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Sheridan quarterback Austin Woodward is congratulated by an assistant coach in the final seconds of the 40-15 victory over Cheyenne Central during the 2009 4A Wyoming State High School Football Championships in Laramie. (Tim Kupsick/Star-Tribune)

Zack Bolger, Natrona County, 2005

6-foot-1/170 pounds

Wide receiver/Defensive back

Bolger was a first-team all-state defensive back and return specialist his senior year at NC. Bolger, currently a member of the University of Wyoming football team, is second on the team in receiving yards and receptions and is tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions.

Casey Bramlet, Wheatland, 1998

6-foot-4/185 pounds

Quarterback/Defensive back

Bramlet had one of the top passing seasons of the last decade in leading the Bulldogs to the Class 3A playoffs. Casey threw for 2,241 yards and 21 TDs and added 87 points on defense. After throwing for more than 3,000 yards and 22 touchdowns his senior year at the University of Wyoming, Bramlet was a seventh-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2004. He led Hamburg to the 2007 World Bowl title.

John Camino, Buffalo, 2004-05

6-foot-0/200 pounds

Running back/Linebacker

Back-to-back honoree ran for more than 1,800 yards and 25 touchdowns to help lead the Bison to back-to-back state titles. Camino is currently a member of the Carroll College (Mont.) football team and is the team's leading rusher (1,046 yards, 14 touchdowns).

Jon Dawson, Cheyenne Central, 1997-98

6-foot-2/280 pounds

Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman

Dawson was named the lineman of the year his senior season after finishing with 75 defensive points and six blocking knockdowns per game. He was also named to the Rocky Mountain News Regional Elite Team in '98. He played for two years on the University of Nebraska football team.

Tom Earl, Natrona County, 2007-08

6-foot-2, 205 pounds

Running back

Ran for more 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns during his career with the Mustangs. Also a standout basketball player for NC, Earl played in 21 games as a freshman for Metropolitan State College (Denver) and shot 66.7 percent from 3-point range.

Pierre Etchemendy, Douglas, 2008-09

6-foot-1/175 pounds

Running back/Linebacker

Ran for more than 2,000 yards as a senior and scored 32 total touchdowns to lead the Bearcats to back-to-back state titles in 2008 and 2009. Etchemendy is currently a member of the Chadron (Neb.) State football team.

Mike Fackrell, Evanston, 1993-94

5-foot-8/165 pounds

Running back

Fackrell helped the Red Devils to a Class 4A semifinal appearance in 1994 and a second-place finish in '93. In '94, Mike carried the ball 180 times for 1,017 yards, and he finished with 1,331 all-purpose yards and 11 TDs. He played collegiately at Chadron (Neb.) State.

Casey Fosher, Lusk, 1998-2000

5-foot-11/185 pounds

Running back/Defensive back

Fosher, a Simpson Award finalist and the only three-time Super 25 honoree to date, led the Tigers to four straight Class 1A/Division I semifinal appearances and titles his junior and senior years. Casey set four schools records including career rushing (4,291) and season rushing (1,829). He walked-on to the University of Nebraska football team before transferring to Chadron (Neb.) State.

Kevin Homer, Natrona County, 1993

6-foot-3/210 pounds


Homer was the 1993 defensive player of the year and led the Mustangs to a big turnaround. In Kevin's junior year, NC posted a 1-7 record but went 6-2 the following year. He finished his senior season with 111 defensive points. Kevin was an All-American at Chadron (Neb.) State and signed a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers in 1999.

JeNey Jackson, Guernsey, 1992

5-foot-7/170 pounds

Wide receiver/Return specialist

The Vikings advanced to the Class 1A/11-man semifinals and finished with a 6-3 record with Jackson leading the way. JeNey, who was also a Simpson Award finalist, later played at the University of Wyoming from 1994-97 and singed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

Brett Keisel, Greybull, 1996

6-foot-5/222 pounds

Tight end/Linebacker

Keisel is one of a handful of Wyoming players in the last decade to have more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Brett, who was also a Simpson Award finalist, caught 53 passes for 1,092 yards and 18 TDs, and led the Buffs with 113 total tackles his senior year. After his college career at Brigham Young University, Keisel, now a defensive end, was a seventh-round draft pick in 2002 by the Pittsburgh Steelers and has played on two Super Bowl champion teams.

Clayton Kirven, Buffalo, 2006

6-foot-6, 270 pounds

Offensive line/Defensive line

Opened holes for Chris Prosinski and John Camino during the Bison's championship seasons in 2004 and '05. Kirven then chose the University of Wyoming, where he is a currently a starter on the Cowboys' offensive line.

Corte McGuffey, Riverton, 1994

6-foot-1/180 pounds


McGuffey led the Wolverines to their first state championship in recent history. Corte was the offensive player of the year in '94 and a Simpson Award finalist. He passed for 1,867 yards and 19 TDs and recorded 153 points on defense. He played collegiately at Northern Colorado and professionally for the St. Louis Rams and in the defunct XFL.

Ryan McGuffey, Riverton, 1997-98

6-foot-3/170 pounds

Wide receiver/Defensive back

The younger McGuffey led the Wolverines to the first two of three straight Class 3A titles. His senior season he finished with 619 receiving yards and 113 defensive points; in 1997, McGuffey had 685 receiving yards and 107 defensive points. After ending his career at the University of Wyoming as one of the school's top receivers, he signed a free-agent contract with the St. Louis Rams in 2004.

Clint Oldenburg, Gillette, 2001

6-foot-5/215 pounds

Tight end/Linebacker

Oldenburg was named the Milward Simpson Award winner following his senior year. He moved to offensive line at Colorado State and played every line position for the Rams except center. Oldenburg was a fifth-round draft pick in 2007 by the New England Patriots and is currently on injured reserve for the Washington Redskins.

Ben Phillips, Sheridan, 1991-92

6-foot-2/170 pounds


The younger Phillips generaled the Broncs to their third straight title in 1992 and a top 25 national ranking by USA Today. Ben threw for 1,717 yards and 20 TDs as a senior and finished with 2,175 all-purpose yards and 27 TDs. He was also the first two-time Super 25 recipient.

Chris Prosinski, Buffalo, 2005

6-foot-2/190 pounds


A three-year starter at quaterback, Prosinski was named the 2005 Super 25 Offensive Player of the Year and led the Bison to back-to-back state titles in '04 and '05. He is currently a member of the University of Wyoming football team and is on pace to end his career as one of the Cowboys' all-time leading tacklers.

Gregg Sawyer, Burns, 1992-93

6-foot-2/175 pounds

Running back

Sawyer's best sport was basketball but football was close second. In his senior season Gregg rushed for 1,329 yards and finished with more than 4,000 career all-purpose yards. He participated in basketball and track at the University of Wyoming.

Alex Stratton, Cheyenne East, 2007

6-foot-1/178 pounds

Quarterback/Defensive back

After moving from wide receiver to quarterback his senior year, Stratton threw for more than 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns to lead the Thunderbirds to the 2007 state title. Stratton was a walk-on with the Colorado State University football team after high school.

Ben Stratton, Cheyenne East, 2000-01

6-foot-1/190 pounds

Quarterback/Defensive back

Two-time Super 25 selection led 5A in all-purpose yards as a senior. Stratton went on to play cornerback and safety at Colorado State University.

Kyle Smith, Torrington, 1991

6-foot-5/250 pounds

Offensive tackle/Defensive tackle

Smith led the Trailblazers to the Class 3A championship in 1990 and to the semifinals in 1991. He then attended Colorado and was a three-year starter and blocked for Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam.

Lee Vaughn, Cheyenne East, 1992

6-foot-1/170 pounds

Defensive back/Return specialist

Vaughn led the struggling Thunderbirds to a 4-4 record and a playoff appearance, East's last until 2000. Lee earned four letters at the University of Wyoming and was a sixth-round draft pick in 1997 by the Dallas Cowboys.

John Wendling, Rock Springs, 2001

6-foot-2/192 pounds

Running back/Defensive back

Amassed more than 1,800 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns to help lead the Tigers to a state title in 2001. Wendling was a second team Academic All-American at the University of Wyoming as a senior and was a sixth-round draft pick in 2007 by the Buffalo Bills.

Rick Wolfley, Star Valley, 2005

6-foot-4/315 pounds

Offensive line/Defensive line

Anchored both lines for the Braves and tallied 105 defensive points during his senior year. Wolfley signed with BYU and played for the Cougars for two years before leaving the program.

Austin Woodward, Sheridan, 2008-09

6-foot-2/210 pounds


Accounted for more than 2,800 all-purpose yards and completed 62 percent of his passes to lead the Broncs to their first state title in 14 years. Woodward was named the Milward Simpson award winner and is currently a member of the University of Wyoming football team.


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