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, 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.)


8 Thoughts on “The playoff brackets we missed: 1967

  1. Dahl Erickson on July 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm said:

    Patrick, I know you agree with me this this is arguably the best SV team of all time. This team holds the school record for points scored in a season (442) and only gave up 45. There were several players who earned D1 scholarships from this team, including Kevin Kennington who played at UW. Brent Wadsworth had 7 interceptions which was the school record up until 1998.

    Wally Stock scored 7 TDs that year which was the team high despite so many points scored. Just an extremely deep and unselfish squad.

  2. Dahl Erickson on July 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm said:

    Sorry, forgot Blair Wolfley who also scored 7 TD’s that year

  3. In the 1976 season for Basin Bobcats (2-5) record under Andy Johnson, Oct. 22/1976 the final score was Basin 6, Wind River 30. Terry Davis made the only touchdown on a 3-yard run in the first quarter. The information you have is incorrect.

  4. Patrick on July 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm said:

    Thanks for the tip! I will get that fixed asap.


  5. Thanks Patrick, although you corrected it on Wind River’s game info. it didn’t show up on the Basin records. Thankyou for your time on compiling this accurate data for my family greatly appreciates that much. Terry Davis

  6. Patrick on August 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm said:

    Hi Terry,

    The correction is showing up when I load the Basin page. Try maybe refreshing the page once? That should do it.

    Thanks for the kind words. I love compiling it and I’m glad to share it all. Thanks again for your help!


  7. Thank you again Patrick as this helped. Your computer savvy expertise made the change. If I sounded direct I apologize for that. This great service you are doing for the wonderful state of Wyoming and schools there of, has my brothers Jerry Davis, Tom Davis and I sharing our glory days with our kids and grandchildren!! Sincerely yours, Basin Bobcat Alumni Terry Davis 1979

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