CHEYENNE CENTRAL AT CAMPBELL COUNTY
Records: Cheyenne Central (0-3) at Campbell County (0-3)
Kickoff: 7 tonight at Camel Stadium, Gillette
Last week: Central lost to Rock Springs, 14-8 in double overtime; Campbell County lost at Laramie, 50-0.
Last meeting: Central won 66-13 on Sept. 15, 2017, in Cheyenne.
Facts: First-year Central coach Mike Apodaca said the Camels look like they have improved from last season. “Just from what I have seen on video, they look like they’re a year older and a year better,” he said. “They’re running similar things, and they’re doing a better job with it.” … Central’s Blain Dilly is tied for the sixth-best defensive points per game average in Class 4A (13.3 dpg). … Junior quarterback Dawson Macleary has passed for 168.3 yards per game, which ranks second in 4A. “That’s where you really see that the kids are catching up to what we’re asking of them,” Apodaca said. “He is the trigger man for what we’re doing, and he has a lot of checks and things he has to do in our no-huddle offense. You can really see that he is getting comfortable. The rest of the kids also seem to be getting better across the board.”
CHEYENNE SOUTH AT CHEYENNE EAST
Records: Cheyenne South (0-3) at No. 4-ranked Cheyenne East (2-1)
Kickoff: 6 tonight at Okie Blanchard Stadium, Cheyenne.
Admission: $3 for adults; $2 for students without ID; $1 for seniors and military with ID
Radio: KFBC (97.5 FM, 1240 AM); KRAE (101.1 FM, 1480 AM)
Last week: South lost at Casper Kelly Walsh, 41-15; East lost at Thunder Basin, 34-11.
Last meeting: East won 47-0 on Sept. 15, 2017, at South. The game was called at halftime because of lightning.
Facts: In each of its games this season, South has gained more yards of total offense than the previous week. Last week, the Bison gained a season-best 355 yards. “We executed better against Kelly Walsh,” third-year coach Dan Gallas said. “We also played our defense better and did a better job of gang tackling. We’re learning and getting better, but we still have to work on our execution and ball security.” … East has had a good week of practice after losing at Thunder Basin last week, coach Chad Goff said. “Monday was a learning day, and we talked a lot about jobs and how important it was for you to do your assignment,” he said. “It has gotten better as the week went on. There were a lot of opportunities we left on the table against Thunder Basin, so we have been emphasizing that you have to make the best of those opportunities when they come.”
BURNS AT BUFFALO
Records: No. 4-ranked Burns (2-0) at No. 2 Buffalo (1-1)
Kickoff: 6 tonight at Mike Moon Field
Last week: Burns beat Moorcroft, 41-30; Buffalo beat Thermopolis, 47-16.
Last meeting: This is the first meeting between Burns and Buffalo.
Facts: First-year head coach Brad Morrison has his Burns football team as confident as ever. Last week’s victory over Moorcroft marked the first time the Broncs won back-to-back games since Oct. 18 and 25, 2013, against Wheatland (31-13) and Glenrock (25-20). … The Broncs racked up a season-high 478 yards of offense last week. As a team, Burns rushed for 260 yards and five touchdowns. Alex Pyle led the Broncs with 107 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown, while quarterback Kaden Lakin led the squad with three rushing scores. … Defensively, Pyle made six tackles and came down with an interception. … Buffalo aired it out for 208 yards and three touchdowns in a rout over Thermopolis. Quarterback Luke Glassock was 8 of 9 for 173 yards and three touchdowns. … Aaron Thiele led the Bison with nine stops, including one tackle for loss. “Buffalo is a very good team,” Morrison said. “(They are) really talented all over the field (and) well coached. They can hurt you in the run and the pass. We have to stop big plays and outwork them consistently.” … This week will be a big challenge for the Broncs, perhaps their toughest game yet, but Morrison is eager to see how his group responds. “We are confident and optimistic because our preparation and effort has been as good as it can be,” he said.
PINE BLUFFS AT SOUTHEAST
Records: No. 2-ranked Pine Bluffs (2-0) at Southeast (0-2)
Kickoff: 7 tonight at Teeters Field
Last week: Pine Bluffs beat Wright, 47-0; Cokeville beat Southeast, 48-13
Last meeting: Pine Bluffs beat Southeast, 41-6, on Oct. 13, 2017
Facts: Pine Bluffs ran the ball effectively a week ago vs. Wright, rushing for a combined 227 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. Isaiah Montanes rushed for a team-high 129 yards and a touchdown. Junior first-year quarterback Donte Jacobsen completed 11 of 15 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns, while receiver Colby Lamb finished with three catches for 93 yards and a pair of scores. … Brant Fullmer led Southeast with 95 yards rushing on 16 carries in its loss to Cokeville last week. Despite last week’s lopsided score, Hornets head coach Will Gray isn’t overlooking the Cyclones. “They play very hard and are coached well,” he said. “This year, they have to play a bunch of young kids, but they are talented and have good speed. We are expecting their best effort.”
– Tyler Poslosky and Jeremiah Johnke, WyoSports