Whenever you have to read “by-laws” you know it has the potential for an exciting week.
Cody is the big winner of the Farmer Award this week for being outstanding in their field. Their 45-14 whipping of Worland has put things into a bit of a twister for the 4A West. I’ve said it on more than one occasion, that Jackson had the West wrapped up. I guess I spoke too soon. If Cody can knock off Jackson this weekend, the pair of Broncs teams would tie. For that matter, if Star Valley can defeat Worland, they will tie as well.
Here’s where it gets a little confusing.
With the three teams having defeated each other: (SV over Cody, Jackson over SV and Cody over Jackson), the next rule is to look at common opponent outside of the conference. Well, there aren’t any, which means rule three: strength of schedule. Star Valley has the strongest of the three. So, to put it in a nutshell, if Star Valley beats Worland and Cody bests Jackson, the Braves win the Western Conference. Pretty bizarre isn’t it? Well, as a fan of the Rockies, this isn’t even in the same ballpark (pardon the pun) as Colorado. Things are still very much up in the air for playoff seeding, with teams like Powell needing a little help, while Star Valley can finish anywhere from the top to the bottom as things are played out.
So, things might seem a little unfair to Jackson at the moment, but it brings out that “good” kind of pressure as this really is a must-win game for the Broncs to capitalize on their great season. That being said, I have a brother who played on a one-loss team and didn’t even get to go to the playoffs, so I guess it’s never been fair. To be clear, all of the rules are meaningless if Jackson takes care of business on their home field.
So far this season in Class 4A, the Dahl E. Llama is 33-14 or (.700) Not too bad for someone who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Or so I’ve been told.
Cody def. Worland – 45-14 – (Wrong-o. I royally missed this one, which I thought would be a close Worland win. Don’t be counting any chickens Star Valley fans, this next game’s on the road.)
Jackson def. Kemmerer – 24-12- (Correct. This was a hard fought game as I expected, although the defenses outshined the offenses.)
Powell def. Lander – 28-18 – (Correct. A tougher game than I expected. Lander has a chance to end their 16-game losing streak against hated Riverton to end the season. Powell may need a little help to make the playoffs.)
Buffalo def. Torrington – 40-14 – (Correct. I almost picked the right score here, (38-13 in my prediction), Buffalo is going to be a load to stop and whoever does it may have to do it on their field.)
Douglas def. Rawlins – 40-7 – (Correct. I don’t think the Bearcats liked me picking this one so close, so they made me look bad.)
Wheatland def. Newcastle – 40-6 – (Correct)
Evanston def. Star Valley – 34-20 – (Wrong. Well, I’m in agreement that there’s no shame in losing to a good team like the Devils. I was impressed with the speed of Evanston, in particular Hazen Davis and Jake Spero.)
So, there you have it. One more game in the regular season, and it should be a doozy. A cursory glance at the standings might reveal that the loser of SV and Worland will likely be making the trip to the their opponent’s field the next week. I really don’t want to make the drive two weeks in a row guys, so a hearty good luck to the Braves this week. Have something to tell me? I’m at firstname.lastname@example.org