Camels, Bolts in playoff chase as second half of season begins

Thunder Basin High School receiver Kayden Laframboise (81) tries to escape the grasp of Campbell County defender Sage Aars (23) during Friday night's battle of Gillette. (Photo courtesy of Kellie Jo Allison Photography)

The second half of the high school football season begins this week and with it brings the  extra push for playoff spots. The good news for Gillette fans is that both hometown teams are in the think of the playoff race with four games remaining in the regular season.

Thunder Basin is not only in the thick of the playoff hunt but it’s also chasing a conference championship. The Bolts victory last week allowed them to move into a four-way tie for first place along with Cheyenne East, Sheridan and Rock Springs.

TBHS still faces Sheridan in a contest that could decide the title. That showdown will be the final game of the regular season in Gillette.

The Camels have struggled since the opening of Thunder Basin. They are putting those growing pains in the past and are on pace to reach several milestones since the split of the school five short years ago.

Campbell County controls its own playoff destiny in the final four weeks of games. A trip into the postseason would be the first since 2016.

A win this week over Cheyenne Central has several implications including most wins in a season since the split and would likely secure a spot in the playoffs.

High school football standings, schedules results for Week 4

4A standings

Team                                     Conf.     Overall

Thunder Basin                    4-1          4-1

Cheyenne East                    4-1          4-1

Sheridan                              4-1          4-1

Rock Springs                       4-1          4-1

Natrona County                  3-2          3-2

Campbell County                 2-3          2-3

Kelly Walsh                         3-2          3-2

Cheyenne Central               1-4          1-4

Cheyenne South                  0-5          0-5

Laramie                                0-5          0-5

Last week’s results: Thunder Basin def. Campbell County 61-15, Rock Springs def. Natrona County 17-14, Cheyenne East def. Sheridan 24-21, Cheyenne Central def. Cheyenne South 38-0, Kelly Walsh def. Laramie 34-24.

3A standings

East Conference

Team                                     Conf.     Overall

Buffalo                                  1-0          3-1

Douglas                                1-0          4-1

Worland                                 1-0          2-2

Lander                                  0-1          1-3

Rawlins                                 0-1          0-5

Riverton                                0-1          0-5

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West Conference

Team                                     Conf.     Overall

Evanston                                1-0          5-0

Cody                                      1-0          4-0

Jackson                                 1-0          4-1

Star Valley                               0-1          2-3

Green River                             0-1          0-4

Last week’s results:  Cody def. Powell, 38-14, Worland def. Lander 24-17, Buffalo def. Rawlins 48-6, Evanston def. Green River 27-7, Douglas def. Riverton 49-0, Jackson def. Star Valley 28-22.

2A standings

East Conference

Team                                     Conf.     Overall

Wheatland                            3-0          5-0

Torrington                           3-0          3-2

Upton-Sundance                   1-2          2-2

Tongue River                         1-2          2-2

Burns                                    1-2          1-4

Newcastle                           1-2          1-4

Glenrock                              0-3          2-3

West Conference

Lyman                                   3-0          5-0

Kemmerer                              2-1          2-2

Cokeville                              2-1          3-1

Lovell                                    2-1          3-1

Big Piney                              1-1          2-2

Thermopolis                           1-1          1-1

Mountain View                        0-3          0-4

Pinedale                                0-3          0-4

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Last week’s results: Newcastle def. Tongue River 20-17 OT, Lyman def. Big Piney 42-24, Wheatland def. Glenrock 41-6, Kemmerer def. Mountain View 21-20, Torrington def. Upton-Sundance 24-14, Lovell def. Thermopolis 51-15, Cokeville def. Pinedale 36-0, Big Horn def. Burns 30-8.

1A football – 9 Man

East Conference

Team                                     Conf,     Overall

Wright                                  2-0          3-1

Pine Bluffs                              3-0          4-0

Lusk                                       2-1          3-1

Southeast                            1-1          1-3

Saratoga                              1-2          3-1

Lingle-Ft. Laramie                   0-3          0-4

Moorcroft                                0-4          0-4

West Conference

Shoshoni                              3-0          4-0

Riverside                              2-1          2-2

Rocky Mountain                     2-1          3-1

Wind River                          1-1          3-1

S Greybull                            1-2          2-2

tephens                               0-2          0-4

Wyoming Indian                    0-2          0-4

Last week’s results: Wright def. Moorcroft 21-6, Riverside def. Wyoming Indian 58-0, Shoshoni def. Wind River 19-0, Pine Bluffs def. Southeast 52-19, Lusk def. Lingle-Ft. Laramie 46-36, Rocky Mountain def. Greybull 35-20.

1A football – 6 Man

East Conference

Team                                     Conf.     Overall

Hulett                                   1-0          4-0

Guernsey-Sunrise                    1-0          2-2

H.E.M.                                   0-2          0-2

Kaycee                                  0-1          0-3

Midwest                                   0-0          2-2

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West Conference

Little Snake River                   3-0          4-0

Meeteetse                              2-0          3-1

Farson-Eden                         1-1          2-1

Encampment                         1-1          2-1

Dubois                                  0-2          2-2

Burlington                            0-3          0-4

Last week’s results: Saratoga def. St. Stephens by forfeit, Little Snake River def. Dubios 46-0, Hulett def. Kaycee 73-25, Guernsey-Sunrise def. H.E.M. 50-13, Midwest def. Kelly Walsh soph. 51-6.

Week 5 schedules

Friday, Oct. 1
4A

Kelly Walsh at Thunder Basin, 7 p.m.

Campbell County at Cheyenne Central, 7 p.m.

Cheyenne East at Cheyenne South, 6 p.m.

Rock Springs at Laramie, 6 p.m.

3A
Buffalo at Riverton, 7 p.m.

Powell at Star Valley, 5 p.m.

Cody at Evanston, 6 p.m.

Rawlins at Worland, 6 p.m.

Douglas at Lander, 6 p.m.

Green River at Jackson, 6 p.m.

2A
Glenrock at Newcastle, 6 p.m.

Thermopolis at Cokeville, 1 p.m.

Wheatland at Burns, 7 p.m.

Lyman at Kemmerer, 7 p.m.

Big Horn at Torrington, 5 p.m.

Big Piney at Lovell, 7 p.m.

1A – 9 Man
Wright at Lusk, 6 p.m.

Shoshoni at Pine Bluffs, 2 p.m.

Lingle-Ft.Laramie at Saratoga, 6 p.m.

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Southeast at Moorcroft, 6 p.m.

Riverside at Wind River, 7 p.m.

Greybull at St. Stephens, 5 p.m.

1A – 6 Man
Kaycee at Farson-Eden, 2 p.m.

Burlington at Dubios, 2 p.m.

Encampment at Meeteetse, 3 p.m.

H.E.M. at Midwest, 6 p.m.

Hulett at Guernsey-Sunrise, 6 p.m.

 

Saturday, Oct. 2

2A

Pinedale at Mountain View, 1 p.m.

Upton-Sundance, 6 p.m.

1A – 9 Man
Rocky Mountain at Wyoming Indian, 1 p.m.