by Keith Kelley–27 Sept ’14
Cheyenne Central senior Hayden Humphrey had a knack for making big plays. Humphrey boots the field goals for the Indians, and both his receptions heading into last (Friday) night’s game at Laramie, resulted in touchdowns. So it should come as no surprise to see Humphrey in a big scoring situation, as Central used two pick-6’s by Humphrey to beat the Plainsmen 39-18, the 16th straight win by Central over Laramie.
Central dominated much of the game, leading 12-0 early in the first quarter, and 18-7 at the half. But Laramie rallied back and seized momentum. After a field goal tied things up at 18 late in the third quarter, the Plainsmen would recover a fumble on Central’s first play from scrimmage on their ensuing drive. The two teams switched sides and on the second play of the fourth quarter, Humphrey jumped an out route, and picked off Laramie sophomore quarterback Taylor Dodd, and returned it 100 yards for a TD, giving Central a 25-18 lead.
The Indians would get an insurance score on their next offensive possession, as T.J. Wiltanger finished off the drive with a TD run, and the Indians were up 32-18. Wiltanger finished with 122 yards on the ground, his first 100 yard game of the season. In fact, Central rushed for over 200 yards, which is more than double their season average heading into the game.
Up two scores, Central’s Humphrey was at it again. With Laramie driving down to the Indians’ 20 yard line, Humphrey would jump another out route, and pick off Dodd and return it 85 yards for the exclamation point. Humphrey also booted a pair of field goals in the win.
Central improves to 2-3 on the season and will be at #4 Cheyenne East next Friday.
Cheyenne East 27 Casper Kelly Walsh 12
The East Thunderbirds got back on the winning track, scoring two fourth quarter touchdowns by running back Brad Craft, as they improved to 3-2 on the season. Craft rushed for 189 yards and three scores in all, as the T-birds were without Tevis Bartlett, who missed the game due to illness. East will host Central next Friday.
#3 Gillette 64 Cheyenne South 23
The third-ranked Gillette Camels came to Cheyenne a little mad, and took things out on the Bison. After last week’s worst home loss in nearly 30 years, the Camels made quick work of South, opening up a 24-0 lead after the first quarter, and 51-14 at the half. South falls to 1-4 on the year and will be at Laramie next Friday.