Well, this is a prime weekend for Star Valley sports, but the problem is, there isn’t enough of you to go around.
The Cody Broncs are in town for a 4A West football battle, while the undefeated Kelly Walsh Lady Trojans are also in town to take on the Lady Braves inside SVHS. What to do? Well, the good news is that the Natrona Fillies are in town on Saturday afternoon if you have to have a volleyball fix, the bad news is that you will miss either Kelly Walsh or Cody on Friday.
In addition, the Braves Cross-Country team defended their home turf, winning the team crown at the Star Valley Invitational on the shoulders of Jason Livingston and Cody Brough, who finished first and second respectively. The Lady Braves finished second behind Idaho powerhouse, Soda Springs.
The Braves golfers were also on top of things at their own invitational, winning the boys side, while the ladies placed second. Charlie Stibor and Kelsea Gardner did win the individual accolades as well.
Well, good luck to all, here’s some trivia as well as this week’s predictions. The question has to do with Cody and Star Valley
At the end of the 1991 season, the Broncs and Braves clashed in Cody for the 3A state championship. For three quarters, it was a 7-0 SV lead with the Braves defense dominating before things went terribly wrong for the Crimson & Gold and just right for the Broncs. In fact, in the span of just over four minutes in the fourth quarter, Cody scored four times off five Braves’ turnovers for a 25-7 title, their last to date. This week’s question is this:
Who scored the Star Valley touchdown?
Bonus: Who led the Braves in total yardage?
Clavin Bonus: How many passes did Cody complete that day?
Well, there you have it. Please no internet researching, not that it would help you much this week. Please use the comment section to guess and I’ll let you know how it’s going.
Without further delay, here’s this week’s Wyoming 4A football predictions from the Dahl E. Llama
Powell (1-0) @ Buffalo (1-0): There’s not many tougher places to play than the Bison Bowl. Buffalo showed no mercy against Lander last week and they always seem to step it up another notch against the West conference. Kudos to the Panthers for a road win in Worland last week. Their defense was downright stingy, holding the Warriors to just 7 points. They’ll need to be mean again to slow down the Bison running game. Buffalo’s biggest strength to me is their ability to start quickly. After building a lead, their power game just demoralizes opponents. Look for Powell to hang tough, but I just don’t think they’ve got the offensive horses to keep up this week. Llama says – Bison: 34-17. (Reality Check : Powell’s defense appears to be for real. The Bison still won, but only 14-7. The Powell Tribune and excellent sports editor David Dickey talked about a scrappy crew in Powell this year, it looks like he’s right. ) 1-0
Douglas (0-1) @ Riverton (0-1): Riverton is better. You have to give them that. But without turning the ball slowover, the Bearcats should be able to handle them. The big question is: Can their defense stop the Wolverines? It’s not like they’re a juggernaut; their only score came in overtime in Afton in zero week from the six yard line. Look for Douglas to rebound nicely here with a road win to put them back on track. Llama says – Bearcats: 24-6 (Reality Check: Douglas wins, 27-0. I wasn’t too far off on this one, but the real question is still coming later in the season for the Bearcats. Can they stop a really good offense?) 2-0
Jackson (1-0) @ Lander (0-1): I’m not the first to say it, but in case you missed it, this is the class’ longest winning streak in the Broncs (12 games) going against the longest losing streak in Lander (18 games). Lander couldn’t get on the scoreboard against Buffalo, but I think they’ll break into the offensive category this week against Jackson. The Tigers still have too much improving to do to collect the win I think, but a solid effort keeps this one closer than people think. Llama says – Broncs: 20-10. (Reality Check: LANDER WINS! First off, congratulations to the Tigers. An 18-game losing streak isn’t anything I wish on anyone. The Tigers defeated Jackson 6-0 in a defensive struggle. Hopefully people aren’t getting too caught up in the whole, #1 Jackson loses thing. The Broncs lost the vast majority of their players from last year and the pre-season #1 was a courtesy I think. Maybe that sounded rude, but it wasn’t intended to be so. So how big is SV @ Jackson this week? ) 2-1
Rawlins (1-0) @ Pinedale: Well, I’m not even sure who to pick because of the fact that I obviously don’t have a good handle on the Outlaws. Their defense does well against the middling type teams, but they can’t score an offensive touchdown without some help. I’m going to pick my Western Wyoming brothers from Pinedale in an interclass showdown. Llama says – Wranglers: 17-3. (Reality Check: Outlaws, 10-0) Don’t look now, but the Outlaws are 2-0, albeit against the lower tier of 3A. Still give ‘em credit) 2-2
Torrington (0-1) 2 Gering, Neb.: On the road in Husker country, it will be a short drive, but a long day for the Blazers. Llama says – Gering – 35-10. (Reality Check: Gering, 21-9. The Blazers played with some pride in this game.) 3-2
Wheatland (0-1) @ Newcastle: Wheatland is a notch above Rawlins and Torrington at this point in the season, at least in my book. But the Dogies might actually be contenders in the 3A East and they’re at home. I’m looking like a traitor, but I’m going 3A again. Llama says – Dogies: 23-19. (Realtity Check: Wheatland, 28-0. Not much to say here, I was completely, utterly and embarrassingly off on this one. Nice win ‘Dawgs) 3-3
Worland (0-1) @ Lyman (0-1): Worland is the only team that really surprised me last week. At home against a conference opponent, I was expecting more than 7 points. Well, they probably were too. I look for a focused bunch of Warriors traveling to Uinta County to take on a struggling Eagle squad. Look for a big rushing output out of Worland; in the neighborhood of 300 yards. Llama says – Warriors: 35-7. (Reality Check: Warriors, 63-7. Wow, was it something the Eagles said? 63 points generally means one of two things. It was personal, or Lyman is THAT bad.) 4-3
Cody (0-1) @ Star Valley (0-1): Well, without sounding too biased, this is the game of the week in the conference. Both teams need a win, and as the 4A West goes, getting off to a good start is vital. Cody has shown to be a tough defense through the first two weeks of the season, and points may be at a premium for the Braves who have struggled mightily with consistency. Going into last week, the Broncs had two of the league’s most explosive players in Landon Blanchard and Glen Clinton. With the loss of Clinton to a knee injury, this will be a tough outing for the Broncs in a tough environment against a team that is desperate for a win in the Braves. On a personal note, my best to Glen and the Clinton family. It never seems fair when a guy works that hard and then is done for the season so quickly, especially their senior season. The Braves had several instances of this last year, but it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. I look for a very gritty performance from Cody, but I think this is the week the Braves offense, which has shown flashes of brilliance, gets it’s most consistent performance and collects the win at home before traveling to Jackson next week. Llama says – Braves: 21-12. (Reality Check: I’ll be honest; folks can talk about making some of the same mistake and miscues as the two previous games, but Cody flat out beat up the Braves in every facet of this game. Offense: They were faster and more aggressive. Defense: They stuffed every attempt at running and intercepted two red zone passes, both of which went for Cody scores. Special Teams; Did I mention that they took the opening kickoff the distance? If Star Valley players want to look at one thing to improve on, it’s this. They should be going out for Track if they aren’t already. Dayton McMillan, Landon Blanchard, Sam Werner. All track stars for the state champ Broncs in that sport. I thought Cody might struggle without Glen Clinton, Now I’ve got them my favorites to win the West.) 4-4 Another pedestrian effort from yours truly. Let’s see if the 70th version of the Fall Brawl will get me back on my feet.
Well, there you have it. Have a deeply seated grievance? Use the comment section. Here’s to a healthy week of pigskin for all of 4A. Get out and enjoy it folks, it’s over before you know it.