Well, I didn’t exactly light it up in 3A last week in terms of predictions with a (3-2) start. So where did I go wrong? Well, with Douglas leading 17-6 late in the game over visiting Powell, I thought that one was looking pretty good. But, that’s why they wait until the final whistle so I missed that game because of a comeback that resulted in an 18-17 Powell win. I can handle that.
What I can’t handle is picking a team to lose and then see them win by more than three touchdowns. That is what is called a whiff. I’m looking at you Worland. You and Coach Ware who apparently brought an entire family full of football players with him. The two teams who have made me look the most foolish since I started do this is Worland and Torrington. Luckily they play each other this week so I have virtually no chance of getting it right. Be sure to watch the video at the end of this article as Coach Chris Howell breaks down what the Braves need to do against the Riverton Wolverines. – Week Two 3A Picks from the Dahl E. Llama.
Worland (1-0) @ Torrington (1-0) – Both teams scored in the 30’s. Both teams won handily and both teams look like they can move the ball. Based on the small sample size of two weeks, one could argue that Worland will win and lose based on their ability to run the ball and the ability of other teams to stop them. Period. Torrington is a little more balanced and they are at home. But I figure I”ll give the Blazer fans a chance to make me look foolish this week. Llama says – Warriors 27-21.
Douglas (0-1) @ Cody (1-0) – Cody did what I thought they would do offensively against Buffalo last week. The part that surprised me was the 200 yards rushing Kason Filbert rolled up for the Bison in the losing effort. I was expecting a little more stinginess from the Broncs defense this year. Maybe Filbert is that good. Maybe the Bison are swinging back upward after a terrible 2013. Maybe Cody is going allow more rushing yards this year than I thought. Anyway, that brings us to Douglas who have to feel about Powell the way Star Valley feels about them. I feel like the Bearcats defense is their strength. I think their offensive skill positions took some hits this off-season and in Week One. Cody was my preseason favorite so I’m sticking with that pick even though that would mean a 0-2 start for Douglas before my Braves come walking into the Douglas pit. Llama says – Broncs 27-14.
Rawlins (1-0) @ Green River (0-1) – I was expecting Rawlins to blow out Kemmerer and they did. But lets remember the Rangers have about 175 kids in their school now and it’s been awhile since they had a football parade down main street. Green River got rolled as Riverton collected 400 yards rushing, most of it on big plays. What I was surprised about was the Wolves’ ability to throw the ball, over 200 yards for Tyler Vendetti. I think this will be a close game but in the end I think the Outlaws have a difference maker at wide receiver in Jefferson. Llama says – Outlaws 24-21.
Lander (0-1) @ Jackson (1-0) – At the risk of making even more Jackson fans hate me (is that even possible?) the Broncs rolled up 50 points on North Fremont Idaho, a 2A school with about 160 kids. The most alarming stat about this match up is that the Tigers gave up almost 500 yards rushing to Worland and I think the Broncs have perhaps the most prolific running game when healthy. Jackson also is giving up four touchdowns a game this year and gave up over 38 per game last year so Lander could very well be in this one regardless. Llama says – Broncs 48-35.
Powell (1-0) @ Buffalo (0-1) – Perhaps more than any other game this week, this one is a mystery to me. I still don’t know what to make of either of these teams. The Panthers did show some big-time heart last week so that obviously counts for something. Buffalo may very well be improved from last season. I’m not sold on Douglas’ offense so it’s hard to gauge Powell’s defense, but I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt this week. I’m picking the champs but this game, on paper, could easily swing the other way for me. Llama says – Panthers 22-17.
Riverton (1-0) @ Star Valley (0-1) – I’m born and raised in Star Valley. Much like the Wyoming Cowboys I can’t pick against my team even when the smart money says I should. That’s why I’ll point out how the Braves win and lose each week.
Why the Braves Win – Star Valley will likely not see a bigger team this year than they did last week in the Preston Indians and they still outgained the visitors with over 350 total yards. Star Valley moved the ball effectively on the ground and through the air despite some dropped balls and some wobbly snaps. The Wolverines rolled Green River but still gave up a lot of yardage in the effort. The offense should be able to move the ball down the field and will be extra motivated after a disappointing outing last week.
Why the Braves Lose – The positive guy looks at turnovers as an occasional thing. The negative guy sees them as a trend. Four turnovers overall and the first three resulted in 20 Preston points. The interception was a great defensive play by Preston, but the two lost fumbles were sloppy, especially inside one’s own red zone. Riverton has explosive play ability. If Star Valley loses the turnover battle again, they will be hard pressed to stop the Wolverines.
Alright folks, I’d love to read your predictions for this week using the comment section. A huge heartfelt THANK YOU to our first responders and military this week both nationwide and locally. Your willingness to sacrifice and serve your community is inspiring.