To keep its spot in a first-place tie in the 4A playoff race, the Thunder Basin High School football team needed to make a successful road trip to Laramie Friday night.
In fact, the Bolts only needed two quarters to take care of business. They scored all their points before halftime and tapped the breaks in the second half on their way to a 55-22 win over the Plainsmen.
TBHS set the tone early behind the arm of quarterback Ryan Baker who leads the state in all statistics. The first two touchdowns of the game were to his favorite target, Cade Ayers. He had two touchdown catches on the first two drives to make it 14-0.
The Thunder Basin defense was impressive in the first half too. Dillon Glick, Ethan Cox, and Lane Catlin were three of many players with big hits that kept Laramie shutdown.
It was the defense which provided the next points. Standout Caden Randall blocked a punt to set an easy scoring strike. Ryan Jordan scored on a 4-yard pass to make it 21-0.
The Plainsmen had no answer. Led by Catlin, TBHS chalked up interceptions on Laramie’s next two possessions and that allowed the team to put the game out of reach before the break.
The Bolts went up 28-0 before they made the first mistake of the game. A fumble in the end zone kept points off the board for TBHS.
Another defensive play led to points. Thanks to a big play by Logan Loftis, the team scored on a fumble in the end zone to make it 35-0.
Thunder Basin, behind its stellar offense line anchored by Aidyn Mitchell at center, did not come up empty on its next drive. Baker split his blockers on his way to his longest run of the year with a 29-yard touchdown run which made it 44-0.
Bolts running back Isaiah Haliburton put the game out of reach just before intermission. The senior scored on a 34-yard run and a 53-yard catch to make it 55-0 at halftime.
Laramie found the end zone three times in the second half as TBHS emptied its bench.