Burns at Mountain View

Records: Burns (7-2) at Mountain View (9-0)

Kickoff: 1 p.m. today at Clarence Lammers Stadium, Mountain View

Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Last week: Burns beat Big Piney, 57-6; Mountain View beat Wheatland, 72-0.

Last meeting: Mountain View beat Burns, 28-14, on Sept. 18, 2015, in Mountain View.

Facts: The Buffalos were second in Class 2A in total offense (409.1 ypg) this season, and boast the top defense (112.4 ypg) in 2A, as well. … Quarterback Braeden Walk owned a 2A-best 252.5 efficiency rating during the regular season and was first in all-purpose yards. Running back Kimball Madsen led 2A with 16 rushing touchdowns. … Hunter Gross led 2A with 19.9 defensive points per game and averaged 8.3 tackles per contest. … “They’ve got a ton of talent all over the field on both sides of the ball,” second-year Burns coach Brad Morrison said. “… Their spread system gives them answers to whatever your defense does. … They tackle and beat blocks as good or better than any defense I’ve seen.” … Running back Boe Clayson and quarterback Kaden Lakin are looking to have another big game after each finished with 249 rushing yards last week against Big Piney. Lakin also rushed for four touchdowns, threw for another and had an interception. … “We will have to play physical, technical football and limit mistakes,” Morrison said.

Central at Sheridan

Records: Cheyenne Central (7-3) at Sheridan (9-1)

Kickoff: 5 p.m. today at Homer Scott Field, Sheridan

Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Radio: KFBC (97.5 FM, 1240 AM)

Last week: Central beat Rock Springs, 20-16; Sheridan beat Casper Kelly Walsh, 62-14.

Last meeting: Sheridan beat Central 28-14 on Sept. 6 in Cheyenne.

Facts: Broncs senior Garrett Coon has rushed for a Class 4A-best 124.2 yards per game this season. Sheridan has the state’s best rushing offense at 218.3 yards per game. It is third in total offense (367.7 ypg) and first in scoring offense (41.3 ppg). ... “They’re a really disciplined and clean team,” Central coach Mike Apodaca said. “Their kids are really in tune to what they want to do. They have two really dynamic players in Coon and (quarterback Jacob) Boint, a handful of key players and then a bunch of role players who they get the absolute most out of.” ... Indians senior quarterback Dawson Macleary is second in 4A in passing yards per game (229.8), while junior Carter Lobatos is third in rushing yards per game (111.8). Lobatos is also second in defensive points per game (19.3). ... Central grabbed four interceptions during its first-round win over Rock Springs. “We work a lot on forcing turnovers, but a lot of it is being in the right place at the right time,” Apodaca said. “You have to do what you’re coached to do, get to the right spot and execute.”

East at Thunder Basin

Records: Cheyenne East (7-3) at Thunder Basin (10-0)

Kickoff: 6 p.m. today at Thunder Basin Stadium, Gillette

Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Radio: KRAE (101.1 FM, 1480 AM)

Last week: East beat Casper Natrona County, 35-14; Thunder Basin beat Campbell County, 24-20.

Last meeting: Thunder Basin won 31-30 on Sept. 13 in Cheyenne.

Facts: East led 30-14 entering the fourth quarter of its last meeting with the Bolts. Thunderbirds coach Chad Goff hasn’t been beating his team over the head with that game, but he hasn’t shied away from it, either. East has watched video of one quarter of that contest per day this week. “You can’t ignore it,” Goff said. “I want to our kids to see the good things we did to take control of that game, and I want them to see the mistakes we made that let it slip away from us.” ... East will try to establish its running game against Thunder Basin. It got better on the ground as its first-round win over Natrona went on. The T-Birds must maintain that momentum. “Once we got things going a little bit on the ground against Natrona, it picked up our whole offense,” Goff said. “We have to be able to run it well to open up the other things we do well.” ... East averages 437 yards of total offense per game, which leads 4A. Thunder Basin leads the state in total defense at 212.2 yards per contest.

– Tyler Poslosky and Jeremiah Johnke, WyoSports

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