Kelly Walsh

Cheyenne East at Kelly Walsh

T-BIRD TREND: East has won the last 10 meetings between the two teams, although the past two were both within eight points. So the Thunderbirds have Kelly Walsh’s number but the Trojans are gaining ground.

STRONG FINISH: Kelly Walsh’s Colten Atkinson’s fourth-quarter field goal was the only points either of these two teams scored in the second half last week. Coming out of halftime strong will be a point of emphasis for both teams.

“We’ve got to do a better job teaching and repping them so they come through better under lights on a Friday night,” Kelly Walsh head coach Aaron Makelky said.

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GROUNDING: East quarterback Graedyn Buell showed out last week with four passing touchdowns. And with a lot of downfield weapons, stopping Buell doesn’t come as an easy solve. This could be a case of Kelly Walsh’s embrace in an aggressive defense, which came up with two interceptions last week, being a benefit.

“Maybe we’ll limit their efficency on first and second down to force them into third down,” Makelky said. “Sitting back is a recipe to get carved up so we’ll try and be aggressive and disrupt them.”

SPREADING OUT: Former Wright standout Phoenix Buske scored for the Trojans last week before leaving with an injury. Buske’s injury allowed for more Trojans to get the ball and they finished with four rushers with at least 35 yards. All four of them are back in the lineup this week.

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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