UW offensive line looking to find continuity 

By Robert Gagliardi
WyoSports

LARAMIE – Over the last three games, the University of Wyoming football team has used three different starting offensive lines.
Actually, it’s more like three and two-thirds games.
No matter how you look at it, first-year coach Craig Bohl hopes the Cowboys’ bye week fixes that issue before their next game on Oct. 11 at Hawaii.
“We need to get those five guys healthy and back in there,” he said.
Junior center Rafe Kiely, sophomores Sam Hardy and Chase Roullier at guard and sophomore Nathan Leddige and senior Connor Rains, tackles, started the first three games.
Junior Jake Jones platooned with Hardy during the first two games.
But since the first quarter of UW’s 48-14 loss at No. 2 Oregon on Sept. 13, UW has had to scramble to find guys.
Especially at right guard and left tackle.
Hardy started the first three games, but he injured his ankle early at Oregon. Meanwhile, Jones had his appendix removed Sept. 11 and didn’t make the Oregon trip.
Jones and Hardy both missed UW’s home game Sept. 20 against Florida Atlantic, but they played in last Saturday’s 56-14 loss at No. 10 Michigan State.
But Bohl said Hardy was only “serviceable” against Michigan State as he re-injured the ankle in the second half.
Jones said he felt fine until late on the night of Sept. 9. Less than 48 hours later he was in surgery.
“I feel about 100 percent,” said Jones, who started at Michigan State. “It was good to get back. It was tough standing on sideline during the games I was out. It was stressful to watch.”

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DAILY NEWS photos by Sisco Molina
Above, Thor Ware Jr. has a duty as an older brother and fullback to protect his quarterback and younger brother, Steele Ware. Above, Thor Jr. looks to clear the way as a lead blocker for Steele during the Warriors’ practice Tuesday afternoon at Worland High School. Below, the Worland offensive line works on its blocking technique. From left is Dalen Hernandez, Andrew Ruiz, Nathan Kern, Jordan Wheeler and Antonio Vega.

Ware, Warriors move on from first conference loss

By Sisco Molina
Sports Writer

WORLAND – It’s back to the drawing board for coach Thor Ware Sr. and the Worland football team. The Warriors are picking up the pieces this week coming off their loss in the conference opener against 3A West foe Jackson.
They had a chance to gain a foothold in the 3A West with a win, but it was an opportunity missed for the Warriors (2-2, 0-1).
To make matters worse, two players quit Tuesday thinning out an already bleak roster. And with another player injured and doubtful for Friday, the chips are starting to stack up against Worland.
“We’re not looking too good right now,” said Ware Sr. “It always hurts when you lose players. It’s just tough.
“We’ve got to (take it a week at a time), we’ve got no choice.”
Ware Sr. doesn’t even want his team thinking about the playoff picture yet with four very big conference games remaining on the schedule.
He said they try not to talk about it.
But this conference loss doesn’t mean the Warriors are out of playoff contention – it’s too early in the season to tell.
And even though the coach doesn’t like mentioning it, a post-season appearance is still a very real possibility for the Warriors if they can learn from their early season losses.


Thermopolis boys win 2A State Golf
Roling brothers, Jackson and Hudson, finish in top 10 to lead Bobcats to title

By Sisco Molina
Sports Writer

WORLAND – Heading into the Wyoming High School State Class 2A Golf Championships, Thermopolis coach Jacob Smith told his team if they all shot under 100 both days, it was likelihood they’d take away some hardware at the state tournament in Worland.
And just like that, the coach’s words came to fruition as the boys won the team title with a score of 715, beating out second place Wright with 758 with all five players shooting under 100 on both days.
“It was going to be a stretch for a couple of them,” said Smith. “They were going through some rough patches and scores were going the wrong direction towards the beginning of the year. But they really turned it on these last couple weeks of practice and really prepared hard.”
They only had one senior play along with three sophomores and a freshman. They may look young, but the team played like a group of seasoned veterans out on the course over the weekend.
“For a lot of the boys, it was the first time winning a state championship,” said Smith. “That level of competition and pressure was new for them. But they really rose to the occasion.”
Senior Jackson Roling had been already seen the state tournament before and played well there, just like he did over the weekend.


 

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