Cheyenne Central at Kelly Walsh, 6 p.m.
MOVE THE CHAINS: Kelly Walsh has struggled offensively most of the season, but has been especially woeful on third-down conversions the past two games. The Trojans need to extend drives to keep the Central offense on the sidelines.
QB CONUNDRUM: Kelly Walsh quarterbacks Trevor Walker and Esaias Spillane are a combined 28-of-85 for 355 yards with two TDs and two INT. The Trojans have yet to complete more than seven passes in a game and have thrown for more than 100 yards just once.
Meanwhile, in his last four games Central QB Dawson Macleary is 88-of-132 for 1,111 yards and 15 TDs with just three interceptions.
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MAKING STRIDES: Since turning the ball over 10 times in its first three games, Kelly Walsh has committed just one turnover. The Trojans have 10 takeaways on the season and scored the game’s first touchdown in last week’s loss to Sheridan on a fumble return. They also had fewer penalties last week.
The key now is for Kelly Walsh to continue to improve in both of those areas while also converting on third down to give itself a chance to put together a winning streak.
LOOKING AHEAD: With just three regular season games remaining after Friday, both teams have work to do before the playoffs. Central plays at rival East next week before hosting Natrona County and South to finish up. If the Tribe can at least split their last four games they’ll be safely in the playoffs and might even host a first-round game.
The Trojans, on the other hand, play at Natrona County and Thunder Basin the next two weeks before hosting Gillette to close the season. That game against the Camels could very well be a loser-out game for the postseason.