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 1967.
Class AA: Cheyenne Central (6-4) OR Laramie (6-3) OR Cheyenne East (7-3) vs. Powell (9-0). Central, East and Laramie all finished with 4-1 records in AA South play, all round-robining each other (East beat Laramie 14-13 but lost to Central 18-12, while Laramie beat Central 26-13). Powell did not have similar troubles in the North, plowing through the competition to finish undefeated.
Class A: Lusk (8-1) vs. Star Valley (10-0). Star Valley posted six shutouts and allowed the other four opponents only 45 combined points. Lusk had similar success in the East with a high-powered offense led by future UW quarterback Steve Cockerham; the Tigers’ only loss came in the season finale to Hot Springs, S.D.
Class B East: Tongue River (9-0) vs. Glenrock (9-0). Another classic in the making. Both the Eagles and the Herders had won every single game by at least 19 points. TR had beaten Class A Greybull by 20; Glenrock won its final four games by a combined 219-8.
Class B West: Byron (7-0-1) OR Basin (7-1-1) vs. Cokeville (7-0). A take-no-prisoners Panthers team beat all but one team on its schedule by at least 43 points. Byron and Basin, meanwhile, tied for the Northwest crown after tying their game 34-34 in one of the most controversial finishes ever. (Basin originally won 40-34 by scoring in the final minute of their game on Oct. 27, but Byron protested the game’s final 2 minutes, 24 seconds. The WHSAA upheld the protest, and the two teams met three days later to play the final 2:24. No one scored and the game finished as a 34-34 tie, officially.)