Rams trample Herds’ home win streak

Joshua Clark

The Glenrock home crowd lost some of its magic Friday night as the Herders dropped their first home game of the year in a 42-8 loss to Big Horn. 

Glenrock was previously 3-0 when playing at home.

The Herders put up a strong defensive fight against Big Horn, but it was not enough to stave off the Rams, as the team continued to pummel the Herders throughout the game – scoring 42 points by the end – with Glenrock not scoring until the end of the final quarter.

The game was a sign of a lack of consistency the team has shown throughout the season, neither winning or losing consecutive games all season.

“Truthfully, we struggled with our assignments and where we were supposed to be on the field,” said head coach Ryan Collier, who missed the game due to personal reasons. “Big Horn is pretty fast and explosive and are built to take advantage of the kind of mistakes that we made.”

The Herders made quite a bit of mistakes to stall all momentum on the offensive side, fumbling snaps and slowing their own progress.

Being in the tougher east conference, the loss effectively knocked the team out of playoff contention, as Big Horn, Torrington, Upton-Sundance and Wheatland are all tied with 4-1 conference records.

Glenrock sits two behind each of them with a 2-3 conference record, but only have two games remaining.

The team would have to win out and have a lot of luck to sneak in.

Collier hasn’t given up on the season though, and is making sure his kids are still focused on finishing the season strong.

“It’s the same thing in life you’ll always have. You’re not going to always be the most successful or have the best luck.

“We’ve had some really bad luck with injuries this year for such a small team. We’re trying to emphasize how do you want to leave the season, and be remembered when you head out? We’re going to stay positive, move forward and get things done.”

Glenrock will have to have its best game of the year if they want to keep their streak of not losing consecutive games intact, as they go on the road for their toughest game yet against state contender Upton-Sundance.

The Bobcats are a big, straight forward team that beats opponents into submission more times than not. 

The team was the top offensive team in 2A through five weeks, according to wyopreps.com, and lead a balanced attack that ranks among the best at passing and rushing.

They also led 2A in rush defense in that time span, allowing opponents to a measly 34 yards per game on 1.2 yards per attempt.

That is especially troublesome for Glenrock who leans on their rushing offense, even when their starting quarterback is healthy.

“We’re expecting to take their best punch, play the best we can and see what happens,” Collier said.

Even with playoff hopes probably out the window, Collier said he’s seen a lot of maturation from his young team this year.

“We’ve definitely seen growth there’s no doubt about it. We’ve consistently improved as a team from where we were last year to this year.

“We lost some leaders that really hurt us. It was good to get some of the younger guys playing time, but it could be a double-edged sword. We need them to keep their confidence and know this was a learning experience, and they’ll be better because of it.”


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