WHEATLAND – With 46 seconds left in the first half, a younger and much smaller Wheatland JV team had held its own against a dominant Cheyenne Central JV squad.
Although the Indians scored in the remaining seconds of that first half, it was never a runaway as the Wheatland Bulldogs stood tall against a taller opponent, but fell short in their upset bid, 27-12.
Cheyenne struck first with a pounding running game that pitted both front lines in heated warfare for the line of scrimmage.
Wheatland came driving right back down the gut and using a three-quarterback tandem, used some of the varsity passing magic to steal a score of their own on a long pass play from Maxx Meyer to Bryce Stenson.
The extra point was no good and for the better part of a quarter, the battle was waged in the trenches with neither team giving up ground.
With just 43 seconds left in the half, Cheyenne punched the ball in after a hard-fought drive to take the lead. The extra point kick was good and the teams went into halftime with a 14-6 score.
The second half was a replay of the first and it was almost like Déjà vu as the bruising running game of Cheyenne wore down Wheatland for two more scores, and Wheatland answered through the air again as another long 45 yard pass play, this time from Brock Peasley to Austin Warren got the Bulldogs close enough so that on the very next play, Hyannie Fausto took the ball around the left end and raced to the endzone.
Head JV coach Jacob Montoya said, “I feel we did a fairly decent job tonight as far as just getting out there playing. I feel that we’re pretty young to the point that we need to know what our responsibilities are and what comes with that. We mention football IQ which is needing to understand what we have to do. It’s a step up from what a lot of these guys have been playing, they are a young team, so the physical part we can bring, we just need to understand the ins and outs of all the plays.”
Montoya commented that he was pleased for what he saw for their first game and said that there were a lot of learning lessons. The JV comes back home Sept. 8, where they will be playing against Pine Bluffs.