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WIHS joining state's 6-man football division
Aug 28, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer
Wyoming Indian's football history is not nearly as storied as the Chiefs' legacy on the basketball court, cross country course or track, and it takes a new turn this fall when WIHS enters 6-man football for the first time.
The Chiefs have bounced all over the map in football conference alignments, playing in Class 2-A, Class 1-A, and a few years ago in a division known as 1-A I and 1-A II.
Along the way they've posted just two winning seasons and made the playoffs once, but have posted wins over Dubois, Shohsoni and Wind River along with a surprising upset of Mountain View four seasons ago.
The move to 6-man features a first on the Wind River Indian Reservation in week three when the Chiefs travel to St. Stephen's for the first-ever football game at the high school level between two schools on the reservation.
Head coach Taylor Her Many Horses is excited about the upcoming season.
"I've read a lot on 6-man this summer. We have 18 players with some speed and size, and I think the boys will like it," he said.
Numbers have always been a problem for Wyoming Indian football at the high school level, but with the equivalent of three full squads at practice it shouldn't be a problem this year.
Wyoming Indian has a week-zero game against Hanna Elk Mountain, then opens the regular season hosting Kaycee.
In week two the Chiefs again travel to Carbon County to play Saratoga, another team in its inaugural 6-man season.
The Chiefs compete in the West conference, a league that has produced every state champion since the division was created. Dubois and Snake River have all the championships, and both are on the Wyoming Indian schedule.
The remaining opponents are Meeteetse, Farson Eden and Ten Sleep.
Her Many Horses is assisted by Roland Robinson and Todd Ghormley.