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CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREES: Cokeville head coach Todd Dayton has won 324 games and 20 state championships and is 4-0 at War Memorial.

First-year Big Horn coach Kirk McLaughlin hasn't won any state titles yet, but he does have the Rams back in Laramie for the sixth time in 10 years.

PICK YOUR POISON: In addition to Kade Eisele's 24 touchdowns, Big Horn has four other players -- Quinn McCafferty, Will Pelissier, Carson Bates and Kade VanDyken -- who have scored double-digit TDs this season.

"I think by being dynamic and being able to run and pass we can spread out their defense and take advantage," Eisele said.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Cokeville tops the class in both rush defense and total defense and leads the state, regardless of classification, with 67 tackles for loss and 36 takeaways.

FAMILIAR FACES: Only Sheridan and Natrona County (seven) have played more state championship games at War Memorial Stadium than have Big Horn (six) and Cokeville (five). The Rams and Panthers have twice played in Laramie in the same year (2013-14), but Big Horn was in 2A and Cokeville in 1A/11-man.


KADE EISELE, Big Horn: The senior has rushed for 1,281 yards and 12 TDs and has 12 TFL on defense.

BENTLEY JOHNSON, Cokeville: The senior has rushed for nine touchdowns, thrown for 11 and has two defensive scores.

QUINN McCAFFERTY, Big Horn: The junior quarterback has thrown for nearly 1,500 yards and 25 touchdowns with just two interceptions.

LOCHLYN TEICHERT, Cokeville: The senior has returned two punts and a kickoff for touchdowns to go along with rushing, receiving and defensive scores.


324: Career victories for Cokeville's Todd Dayton, which is 314 more than Big Horn's Kirk McLaughlin.

50.4: Points scored per game by the Big Horn offense.

6.5: Points allowed per game by the Cokeville defense.

4: Punts returned for scores by Cokeville.

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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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