Single-game records for rushing, passing and receiving yards have been added to the individual records page here at

Records for now are limited to 11-man games, but contain top 10 individual records for rushing, passing and receiving yards, as well as the overall single-game record for catches.

So far, the top single-game performances I have turned up include:

Rushing: Jordan Roberts, Sheridan, 345 yards vs. Evanston on Sept. 16, 2011

Passing: Ward Anderson, Wheatland, 523 yards vs. Riverton on Oct. 22, 2010

Receiving: Cody Emrick, Sundance, 255 yards (on five catches) vs. Lusk on Sept. 29, 2007

To see the top 10 individual performances, visit the individual records page.

As always, if you think you have a record that should be added to the listings, you can let me know via email at Send some documentation along with your email and I’ll gladly update the records!


Rebels and Punchers. Huskies and Doggers. Buckaroos and Wolves. Together.

In 2013, Wyoming will play host to 22 new high school football series — seven in 11-man, 15 in six-man.

Changes in the six-man ranks will bring us most of the new series. Six of the 14 new series in six-man involve varsity newcomer St. Stephens, who is fielding a varsity football squad for the first time since 1965. Four of the new series involve Wyoming Indian and four involve Saratoga, both newcomers to six-man this year, while three involve fellow six-man newcomer NSI.

Three involve Kaycee, the only school scheduled to play all three six-man programs that were 11-man last year (Saratoga, Wyoming Indian and NSI).

But a few 11-man programs are playing at least a pair of new opponents, as well. Riverside is playing both Big Piney and Pine Bluffs for the first time in 2013; Lingle is scheduled to play both Wright and Burlington for the first time; Burlington, in addition to Lingle, is also playing Thermopolis for the first time; and fairly new co-op Upton-Sundance faces Moorcroft and Rocky Mountain in new series games.

The new series in 2013 include:



Big Piney/Riverside



Pine Bluffs/Riverside

Rocky Mountain/Upton-Sundance



Kaycee/Wyoming Indian




Farson/Wyoming Indian

Saratoga/Snake River

Snake River/Wyoming Indian

St. Stephens/almost everyone (Guernsey-Sunrise, Wyoming Indian, Snake River, Farson, Dubois, Midwest)


Riverton will have Pat Patterson as its new coach, pending board approval next week, the Riverton Ranger and Casper Star-Tribune have reported.

Patterson has been the coach at American Falls High School in Idaho. American Falls went 5-4 last year and lost in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.

Former Riverton coach Jeremy McCormick resigned earlier this month.

Riverton went 7-3 last year but lost in the first round of the 3A playoffs.

For a full list of coaching changes in the state this year, click here.


With some help from, I added four new games to the database — three from Newcastle’s 1938 season.

For 1938, I added Newcastle’s 23-0 loss to Hot Springs, S.D., on Sept. 23; Newcastle’s 33-0 loss to Custer, S.D., on Nov. 11, and a loss to Edgemont on Oct. 28 (could be either 19-14 or 20-14; added to the missing games list because of the ambiguity of the final score).

I also added Upton’s 25-0 loss to Edgemont, S.D., on Oct. 19, 1945.

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


With the new football alignment cutoffs coming into play in 2014, new schedules will have to be constructed by the WHSAA, as well.

The 2013 schedule was little more than a one-year stopgap in the three-year hiatus on reclassification — a hiatus that didn’t apply to football. That means the 2014 schedule is likely to be quite a bit different from the 2013 schedule, which was quite a bit different from the 2012 schedule.

And, with all due respect to the WHSAA, I want to take a crack at designing it.

First of all, a couple assumptions: I build this schedule with the assumptions that current enrollment ADMs will hold (meaning Tongue River and Big Horn drop down to 1A, prompting one school (I’m saying Thermopolis) to move to the 2A East Conference), that Cokeville and Burlington will opt up to 11-man in Class 1A (because the new enrollment cutoffs will have both schools in six-man), that Saratoga and Wyoming Indian will opt to move into 11-man after a year in six-man (because that’s where the enrollment numbers will put them), and that Upton and Sundance will break up their co-op.

I also didn’t design 4A or 1A six-man schedules; those classifications have no out-of-class action, save a random JV game that occasionally pops up in six-man play.

With these assumptions, in 2014, 3A schools, with six teams per conference, will get three nonconference games; 2A schools, with seven teams per conference, get two nonconference games; and 1A 11-man schools, with eight teams per conference, get one nonconference game.

Keep in mind that the WHSAA has proven in building schedules that geography and distance are not the lone considerations. Competitive balance is also a big factor in schedule design.

Nevertheless, I tried to have some fun in developing this schedule. I paired together some teams that haven’t played each other in a while (or have never played before) and I increased out-of-state play (easier said than done). I also tried to bring back natural regional rivalries, so games like Douglas-Glenrock, Sundance-Moorcroft, Greybull-Riverside, Wheatland-Torrington and Burns-Pine Bluffs were keys — and starting points — on my schedule.

Of course, several changes could have been made here. The last game I finalized (and, therefore, the game I like the least) is the Week 2 game between Newcastle and Big Piney. The second-to-last game I finalized was the Week 2 game between Glenrock and Lyman. Aside from those two games, I think the rest of the schedule is pretty reasonable, given the WHSAA’s past schedules and the desire for both geographically close and competitively equal games:

(Note: Game weeks are in parentheses.)

3A East
Buffalo: (W1) Worland, (W2) Powell and (W3) Cody
Douglas: (W1) Glenrock, (W2) Green River and (W3) Powell
Lander: (W1) Cody, (W2) Star Valley and (W3) Worland
Rawlins: (W1) Wheatland, (W2) Wright and (W3) Jackson
Riverton: (W1) Green River, (W2) Cody and (W3) Star Valley
Torrington: (W1) Somebody in Nebraska, (W2) Wheatland and (W3) Green River

3A West
Cody: (W1) Lander, (W2) Riverton and (W3) Buffalo
Green River: (W1) Riverton, (W2) Douglas and (W3) Torrington
Jackson: (W1) Teton, Idaho, (W2) Pinedale and (W3) Rawlins
Powell: (W1) Somebody in Montana, (W2) Buffalo and (W3) Douglas
Star Valley: (W1) Snake River, Idaho, (W2) Lander and (W3) Riverton
Worland: (W1) Buffalo, (W2) Lovell and (W3) Lander

2A East
Burns: (W1) Pine Bluffs and (W2) Somebody in Nebraska
Glenrock: (W1) Douglas and (W2) Lyman
Moorcroft: (W1) Sundance and (W2) Greybull
Newcastle: (W1) Southeast and (W2) Big Piney
Thermopolis: (W1) Lovell and (W2) Kemmerer
Wheatland: (W1) Rawlins and (W2) Torrington
Wright: (W1) Big Horn and (W2) Rawlins

2A West
Big Piney: (W1) Rocky Mountain and (W2) Newcastle
Greybull: (W1) Riverside and (W2) Moorcroft
Kemmerer: (W1) Wind River and (W2) Thermopolis
Lovell: (W1) Thermopolis and (W2) Worland
Lyman: (W1) Somebody in Utah and (W2) Glenrock
Mountain View: (W1) Cokeville and (W2) Somebody in Utah
Pinedale: (W1) Saratoga and (W2) Jackson

1A 11-man East
Big Horn: Wright
Lingle: Somebody in Nebraska
Lusk: Shoshoni
Pine Bluffs: Burns
Southeast: Newcastle
Sundance: Moorcroft
Tongue River: Burlington
Upton: Wyoming Indian

1A 11-man West
Burlington: Tongue River
Cokeville: Mountain View
Riverside: Greybull
Rocky Mountain: Big Piney
Saratoga: Pinedale
Shoshoni: Lusk
Wind River: Kemmerer
Wyoming Indian: Upton

In an alternate Week 1 schedule where out-of-state games were tough to get, I had Lingle-Shoshoni, Lusk-Newcastle, Southeast-Wheatland and Rawlins-Lyman. Ultimately, though, I figured if Lyman could find a Utah game and Lingle a Nebraska game, that would work better for all eight schools; if that alternative didn’t work, this all-in-state option would suffice.

No matter how the 2014 schedule comes together, I’d consider trying to go through this same exercise yourself. Post your designs below. Going through this process helps you feel a lot of empathy for the process the WHSAA has to go through every year to make a schedule that works for as many programs as possible. It’s tough.


Standings for six years of Wyoming high school football have been added to the site.

Standings have now been posted for 1986, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996.

To see all available year-by-year standings, click here.

In the process of adding standings, I realized a couple mistakes. First and foremost, I fixed a score from the 1992 season. On Oct. 2, Riverside beat Hanna 48-14; I had the score reversed, with Hanna winning. Thanks to Karla Pomeroy at the Basin Republican-Rustler for her help in verifying this fix!

Second, I realized I had miscalculated a couple season records. I miscounted Mountain View’s 1996 record — that year, the Buffalos went 6-3, not 7-2. I also fixed Saratoga’s 1990 record — the Panthers were 4-4, not 5-2. In an unrelated fix, I also corrected Sheridan’s record in 1974 — the Broncs were 3-6, not 2-7. The fixes are reflected on all the relevant pages.


Billie Gordon of Newcastle has been added to the North Shrine Bowl roster, executive director John Cundall announced today. Gordon takes the place of Wright’s Taylor Tresch.

The 40th annual all-star football game is scheduled for June 8 in Casper.


A couple weeks ago, the Wyoming High School Activities Association set new cutoffs for the number of teams in each football classification.

The biggest changes come in the small-school ranks, where Class 2A will go from 16 to 14 teams and where a 14-school cutoff line was established in Class 1A to separate 11-man and six-man squads.

The WHSAA’s decision has some ramifications worth deeper consideration:

Scheduling: With an anticipated 14 schools in 2A and Class 1A 11-man (although 1A might be different, and we’ll get to that in a second), the schools in those classifications will have the chance to have one more nonconference game before diving into a six-game conference schedule. This change highlights two important points: the chance for more flexibility in nonconference scheduling (which may reduce total travel for schools) and the ability to have a balanced conference schedule with three home games and three road games.

The WHSAA, which makes all the varsity football schedules statewide, has not had a lot of flexibility in scheduling because of the large, eight-team conferences in 2A and 1A 11-man the past few years. The flexibility afforded by smaller conferences — even if that flexibility is only one additional nonconference game — should help the WHSAA keep some schools closer to home during the first two weeks of the season.

But one of the problems with this option is that it doesn’t account for schools opting up, and two 11-man programs that, if the cutlines existed now, would be classified as six-man would likely do just that, thereby eliminating a week of nonconference flexibility for the 1A 11-man classification.

Opting up/down: With the 1A cutline established where it is — the 14 largest 1A schools as 11-man, the remainder as six-man — at least four schools will probably have tough decisions to make.

Although the final classifications won’t be set until enrollment numbers are collected after this school year, if the enrollments remain consistent from the last reclassification cycle in 2011, two current 11-man schools — Burlington and Cokeville — would be classified as six-man. Cokeville has a long history of opting up in situations like this and would likely be the first in line to move to 11-man; Burlington could follow. And even if Burlington’s enrollment number classifies it as an 11-man school, the program that was right above the Huskies in enrollment in 2011 — Upton — has been adamant about salvaging its 11-man program and avoiding six-man at all costs.

Conversely, two schools that opted down to six-man for the 2013 season — Wyoming Indian and Saratoga — will likely fall into the 11-man classification for 2014. Those schools will have a tough choice to make: stay in six-man and be ineligible for the playoffs, or go back to 11-man after one year in six-man. Either way, the coaches, administrators and players face a difficult conundrum if the enrollment numbers stand up, as they most certainly will for the Chiefs and probably will for Saratoga, especially with the Panthers’ co-op with Encampment in effect.

Normative Services, which will move from 11-man to six-man in 2013, has a stable and low enrollment that should place the Wolves safely in the six-man ranks for years to come.

The Upton-Sundance co-op: Upton and Sundance are entering the second season of their temporary co-op in 2013. If the Patriots want to continue in 2014, though, they face an interesting situation, one that may make it easier for them to stay connected.

One of the big questions the U-S team faced in 2012 was playoff eligibility. To remain eligible, the combined enrollments of the two programs (the total Upton enrollment plus the Sundance male enrollment) had to be smaller than the smallest Class 2A school. It was, just barely, and the Patriots finished 2012 in third place in the 1A 11-man East, qualifying for the playoffs.

With the two largest 2A schools coming down to Class 1A in 2014, though, the enrollment cutoff for the two schools to reach will likely be quite a bit higher, making it easier for the two schools to stay together and remain playoff eligible if they so choose. If participation numbers for the two programs remain in the low teens apiece, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Patriots survive to 2014 and 2015.

Rock River: The Longhorns finished their first season of junior-varsity six-man football last year and are set to play another JV season in 2013. With the school still tentatively scheduled to make the jump to varsity play in 2014, the state will have an uneven number of football programs (65), making scheduling for either the 11-man or the six-man division that much more difficult depending on opt-ups or opt-downs as listed above.

Of course, if the Upton-Sundance co-op remains in tact, the state will have 64 football programs. But even with an even number, opt-ups and opt-downs could create an odd number of schools in BOTH 11-man and six-man at the 1A level, which could be a scheduling nightmare for the WHSAA.

Class 4A and Class 3A: Barring some large shifts in enrollment, Class 4A and Class 3A will remain untouched by these changes in 2014. The only potential shifts in 3A could be in nonconference scheduling, as we may see more 2A-3A interclass games now that 2A schools have an extra week of nonconference scheduling available. We will only see two such games in 2013, and they both, obviously, come in Week 1: Glenrock at Torrington and Rawlins at Kemmerer.

Who moves: This is always the biggest question in any reclassification proposal. For now, only two schools will actually switch classifications, as the smallest two schools in 2A will move to 1A. Using 2011’s ADMs, those schools would be Tongue River and Big Horn. Don’t be surprised if that’s the case: When ADMs were calculated for the last reclassification cycle in 2010, Big Horn was the smallest 2A school at about 140; Tongue River was second-smallest at 145; Moorcroft was third-smallest at 163. Either Big Horn or Tongue River would have had to have done some significant growing, or Moorcroft (or Greybull or Wright) would have had to have done some significant shrinking, to have anyone but the Rams or Eagles move. (But don’t pen the moves in just yet. ADMs are always a little quirky. No one knows where, exactly, they’ll fall until the numbers are finalized.)

The remaining moves will be based on two things: (1) enrollment, although the existing gaps between the smallest 4A/3A schools and the largest 3A/2A schools make such changes seem unlikely, and (2) any six-man to 11-man or 11-man to six-man changes, as outlined above.

Big picture: The WHSAA made some good changes with this proposal. Six-man is now stable enough to support itself — it doesn’t need the “help” of bigger programs dropping down to supplement numbers. The eight-team conferences in 2A and 1A 11-man proved unmanageable, and although seven-team conferences aren’t much better, they are an improvement and should provide some travel relief. New programs at St. Stephens and Rock River should help bolster and stabilize six-man. The proposal has enough flexibility to accommodate an Upton-Sundance co-op (or, for that matter, other co-ops that may develop).

Of course, as with any changes, questions will linger until we have a chance to see the proposal in action. Nevertheless, these changes are good, necessary steps to stability in the small-school classes.


Laramie High School will hire Thermopolis coach Chuck Syverson as its next head coach, KOWB Radio in Laramie reported.

Syverson led Thermopolis to Class 2A championships in 2009 and 2010. He was 30-14 in four seasons leading the Bobcats; Thermopolis went 2-7 in 2012.

Prior to coming to Thermopolis, Syverson was the head coach at Spearfish (S.D.) High School.

The hiring is dependent on the approval of the Albany County school board; the board meets Wednesday, KOWB reported.

Syverson replaces Ted Holmstrom, who stepped down after one year as head coach of the Plainsmen.

Laramie went 1-8 in 2012. The Plainsmen have not won a playoff game since 2000.

For a full list of coaching changes in the state this year, click here.


Cheyenne East’s Trey Herrera will be part of the South team for the 40th Shrine Bowl this summer, executive director John Cundall announced today. Herrera replaces Greg Ashley of Cheyenne Central.

The annual all-star football game is scheduled for June 8 in Casper.


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