It’ll be No. 1 against No. 2 in the Class 4A state championship after Friday night’s two semifinal games ended in a blowout and a close call.
Sheridan punched its ticket to a fifth consecutive state championship appearance with a convincing 62-35 win over 4A’s underdog Cheyenne Central.
The Broncs seized control early, scoring three touchdowns in less than 10 minutes. Even when Central was finally able to answer, the Broncs quickly responded.
Carter McComb scored on a punt return for touchdown, that was his first punt return score after already scoring on three kick returns earlier this year. Returning Super 25 selection Garrett Coon then snagged an interception off a receiver’s leg and returned it for another touchdown to increase Sheridan’s lead to 48-7 late in the first half. He already scored on three runs before that and finished with four.
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Central’s offense found more consistency in the second half with two touchdown passes to Andrew Johnson, albeit against Sheridan’s second-string defense in the fourth quarter. By that time it was 56-21 and the Broncs celebrated their victory at Homer Scott Field.
Just down the highway, Blaine Allen snagged a last-minute interception to secure Thunder Basin’s 27-21 win over Cheyenne East. Although, in winning the Bolts may have suffered a devastating loss.
On the play immediately before Hayden Lunberg put the Bolts up 27-6 late in the second quarter, senior quarterback Mason Hamilton came up sore after scrambling. The reigning Super 25 selection came out of halftime without pads and with his arm in a sling. He watched his teammates allow two Graedyn Buell touchdown passes in the second half, the latter of which drew East to within six points with 2:19 remaining.
East got the ball back and moved down field before Allen pulled down Buell’s pass to secure the win.
Before exiting, Hamilton was 15-of-18 for 138 yards and two touchdowns.