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Class 4A

TODAY: Sheridan at Laramie, 6 p.m.

LAST WEEK: The Broncs routed Gillette 72-7 in the Energy Bowl; the Plainsmen defeated Cheyenne South 27-8.

LAST TIME: Sheridan won 42-13 last year for its 12th consecutive victory in the series. ... Laramie still leads the all-time series 43-35.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Special teams. The Broncs and the Plainsmen have two of the best kick/punt returners in the state in Kyle Custis (Sheridan) and Jason Upton (Laramie). Might not be a bad idea to kick away from them.

Class 3A

TODAY: Torrington at Rawlins, 7 p.m.

LAST WEEK: The Trailblazers shut out Douglas 41-0; the Outlaws pulled out a 14-9 victory at Riverton.

LAST TIME: Torrington won 49-30 last year and leads the all-time series 27-5-1. ... Rawlins beat Torrington 27-17 in 2012 to snap a 35-game losing streak, which was a state record at the time.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Playing for homefield advantage. The Blazers can clinch the top seed in the East with a win while the Outlaws still have a chance to stake their claim to the No. 1 seed.

Class 2A

TODAY: Newcastle at Wheatland, 7 p.m.

LAST WEEK: The Dogies defeated Moorcroft 35-8; the Bulldogs shut out Burns 42-0.

LAST TIME: Wheatland won 28-27 last year, but Newcastle still leads the all-time series 23-22-2.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Neither team has been able to stop the run this season as they rank at the bottom of 2A in rushing yards allowed. Now is the time to figure it out defensively.

Class 1A/11-man

TODAY: Southeast at Pine Bluffs, 7 p.m.

LAST WEEK: The Cyclones shut out Tongue River 45-0; the Hornets shut out Wright 59-0.

LAST TIME: Pine Bluffs won 32-0 last year to end a three-game losing streak to Southeast, which leads the all-time series 29-12.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ball control. The Cyclones are going to run the ball (class-best 331.8 rushing ypg). It’s up to the Hornets to stop them if they want to remain undefeated.

Class 1A/6-man

TODAY: Snake River at Burlington, 1 p.m.

LAST WEEK: The Rattlers rolled to a 77-0 victory over St. Stephens; the Huskies routed Dubois 46-7.

LAST TIME: Snake River won 32-26 in overtime last year in the first meeting between the teams.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Defense. It’s not something typically associated with 6-man, but the Rattlers are allowing just 5.3 ppg, including three consecutive shutouts, while the Huskies are allowing just 17.8 ppg.

— Series history courtesy of


Sports Editor

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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