A Lot to Play for When Laramie Meets Kelly Walsh [VIDEO]
With playoff seeding on the line, the fourth-ranked Laramie Plainsmen take on the Kelly Walsh Trojans Friday in Casper to conclude the regular season.
Laramie (4-4) can finish anywhere from fourth and hosting a playoff game to seventh and being on the road to Sheridan or Gillette.
Kelly Walsh (4-4) also has a lot to play for. They could be as high as the fourth seed or as low as the eighth seed.
Both teams will also be affected by the outcome of three other games in 4A Friday night. In fact, there are 16 different playoff seeding scenarios that could happened based on the result of four games.
Plainsmen head coach Chuck Syverson has stressed this game really starts their post-season run, plus how his squad has to remain focused and previews the match-up between the teams.
Laramie enters the game with an offensive edge of 55 yards per game more than Kelly Walsh, but the Trojans surrender about 29 yards less per game. The Plainsmen score just over four more points per game, but give-up one more a game than KW.
Quarterback Taylor Dodd continues to lead Laramie and class 4A in all-purpose yards per game. He’s accounted for nearly 2000 yards this season and is responsible for 17 total touchdowns. Dodd also ranks in the top 10 of 4A in rushing, passing, scoring and punting.
Kelly Walsh is led by junior quarterback Caige McComb. He didn’t begin the season as the starter, but took over for the injured Lamont Frisby and has filled in nicely. McComb is a dual threat with his running ability and has increased his efficiency throwing during the Trojans current three-game win streak. His top target is senior receiver Sam Marsh, who is also a threat on punt returns. Kelly Walsh also possess size on their line as Coach Syverson points out in his comments above.
The Plainsmen have won three straight in the series and four of the last five.
Kick-off is at 7 p.m. from Harry Geldien Stadium in Casper.
David Settle and VerDon Hoopes will have the call of the game on KOWB (AM 1290). Coverage will begin at 5:30 p.m.