NCvGR6.jpg
Natrona County senior Cole Montgomery gets caught up by Green River defense in the second quarter on Friday night in Casper. (Tim Kupsick/Star-Tribune)

Class 4A football regular season is just just past its midway point.

The rest of the state is exactly halfway through.

We've seen the dominating starts we expected and we've been suprised on more than one occasion.

But what does the first half mean for the second half?

Here's a quick breakdown of where we started, what's happened and what's to come:

 

What do we think?

CLASS 4A

Green River or Laramie will be hard pressed to make the playoffs.

It's not a done deal, but in the first year of the 10-team class, no team started 0-5. Two started 0-4 (Rock Springs and Cheyenne East) and only the Tigers made the playoffs.

We'll find out this year if 0-5 is too deep of a hole to climb out of.

CLASS 3A

The class still appears top-heavy.

Two-time defending champion Douglas is still a force. Cody has yet to surrender a point to a Wyoming team through three games. And Buffalo has the talent and skill to be right there at the end.

After that, the next best six teams are anybody's guess.

CLASS 2A

This looks like the year Kemmerer won't make the playoffs.

The Rangers have been a staple in the playoffs since 1998. Kemmerer was outscored 85-12 in an 0-3 start and that hasn't doomed the season by any means.

But the Rangers will probably need to run the table to keep that playoff streak alive.

CLASS 1A/11-MAN

Defending champion Southeast might have saved its season.

The Cyclones earned a huge win with a 33-26 overtime victory over Pine Bluffs last week. The problem is that Sundance already owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Southeast.

That could be the difference between a playoff berth and staying home.

CLASS 1A/6-MAN

Guernsey is not who we thought they were.

True, the Vikings lost the bulk of last year's state title team to graduation. But the return of a couple key skill players led many to believe Guernsey would simply reload.

Not so. The Vikings have struggled to an 0-4 start.

 

What do we know?

CLASS 4A

Gillette's 44-21 season-opening loss to Evanston was an aberration.

In the three games following the loss, the Camels outscored their opponents 136-30. They then gutted out a tough 27-24 overtime road win over Sheridan in the Energy Bowl last week.

Gillette appears to be hitting its stride at the right time.

CLASS 3A

Rawlins and Jackson are struggling under first-year coaches.

Both the Outlaws and Broncs began the year under new leadership and many believed a fresh start would push both programs back to previous heights.

But Rawlins is mired in a 19-game losing streak and two of Jackson's three wins in its last 14 games came against the Outlaws.

CLASS 2A

Big Horn can prove itself a legit contender this week.

Last week's 46-0 drubbing of Glenrock was the first round of proof for the Rams. Hosting defending state champion Thermopolis this week could prove to be the second pillar of that statement.

Particularly if the Rams emerge victorious.

CLASS 1A/11-MAN

Dubois is the feel-good story of the year.

The Rams opponents have a combined record of 14-18, but Dubois has outscored them 132-49. But the Rams are winning games -- including a big one over Wind River at Pavillion -- and that's all that matters.

Especially after an 0-7 start last year.

CLASS 1A/6-MAN

Snake River is good.

The consensus was that Ten Sleep and Kaycee were the teams to beat with the Pioneers and Bucs returning players. But the Rattlers have burst onto the scene in just the second year of even having a football program.

Snake River is the only remaining undefeated six-man team.

 

What can we prove?

CLASS 4A

The road to the No. 1 seed in the playoffs will go through Natrona County.

The Mustangs are the lone undefeated team left in 4A. But Gillette comes to Casper on Oct. 8 and Natrona then travels to Sheridan to end the regular season.

But a 'Stangs win over the Camels would likely lock up the top spot.

CLASS 3A

Nothing is set. Or guaranteed.

Last year Powell began the year 4-0 (1-0 in conference). The Panthers then lost their last four games and missed the playoffs. Does that doom anyone in particular this year? Not at this point.

But with only five conference games determining a team's playoff future, the season is just underway.

CLASS 2A

The Thermopolis defense is even better than last year.

After allowing 30 points to Lyman in the season-opener, Thermopolis has allowed 13, 16 and 14 points, respectively. Only once have the Bobcats allowed an opponent to tally 300 or more total offensive yards.

All while averaging more than 45 points a game.

CLASS 1A/11-MAN

The final playoff spot in the East Conference will be a battle.

We just don't know between which teams quite yet. Neither Normative Services or Upton have the numbers to compete for a playoff spot in the seven-team field after Hulett forfeited its season.

The early belief was that Lingle, Lusk and Pine Bluffs are the top three teams. That was before Southeast upset the Hornets and Sundance already owns the head-to-head tie-breaker over the Cyclones.

CLASS 1A/6-MAN

Kaycee's record is deceiving.

The Bucs have hardly stumbled to a 2-2 record, but they've also opened with arguably the four top teams in six-man this year. Kaycee's remaining three conference games are against Meeteetse, Farson and Guernsey -- teams with a combined 2-10 record.

Don't be shocked to the see the Bucs run out the slate.

Angry
0
Sad
0
Funny
0
Wow
0
Love
0

Load comments