Outlaws tame Broncs 26-21
By Thorn Compton
JACKSON — Rawlins High School football coach Corey Wheeler said it himself heading into their matchup against Jackson Friday night down senior quarterback Trey Young, his team needed to step up to make up for his absence.
Well that is exactly what happened in the Outlaws 26-21 victory against the Broncs, improving Rawlins to 2-1 in Wyoming play on the year, 3-1 in total.
The win means the Outlaws will at the very least match last year’s win total, but also bodes very well for the team moving forward.
Senior Colton Garlington filled in for Young well tonight, throwing for some key and crucial third down pick-ups late in the game.
In fact, on a drive in the third quarter the Jackson defense was keying on the run, daring Garlington to beat them with his arm.
He did just that, picking up a big first down on a fourth down play with a pass to junior receiver Bryce Jerome.
On the ensuing play, sophomore running back Damon Taylor broke loose down the sidelines for a 36-yard touchdown run that proved to be the game winning score.
Garlington also had some errant throws, he did toss two interceptions on the night, but when the fresh quarterback made mistakes the defense was there to pick up the slack.
This was probably the most complete game the defense played all season, stifling the Broncs offensive attack and forcing multiple punts and turnovers on downs.
Late in the game with Jackson driving down five points, the defense force a strong turnover on downs, with the help of penalties by the Broncs.
That turnover came with less than 50 seconds on the clock, and with Jackson out of timeouts the Outlaws lined up in the victory formation to kneel down and run out the clock.
A major key in the win was the play of the Outlaw offensive line and running backs. Before heading to Jackson, Wheeler said it was crucial for his offense to get the run game going to take the pressure off of Garlington starting in his first game at quarterback.
Taylor, as well as Garlington and freshman Kadin Forney, was smart and effective running the ball all night.
It wasn’t all good for the Outlaws, however. At halftime Rawlins had 12 penalties on the night, and by the end of the game that number grew to 20. Jackson also had a problem with penalties though, recording 12 of their own.
The Outlaws will look to build on this success and keep that momentum going heading into their matchup with Buffalo at home next Friday.