It wasn’t the best of starts for the Thunder Basin High School football team Friday night. However, once the team got warmed up there was nothing Kelly Walsh could do about it as TBHS cruised to a 61-21 homecoming victory.
It was a slim one-possession Bolts lead for most of the first half. In fact, it took a couple of field goals from senior Cade Ayers just to protect a slim 13-7 advantage with six minutes left before halftime.
Once Thunder Basin finally got on track, it was all over for the Trojans. That happened before the break and a huge 63-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Baker to McKlale Holte put the team up 20-7 and stole all the momentum.
In all, Thunder Basin scored three touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the half. Isaiah Haliburton scored twice, including a 13-yard run with 1:50 on the clock to make it 34-7 at halftime.
The Bolts defense roughed up Kelly Walsh for three quarters and the TBHS front lines were dominating and made sure the lead was safe in the second half.
The Bolts pulled away in the third quarter and eventually forced a running clock. In putting the game out of reach, Ayers nailed his fourth field goal of the game and Kayden Laframboise hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Baker which made it 51-7.
With the win, Thunder Basin improves to 5-1 overall and remains tied for first place with Sheridan and Rock Springs. TBHS will face the Broncs in the final game of the regular season in a showdown that’s getting bigger by the week.