4A’s Top Two Face-off in the WyoPreps ‘Game of the Week’ [AUDIO]
It’s a 1 vs. 2 showdown in the big school division that is our fan-voted WyoPreps ‘Game of the Week’ for week two.
The top-ranked Sheridan Broncs welcome the No. 2 Cheyenne Central Indians in an early-season battle between two of the favorites in Class 4A.
Both teams are off to a 2-0 start. Sheridan has wins over Laramie (42-10) and South (63-8). Central has defeated No. 5 Natrona (35-21) and Kelly Walsh (38-12).
These two squads played twice during the 2019 season. The regular-season meeting was 28-14 in favor of the Broncs. The most recent matchup was in the semifinals of the Class 4A playoffs last November, and Sheridan put it on Cheyenne Central, 62-35.
WyoPreps’ David Settle talked on the phone Sheridan’s Jeff Mowry and Central’s Mike Apodaca. Both coaches spoke about the start to their season, how they feel this game is a bit of a ‘measuring stick,’ and what they look for from the other. Mowry knows Central is talented and has lots of weapons on offense and a veteran defense. Apodaca praised the “program” Sheridan has and how they’re aspiring to get to that level. Both also discussed some keys to the game for their team in the audio interviews at the top of this story.
The two teams are first and second in total offense in Class 4A with the Indians having an 11-yard per game advantage. They are also No. 1 and No. 2 in total defense, and it’s the Broncs who allow about 100 yards less per game.
Sheridan is paced QB Zach Koltiska and running back Izak Aksamit. Koltiska has thrown for 181 yards per game with 5 TDs and no interceptions. Aksamit averages 73.5 rush yards per game in limited time. He has three TD runs.
Cheyenne Central is led by QB Andrew Cummins, who is averaging 255 passing yards per game. He has four TD passes but five interceptions. Add to that Carter Lobatos, who leads 4A in rushing at 154 yards per game with 3 TDs. Cummins’ top target is the No. 2 receiver in Andrew Johnson. He has 13 catches for 211 yards and 2 TDs.
Friday will be the 75th meeting all-time between the two programs in football, according to wyoming-football.com. Sheridan has the series lead 45-28 with one tie.
Kick-off will be at 6 p.m. from Homer Scott Field in Sheridan.