LARAMIE – North County vs. South County, East v. West, unbeaten v. unbeaten, #1 offense v. #1 defense, Hanna-Elk Mountain-Medicine Bow v. Little Snake River Valley.
This year’s six-man football state championship brings a trophy to Carbon County, and a lot of excitement. Kickoff is today at 10 a.m. from War Memorial Stadium.
Let’s breakdown the teams.
#1-ranked Little Snake River Valley Rattlers
Last year, the Rattlers lost in the semi-finals to the Farson-Eden Pronghorns 62-19, who went on to win the state championship.
2019 overall record: 9-0 (10-0 with forfeit win over Ten Sleep)
The Rattlers defeated: Saratoga (71-0), Burlington (52-0), Meeteetse (62-0), St. Stephens (53-0), Riverside (56-0), Farson-Eden (53-0), Ten Sleep (FFW 2-0), Dubois (59-0), Kaycee (59-0), and Hulett (61-0).
Offense stats: The Rattlers have gained: 3,598 total yards, 399.8 yards per game, 11.5 yards per attempt, 58.4 points per game, 67 touchdowns, and committed 3 turnovers.
Defensive stats: The defense has given up: 543 yards, 60.3 yards per game, 1.6 yards per attempt, 0 points, 0 touchdowns, and forced 33 turnovers.
Players to watch: #17 Sr. Riggen Myers, #14 Sr. Taylor Otte, #6 Sr. Tony Enriquez, #25 Sr. Wyatt Duncan, #24 Sr. Karter Evans, #21 Sr. Oscar Herrera, and #10 So. Zander Risner.
Keys to a win: Figure out how to shut down the Miners high powered offense. Continue to eat the yards with an effective ground game. LSRV Head Coach Jack Cobb told WyoPreps, “We need to control the line of scrimmage, and we got to stop them in open space. Stay as a team, and play ball.”
#2-ranked Hanna-Elk Mountain-Medicine Bow Miners
Last year the Miners lost in the quarter-finals to the Burlington Huskies 61-36, who fell in the state championship to Farson-Eden.
2019 overall record: 10-0
The Miners defeated: St. Stephens (74-38), Midwest (83-14), Hulett ( 79-31), Lingle-Ft. Laramie (69-24), Normative Services (66-12), Saratoga (66-25), Kaycee (87-50), Guernsey-Sunrise (68-12), Meeteetse (73-36), and Lingle-Ft. Laramie (92-58).
Offensive stats: The Miners have gained: 5,350 total yards, 535 yards per game, 11.7 yards per attempt, 75.7 points per game, 103 touchdowns, and committed 10 turnovers.
Defensive stats: The defense has given up: 2,542 yards, 317.8 yards per game, 5.7 yards per attempt, 168 points, 35 touchdowns, and forced 30 turnovers.
Players to watch: #33 Sr. Shane McGraw, #20 Sr. Conor McGraw, #11 Sr. Alex Claice, #32 Sr. Brendan Reeves, #23 Jr. Devon Grosstick, #73 Jr. Ura Schmidt, #22 So. Jase Smith.
Keys to a win: Get the ball in the end zone! HEM defensively needs to halt the Rattler ground game. HEM head coach Zack Scott told the Rawlins Times, “We are focused and excited for the game! Our kids have played team first football all year. We need to limit mistakes and play with passion.”