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Playoffs begin today in Baggs

Six-man football team prepared for familiar foe in first-round action

Rattlers senior Sean Rietveld charges up the field during the Little Snake River Valley School’s game Oct. 16 against the Midwest Oilers. The Rattlers’ 68-19 victory left them with a 7-0 regular season. The team hosts the Farson-Eden Pronghorns on Friday afternoon for a first-round playoff game.
Andy Bockelman

If you go

What: Little Snake River Valley School Rattlers vs. Farson-Eden Pronghorns in Wyoming six-man football first round playoff game

When: 2 p.m. Friday

Where: 100 North St., Baggs, Wyo.

— The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students

Results of Sept. 17 game between the two teams:

• Rattlers won, 79-0

• Total yards: 487

• Passing yards: 100

• Rushing yards: 387





Rattlers senior Sean Rietveld charges up the field during the Little Snake River Valley School’s game Oct. 16 against the Midwest Oilers. The Rattlers’ 68-19 victory left them with a 7-0 regular season. The team hosts the Farson-Eden Pronghorns on Friday afternoon for a first-round playoff game.
Andy Bockelman

If you go

What: Little Snake River Valley School Rattlers vs. Farson-Eden Pronghorns in Wyoming six-man football first round playoff game

When: 2 p.m. Friday

Where: 100 North St., Baggs, Wyo.



— The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students

Results of Sept. 17 game between the two teams:

• Rattlers won, 79-0

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• Total yards: 487

• Passing yards: 100

• Rushing yards: 387

Players on the Little Snake River Valley School’s six-man football team are ready to extend their undefeated season.

In the first round of Wyoming’s playoff schedule, the Rattlers will play a familiar opponent, welcoming back the Farson-Eden Pronghorns at 2 p.m. today.

The game is the second meeting between the two teams. In their first match-up Sept. 17, the top-seeded Rattlers crushed the eighth-seeded Pronghorns, 79-0, and scored 12 touchdowns for the highest-scoring game of the Rattlers’ 7-0 season.

The Pronghorns are 0-7. Their last game was a 70-0 loss to Ten Sleep.

Little Snake River coach Michael Bates said he is expecting an encore performance from the Rattlers today.

“It probably won’t be that much different,” Bates said. “We were geared up for that game, and we won’t be changing up the game plan that much.”

Bates said his players will keep the ball on the ground for most of the game, a method of attack similar to the last game against the Pronghorns, which yielded 387 rushing yards for Little Snake River.

Running backs Sean Rietveld and Daniel Wille will be carrying the ball much of the game, Bates said.

“I’ve never had a pair of running backs like this,” he said. “They’re quick, and that really helps in six-man.”

But, the Rattlers aren’t limited only to the ground.

The team racked up 100 passing yards against Farson-Eden, with receivers Miles Engelhart and Rex Stanley combining for 64 yards of that total.

Bates said the team is ready on the other side of the ball, as well.

“Scott Herold is a great defensive coach,” he said. “He’s done an awesome job.”

The Rattlers took in four interceptions and recovered two fumbles when they last met the Pronghorns.

Bates said he expects solid results from today’s game, which will likely be a high-scoring affair for Little Snake River Valley.

The Rattlers have scored a minimum of 50 points in every game this season, and a total of 444 points.

But, the Rattlers aren’t going into the game overconfident, Bates said.

“The team is really grounded,” he said. “This is a game just like any other, and the team that comes prepared will win.”


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