A high school football team can only have, at most, 99 players.
That’s because at most, a team can only have 99 different uniform numbers.
Of course, this is only a problem for a few select programs statewide. But if we were to put together all the teams in the state and choose players based on their uniform number, only choosing one player per number, what would that roster look like?
Well, probably something like what I’ve shared below — a compilation of Wyoming’s top returning players by their uniform number.
This is something I’ve done for four years (see the 2021, 2020 and 2019 versions of this list to compare). It’s always fun to compare players in ways that are unusual; for example, is the better player a 3A backup fullback or a six-man starting wide receiver?
I did my best to look through last year’s stats as well as comments from coaches that I’ve talked to for the annual Wyoming high school football preview magazine to come up with this list. Even so, there’s probably a place where you think I screwed up. That’s cool — leave a comment and let’s chat about it!
My annual disclaimer: I can’t guarantee that the numbers players wore last year will be worn again by them this year. I can’t even guarantee that they’ll go out, or that they haven’t moved since the end of last year (although at least a couple players who would have made the list have moved out of state and have been removed). I used last year’s stat listings and rosters posted online to determine what jersey number players wore; if your team didn’t compile stats or didn’t post a roster, I didn’t (moreover, couldn’t) include those players. Also, at least two of these players wore more than one number last year; they’re noted with asterisks.
|1||Keagan Bartlett||Cheyenne Central|
|6||Ryan Fornstrom||Pine Bluffs|
|9||Garet Schlabs||Cheyenne East|
|12||Stu Lerwick||Pine Bluffs|
|14||Ethan Brinkman||Cheyenne East|
|15||Dalton Schaefer||Pine Bluffs|
|16||Seth Maxson||Snake River|
|17||Hadley Myers||Snake River|
|18||Zane Matheson||Snake River|
|19||Russell Crosby||Rocky Mountain|
|24||Carson Eardley||Mountain View|
|35||Dillon Glick||Thunder Basin|
|39||Korbyn Elaissen||Thunder Basin|
|43||Jeremiah Salmo||Green River|
|51||Carter McBurnett||Rock Springs|
|54||Trevor Eldridge||Cheyenne East|
|57||Clay Merritt||Star Valley|
|58||Diego Paniagua||Pine Bluffs|
|59||Kolbe Dierks||Cheyenne East|
|61||Dane Branson||Mountain View|
|63||Colton Prindle||Cheyenne Central|
|64||Kiefer Dunham||Big Horn|
|68||Tyler Mair||Mountain View|
|72||Chris Benboe||Cheyenne Central|
|74||Gage Finley||Green River|
|77||Dylen Clendenen||Rocky Mountain|
|78||Tucker Jensen||Wind River|
|87||Chase Stewart||Star Valley|
|88||Collin Haslem||Rocky Mountain|
|92||No returners identified|
|93||No returners identified|
|94||No returners identified|
|95||No returners identified|
|96||No returners identified|
|97||No returners identified|
|98||Beckham Stowe||Kelly Walsh|
*-Baldwin also wore No. 65; Collins also wore No. 86.
Special note: For the first time, this list has an honorable mention selection: Dom Kaszas, an all-state wide receiver who transferred from Sheridan to Cheyenne East over the summer. He wore No. 7 with Sheridan, but I have no idea what he’ll wear with East. …