Natrona County scored touchdowns on its first five possessions and moved to 2-0 on the season with a 47-28 victory over longtime rival Gillette on Friday at Cheney Alumni Field.
The defending state champs wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard.
After the Camels fumbled on their first play from scrimmage, Mustangs senior running back Dante Wallace found his way into the end zone from 21 yards out two plays later for a 7-0 lead.
The Mustangs made it 14-0 on their next possession when Harrison Taubert connected with Cooper Quig on a 25-yard touchdown pass.
Following an interception by Wilsk Jackson, Natrona County needed just five plays to push the lead to 21-0, with Taubert running it in for a 19-yard score.
The Mustangs took over at the Gillette 38-yard line after a three-and-out by Gillette and needed just three plays to find the end zone. Taubert threw his second TD of the game, a 16-yard strike to Chase Wishart for a 27-0 advantage.
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And that was just the first quarter.
NC scored on its first possession of the second quarter when Taubert rolled out and connected with Avery Cox for a 2-yard TD.
Gillette, which entered the game having lost 20 consecutive games, showed some fight in the second quarter. The Camels cut the lead to 34-14 at the half.
Gillette had a chance to make things interesting in the third quarter but came up short on fourth and goal at the NC 2. The Mustangs then needed only six plays to cover 93 yards, capping the drive on Taubert’s fourth touchdown pass of the game — a 21-yarder to Myllian Allison.
Wallace added a 3-yard TD run and Vijay Pitter scored on an 18-yard run and a 4-yard screen pass for Gillette in the fourth quarter.
Natrona County goes on the road next week to face Sheridan (2-0), which held on for a 28-14 victory at Cheyenne Central on Friday. The Mustangs defeated the Broncs 28-14 in the state championship game last season to end Sheridan's three-year reign.