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Riverton  crew officiated title game won by Dubois
Referee Mike Harris of Riverton, right, was part of the Riverton-based officiating crew at Friday's Calss 1-A 6-man state championship football game in Laramie. The Dubois Rams won the game. Dubois players pictured were Cody Flynn (63) and Tage Walker (10). Photo by Bruce Tippets

Riverton crew officiated title game won by Dubois

Nov 13, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Veteran high school football official Mike Harris now worked a state title game in every Wyoming classification.

Harris and his Riverton crew were on the field for the Class 1-A 6-man championship Friday. Dubois beat Little Snake River 54-30 at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

Harris was the referee for the game. Pat Harris was the umpire, Bryon Mowry the linesman, Mitch Larson the line judge and Eric Heiser the back judge.

"We knew after the first week of the playoffs that we were going to work a title game," Mike Harris said. "We just didn't know what championship game it would be."

The officials were notified of their assignment a week in advance of the game.

Mike Harris, Pat Harris, Mowry and Larson have worked together for at least 20 years.

"They make all the difference in the world for us," Mike Harris said.

"I just feel very comfortable with the crew. When they make a call, I'm pretty sure that it's a correct call."

Harris said his crew doesn't always stay the same in the positions. Jeff Hohn also works with the Riverton crew but missed the title game

"We change a lot more during the regular season," Harris said. "We feel more comfortable with those positions in a championship situation.

"It's a very big deal," Harris added. "It's a big deal to work any of them."

6-man format

The Rams and Little Snake River provided plenty of fireworks as the Rattlers built a 24-12 lead after the first quarter.

"The pace of the 6-man game is different," Harris said.

"It's so much more wide open. We knew that the game was going to be fast paced. Even for 6-man the first quarter was pretty quick."

Dubois kept Snake River scoreless in the second quarter and only allowed six points in the third quarter.

"The game settled down in the second half," Harris said.

"I think that Dubois made some adjustments defensively. They just overpowered Little Snake River in the second half. "

The officials threw 10 flags in the game. Dubois was called for four penalties for 25 yards. Snake River was whistled for six penalties and 32 yards.

Harris has a lot of respect for Dubois coach David Trembly.

"I thought that it was very neat to see Dubois win it," Harris said.

"David is a very good coach. He has worked hard when he found out that Dubois was going to 6-man football. He did a lot of research on the 6-man game."

Dubois lost to Snake River in the 2011 Class 1-A 6-man title game.

"You can see the style of play change between when they first started and what they were doing at the end of this year," Harris said. "He has found some things that were good. He was blessed to have some real good athletes."

Rules different

One of the differences between 6-man football and 11-man football is that the quarters are 10 minutes instead of 12 minutes.

"The scoring is a little bit different," Harris said.

After a touchdown in 6-man football, an extra-point run conversion is worth one point, while kicking the extra point is worth two points.

"That is just the opposite in 11-man football," Harris said.

In 6-man football, the team starts out with first and 15 intead of first and 10.

"You also get four points for a field goal instead of three points," Harris said. "It's just pretty wide open."

Harris has been working 6-man football for the past three years.

"You will have some blocks in the back or holding," Harris said.

"There isn't any one penalty that stands out that much.

You will get a few pass interference call. You won't see as much holding in the line because there are only three lineman."

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