Broncs finish off regular season

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Photos by Forrest DeBolt

Meeting after their victory over East, the Broncs get ready for their next home game. The Broncs take on Kelly Walsh in the Quarterfinals at home on Friday the 26th at 7pm.

The SHS football team earned a huge victory at home Friday night against East to gain third place ranking heading into the playoffs. A back-and-forth contest of two evenly matched teams, the Broncs were able to grind out a 31-21 win.
Both teams coming into the game with 6 wins and 2 loses, the Broncs finished the regular season with only two losses to the top ranked teams, Natrona County and Campbell County, who they will look to beat in the playoffs. Sheridan opens at home in the playoffs against sixth seeded Kelly Walsh, who they beat 20-10 earlier in the year. Junior Tyler Julian said the third seed is “really important to have the first game at home with the crowd supporting us.”
A victory would set up a rematch against Gillette who Sheridan narrowly lost to 21-18 in the regular season. From there, the Broncs have to potential to repeat their title in what would be their fourth straight appearance in the finals.

In their win against East Friday night the Broncs showed they have the ability to win it all.Sheridan used a strong running game and enough defense to finish with a ten point victory.

The game started with the Broncs driving down the field; however, they had to settle for a field goal off the leg of Gunner Edeen. The thunderbirds answered with a touchdown of their own, gaining the 7-3 lead. In the second quarter, junior Daniel Sessions caught a short pass from quarterback Kevin Bakkehaug to regain the lead going into halftime.

After halftime, both teams exploded in the third quarter, scoring two touchdowns each . East struck first, but Sessions responded with a rush that found the endzone, making the game 17-14. East scored once more to capture the lead, but it would prove to be their last lead. The Broncs made their way down the field, and drew up a quarterback sneak for Bakkehaug, who dove into the endzone. The third quarter ended with the Broncs holding strong at 24-21. The defense would hold Cheyenne to no more scores, and Sessions caught another ball for his third touchdown on the night, the game finishing at 31-21.

Despite the victory, the Broncs still must overcome certain difficulties as the season wears down. Sessions injured his leg during the second quarter but was able to finish the game. 4A’s leading rusher, Senior running back Nathan Kane suffered a concussion at the end of the first half and didn’t return for the rest of the game. Julian said that “the team was really concerned because Dan and Nate are good friends, but we overcame.”