Two schools that have never played football against each other will battle for the Class 2A Football State Championship on Saturday.

The Lyman Eagles travel east to play the Torrington Trailblazers in the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. This game is the only one of the five title games this weekend that is not a rematch from the regular season.

WyoPreps chatted with Lyman head coach Dale Anderson and Torrington head coach Russell Steinmetz earlier this week. They talked about getting to this game, areas of improvement from their team during the course of this season, some of their main personnel, the travel for Lyman versus the staying at home for Torrington, how the Blazers adjust without their QB, and their keys to a victory.

Match-up Breakdown:

Lyman (10-1) – Dale Anderson: 9th year as head coach; 4 state championships in school history; the most recent was in 2012 (2A, 22-20 over Lovell)

Torrington (8-2) – Russell Steinmetz: 2nd year as head coach; 3 state championships in school history; the most recent was in 1990 (3A, 20-6 over Star Valley)

First meeting in the series, and it’s for the 2A state title.

Key Match-up:

Without quarterback Beau Bivens, who was injured during the semifinal win, how does the Torrington offense operate? They’ve been a highly balanced team all season, close to 50-50, run-pass, in their average. The Blazers run it for 150.4 yards per game and throw it for 148.8 yards per game, a separation of 1.6 yards. Now, Torrington faces the No. 1 overall defense in Class 2A, the Lyman Eagles. They allow only 166.6 yards of total offense and 7.6 points per game. The most Lyman has given-up in a game is 15 points, and that has happened twice. Torrington has to find a way to generate yards and points to win the game, or their defense has to rise to the challenge.

This game will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Torrington.

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