Natrona County

Natrona County at Cheyenne Central

ON A ROLL: Natrona County played one of its best games of the year in the Oil Bowl. Now is a great time for that momentum to continue as the Mustangs could still be seeded anywhere from first to seventh. Cheyenne Central, on the other hand, is currently in eighth and could still be eliminated from the playoff race.

DECEIVING RECORD: The Indians have just one win but are a dangerous one-win team. Adarius Gallon still averages 134 rushing yards per game while Nico Bostic averages 72 receiving yards. If Central can take care of the ball, that dynamic offense can march down the field. That means the Mustang defense will have to be disciplined and control the line of scrimmage.

CREATING LANES: Because Natrona County has used a balanced attack on offense this season, neither Brett Brenton nor Jesse Harshman have put up eye-opening stats. That’s exactly how the Mustangs like it. Brenton is still the second-leading rusher in Class 4A. Harshman is fourth in passing yards per game. Both of them are driven by an experienced line that has exerted its will since the second half against Cheyenne East.

A STATEMENT: It was about this time last year that the Mustangs started to hit their stride and it will be paramount they do that again in order to achieve playoff success. This game can polish the offense, especially the line, and give the defense another tough task going into the last week of the season.

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Star-Tribune reporter Brady Oltmans covers high school and college sports.

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