The Worland Warriors scored first but the Braves scored the most as Star Valley rebounded from back-to-back losses to open their conference season with a 34-14 victory in Afton. The Braves have now won eight consecutive games at home dating back to 2008 and the contest was a morale booster after two drubbings at the hands of 3A East opponents.
Although the Crimson & Gold had 143 rushing yards, it was the passing game that proved difficult to stop as Logan Abrams completed 21 of 29 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns. Ridge Hillyard also completed a pass as part of a fake punt to drive the passing total to 286.
Jason Lewis tied a school record for receptions in a single game as he hauled in ten catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. It was the most catches in a game since Robert Harmon did so against Rock Springs in 1988. Hillyard had 66 yards receiving and a score while Taylor Keller caught two touchdowns to move his total to four on the season. Abrams has thrown nine touchdown passes thus far this season.
After giving up big plays through the air the past two weeks, the Braves held the Warriors to just 11 passing yards on nine attempts. Worland rushed for 209 yards overall on 47 attempts, however they gained just 59 yards in the second half.
Worland’s Zack Lemke intercepted a deflected pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, while Star Valley’s John Strang was 2 for 2 in field goal attempts.
Check out the September 30, 2010 edition of the Star Valley Independent for a full recap including statistics.