Cougars punched by Big PineySep 3, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
It's been a decidedly lopsided series between the Wind River Cougars and the Big Piney Punchers.
Since 2001, Big Piney has won all six contests between the two schools by a combined score of 229-8.
Those eight Cougar points came on Friday in a 62-8 loss in Sublette County.
If you add the two schools that combined to create Wind River in the fall of 1960, the score in the series balloons to 275-20.
The Pavillion Panthers fell to the Punchers, 46-12, in their final season in 1968 and the Morton Broncs fought Big Piney to a 0-0 tie in 1965.
That's not much success for one football team against another.
Big Piney lit up the home scoreboard quickly on big plays rather than long drives.
A 24-yard run, a 45-yard pass and a 73-yard breakaway highlighted the early Punchers offense.
Big Piney's defense played equally well, with nose guard Ryan Keiter scooping up a Cougars fumble at the 16-yard line and rolling in for the final score of the first period.
"We're pretty athletic this year, we had a lot of big plays Friday," said Big Piney head coach Aaron Makelky. "We had only one or two sustained drives."
Makelky singled out running backs Chancy Hunt and Jake Pape on running the ball well.
"They both had a couple of good touchdown runs," he said. "Tristan Barney the ball well."
Wind River couldn't generate much in the ground game against the Punchers and much of that run defense came from inside linebackers Tanner Hanson and T.J. Frazier.
A three-yard run by Hunt in the third period put the running clock in motion via the mercy rule at 48-0.
"Speed-wise we're pretty fortunate this year," said Makelky. "They've taken their lumps the last three seasons and now they're ready."
Big Piney reserves scored two final touchdowns in the late third and early fourth before Dillan Cachelin found Jordan Kline for a 64-yard scoring pass with just 30 seconds left in the game.
Kline had a solid day receiving, catching five balls for 91 yards.
Big Piney faces traditional Southwest rival Mountain View next Friday while Wind River hosts the Natrona junior varsity.
BIG PINEY 28 13 7 14 - 62
WIND RIVER 0 0 0 8 - 8
BP - Jake Pape 24-run (Pape kick)
BP - Adam Willoughby 45-pass from Tristan Barney (Pape kick)
BP Chancy Hunt 73-run (Pape kick)
BP - Ryan Keiter 16-fumble return (Pape kick)
BP - Willoughby 2-run (Pape kick)
BP - Pape 6-run (kick failed)
BP - Hunt 3-run (Pape kick)
BP - Kaden Raza 20-run (Pape kick)
BP - Tate Hughes 8-run (Pape Kick)
WR - Jordan Kline 64-pass from Dillan Cachelin (run)
Total Offense: Big Piney 361; Wind River 156
Rushing: Big Piney 254; Wind River 92
Passing: Big Piney 107; Wind River 64