CHEYENNE – An interception with 34 seconds left by Blaine Allen sealed the victory for Thunder Basin en route to a 27-21 win over Cheyenne East in the Class 4A semifinals.
It took until 4:54 remaining in the first quarter for a team to get on the board, as Thunder Basin’s Mason Hamilton connected on an 18-yard pass to Tanner Richards. But the extra point went wide right, resulting in a 6-0 lead for the Bolts.
Hamilton and Richards connected again early in the second to lead 13-0. The pair reached a hat trick with 5:48 remaining in the half from 6 yards out to bring the Bolts’ lead to 20-0.
East only needed 41 seconds on their ensuing drive to finally get on the board when Chance Aumiller hit Jackson Hesford for a touchdown, but the extra point was no good.
Thunder Basin scored again before the half on a 10-yard run from Hayden Lunberg to lead 27-6 at the half.
Hesford caught his second score of the night on a 12-yard pass from Graedyn Buell, followed by a 2-point conversion to bring the game within two scores, 27-14.
East kept their momentum going in the fourth, scoring on a 13-yard pass to Christian Anderton from Buell to trail 27-21.
Thunder Basin had their chance to close out the game, but failed to convert a 4th and inches with 47 seconds left to allow East a chance to sneak out the win. But Allen’s interception with 34 seconds left off of Buell squandered any hope for East.
Buell finished 22 for 44 and 224 yards and two scores. Hesford had eight grabs from 86 yards, while Aumiller finished with 63 yards from five receptions. Anderton rushed for 44 yards on 12 attempts.
“The first half was a huge difference against us,” East head coach Chad Goff said. “In the third quarter, having to punt twice hurt us as far as time. The fourth-and-inch and not converting it and allowing them to run clock off hurt us. Our kids battled, got the ball back and gave us a shot. You have to give Thunder Basin’s defense credit. They’re good, and they’re No. 1 for a reason.”
THUNDER BASIN 27, EAST 21
Cheyenne East….............................… 0 6 8 7 – 21
Thunder Basin…..............................… 6 21 0 0 – 27
TB: Richards 18 pass from Hamilton (kick no good), 4:54.
TB: Richards pass from Hamilton (kick good), 10:21.
TB: Richards 6 pass from Hamilton (kick good), 5:48.
E: Hesford pass from Aumiller (kick no good), 5:07.
TB: Ha. Lunberg 10 run (kick good), 3:35.
E: Hesford 12 pass from Buell (Goff kick), 4:52.
E: Anderton 13 pass from Buell (Goff kick), 2:19.
Cheyenne Central 35
CHEYENNE – Senior running back Garrett Coon rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns to help Sheridan to a 62-35 victory over visiting Cheyenne Central during the Class 4A semifinals at Homer Scott Field.
Coon also had a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Junior Isak Aksamit added 153 yards on eight carries for the Broncs (10-1), who will face Thunder Basin (11-0) in the state championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.
Sheridan led 27-0 before junior running back Carter Lobatos got Central (7-4) on the scoreboard with a 1-yard touchdown run with 4 minutes, 19 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Lobatos finished with 137 yards and a touchdown. Senior quarterback Dawson Macleary completed 31 of 49 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. Macleary also scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.
Junior wide receiver Andrew Johnson hauled in 15 passes for 176 yards and three scores.
SHERIDAN 62, CENTRAL 35
Cheyenne Central…… 0 7 7 21 – 35
Sheridan…… 21 27 7 7 – 62
S: G. Coon 4 run (Greer kick), 9:53.
S: T. Jacobs 26 pass from Boint (Greer kick), 5:14.
S: G. Coon 15 run (Greer kick), 2:36.
S: G. Coon 12 run (Greer kick failed), 8:39.
CC: C. Lobatos 1 run (Tippets kick), 4:19.
S: Boint 1 run (Greer kick failed), 3:16.
S: McComb 47 punt return (G. Coon run), 1:41.
S: G. Coon 30 interception return (Greer kick), 1:08.
CC: Johnson 8 pass from Macleary (Tippets kick), 6:45.
S: T. Jacobs 19 pass from Boint (Greer kick), 0:29.
CC: Johnson 14 pass from Macleary (Tippets kick), 10:09.
S: G. Coon 95 run (Greer kick), 9:47.
CC: Macleary 1 run (Tippets kick), 5:47.
CC: Johnson 17 pass from Macleary (Tippets kick), 1:36.
Mountain View 56
CHEYENNE – Quarterback Braeden Walk rushed for three touchdowns to help Mountain View beat visiting Burns 56-12 during the Class 2A semifinals Friday.
Walk also passed for one touchdown for the Buffalos (10-0), who will play Buffalo (10-0) for the state championship at noon Friday at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. It is a rematch of the 2018 state title game, which Buffalo won, 43-18.
Kimball Madsen rushed for two scores, but Briggin Bluemel had one rushing touchdown and another off an interception.
Burns (7-3) got a 1-yard touchdown run from senior quarterback Kaden Lakin. He also connected with Logan Lerwick for a 13-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 56, BURNS 12
Burns...... 0 6 0 6 – 12
Mountain View…… 14 7 21 14 – 56
MV: Madsen 5 run (Piekkola kick)
MV: Schofield 41 pass from B. Walk (Piekkola kick)
B: K. Lakin 1 run (K. Manlove kick blocked)
MV: Walk 3 run (Piekkola kick)
MV: Walk 27 run (Piekkola kick)
MV: Walk 26 run (Piekkola kick)
MV: Madsen 40 run (Piekkola kick)
MV: Bluemel 1 run (Piekkola kick)
MV: Bluemel 39 interception return (Piekkola kick)
B: L. Lerwick 13 pass from K. Lakin (K. Lakin run failed)