Postseason praise heaped on Herders

Running back Kade Guenther (25) cruises past the Newcastle defense for a touchdown earlier this season. Guenther was the only junior Herder named to the All-Conference team.

Harrison Epstein

Nobody dominated the line for the Glenrock High School Herders like Julih Pittsley. On Nov. 24 and 25, the Wyoming Coaches Association announced the All-Conference and All-State honors for football.
Pittsley was the only member of the Herders to make both lists. Joining him as All-Conference honorees were fellow seniors Dawson Blaylock and Cade Griffitts as well as junior Kade Guenther.
This was the first year that any of the four had been named to the 2A East All-Conference team.
Pittsley made a name for himself on offense protecting the ballcarrier at all costs and on defense by constantly disrupting the play.
Playing all across the defensive line throughout the year, Pittsley finished the season with 17 assisted tackles, 11 solo tackles, one tackle for loss and three fumble recoveries.
He also blocked a field goal attempt at home against Kemmerer. With a nose for the ball and the determination to get to it, Pittsley gave 2A offensive lines more than their share of headaches.
The other All-Conference honorees spent their season as combinations running backs and linebackers. Blaylock started off the year with a strong performance in the season opener and didn’t slow down. He ran the ball 154 times on offense for 665 yards, good for 4.3 yards per carry, and two touchdowns. Defensively, Blaylock flew around the field. He racked up 25 assisted tackles, 13 solo and two tackles for loss. He also disrupted the passing game with two pass breakups.
Griffitts earned his reputation as a mauler for the Herders offense. Typically blocking in front of the ballcarrier, he helped his teammates get extra yards whenever possible. As a rusher himself, Griffitts picked up 36 yards on 10 attempts. He also caught two passes for 24 yards.
From the linebacker spot, Griffitts always kept himself lasered on the ballcarrier. He ended his senior season with 26 assisted tackles, 14 solo, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery.
The only non-senior named to the All-Conference team for Glenrock, Guenther is an explosive runner out of the Herders backfield. He picked up 402 yards on just 67 carries, good for six yards per attempt, and five touchdowns on offense. On defense, he was just as explosive picking up 14 solo tackles, assisting on 23 more and returning one fumble for a touchdown.
With Guenther leading the way next year, the Herders will look to improve and get back to the 2A football playoffs.


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