CHEYENNE – Leads, like records, don’t mean much in the Capital Bowl.
Cheyenne Central knew that and never let down.
Cheyenne East knew it, too, but couldn’t stop it.
So even after East scored first, and second, Central knew the Thunderbirds’ momentum was fleeting.
And once that momentum headed toward the Indians, nothing the Thunderbirds did turned it back in their favor again.
Central’s 38-22 victory was all about possessing that momentum – even after falling behind 14-0 against their crosstown rivals.
“Football’s a game of momentum, and there can be lead changes all game long,” said Central senior wide receiver Josh Borm, who had three receiving touchdowns for the Indians. “Especially against East. It’s not a team that you want to lay down and let walk all over you.”
East (2-3) made all the big plays in the first quarter – especially on defense. The Thunderbirds picked off two Thad Lane passes, including one by J.J. Westbrook that was returned 30 yards for a touchdown, and also blocked a 52-yard field goal attempt.
But Central (3-2), especially its passing game, found its rhythm in the second quarter. That Lane tossed three touchdown passes in the span of five minutes, two to Borm and one to Josh Braunschweig, as the Indians took a 19-14 lead.
“They had man coverage on us a lot [Friday], and our guys are athletic enough to get some space and get open, and I was able to hit them,” Lane said.
East grabbed the lead back right before halftime on a 9-yard run by Jeremy Woods. The Thunderbirds led 22-19 at halftime.
But the despite East’s attempts to thwart Central’s passing game, the Indians’ momentum didn’t sway in the third. Lane tossed a scoring pass to Austin Breckenridge and Casey Jackson added a 26-yard scoring run as the Indians took a 32-22 lead.
Borm added another touchdown catch to cap the scoring in the fourth quarter.
Lane finished the game with 21 completions in 30 attempts for 307 yards; Borm caught 11 of those passes for 152 yards.
Although East quarterback Trevon Hinker threw for 234 yards of his own, the Central defense intercepted three of his passes in the second half to keep East out of the end zone in the final 24 minutes.
It was all predicated, though, on Central’s refusal to give in after falling behind so much so fast.
“We’re aren’t going to let them sit down and pout,” Central coach Brick Cegelski said. “I think they could have went and hid… but they came out and did some great things.”
Cheyenne Central 38, Cheyenne East 32
CE 14 8 0 0 – 32
CC 0 19 13 6 – 38
CE – Matt Moyte 1 run (Chris Demartin kick), 10:55 CE – J.J. Westbrook 30 interception return (Demartin kick), 0:24 SECOND QUARTER CC – Josh Braunschweig 57 pass from Thad Lane (kick failed), 10:02 CC – Josh Borm 21 pass from Lane (Borm kick), 7:52 CC – Borm 16 pass from Lane (run failed), 5:05 CE – Jeremy Woods 9 run (Jeremiah Hunter pass from Trevon Hinker), 1:43 THIRD QUARTER CC – Austin Breckenridge 2 pass from Lane (kick failed), 3:37 CC – Casey Jackson 26 run (Borm kick), 1:38 FOURTH QUARTER CC – Borm 7 pass from Lane (kick failed), 2:34
First downs 13 22
Rushes-yards 25-162 39-147
Passing yards 234 307
Comp-att-int 13-26-3 21-31-3
Fumbles-lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 13-108 4-30
Total plays-yards 51-396 68-454
Rushing: CE, Woods 14-129; Moyte 7-32; Hinker 4-1. CC, Jackson 19-106, Austin Breckenridge 17-48, Lane 3-(-8).
Passing: CE, Hinker 13-26-3-234. CC, Lane 21-30-2-307, Breckenridge 0-1-1-0.
Receiving: CE, Hunter 5-96, Woods 3-65, Garrett Bradley 3-39, Jordan Williams 2-32. CC, Borm 11-152, Braunschweig 4-96, Breckenridge 3-28, Derian Wilson 2-17, Matt Carver 1-13.