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Super 25 2018 Luke Glassock Buffalo

Buffalo's Luke Glassock receives the award for Offensive Player of the Year Nov. 16, 2018 during the annual Super 25 Banquet at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper.

Television cameras and recorders surrounded Buffalo’s Luke Glassock, waiting to capture his words recapping the 43-18 Class 2A state championship win over Mountain View. Glassock’s teammates stood behind those cameras, hyping the senior.

“Triple-threat quarterback,” senior teammate Cody Milmine shouted. The quarterback cracked a wide smile.

Glassock can throw, run and kick — hence, triple threat. He ran for three touchdowns this season, tallied a 202 quarterback efficiency rating (due in part to 18 touchdowns to two interceptions) and he converted 7 of 9 field goals (the longest spanned 49 yards). Fifty-two of his kickoffs went for touchbacks and 47 of his 52 extra-point conversions succeeded. It was one of the most dynamic individual scoring seasons in recent history that he somehow summarized in the championship win over Mountain View.

In his final high school football game Glassock scrambled five times, threw a touchdown with just two incompletitions (7 of 9), kicked seven touchbacks and converted a 28-yard field goal.

A week after that game, Glassock was one of 24 others from across Wyoming to be honored among the 2018 Super 25. The triple threat was then announced as the Super 25 Offensive Player of the Year.

“First off, it’s a great accomplishment,” he said. “Then with all the work I’ve been putting in and with the help of my coaches, it paid off.”

Glassock and teammate Aaron Thiele were two representatives of the state champion Bison to be chosen as Super 25. Together they were the first Super 25 honorees from Buffalo since 2010 (Jake Hepp and Jace Jensen) and 21st overall. The only other time a Bison won the Offensive Player of the Year award was when Chris Prosinski did so in 2005. Of course, he went on to play at Wyoming and in the National Football League.

A phenomenal senior year was a long time coming. Buffalo head coach Rob Hammond knew Glassock had great potential early on and named Glassock the starting quarterback as a sophomore. Hammond’s attempts to steer the program from consecutive one-win seasons to promise heavily involved the emergence of his quarterback. Buffalo went 3-5 in that first year with a sophomore quarterback. Then the Bison went 6-3 and made the playoffs. At the end of the 2018 they lost just once and were state champions.

“It’s unbelievable, honestly. Feels great,” Glassock said of leaving a state champion. “Probably the best feeling I’ll have. Coach Hammond gave me a great opportunity and coached me to help me through it.”

His senior season started rocky. The Bison lost a defensive battle 7-0 to Douglas in Week 1. Two of Buffalo’s starters, a lineman and running back Caleb Jones, suffered torn ACLs during the course of that game. Nearly a month later the Bison encountered what Glassock remembered as the game that formed their season.

The Bison went on the road and traded blows with perennial 2A powerhouse Glenrock through all four quarters. Glassock engineered the game-winning touchdown drive with 16 seconds remaining and Buffalo held on to win 23-16. None of the Bison’s seven wins after that were decided by one possession.

“Glenrock’s a tough opponent and playing in Glenrock was hard, so credit to them, they played hard,” Glassock said. “That was a great game for us to say that we can go the distance, we can go hard for four quarters.”

The triple threat hasn’t decided on what his next step would be. He’s been contacted by schools for both football and soccer. After all, he was the second-leading scorer in 3A with 26 goals as a junior. He said he plans to take his time and be patient with his decision.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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