Cougar JV and Mustang Sophomores Entertaining Game

    It might seem a little odd for one of the three largest high schools in the state to play their sophomore team against a much smaller Class 1-A 9-man team composed of freshmen and sophomores with three juniors, but that was the format Saturday at Pavillion.

    Logan Jensen pulled in this pass – h/t Randy Tucker

    Wind River had to scramble for games at Saratoga forfeited their opener, and St. Stephen’s cancelled their entire season so Casper Natrona it was.

    It didn’t matter, it was a great high school football game with the Sophomore Mustangs winning 21-12.

    Brayden Tatro drove for extra yards – h/t Randy Tucker

    “I couldn’t see playing my starters, and my seniors against a sophomore team,” Wind River head coach Rod Frederick said.

    The Cougars have an interesting matchup next Friday when they travel to Basin to play the upstart, 2-0 Riverside Rebels in Wind River’s opening Class 1-A West 9-man tilt.

    Hard-hitting defense highlighted the opening period with the quicker Cougars bringing the heat to a much larger Natrona County team.

    Ryker Roberts made a short gain – h/t Randy Tucker

    Neither offense could generate consistent drives, and neither punted well either with erratic snaps and shanked punts the rule of the day. They both quit punting and went for fourth-down conversions during the final three periods of the game.


    Natrona was unable to run well, but they threw the ball accurately behind quarterback Luke Russel. Russel found Ethan Wisehart of the game’s first score midway through the first period. Russel exited the game a few plays later after making a collision on a tackle.

    Ryker Roberts followed a block by Ben Snyder – h/t Randy Tucker

    Junior Brayden Tatro provided the offensive firepower for the Cougars, scoring Wind River’s first touchdown on a seven yard run early in the second period.  The conversion failed and Wind River trailed 7-6.

    Jacob Hardcastle broke into the second level – h/t Randy Tucker

    Backup quarterback Josh Barton entered the game and found Royce Jurgensen for a six-yard scoring pass to give the lower division Mustangs a 14-6 lead at intermission.

    Jacob Hartdastle dribbled the football on a long run – h/t Randy Tucker

    Tatro broke around the right side on Wind River’s second drive o the third period, racing 62 yards for the score. The conversion again failed, and the score was set at 14-12.

    Jacob Hardcastle fumbled then caught the ball on the bounce – h/t Randy Tucker

    A final Natrona touchdown came with 2:22 left in the third when Barton scrambled into the secondary for a 34-yard touchdown.

    Blue Star Friday tipped this pass – h/t Randy Tucker

    Wind River Junior Varsity         0 6 6 0 – 12


    Natrona County Sophomores 7 7 7 0 – 21

    First Quarter

    NC – Ethan Wisehart 5-pass from Luke Russel (Gavin Patik kick) 7:31

    Second Quarter

    WR – Brayden Tatro 7-run (run failed) 11:22

    NC – Royce Jurgensen 6-pass from Josh Barton (Patik kick) 1:03

    Third Quarter

    WR – Tatro 62-run (run failed) 6:00

    NC – Barton 34-run (Patik kick) 2:22


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