Cheyenne East Posts Solid Win over Rock Springs in 4A Playoffs
The Cheyenne East offense has been productive all year long and put the pedal to the metal in the 2nd half to pull away from Rock Springs 49-24 in the first round of the 4A playoffs. East scored the first 2 touchdowns of the game with Garet Schlabs catching a 27-yard touchdown pass from Cam Hayes and then Hayes threw a 25-yard TD strike to Jakob Culver to make it 14-0. Rock Springs answered the bell with an 11-yard run to the end zone from Goodness Okere and that was followed by a 1-yard plunge from quarterback Michael Faigl. The Tigers also had a field goal in that 2nd quarter with the Thunderbirds hitting paydirt as Hayes found Drew Jackson for a 30-yard TD connection. At halftime, East led 22-17.
East took over in the 3rd quarter as Schlabs had a pick-six that went for 65 yards and Jackson reeled off a 68-yard to the house giving the T-Birds a 35-17 lead after 3. Faigl scored his 2nd touchdown of the night for Rock Springs in the 4th quarter with Hayes and Jackson scoring for Cheyenne East.
The T-Birds as the #2 seed in the 4A playoffs at 9-1 will host Natrona in the semi-final round of the 4A playoffs on Friday night. The season comes to an end for Rock Springs with a record of 3-7 after making the 4A state championship game a year ago. We have a few photos of Friday's match-up at Okie Blanchard Stadium. Enjoy!