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.