Laramie Hosts Gillette In Home Finale [VIDEO]
It's the final home game of the season Friday night, as the Laramie Plainsmen face the #2 Gillette Camels at Deti Stadium.
A group of 13 seniors will play for the final time on the home turf. They will be honored in a ceremony at 6:35 p.m.
Plainsmen head coach Chuck Syverson said what this group is looking forward to most is,
"Just kind of redeeming themselves after the last couple of weeks. We haven't played very well the last couple of weeks, and definitely need to step it up this week. It's another opportunity to knock off one of the top four teams, which we've kind of talked about being a goal all year."
It won't be easy. Second-ranked Gillette brings to town the third best offense in the entire state of Wyoming, regardless of classification. They average 436.4 yards and 41.9 points per game. The Camels also have the number one passing offense (265.6 ypg) and the top passer in the state. That is senior Cale Miessler, who is averaging 247.4 yards per game through the air. He's thrown 18 touchdowns, with just three interceptions.
This will put to test a Plainsmen pass defense that allows only 158.4 yards per game.
Through seven games, Laramie's defense has surrendered an average of 382 yards and 38 points per game. They've struggled against the three other top four ranked foes in class 4-A. They've given up 49, 61 and 47 points in those games, respectively.
These two teams are also heading in opposite directions.
Laramie (2-5) is on a three-game losing skid. Gillette (6-1) is on a three-game win streak.
Despite all those numbers, coach Syverson believes his team can match up with the Camels. Here's a breakdown of what the senior class has meant to this program; a preview of what to expect from Gillette; and discusses how they'll have to handle their speed:
History is not on the side of Laramie, as the Plainsmen haven't beaten the Camels on the gridiron since 1996.
However, it was about one year ago that LHS sent last year's senior class out on a high note. The 2013 home finale produced one the best comebacks in school history. Laramie defeated #5 Kelly Walsh, 29-26, on senior night, thanks to a huge fourth quarter comeback.
It's #2 Gillette at Laramie. Kick-off from Deti Stadium is at 7 p.m.
You can listen to full coverage of Laramie Plainsmen football on KOWB (AM 1290). You can also listen live online by clicking here. The broadcast will start at 5:30 p.m. David Settle and VerDon Hoopes will call the action.