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Rams play Friday for 1-A state 6-man championship
Nov 8, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Kickoff is at noon Friday at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.
Dubois High School football coach David Trembly remembers how nervous his players where when they walked on to Jonah Field in War Memorial Stadium for last year's Class 1-A 6-man state championship football game.
DHS fell 54-33 to the Little Snake River Rattlers.
But the Rams haven't lost since, going through the 2012 season with a perfect 10-0 record to set up a rematch vs. the Rattlers at noon Friday in Laramie.
Dubois is the No. 1 seed for the 6-man football playoffs, and Little Snake River is No. 2. The Rattlers also won the 2010 6-man title.
"I think that it's a big piece," said Trembly about the familiarity of playing in title game again. "It's not the whole thing, but we won't have a lot of the nerves over being on the field. Last year, we came out pretty nervous. We made some mistakes early. We weren't able to catch up."
Snake River and the Rams have been the two top-ranked teams in 6-man football all season long.
"I think that it's going to be a pretty good battle," Trembly said. "They are going to bring a lot of speed and a lot of talent. We will have to match up with that."
The Rams beat Snake River 43-36 in the second week of the regular season.
"That gives you some confidence, but this is a whole new game," Trembly said. "We will have our work cut work out for us."
Dubois marched through the regular season, adding victories over Meeteetse (76-21), Kaycee (46-23), Ten Sleep (60-6), Hanna Elk Mountain (63-0), Hulett (52-0) and Guernsey-Sunrise (85-32).
In the 6-man playoffs, the Rams have rolled past Hanna (89-19) and Midwest (59-14)
Snake River has knocked off Hulett (53-18) and Meeteetse (80-24) in the playoffs.
Sterling Baker and Jesse Hawk are the top offensive weapons for the Rams. bringing plenty of speed to the football field for Dubois. Teammate Kyle Tea also has scored frequently this season.
Snake River's top scoring players are Manuel Quinteros and Conner Lee.
"The key to the game is turnovers," Trembly said. "If you can hang on to the ball, then that is huge. It doesn't look like the weather is going to be a big factor."Quinteros is the leader for touchdowns for the Rattlers and Lee is close behind.
"It will come down to speed and communication," Trembly said.
The 6-man football championship starts two days of five championship games at War Memorial Stadium.
In the Class 3-A state title game, Powell will battle Star Valley at 3 p.m. Friday.
The Panthers won the 2011 3-A state title after beating Douglas in the title game.
This is the fourth straight year that all the Wyoming title games have been held at the stadium in Laramie.
"I think that it's a great thing to put all the games in one place," Trembly said. "If it would be the old way, then it also would have been great to host it."
Three title games will be held on Saturday in Laramie.
"It's a great experience for the kids," Trembly said. "Laramie and the University of Wyoming take care of us very well. It's an exciting thing to go down and play."
The 2-A championship game is at 10 a.m. between Lovell and Lyman.
The Bulldogs are the defending 2-A champions.
The 1-A 11-man game is at 1 p.m. Saturday against Southwest and Lusk.
The 4 p.m. contest pits Gillette and Casper Natrona for the 4-A crown.
Tickets for all five title games are $16 for adults and $11 for youth ages (3 to 18-years-old). Single-day tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for youth. All tickets are general admission.
Tickets will be on sale game days at the stadium.