Box score from the Little Snake River Valley six-man varsity football game Friday against Kaycee High School in Baggs, Wyo.:
(First — Second — Third — Fourth)
• LSRV: 15 — 27 — 12 — 12 — 66
• Kaycee: 0 — 0 — 0 — 14 — 14
BAGGS, WYO. After Rex Stanley caught a pass from Zach Filip in the first quarter Friday in Baggs, Wyo., the Little Snake Rive Valley School senior took off down the sidelines.
When Stanley crossed the pylon, he flipped the ball to the ref and lined back up for the point after.
The LSRV six-man varsity football team was only up 7-0 on Kaycee High School in the semifinals of the Wyoming 1A state playoffs, but like so many games before, it was just the beginning.
The Rattlers went on to win, 66-14, advancing to a second-straight state championship game.
But, it was the nonchalant way the Rattlers handled themselves, such as Stanley’s flip of the ball instead of a celebration, which makes the team from Baggs dangerous.
“This is the best football we have been playing all year,” head coach Mike Bates said. “We are where we want to be and executing on all levels. We are focused and know what we want to do.”
Kaycee (6-4) elected to receive the opening kickoff, but after a first down, the Buckaroos were picked off by junior Conner Lee, whose interception set up Stanley’s 31-yard touchdown reception.
The Rattlers (10-0) forced a three and out on Kaycee’s next drive and senior Daniel Wille scored on a 64-yard touchdown run to put LSRV up 15-0 after the first quarter.
Wille added two more touchdown runs in the second quarter – one from 17 yards out and the other from 54 yards away— and Filip, a junior, connected with Stanley on an 8-yard touchdown pass.
“(Kaycee’s) defense would focus on Dan because they knew he could run, and it opened up the pass,” Stanley said. “We had a few good plays and it just kept working.”
While the offense got going in the second quarter, it was the Rattlers’ defense that made all the difference.
Senior Miles Englehart returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown while Lee got his second interception and senior OB Ready recovered a fumble to give the Rattlers a 42-0 halftime lead.
“In six-man football, it’s not if an offense scores, it is when,” Bates said. “Defense is what it is all about and when our defense can stop them, it is huge.”
Stanley said the team studied Kaycee and knew they liked to throw.
The preparation continued to pay off in the third quarter, with Englehart and Lee each recording another interception.
Junior Manuel Quinteros scored twice in the third quarter, once on a 35-yard reception and the other on a 52-yard touchdown run.
Bates said his team’s ability to run has really opened up the passing game, something the Rattlers have been working on all season.
“Because of our run, when we would do a bootleg or play action, our receivers were wide open,” he said. “I am West Coast offensive coach, so I love to pass when I can.”
Lee continued his great day in the fourth quarter, adding two kickoff return touchdowns on top of his three interceptions.
Kaycee didn’t score until the starting Rattlers defense was off the field with just over 4 minutes left in the game.
“Our goal coming in was to shut Kaycee out because we allowed 6 points last time,” Stanley said. “Our defense did good and when our JV got in, they played well too.
“We all took care of business.”
The Rattlers will play Dubois High School in the championship game at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 in Laramie, Wyo.
Dubois beat Midwest School, 75-47, in the other semifinal game Friday.
As the defending Wyoming 1A champs and owners of a 20-game winning streak, Stanley said the Rattlers’ experience would be huge in Laramie.
“We have played in this game before and we know what to expect,” he said. “We came out this year ready to play, and I am so excited to be going back.”
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