Plainsmen Seek Elusive Victory Against Natrona [VIDEO]
Still seeking their first win of the season the Laramie Plainsmen are on the road Friday night in Casper to face the Natrona County Mustangs.
Someone will get their first win of the season. Both teams enter the game at 0-2.
The difference is that Laramie has scored 34 points this season, while Natrona has been shutout. In fact, the Mustangs have started a season with back-to-back shutouts (no points scored) for the first time since 1910 according to wyoming-football.com.
The Plainsmen enjoy a big edge in offense yards thus far this season of 276 per game compared to NC’s 141. The Mustangs defense is only allowing 211 yards per game versus Laramie’s 356. The big battle will be in the passing game, where the Plainsmen are second in 4A at 185.5 yards per game, while NC only gives up only 47 yards.
Seniors Taylor Dodd and Conor Beeston lead Laramie. Beeston is the 4A leader in receiving, while Dodd is second in passing.
Natrona is guided by junior QB Jesse Harshman, but he’s only 9-of-34 passing on the season. Defensively, the Mustangs are anchored by seniors Carlos Daniel and Thomas Robitaille.
Laramie’s big sticking point has been turnovers. They’ve committed seven through two games and are a minus-6 in turnover margin.
Plainsmen head coach Chuck Syverson knows to have a shot to win, they’ve got to correct that. He also breaks down the Mustangs and know it’s been a while since Laramie topped NC.
The last win for LHS in the series was 15 years ago. Their last breakthrough in Casper against the Mustangs was in the 1994 state championship game.
Kick-off is at 7 p.m. from Cheney Alumni Field.
David Settle and VerDon Hoopes will provide the broadcast on KOWB (AM 1290). Coverage will start at 5:30 p.m.