Wyoming’s finest highschool soccer gamers kick anrine on the Shrine Bowl
CASPER, Wyoming (Wyoming News Now) – When Wyoming’s top basketball players competed against the Montana All-Stars on the Friday after Billings after playing against them in Sheridan, the top soccer players met in Casper. The teams will be split north and south for the Wyoming Shrine Bowl, showing graduated seniors representing their high schools’ pads one final time.
This year’s game took place at the Dick Cheney Alumni Field at Natrona County High School.
The game took place under a blazing sun, with cold towels and umbrellas being a popular accessory for fans and gamers alike to brave the heat. Senator John Barrasso was there for the affair, and he appeared to be trying to brave the heat by enjoying an icy treat.
In terms of the action on the pitch, it was also great. Cody’s Caleb Pryor was able to find Thunder Basins Dyse Shepherd on two touchdown passes to secure the Northern squad with an early 14-0 lead.
The south offense, led by Cheyenne East’s Graedyn Buell, didn’t seem to take off early, but an east-east connection from Buell to wide receiver Jake Rayl put the first-half score to 14-7 by less than a minute.
After half-time, Thunder Basin’s Jaxon Pikula was able to increase the north’s lead to 20-7 with a score.
The south was able to use their momentum from the end of the first half to get the offense going, and a wild shotgun snapshot allowed Julian Vigil of the east to land on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown for the south. A successful 2-point conversion gave the South a two-point lead.
Another touchdown connection between Rayl and Buell and an interception while diving by Star Valley’s Brant Nelson looked like it would seal the deal, but Caleb Pryor wasn’t about to give up.
Pryor constructed a 99-yard touchdown drive, rounded off by a 26-yard catch, and ran again to Shepherd, who pulled the north within a 2-point conversion, tying the game with 49 ticks on the clock .
The pitch for Natrona County’s Braxton Bundy was packed before it even got going, and the south was able to prevail. It is the South’s first victory since 2012.
“Of course some things went our way,” said South Head Coach Brent Walk in a post-game interview. “A lot didn’t go that way, but what really impressed me is that these kids haven’t stopped fighting all along.”
Graedyn Buell added another trophy to his collection with the game’s offensive MVP honors. He set a Shrine Bowl record at 310 yards.
“It’s so great to get out of here, fight off our butts, work incredibly hard all week and get the upper hand in the end, I mean, I don’t think it could be any better,” said Buell on the field after the game.
Cody’s Nic Talich was rewarded with the defensive MVP for the game.
The game raised money for charity, with all proceeds going to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake.
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