Cougars hold own against bigger schoolsAug 29, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
The predictions Wind River would be a vastly improved football team this fall came to fruition Saturday in Cody in a jamboree-style scrimmage with Thermopolis, Worland and Cody.
Despite being the only Class 1-A school in an event with a Class 2-A and a pair of Class 3-A squads, the Cougars held their own.
In opening action against Thermopolis, the Cougars took the ball for eight offensive plays and then moved to defense, while the Bobcats took the ball. They repeated the procedure four times, and Wind River was all over the Class 2-A school.
Thermopolis left the field after playing the Cougars and went home, not playing either Worland or Cody.
"We had a lot of surprises," said Wind River head coach Mykah Trujillo. "Kage Vogel ran well, and Dillan Cachelin is throwing the ball a ton better this year. He was pretty spot-on, night-and-day over last year."
Wind River has a huge line this year and Trujillo singled out several of his linemen.
"R.J. Salazar surprised us. He was very scrappy on the line. Colton Befus did well snapping the ball, and Hunter Hampton played well," said Trujillo. "Kaden Dower did well. He got a little beat up so we pulled him out. He did really well at defensive end."
The Cougars scrimmaged the Worland Warriors next.
"It went well. We scored on them, our passing game is looking a lot better this year," said Trujillo. "They didn't run all over us."
Cody is one of the favorites in Class 3-A this year and presented the biggest challenge of the day for Wind River.
"They were tough," said Trujillo. "But, our boys held in there."
The Cougars played a "five-at-the-hive" style scrimmage to end the day.
Five minutes go on the clock, and a team runs as many plays as possible can in that time. If the defense stops them they get a point, after three points the teams switch.
"I was proud of them," said Trujillo. "Owen McAdams was salty on defense. We have Big Piney this weekend, but we should have McCaden Anderson and Justin Martin back."
The Cougars open the regular season at 3 p.m. against the Punchers in Sublette County.