Lost a lot of talent but should still be strong next season. The Doggers get to face both Lusk and Southeast at home this season, so that should help them as they try to set the pace out East.
Lusk: It looks more and more like Lusk could break out in 2010, and we’ll know early in the season if that’s the case. Southeast comes to Lusk in Week 3, while the Tigers go to Lingle in Week 4, and Lusk could win both; everything outside that two-week stretch looks more than winnable.
Normative Services: The Wolves have plenty of work to do, but at least they’ll get to do a bunch of it closer to home this year. The long road trips to Lusk and Pine Bluffs are now home games, but the hellish stretch of Weeks 5-7 (Southeast, Lingle and Lusk in that order) still exists.
Pine Bluffs: The Hornets have potential, and if it wasn’t for a two-week stretch at the season’s midpoint, I’d be high on Pine Bluffs. As it is, road games in Weeks 4-5 against Southeast and Lusk respectively looks like a tough sore spot to overcome….
Riverside: To be honest, I’m not quite sure which direction the Rebels are headed. Even so, the conference schedule is bookended by a pair of key home games, vs. Cokeville in Week 2 and vs. Wind River in Week 8. In between are a bunch of winnable games.
Rocky Mountain: Not sure why, but I feel good about the Grizzlies next fall. They’ll need to make their hay early, though: three of the Grizzlies’ last four games are on the road, including LONG trips to Cokeville and Saratoga.
Saratoga: Another team that I can’t quite feel out yet… But the schedule doesn’t shape up very well. The Panthers start at home against Lingle, then have road trips to Burlington and Cokeville to start 1A West Conference play. Starting with those three games will certainly give Saratoga a test early.
Shoshoni: For a team that went winless in 2009, there’s nowhere to go but up. Unfortunately, the schedule provides no reprieve, as the Wranglers face six teams in the first six weeks that finished at .500 or better: Pine Bluffs, Wind River, Burlington, Cokeville, Riverside and Rocky Mountain, in that order.
Southeast: Five straight? Why not? Southeast has enough coming back to make it possible. The schedule, especially in conference, will be a test, though, as the first two and two of the last three league games for the Cyclones are on the road.
Sundance: The Bulldogs should be an improved team in 2010, but the schedule will test that improvement, especially on the road. Sundance has to go to Lusk, Pine Bluffs and Lingle (including Lusk and Lingle back to back in Weeks 5-6), three long trips to face three teams that were playoff qualifiers in 2009.
Upton: Improving on last year’s 2-6 record will take some work. The back end of the schedule does not shape up well for the Bobcats, either, who travel to Pine Bluffs and Southeast in back-to-back weeks, then face Lusk at home in the regular-season finale.
Wind River: The Cougars lose a bunch of talented seniors but should have enough back to stay in the thick of things. The schedule is definitely tougher in the second half than in the first, though, and WR has to make three tough trips into the Bighorn Basin (Riverside, Rocky Mountain and Burlington).
Half-educated made in December top 5 picks for 2010: 1. Cokeville; 2. Lusk; 3. Southeast; 4. Lingle; 5. Wind River.
(The six-man schedules see the most change in 2010, as Fort Washakie/the bye week is removed and a whole new schedule was developed. Each team will play a seven-game regular season, with a bye week in Week 8 before the playoffs.)
Farson: With a year under their belts, the Pronghorns should be more competitive next fall and should pull off a couple victories. Their best chances come early, with Meeteetse at home in Week 1 followed by road dates at Hanna and Snake River. But Farson only has three home games.
Guernsey: As reward for winning the state championships, the Vikings get maybe the kindest schedule in the division. Guernsey gets four of its first five games at home, but has to travel to Ten Sleep and Kaycee to close the season in Weeks 6-7, which will be tough.
Hanna: Five of the seven weeks of the 2010 season shape up really well for the Miners, who should be among the division’s best despite losing some talented players. The two not-so-fun weeks? Weeks 3-4, when the Miners have back-to-back road games against ’09 runner-up Kaycee and champ Guernsey.
Kaycee: Another year on the gridiron, plus a bunch of talent coming back, could put Kaycee right back in the championship game in 2010. The Buckaroos didn’t draw a great schedule with only three home games and with three of the first four on the road, but the entire season is manageable.
Snake River: The Rattlers draw a pretty balanced schedule and with more experience should be able to take advantage of it. Snake River is the only six-man team that gets a home-road alternating schedule all season, and they got a good mix of what’s at home and what’s not.
Meeteetse: The Longhorns have some work to do before they can challenge six-man’s top teams, and the 2010 schedule doesn’t shape up too well. There are only three home games, but on the plus side, the Longhorns get some of their toughest competition at home (Guernsey, Hanna and Snake River).
Midwest: With a decent number of returners, the Oilers should be good again this fall, but they’ll get tested right away. Midwest gets a road date with Guernsey and a home matchup with Kaycee the first two weeks of the season. After that, the rest of the schedule is tolerable.
Ten Sleep: Numbers are always the concern for Ten Sleep, but for 2010 the schedule is interesting, too. The Pioneers have early road games against Hanna and Midwest but get both Kaycee and Guernsey at home late in the season.
Half-educated made in December top 5 picks for 2010: 1. Guernsey; 2. Kaycee; 3. Midwest; 4. Ten Sleep; 5. Hanna.
So there it is, your first glance at the 2010 season. What do you think — either about how the schedules break down or who might rise to the top next season? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Post a comment below and we’ll talk about it.
Looking forward to 2010….
Colors: blue and yellow
Stadium: Bulldog Stadium
State championship: 1984
Times worth remembering: The Bulldogs under Bill Pentland saw more success in the mid-1980s than ever before. In Pentland’s first season, 1982, the ‘Dogs hosted the state title game; they won the 3A title in ’84 and came up four points short in the ’87 title game. From 1982-89, Wheatland was a combined 48-24, and the three title game appearances the Bulldogs had in that era are the only three Wheatland has had in program history.
Times worth forgetting: The success of the 1980s was sweeter for the Wheatland faithful because of all of the problems the Bulldogs had in the 1970s. From 1974-79, the Bulldogs went a combined 4-45-2. All four of the Bulldogs’ victories in that span came over lowly Lusk, which was playing its final years in Class A before dropping to Class B. Wheatland also struggled with continuity at the top, as four different coaches led the team in those six seasons.
Best team: With a new coach leading a team coming off a losing season, the 1966 Bulldogs didn’t look like the type of team that’d be capable of chasing a state championship. But Wheatland put together close victory after close victory (its first four victories were by a combined 26 points, with no margin larger than eight) and emerged with an 8-1 record. The Bulldogs’ only loss was a 37-32 heartbreaker to Torrington; even so, Wheatland finished seventh in the final statewide poll and were second to unbeaten Star Valley among Class A teams in the final statewide tally.
Biggest win: The 1984 championship game, a 35-21 victory over Evanston, is the one folks still talk about over coffee in Platte County. The similarities between Wheatland and Evanston were odd — both teams were 8-1 and both teams came into the championship game thanks to one-point victories in their respective regular-season finales. But in front of the home fans, the Bulldogs gained a 15-point lead, lost it, then pulled away late in the fourth quarter on touchdowns by Larry Herman and Duncan Irvine.
Heartbreaker: Despite being heavily favored to beat Powell in the 1987 3A championship, the Bulldogs’ potent running game was frustratingly slowed down by the Panthers’ defense in a 7-3 loss. Powell’s Jason Sleep, though, ran crazy, notching 212 yards – 131 more than all the Bulldogs combined – and scored the game’s only touchdown set up by a successful fake punt in the third quarter.
Deciding mythical state champions has always been a difficult task to do.
Unfortunately, that’s how champions were decided in Wyoming from 1962-74 in the A, B and C classes, and from every year forward until a playoff was established in 1968 for Class AA schools.
Even now, more than 30 years later, who actually won those mythical championships is subject to debate.
With that in mind, I’m making a couple changes to my state champions listing to be more consistent.
Specifically, I’m talking about the state championship teams listed for 1973 and 1974. The teams listed as champions for the A, B and C classes for those years were the champions as decided by the Casper Star-Tribune. The champions listed for other “mythical” years were the winners of the UPI statewide polls or, in the case of 1962 before the UPI poll started, the Associated Press statewide polls.
Therefore, in order to remain consistent, I’ve decided to list the mythical champions of 1973 and 1974 as the winners of the UPI poll, not the winners of the Star-Tribune poll.
What does that mean?
Well, it means that some shared championships are going away. Green River won the UPI’s Class A poll in 1973 outright from Buffalo; therefore, Green River will be listed as the mythical champ, not as sharing it with Buffalo. And for 1974, Torrington won the UPI’s Class A poll, so they will take sole control of the mythical championship rather than sharing it with Kemmerer; and in Class B, Tongue River won the top spot in the UPI poll, so the Eagles will take sole command of the Class B mythical title rather than sharing it with Saratoga. No UPI Class C poll was ever commissioned; therefore, Deaver-Frannie’s mythical Class C title of 1974 will be going away, too.
Of course, many more teams than the one listed in my champions listing still “claim” mythical championships, and I’m not the one to tell them that those championships aren’t any less valid than they were back then. I simply want to stay consistent in which poll I chose to compile my listing, hence these changes. These changes aren’t meant to slight any teams. If only we could have had a playoff to decide it all…. but I guess it’s too late for that now. The debate remains.
For reference, here were the final polls for the years 1973 and 1974, including the Class AA poll taken after the Class AA championship game:
1. Cheyenne East, 9-1, 50 points
2. Rawlins, 9-1, 38 points
3. Natrona, 7-2, 32 points
4. Worland, 7-1, 20 points
5. Riverton, 5-3, 10 points
1. Torrington, 9-0, 48 points
2. Kemmerer, 8-0, 40 points
3. Lovell, 7-1, 26 points
4. Jackson, 5-4, 10 points
5. Glenrock, 5-3, 8 points
1. Tongue River, 9-0, 48 points
2. Saratoga, 8-0, 40 points
3. Cokeville, 7-0-1, 18 points
4. Basin, 6-1-1, 10 points
5. Deaver-Frannie, 8-0, 8 points
Casper Star-Tribune polls
1t. Torrington, 9-0-0, 54 points
1t. Kemmerer, 9-0-0, 54 points
3. Lovell, 7-1-0, 43 points
4. Glenrock, 5-3-0, 35 points
5t. Newcastle, 5-4-0, 33 points
5t. Star Valley, 4-4-0, 33 points
1t. Saratoga, 8-0-0, 61 points
1t. Tongue River, 9-0-0, 61 points
3. Cokeville, 9-0-1, 57 points
4. Basin, 7-1-1, 55 points
5. Guernsey-Sunrise, 7-2-0, 49 points
1. Deaver-Frannie, 9-0-0, 39 points
2. Cowley, 8-1-0, 34 points
1. Laramie, 9-1, 50 points
2. Riverton, 7-3, 35 points
3. Natrona, 6-3, 22 points
4. Cheyenne East, 6-2-1, 14 points
5. Worland, 6-2-1, 12 points
1. Green River, 8-1, 56 points
2. Buffalo, 8-1, 46 points
3. Kemmerer, 8-2, 42 points
4. Torrington, 7-2, 16 points
5. Lovell, 6-2, 14 points
1. Tongue River, 9-0, 50 points
2. Byron, 9-0, 46 points
3. Cowley, 9-0, 40 points
4. Pinedale, 7-2, 25 points
5. Upton, 7-1-1, 14 points
Casper Star-Tribune polls
1t. Buffalo (3), 8-1, 78 points
1t. Green River (3), 8-1, 78 points
3. Kemmerer (1), 8-2, 74 points
4. Torrington, 7-2, 59 points
5. Lovell, 5-2, 58 points
1. Tongue River (4), 9-0, 87 points
2. Cowley (2), 9-0, 85 points
3. Byron (1), 9-0, 84 points
4. Guernsey-Sunrise, 7-2, 70 points
5. Pinedale, 7-2, 68 points
I’ve been a big fan of Sporcle for a long time now and just got around to making my own quizzes there. One of them quizzes you over your knowledge of Wyoming high school football champions from 1990 to now:
It’s a pretty fun challenge. I enjoyed it, anyway…. If you like it, let me know, and I’ll make some other quizzes to go along with this one.
Colors: maroon and white
State championships: 1950 and 1955
Times worth remembering: From 1972-75, the Jags went a combined 32-3, including a 9-0 season in 1973. But in a convoluted time in Wyoming football, Cowley’s four-year stretch is largely forgotten. The team played eight-man football, a division of high school football that largely ignored at the time. The 1975 team couldn’t qualify for the playoffs (no sanctioned eight-man division), while the teams in 1972-73 could never crack the top of the polls because the Class B eight-man teams were placed into the same poll as the Class B 11-man teams. Cowley finished second to Tongue River in the 1973 poll and was eighth in the final Class B 1972 poll despite an 8-1 record.
Times worth forgetting: There aren’t very many black marks on the Jags’ records — they won almost 60 percent of their games from 1951-76. If there has to be a rough patch, it came in 1957-60, when Cowley went 2-4, 1-5-1, 4-4 and 1-5-1 again.
Best team: With apologies to the ’55 championship team, the nod goes to the undefeated team from 1973, which finished 9-0 and made a habit of obliterating foes. The closest game all season was a 48-22 win over Deaver-Frannie in the season opener; the Jags never scored fewer than 54 points the rest of the season and never gave up more than 20, winning by an average score of 60-11.
Biggest win: After falling short in the playoffs for three consecutive years, including a pair of losses in state championship games, Cowley finally broke through in 1955. The Jags won their conference, beat Dayton in the semifinals, then topped Pinedale 58-38 in the state’s six-man title game. The championship was the second official title in school history — and the only one the Jags got to win in front of their “home” fans, winning the title in Lovell.
Heartbreaker: The Jaguars won the northern Bighorn Basin title in 1961, but needed to beat St. Stephens, winner of the southern division, to qualify for the state championship game. St. Stephens won the game 33-20 in Lovell and earned the right to play in the title game; Cowley never again qualified for the playoffs before ending its football program after the 1976 season.
The 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950 and 2009 seasons have been added. All the changes have been made on all the relevant pages. Check it all out when you get a chance.
The five years from 1946-50 were an interesting time for Wyoming football, and I’m glad I got to upload it as a group. The first statewide playoffs were in 1948 — a move that looks to be directly spurred by a couple postseason games staged in 1946 and 1947.
In 1946, the first “Turkey Bowl” was staged in Casper. The “Turkey Bowl” tried to pit the two best teams in the state against each other (and, oh by the way, raise money for the Casper March of Dimes), and Cody and Sheridan staged a game for the ages. In front of a crowd that pushed close to 5,000 people, Sheridan edged out a 20-19 victory behind a third-quarter touchdown run from Joe Zowada and the extra point kick from Ray Hobbs. Sheridan earned the state’s mythical title that day.
Both on the field and at the till, the game was a success.
The 1947 Turkey Bowl didn’t match the 1946 one with either quality of competition or gate receipts. The state’s best team in ’47, Rawlins, opted not to play in the Turkey Bowl against second-ranked and unbeaten Lovell. Instead, third-ranked Natrona stepped in to fill Rawlins’ spot, then promptly outclassed the Bulldogs 26-13 in Casper. Rawlins remained as the state’s mythical champion.
Finally, in 1948, the Wyoming High School Athletic Association (as it was known back then) instituted playoffs for the Class A and the six-man divisions — and also voted to ban any postseason exhibition games like the Turkey Bowl. The vote stopped a proposition to continue a modified Turkey Bowl in Casper, a game that would have pitted the Class A champion against the Class AA champion, which was then a division made up of only six teams (Casper, Cheyenne, Laramie, Sheridan, Rawlins and Rock Springs).
The 1948 state playoffs were a hit. Two state champions were crowned until 1956, when a Class B 11-man division champion was also crowned. That arrangement held true until after the 1961 season, when the WHSAA eliminated playoffs for all divisions, a ban that stayed in place until 1968 for Class AA teams and until 1975 for other divisions.
Some other random stuff about the most recent update….
Three schools — Kaycee, Arvada and University Prep — were added to the database. Kaycee, of course, began play this season, finishing 6-4 and making it all the way to the 1A six-man title game in its first year. Arvada, meanwhile, donned the pads for just one season (1950), finishing 0-4 that season, and University Prep, from what I can gather, played in the 1946, 1949 and 1950 seasons, winning just one game in 11 combined tries. …
A few streaks were added to the streaks page. Byron’s 22-game winning streak (unofficial and likely much longer) from 1946-50 was added, as was Glenrock’s recent 21-game winning streak (snapped in the 2A title game this year) and Douglas’ current 20-game winning streak. On the other end, Basin’s 20-game losing streak from 1949-52 and 29-game winless streak from 1948-52 was added, as was Meeteetse’s 22-game losing streak from 1946-51 and Sundance’s 33-game (0-31-2) winless streak from 1950-55. …
The scoring records page underwent a pretty dramatic shift thanks to the 2009 six-man season. Two of the top three combined scoring games — and three of the top 10 — came from the 2009 six-man season. Guernsey-Sunrise’s 89-point effort against Ten Sleep this season ranked tied for third for most points in a game, while Douglas’ 76 scored against Rawlins ranked tied 10th all-time for points scored by one team in an 11-man game (through 1946). Additionally, Pine Bluffs’ 85-point effort against University Prep in 1950 ranked ninth all-time. …
Take some time and check out all the updates.