Aug 24, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff WriterWind River has the largest enrollment of any Class 1-A football team, and head coach Cullen Noffsinger's 40-player roster will show it this season.
"We kept adding a few players after school started," Noffsinger said.
Wind River's alternative, four-day school week started a full week before any other school in Fremont County.
Wind River had a frustrating season a year ago with injuries ending hopes of a bright season. In spite of the setbacks, the Cougars tallied a couple of big upsets and narrowly missed the playoffs by a single point at Saratoga.
Cougar senior Ward Gordon will lead the team on both sides of the ball. Gordon will carry the ball on offense and lead the defense from his linebacker position.
A bevy of talented juniors make up most of the Cougar starting lineup with sophomores Cole Bossert and Shep Campbell playing key roles.
Wind River opens play against Lingle Fort Laramie in a battle of single-wing offensives Saturday at Casper Kelly Walsh.
Noffsinger employed the deceptive offense midway through last season to adjust for all the injuries the team had taken in the opening games.
The change worked wonders as the Cougars blew out conference opponent Burlington the first time the offense was unveiled.
Now with a year of experience behind them, the Cougars will perfect the offense this season.
The regular season begins at home with a tough Class 2-A opponent in the Kemmerer Rangers.
The following week the Cougars make the short trip to Shoshoni for a key opening conference game with the perpetual rival Wranglers.
Noffsinger is assisted this season by Andy Meandl and Justin Walker.
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