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The Burns High School offensive line prepares to snap the ball during the game against Glenrock High School on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Burns. Burns defeated Glenrock 49-20. Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Pine Bluffs at Burns

Records: Burns (3-2 overall, 2-2 Class 2A East Conference) at Pine Bluffs (1-4 overall, 1-3 Class 1A East Conference)

Kickoff: 7 tonight at Carlstrum Field, Pine Bluffs

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Last week: Burns beat Glenrock, 49-20; Pine Bluffs lost at Big Horn, 52-2.

Last meeting: Burns won 26-20 in overtime on Oct. 5, 2018, in Burns.

Facts: If there was a game more important than any other on Burns’ schedule, it doesn’t get any bigger than tonight’s kickoff against rival Pine Bluffs. … “This game is very important to our community, our alumni and our team,” second-year Broncs coach Brad Morrison said. … The Broncs and Hornets have taken different trajectories to get to this point in the season. The Broncs are rolling, having won two straight and three of their last four. The high-octane duo of senior running back Boe Clayson and senior quarterback Kaden Lakin have had much to do with the Broncs’ success this season. Clayson leads Class 2A in rushing (176.4 yards per game), and his 10 rushing scores are second-best. Lakin, meanwhile, also poses as a threat, especially when teams key on Clayson. Take the Oct. 4 rout over Glenrock, for example. Lakin rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns. … Despite his team’s recent run of success, Morrison knows the Hornets will be a tough challenge. “We’ve got to play our best to get out of there with a win,” the coach said. “They’ve had a rough year, but will play their best football against us.” … The Broncs are focused on the Hornets’ lethal passing attack, which ranks second in 1A (134.2 yards per game). “They’ve got a dangerous passing attack that we will have to neutralize to be successful,” Morrison added. “We can’t give up the deep ball against them.” … The Hornets, meanwhile, are trying to right the ship after a woeful start. Moving the ball has been a struggle for Gray’s squad. The Hornets are averaging just 44.4 rushing yards per game, which is 10th in 1A. “We’ve got to find ways to get first downs,” Gray said. “The kids are playing hard, but execution hasn’t been great.” … Clayson presents a major concern for Gray and his club. “(He) is one of the best backs I’ve coached against,” Gray said. “He’s physical, but can also outrun most. (Lakin) is also very talented. They’ve got a good thing going. Coach Morrison is good at getting his playmakers the ball.”

Central at East

Records: No. 5-ranked Cheyenne Central (4-2) at No. 4 Cheyenne East (4-2)

Kickoff: 6 tonight at Okie Blanchard Stadium, Cheyenne

Admission: $3 for adults; $2 for students without ID; $1 for seniors and military with ID

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Radio: KFBC (97.5 FM, 1240 AM), KRAE (101.1 FM, 1480 AM)

Last week: Central won at Casper Kelly Walsh, 38-21; East won at Laramie, 33-0.

Last meeting: East won 38-19 on Oct. 5, 2018, at Riske Field in Cheyenne.

Facts: It’s easy to see why Central rides a four-game winning streak into tonight’s game, East coach Chad Goff said. “They’ve improved weekly, and they look like they’re understanding things better,” he said. “They’re throwing the ball well, and using a lot of different receivers, and their running game is really developing.” … The Indians are third in Class 4A in passing yards per game (216.3 ypg). East ranks first in passing offense (292.2 ypg). Its 177.8 rushing yards per contest have it leading the state in total offense (470 ypg). Central is sixth in total offense (317.8 ypg). “East’s quarterback (Graedyn Buell) does a good job of handling their offense and (wide receiver Chance) Aumiller is really athletic and does some great things,” second-year Central coach Mike Apodaca said. “They also have two or three other receivers who can hurt you if you focus too much attention on Aumiller. (Running back Christian) Anderton is also a good runner who helps them pound the rock.” … East ranks third in 4A in total defense (231.5 ypg), scoring defense (13.8 points per game) and turnovers forced (13). “They don’t hide their cards defensively,” Apodaca said. “They’re going to blitz you a lot and play man behind that and make you beat it. We’re going to have to have some patience.” … Central’s defense also has impressed Goff. “Their defensive line is a big strength, and their defensive ends are pretty good,” he said. “(Nathan) Lundberg is fast and makes plays. They have good athletes in their secondary. They’re a pretty well-rounded defense.” ... Because the teams are so evenly matched, Apodaca thinks an unsung player could be a hero tonight. “In my mind, it’s not going to be the Buells and (Dawson) Maclearys who decide it,” he said. “It’s going to be some random kid on either side that makes a play that decides it.”

Laramie at South

Records: Laramie (1-5) at Cheyenne South (0-6)

Kickoff: 6 tonight at Bison Stadium, Cheyenne

Admission: $3 for adults; $2 for students without ID; $1 for seniors and military with ID

Last week: Laramie lost to Cheyenne East, 33-0; South lost at Sheridan, 56-0.

Last meeting: Laramie won 35-7 on Oct. 5, 2018, in Laramie.

Facts: Laramie is one of two teams in Class 4A that has thrown the ball more times than it has run it. Cheyenne Central is the other. ... The Plainsmen and South are ninth and 10th, respectively, in total offense. ... “They’re similar to us in that they’re a snake-bitten team,” South coach Dan Gallas said. “They need to have a couple things go well for them to give them a chance to win. We’re the same way. It should be a pretty good football game.” ... South sophomore Braeden Hughes and seniors Cari Wright and Alex Soto have all rushed for at least 240 yards this season. “We run the ball well at times, but we have to make sure we’re more consistent,” Gallas said. “We can’t keep riding the roller-coaster and ebb and flow with our execution. We’re going to have to play well all the way through the game to get a victory.”

– Tyler Poslosky and Jeremiah Johnke,

WyoSports

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