by Keith Kelley–3 Oct ’14
It was a slow start to the 65th edition of the Capital Bowl Friday night at Okie Blanchard Stadium Both East and Central spent the majority of the first quarter trading punts. That is until East senior quarterback Tevis Bartlett connected with senior wide receiver Ben Wisdorf for a 58 yard gain, to the Central seven yard line. But 25 yards in penalties, marked off from the Central 25 yard line, put the ball at midfield. On the very next play, Bartlett would break off a 50 yard TD run, to put the T-birds up 7-0, as they would cruise to a 24-0 win over the Indians, winning their sixth straight in the series.
Bartlett missed all of last week’s game due to illness, and the week before, he aggravated a shoulder injury against Sheridan. He seemed to be back in form, as he rushed for 104 yards and two scores, he would throw for 113 yards and also caught a pass for four yards. He also picked off a pass. Head coach Chad Goff says that having Bartlett back to full strength was a good thing for his squad.
But it wasn’t just Bartlett, as the Thunderbirds got good production from backup quarterback Baylor Hayes, who through for 85 yards and a touchdown, connecting with Wisdorf from 38 yards out. Wisdorf finished with five catches for 114 yards as well. Running back Brad Craft rushed for 61 yards.
The East defense was dominating. The T-birds held a Central rushing attack, that was gaining momentum the last couple of weeks, to just 35 yards rushing. In fact, while pitching a shutout, East held Central to just 115 yards of total offense. Goff was extremely pleased with the way East played on the defensive side of the ball.
The Thunderbirds improve to 4-2 on the season, while Central falls to 2-4. East will host Laramie next Friday, while the Indians will travel to Sheridan.
Cheyenne South 27 Laramie 21
The South Bison rallied for a big win over Laramie Friday night at Deti Stadium. The Bison would score late to knock off the Plainsmen for the first time ever. It’s South’s second win of the season as they improve to 2-4 on the year. They will play #1 Natrona County next Friday.