Nov 6, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterThe winner of the game will earn the right to play in the 6-man state championship to be played at War MemorialR00;Stadium inR00;Laramie.
Fremont County's only football team remaining in the post-season takes to the road this Friday when the defending Class 1-A 6-man state champion Dubois Rams travel to top-seeded eastern conference champion Midwest. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday on the Oiler's home field.
It is difficult in any division in Wyoming football for teams to meet in the playoffs without sharing common opponents. In some divisions, the playoffs often consist of rematches from the regular season.
The Rams and Oilers are familiar opponents since Dubois dropped to 6-man football in the 2011 season.
Dubois defeated Midwest in the 2012 semifinals at Dubois 59-14 en route to an undefeated season.
The Rams have a single blemish this year, suffered at home against unbeaten and top-ranked Meeteetse in a very close 56-46 contest.
Midwest and Dubois share common opponents in St. Stephen's, Hulett and Eden-Farson. Dubois romped over all three with a 67-0 shutout of St. Stephen's, a 73-22 blowout of Farson and two wins over Hulett, the first a 68-40 decision in faraway Crook Count, and the second a solid shellacking of the Red Devils 64-14 in the opening round of the playoffs last Friday in Dubois.
Midwest is unbeaten this season on the field with just an opening game forfeit to Farson preventing an unblemished record. The Oilers handed Farson a 56-0 beating in opening-round action last Friday at home.
Midwest also rolled over St. Stephen's 63-20 but played a close game with Hulett, taking a 50-40 win in week five of the regular season.
Dubois opened the season largely dependent on the running and throwing of senior Sterling Baker, but the Rams have developed in a balanced, potent offensive machine under head coach David Trembly.
Nathan Moore, Rowan Hawk and Kurt Leseberg all run the ball well, and Hawk is perhaps the best kicker in the 6-man division on extra points and field goals. Austin Tharp is a dominant lineman who often occupies two or three opposing players on his pass rush, aiding the Rams' secondary in pass coverage.
An improved player on the team is 6-4 junior Walker Carrico, who has emerged in the second half of the season to force a half-dozen fumbles, blocked a couple of punts, and lead the Rams in fumble recoveries. He's also become a solid receiver, making a difficult situation for opposing defenses to cover a team with five breakaway threats.
West Hagert has also picked up additional playing time, and his quickness makes him difficult to block as a pass rusher.
A win Friday sends the Rams to a third consecutive championship game in Laramie.