Plainsmen Have a Shot at Perfection on the Home Turf [VIDEO]
Trying to protect their perfect record at home, the Laramie Plainsmen host the Cheyenne South Bison in their home finale Friday night at Deti Stadium.
This is Laramie’s Homecoming game and Senior Night combined into one. Kick-off is at 6 p.m.
The senior class will be honored about 5:30 p.m., while Homecoming royalty will be crowned at halftime of the game.
The Plainsmen have wins over Rock Springs, Gillette, and Cheyenne Central at home thus far, and will try to complete an undefeated season at Deti Stadium. The last time LHS had an unblemished mark at home in the regular season was in 2000.
Laramie (3-3) is coming off a loss at No. 2 Cheyenne East, 31-14. The Plainsmen stayed in the top five of this week’s Wyopreps.com Coach’s and Media Poll at No. 5.
Cheyenne South (1-5) enters off a 49-6 loss to No. 4 Sheridan at home last week. Their lone victory was a Week 4 road break-through at Rock Springs, 14-6.
Plainsmen head coach Clint Reed looked ahead to the match-up Friday night, plus he went through their preparation, talked about the 16-member senior class, and more.
An area Laramie is hoping to exploit is on the ground, where they have Class 4A’s No. 3 rushing attack that averages 200.5 yards per game. The Bison have the 10th-ranked rush defense that allows 272.5 yards per game.
LHS has a statistical edge in all the team categories, which includes a decided advantage on defense, as the Plainsmen allow only 284 yards and 21.3 points per game. By comparison, South gives up 408.8 yards and 43.2 points per game.
Individually, seniors Baxter Tuggle and Jason Upton third and fifth, respectively, in rushing in Class 4A. Tuggle is running for 119 yards per game, while Upton is at 76.5 per game. They also rank fifth and ninth in all-purpose yards per game with Upton ranking higher.
The Bison are led by junior Alex Soto, who is 10th in Class 4A, at 53.8 yards per game on the ground. Sophomore QB Cade Burns is rated as the No. 9 passer in the class.
Laramie senior Ben Kruzich leads Class 4A in defensive points per game at 15. He has nine tackles for loss, six sacks, a fumble recovery, and two blocked kicks. South is anchored by junior Cari Wright, who is No. 13 in defensive points at 11.8 per game.
It’s the eighth meeting between the two programs. The Plainsmen are 6-1 all-time versus the Bison.
Laramie versus Cheyenne South starts at 6 p.m. from Deti Stadium.
KOWB (AM 1290) will broadcast the game live with David Settle and Dan Bleak calling the action. Coverage will begin at 5 p.m. You can also listen live online, take the game mobile with the KOWB app, or on any Amazon Alexa-enabled device.