Kelly Walsh

Kelly Walsh at Cheyenne South, 7 p.m.

SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE: Both Kelly Walsh and Cheyenne South have struggled out of the gate, with the Trojans coming off a 55-0 home loss to Cheyenne East and the Bison still smarting from a 68-13 loss at Thunder Basin.

South also allowed 68 points in its Week 0 loss to Natrona County, but Kelly Walsh hasn't scored a touchdown since the first half of its season-opening loss at Laramie.

BALL SECURITY: Simply put, neither the Trojans nor the Bison have been able to take care of the ball through two weeks.

Kelly Walsh lost five fumbles against East last week and has eight turnovers on the season. The Trojans have four takeaways, but they need to solve their turnover problem.

South has been equally careless with the rock, turning it over seven times, including three interceptions on just 14 pass attempts. To make matters worse, the Bison defense has only forced one turnover.

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POSTSEASON IMPLICATIONS: It's only mid-September, but both the Trojans and the Bison could be fighting for their playoff lives.

Neither team can afford to enter Week 3 matchups (Rock Springs at KW, Cheyenne East at South) still looking for its first win, which only adds to the urgency this weekend.

GROUND AND POUND: The Kelly Walsh defense knows what to expect against South, but whether it can slow down the Bison running attack will be key.

South has a 96-to-14 run-pass ratio and for good reason. The Bison are averaging 208.0 rushing ypg and just 10.0 passing ypg. South ran for 309 yards in its season-opening loss at Natrona County.

Kelly Walsh is still trying to establish an offensive identity under first-year coach Aaron Makelky. The Trojans are currently eighth in rushing ypg (136.0), ninth in passing ypg (77.0) and last in total ypg (213.0).

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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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