Sheridan knocks off top-ranked Cheyenne East

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Shawnie DeTavernier

 Senior Nick Gill scored on an 80 yard run on the first play from scrimmage, and the Sheridan Broncs never looked back last Friday night against Cheyenne East at Homer Scott Field in a 42-21 scoreline.

 East was previously ranked number one in the state, and their loss to Sheridan was their first of the year.

 “It felt darn good. We had some kids saying act like we’ve been there,” said senior Tyler Julian, referring to beating the number one ranked team, “but we should celebrate. It showed the state we’re here to contend.”

 After Gill’s score, East responded with a touchdown. Tied at seven at the end of the first quarter, the game looked as it might be close. However, Sheridan had an explosive second quarter, scoring 28 points, extending the lead at halftime to 35-7.

 That second quarter started with senior quarterback Kameron Eckard hooking up with Gill for another long touchdown. Later that quarter, after a defensive stop, senior Daniel Sessions scored on a short rush. Junior Colbey Bruney and senior Ethan Hall also scored on short rushes that half, as East struggled to move the ball against the Broncs stifling defense, who had two interceptions from sophomores Evan Coon and Dantae Crow.

 In the second half, East managed two more touchdowns, but the game was never close enough for discomfort for the Broncs. Crow received a long pass from Eckard  to add to the Broncs’ score, and the game ended, 42-21.

 Homecoming week brings the Rock Springs Tigers into Sheridan. The Tigers are 0-4 this season and have struggled all year. However, Julian reiterated that they must treat each opponent in the same way. “You prepare for every team the same way. Rock Springs doesn’t get much credit, but the play hard.”

 The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Homer Scott Field Friday night.