Each Friday, wyoming-football.com is taking a look at the teams, players and trends to watch in each classification this fall. Today, we look at Class 1A 11-man, the second preview in a series of five.

Four questions to answer
Is Cokeville building a new dynasty? The Panthers had gone a very un-Cokeville-like six years without a championship before winning the 1A 11-man title last fall. As usual, it was a small Cokeville team that took the field (in both weight and number), but eight of the Panthers’ 18 players were all-state picks last fall and four of those all-state choices are back this season.

Is Southeast ready to bounce back? Few teams have had the success the Cyclones have had in the past few years. With three consecutive state titles from 1999-2001 and four straight from 2006-09, as well as 14 consecutive years in which they have earned the right to host a first-round playoff game, the Cyclones have made it clear that the state title road will almost always go through Yoder. After a “down” year in which the Cyclones lost to eventual state champion Cokeville in the semifinals, Southeast returns all-staters Zac Zimmerer and Zach Eisenbarth and may again be the team to beat in the East Conference.

Who will challenge the two favorites? Cokeville and Southeast top the discussion of 1A 11-man title favorites, but after that, a whole bunch of uncertainty takes over. Parity appears to be the name of the game in 1A’s second tier, as numerous schools — Burlington, Rocky Mountain, Riverside and Wind River in the West and Pine Bluffs, Lingle and Lusk in the East — try to assert themselves as top-tier schools. But the problem might not be beating Cokeville and Southeast; it might be surviving the parity in the middle long enough to have the chance to move forward.

Is this the year Shoshoni ends the streak? Shoshoni’s losing streak is now at 19 games. The last time Shoshoni beat a current 1A 11-man team (without forfeiting it later) was 2006. It’s been quite a dry spell for the boys in blue, but the young Wranglers could be better this fall and should be more competitive; the only problem is that they play in the West, where every team is tough to beat week in and week out.

Four players to watch
Jordan Johnson, Cokeville. The Panther lineman was an all-state choice last fall, and with his play on both offense and defense, it’s easy to see why. He was second on the stout Panther defense last year with 137 defensive points and notched 17 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Brigham Teichert, Cokeville. The only Panther who had more defensive points than Johnson was Teichert. The junior led Cokeville with 198 team points last year, racking up 23 solo tackles, 16 tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries. The top defense in 1A 11-man returning its top two tacklers from an undefeated team? Doesn’t seem fair, does it?

Zac Zimmerer, Southeast. Zimmerer carried 152 times for 1,025 yards and 13 touchdowns last year and comes into 2011 as the classification’s top returning rusher. He also led the Cyclones with four interceptions on defense last year.

Anson George, Burlington. All George did last year was lead Burlington in receiving, punt returns, kick returns, scoring, kicking, defensive points, solo tackles and assisted tackles. Oh, and he was second on the team in rushing, too.

Four key games
Lusk at Southeast, Week 3. While Lingle and Pine Bluffs will have a say in who finishes atop the East Conference when it’s all said and done, this early-season showdown should help give everyone a good idea of where the top teams stand.

Rocky Mountain at Wind River, Week 4. The winner of this game probably has the best chance of challenging Cokeville for West Conference supremacy.

Cokeville at Rocky Mountain, Week 5. The Panthers’ toughest road trip this season may be the one to Cowley at the season’s midpoint.

Lingle at Southeast, Week 8. This game has had huge conference title and playoff seeding impacts the past two years. Look for this game in the regular-season finale to be just as important this year. (By the way, note that Southeast gets both Lusk and Lingle at home this year…)

Predicted order of finish
East: Southeast; Lingle; Lusk; Pine Bluffs; Sundance; Upton; Normative Services.
West: Cokeville; Rocky Mountain; Burlington; Wind River; Riverside; Saratoga; Wyoming Indian; Shoshoni.

All-time, Cokeville is an incredible 100-19 (number corrected from original post) against current 1A 11-man programs. The Panthers are at least .500 against each of the other 14 schools in the classification. Two current 1A 11-man schools, though, have beaten the Panthers a classification high of five times apiece, combining to give Cokeville 10 of those 19 losses. Which two schools can claim this? Comment below if you have a guess, or if you want to talk about the 1A 11-man expectations you have for 2011.


Every Friday for the next five Fridays, Wyoming-football.com will preview each one of Wyoming’s five football classifications. Today, we look at Class 1A-six man.

Four questions to answer
How will newcomers Dubois and Hulett affect the six-man mix? For the first time, the six-man classification is expanding, as Dubois and Hulett join the classification from the 11-man ranks to push the league’s tally to 10 schools. Hulett played a limited six-man schedule last year, going 2-4, but lost its only game against a current six-man varsity team, 67-20 to Midwest. Dubois, meanwhile, was a 1A-11 playoff qualifier last year and returns two all-state players — Mitchell Baker and Ty Finley — from that team.

Can Snake River repeat? The Rattlers had a breakout season in 2010, going 10-0 while winning every game by at least 16 points on their way to winning the six-man state championship. With two of the team’s four all-state players back this year, including a bevy of other players who saw significant playing time last fall, the boys from Baggs may be primed to start a streak of championships.

Will conferences affect the six-man hierarchy? Conference play in six-man football is back after a one-year absence. The teams are split into North and South divisions, with Meeteetse, Ten Sleep, Dubois, Hulett and Kaycee in the North and Snake River, Farson, Hanna, Guernsey-Sunrise and Midwest in the South. The biggest change with conference play comes in the form of playoff qualifying. The top four teams in each conference will make the playoffs, meaning that, for the first time, two teams will be left out when the postseason starts.

Will six-man continue to be a draw for smaller programs? With Hulett and Dubois dropping down to six-man and St. Stephens starting a junior varsity program this fall, six-man’s ranks continue to grow and strengthen. The real answer to this question won’t come until fall 2012 and the reclassification discussions, but if six-man’s current programs deliver on another strong year, watch for the number of schools in six-man to continue to grow as more small schools feel less anxiety about making the transition.

Four players to watch
Mitchell Baker, Dubois. If he puts up numbers like he did in 11-man last year, Baker might be the premiere running back in six-man this fall. Baker carried the ball 165 times for 1,297 yards and 11 touchdowns last fall and also forced nine turnovers on defense (seven fumble recoveries, two interceptions) in helping the Rams to the 11-man playoffs.

James Caro, Kaycee. The junior quarterback is halfway to becoming just Wyoming’s second four-time all-state selection in the past 40 years. He threw for 1,006 yards and had an insane 24-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio last season (yes, that’s right, 24 touchdowns and just one interception). He also intercepted seven passes on defense.

Daniel Wille, Snake River. Wille led the Rattlers with 18 touchdowns last fall, carrying 71 times for 786 yards. With all-purpose back Sean Rietveld graduated, Wille’s numbers should increase as he looks to take over the workhorse role.

Adam VanNorman, Midwest. The senior is coming off an injured knee that kept him from participating in track and field last spring, but the Oilers’ only all-state selection last fall will be key in his team’s attempt to chase down Snake River and Hanna in the South Conference.

Four key games
Snake River at Dubois, Week 2. The two preseason favorites meet early in the season and should give us a clear-cut favorite for the rest of six-man to aim for.

Midwest at Hanna, Week 3. While Snake River is definitely the early favorite in the South Conference, the Oilers and Miners both want to prove themselves as contenders. Winning this early season game will be crucial in accomplishing that task.

Snake River at Hanna, Week 5. The rematch of last year’s six-man state championship game comes at the season’s midpoint, and the Miners will be itching for a bit of revenge.

Kaycee at Ten Sleep, Week 7. If Dubois struggles to adapt to the style of six-man play in its first year, this game could end up being for the North Conference championship. Even if it’s not, these two teams always seem to put together a fun afternoon whenever they play each other.

Predicted order of finish
North: Dubois; Kaycee; Ten Sleep; Hulett; Meeteetse.
South: Snake River; Midwest; Hanna; Guernsey-Sunrise; Farson.

Earlier, I mentioned Kaycee’s Caro as a contender to be a four-time all-state selection. Only one other player in the past 40 years has accomplished that feat in Wyoming. Who was it? Comment below with your guess, or with your thoughts about the upcoming six-man season.


The Shrine Bowl individual and team records have been updated with the 2011 game. Three individual records were tied in this year’s game — Ward Anderson of Wheatland had four touchdown passes, Evanston’s Jeff Lee had three touchdown catches and Morgan Heimer of Cody had four extra point kicks. The North team also had 481 yards of total offense, which is also a record.


Shrine Bowl Records
Unofficial; as compiled by Patrick Schmiedt
Top three in each category, plus extras for North/South team records
From 1974-2011
Records from 1991-1994, 1996-1997 are incomplete; records from the 2009 game, which was cut short by weather, are not included
Total offense (passing, rushing and receiving)

308 Corky Davis, Natrona, 1975 (North)
291 Darin Schiller, Upton, 1984 (North)
245 Jim Shellenberger, Natrona, 2011 (North) (214 pass, 31 rush)

228 Ward Anderson, Wheatland, 2011 (South) (220 pass, 8 rush)
44 Travis Bandemer, Laramie, 1988 (South)
28 Larry Deal, Natrona, 1976 (North)
27 Steve Dover, Kemmerer, 1975 (South); Terrence Johnson, Central, 1980 (South)
Rushing Yards
177 Steve Dover, Kemmerer, 1975 (South); Travis Bandemer, Laramie, 1988 (South)
145 Matt Romanowski, Rock Springs, 2003 (South); Mark Ruggles, Laramie, 1992 (South)

140 Jim Pehringer, Sheridan, 1987 (North)
Passing Attempts
45 Darin Schiller, Upton, 1984 (North)
35 Thaine Wilkins, Gillette, 2006 (North)
33 Ward Anderson, Wheatland, 2011 (South)
Passing Completions
22 Darin Schiller, Upton, 1984 (North)
19 Ward Anderson, Wheatland, 2011 (South)
18 Thaine Wilkins, Gillette, 2006 (North)
Passing Yards
315 Darin Schiller, Upton, 1984 (North)
277 Corky Davis, Natrona, 1975 (North)
220 Ward Anderson, Wheatland, 2011 (South)
Touchdown Passes
4 Ward Anderson, Wheatland, 2011 (South); Darin Schiller, Upton, 1984 (North)
3 Thaine Wilkins, Gillette, 2006 (North); T.J. Ramaeker, Gillette, 1999 (North)
8 Chuck Johnson, Sheridan, 1984 (North)
7 Clifford Hill, Natrona, 1975 (North); Jeremy Zebroski, Lander, 1995 (North)
6 Jeff Lee, Evanston, 2011 (South); Dustin Worthington, Glenrock, 2010 (South); Scott Cogdill, Natrona, 2004 (North); Darren Neely, Cheyenne East, 2008 (South); JeNey Jackson, Guernsey, 1993 (South); Eric Naugle, Sheridan, 1986 (North); Elivis Cooper, Rawlins, 1978 (South)
Receiving Yards
151 Chuck Johnson, Sheridan, 1984 (North)
133 Clifford Hill, Natrona, 1975 (North)
125 Robb Lewis, Natrona, 1981 (North)

124 Scott Muir, Rawlins, 2001 (South)
Touchdown Catches
3 Jeff Lee, Evanston, 2011 (South); Blake Richendifer, Douglas, 2007 (South)
2 Taylor Villegas, Natrona, 2010 (North); Ryan McGuffey, Riverton, 1999 (North); Wes Davis, Evanston, 1994 (South); Jon Schroeder, Douglas, 1985 (South); Brent Saunders, Evanston, 1984 (South); Chuck Johnson, Sheridan, 1984 (North); John Robinson, Kelly Walsh, 1984 (North); Robb Lewis, Natrona, 1981 (North)
Field Goals Made
4 Brooks Paskett, Riverton, 1998 (North)
2 Morgan Heimer, Cody, 2011 (North); Colter Rood, Green River, 2010 (South); Matt Frost, Cody, 2010 (North); Jonathan Haidsiak, Rock Springs, 1999 (South); Jason Yockey, Meeteetse, 1994 (North); Chris Michie, Rawlins, 1986 (South); Dennis Rate, Natrona, 1980 (North)
Longest Field Goal
48 Jordan Abrams, Star Valley, 2008 (South)
47 Dennis Rate, Natrona, 1980 (North)
44 Brooks Paskett, Riverton, 1998 (North); Sean Powers, Gillette, 1989 (North)
PAT Kicks Made
4 Morgan Heimer, Cody, 2011 (North); Larry Demshar, Rock Springs, 1993 (South)
3 Matt Frost, Cody, 2010 (North); Kraig Tafoya, Cheyenne Central, 2006 (South); Dusty Rodriguez, Laramie, 1994 (South); Sean Powers, Gillette, 1989 (North); McKay Erickson, Star Valley, 1985 (South); John Mitchell, Sheridan, 1983 (North); Ken Crouse, Kelly Walsh, 1982 (North)

Total offense

(possible record set by 1997 North team, which ran for 488 yards)
481 North, 2011
439 South, 2001
438 South, 2003
Offensive Touchdowns
5 South, 1985
4 North, 1983; North, 1984; South, 1988; South, 1991
74 North, 1976
72 South, 1988
71 South, 1979
Rushing Yards
488 North, 1997
438 South, 2003
366 South, 1981
Passing Attempts
46 North, 1984
40 South, 2011
37 North, 2006
22 North, 1984
21 South, 2011
18 North, 2006
Passing Yards
315 North, 1984
277 North, 1975
234 South, 2011
41 South, 1996
39 North, 1983
37 South, 1985
Total Touchdowns
6 North, 1983
5 South, 1985; South, 1993
First Downs
24 South, 2007; North, 1983
23 North, 2011
Yards Allowed

7 South, 1974
61 North, 2005
74 South, 1979
Rushing Yards Allowed
-17 South, 1974
2 South, 1979
19 South, 1985; South, 1986

27 North, 2005
Passing Yards Allowed
0 North, 1981; North, 2003
2 South, 1979; North, 1976; North, 1975
7 North, 1989
4 South, 1974
3 North, 2011; North, 2008; South, 2002; North, 1998; South, 1986; South, 1976
First Downs Allowed
3 North, 2005; South, 1979
4 South, 1974
Fumble Recoveries
5 North, 1981
4 South, 2007; North, 2000; North, 1980; South, 1978


A couple of really cool additions this week. I added two games, including the first game in state history:

Added Cheyenne Central’s 14-0 loss to the University of Wyoming on Feb. 22, 1894 (also UW’s first official game)

Added University Prep’s 0-0 tie with the Cheyenne Central JV on Oct. 30, 1920 (added to missing games list because I couldn’t find the location)

Also, I added a Coaches Project update for Laramie.

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

I also added state championships from 1921 to 1930 to the champions listings. I also added mythical and unofficial state championships to the team listings on the relevant individual team pages. I figured the champions from 1921-30 were just as relevant as the ones in the “dead era” from 1939-47. Even though there probably aren’t many players left from the teams in those eras, I figured they should get their due on that page. Agree? Disagree? Don’t care? Comment below.


From 1962 to 1967 in all classes, and from 1962 to 1974 in Classes A and B-C, postseason football was shut down in Wyoming. No playoffs, no state championship games, nothing. Only an unsatisfying mythical championship that, in the end, was just opinion. The next several days, wyoming-football.com is taking a look at the title games and playoff brackets we missed out on in the “dead era” of the 1960s and 1970s.

Today, we examine the year 1962.

Class AA: Laramie (9-0) vs. Sheridan (5-4-1). Sheridan did not have a great season, but won enough games to win the AA North title. However, one of the Broncs’ losses was a 24-0 loss to Laramie — a Plainsman team that was dominant, as Laramie teams tended to be in the 1960s.
Class A: Lusk (9-0) vs. Greybull (8-0) OR Star Valley (9-0). Greybull went unbeaten the hard way, beating five Class AA Big Horn Basin teams (Powell, Cody, Riverton, Worland, Lander), while Star Valley went unbeaten in the Southwest round-robin. Lusk was just as good in the East, with only one conference foe coming within 26 points of the Tigers.


From 1962 to 1967 in all classes, and from 1962 to 1974 in Classes A and B-C, postseason football was shut down in Wyoming. No playoffs, no state championship games, nothing. Only an unsatisfying mythical championship that, in the end, was just opinion. The next several days, wyoming-football.com is taking a look at the title games and playoff brackets we missed out on in the “dead era” of the 1960s and 1970s.

Today, we examine the year 1963.

Class AA: Natrona (9-0) vs. Riverton (8-0-1) OR Lander (7-1-1). Natrona put a brief end to the Laramie dynasty in 1963 and piled up a solid undefeated season, including a 26-6 victory over Lander. Lander and Riverton both finished unbeaten in AA North play and tied each other 9-9 on the final day of the regular season, which would have forced the WHSAA to break out the tiebreaking guidelines.
Class A: Lusk (8-0-1) vs. Green River (10-0). Green River notched seven shutouts and allowed just seven points in each of its three other games — in case you’re counting, that’s only 21 points allowed all season. Lusk had a 13-13 tie with Douglas ruin its perfect season, but the Tigers were otherwise strong and won close conference games with Wheatland (13-7), Gillette (7-0) and Torrington (6-0).


From 1962 to 1967 in all classes, and from 1962 to 1974 in Classes A and B-C, postseason football was shut down in Wyoming. No playoffs, no state championship games, nothing. Only an unsatisfying mythical championship that, in the end, was just opinion. The next several days, wyoming-football.com is taking a look at the title games and playoff brackets we missed out on in the “dead era” of the 1960s and 1970s.

Today, we examine the year 1964.

Class AA: Laramie (9-0) vs. Sheridan (6-3). This may have been one of the most monumental mismatches in state title game history, if it had actually happened. Laramie was a juggernaut; Sheridan won its two close games with conference rivals Worland (12-6) and Natrona (14-13) to eke out the North title. Oh, and Laramie just happened to beat Sheridan 59-0 on Oct. 23, 1964, in Laramie.
Class A: Gillette (9-0) vs. Evanston (9-0). Both squads were defensive-minded: Gillette shut out its first five opponents and gave up just 39 points all season, while Evanston shut out six of its foes and allowed only 20 total points in its nine games. The first one to score may have won.
Class B East: Upton (5-4) OR Tongue River (7-1) vs. Glenrock (7-1-1).
The 1964 season was the last of the hodgepodge Northeast B conference schedule, which is good because neither Upton nor Tongue River lost to a B Northeast team and they didn’t play each other. Oddly enough, Glenrock’s one tie came courtesy of a third B Northeast team (Moorcroft); the Herders’ one loss came via St. Stephens.
Class B West: Pavillion (5-1-1) OR Byron (7-1) OR St. Stephens (6-2) vs. Mountain View (5-0-1). The Northwest was split into two divisions in 1964, one north and one south, but being in the same division did not guarantee that your team played every team in the division. Byron won the north, even with a 13-7 upset loss to Manderson. In the south, Pavillion’s lone tie and lone loss both came courtesy of the Lander JV and St. Stephens, which was transitioning to Class A, had two losses to Class A schools Lovell and Jackson. However, the schools did not play each other. Mountain View, meanwhile, didn’t have to worry about ties after winning the Southwest title even with a tie with Hanna on its record.
(Note: Class B in 1964 was the final year of disorganized conference play, which is also why it is the last year that there is no mythical champion for the classification. Once conferences became more formally organized around 11-man in 1965, as schools transitioned away from six-man and eight-man, state polls became possible. Hence some of the multiple options posted here. This is the final year that possible Class B pairings will be listed; the disorganized conferences that existed in 1963 and 1962 make piecing together a possible playoff slate all but impossible.)


From 1962 to 1967 in all classes, and from 1962 to 1974 in Classes A and B-C, postseason football was shut down in Wyoming. No playoffs, no state championship games, nothing. Only an unsatisfying mythical championship that, in the end, was just opinion. The next several days, wyoming-football.com is taking a look at the title games and playoff brackets we missed out on in the “dead era” of the 1960s and 1970s.

Today, we examine the year 1965.

Class AA: Cheyenne Central (9-0-1) vs. Worland (9-0). Both the Indians and the Warriors posted solid seasons in 1965. Although the Indians were more statistically dominant, the Warriors showed a ton of moxie in winning some tight ballgames late in the season.
Class A: Lusk (7-2) vs. Star Valley (8-0-1). The East was a real mumble-jumble in 1965, and no real champion emerged. Even Lusk at 7-2 had conference losses to St. Mary’s and to Torrington. Star Valley left no such drama hanging out West, as a tie with Green River late in the year was the Braves’ only non-win.
Class B East: Midwest (7-1) vs. Glenrock (7-1). In another case of a regular-season meeting helping us project a possible playoff matchup, Glenrock beat Midwest 28-26 late in the season in Midwest. Glenrock, meanwhile, lost to Tongue River, but Tongue River lost 20-12 to Midwest — in Dayton, no less — to give the Oilers the Northeast title.
Class B West: Byron (6-1) vs. Mountain View (6-1). Both teams had losses the couldn’t explain — Byron 32-27 early to a decent but not great Deaver-Frannie squad and Mountain View 19-13 at home to a fair Saratoga squad — but both teams recovered in time to win their respective conferences.


From 1962 to 1967 in all classes, and from 1962 to 1974 in Classes A and B-C, postseason football was shut down in Wyoming. No playoffs, no state championship games, nothing. Only an unsatisfying mythical championship that, in the end, was just opinion. The next several days, wyoming-football.com is taking a look at the title games and playoff brackets we missed out on in the “dead era” of the 1960s and 1970s.

Today, we examine the year 1966.

Class AA: Cheyenne Central (8-2) vs. Powell (8-1-1). With losses only to Denver Regis, Colo., and Scottsbluff, Neb., Central had won the AA South by winning most of its league games with ease — the exception a 14-9 squeaker over Rawlins. Powell had a similar run of domination, but had two outliers on the season schedule: a surprising early season 38-21 loss to Worland and a 6-6 tie with Riverton.
Class A: Wheatland (8-1) vs. Star Valley (8-0). The cardiac Bulldogs won each of their first four games by a combined 26 points and had only a 37-32 loss to Torrington mar the season tally. Star Valley, though, was unbeaten and grew only stronger as the season progressed.
Class B East: Tongue River (8-1) vs. Glenrock (8-1). These two teams actually met halfway through the 1966 season, with the Eagles pulling out a 6-0 victory in Glenrock — a victory that likely swung the mythical title to TR. A 26-25 loss to the Sheridan JV was the source of Tongue River’s only loss.
Class B West: Basin (7-1) OR Cowley (7-2) OR Byron (7-1) vs. Mountain View (10-0). The Northwest was a mess at the top in 1966, as Basin, Cowley and Byron all went 1-1 against each other, with Basin beating Byron 13-6 and losing to Cowley 13-12 and Byron beating Cowley 26-6. (Cowley also lost in a non-conference game to Midwest.) Mountain View, meanwhile, was a buzzsaw through the Southwest, as only one team came within 24 points of  the Buffalos.


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