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Thunder Basin at Cheyenne East, 6 p.m.

EARLY-SEASON SHOWDOWN: Even though there will be six regular-season games remaining after this weekend, it's never too early to start thinking about the postseason. And with both teams expected to be in the mix for a top seed, the winner has the inside track to homefield advantage.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: With Thunder Basin averaging 56.0 points per game, the Bolts obviously have some offensive firepower. The big question is whether Super 25 QB Mason Hamilton will play after sitting out last week. ... Jaxon Pikula was more than willing to pick up the slack, rushing for 168 yards and three TDs on just five carries. ... The Bolts can also dial up Tyson Edwards (26 carries for 155 yards and 3 TDs) and WR Tanner Richards (6 catches, 161 yards, 1 TD). ... Caleb Driskill leads the defense with 20.5 points per game with 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss.

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Cheyenne East expects to go toe-to-toe with the Bolts, as evidenced by its 48.0 ppg average. ... Graedyn Buell has thrown for 668 yards and 8 TDs with just one INT. ... The junior's primary targets have been Chance Aumiller (9 receptions, 332 yards, 4 TDs) and Jackson Hesford (8 receptions, 150 yards, 2 TDs). ... Christian Anderton (111.5 rushing ypg) has four rushing scores. ... Defensively, Trey Bower averages 25.0 points per game. He has three TFL and two fumble recoveries.

SERIES HISTORY: The teams have split their two games, with East winning 39-7 in 2017 and Thunder Basin winning 34-11 last year. ... The home team has won both games.

— Series history courtesy of wyoming-football.com

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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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