by nathan oster
The Greybull Buffs kept their momentum going last week in Burns, dominating the home team 77-21 to keep their perfect season and conference records intact.
Four weeks into the regular season, the Buffs (4-0 overall, 2-0 in the conference) sit atop the conference standings and are one of just three unbeaten teams in all of Class 2A. The other two, Big Horn and Glenrock, meet later this week.
Three of Greybull’s four wins have been blowouts — and the one in Burns might have been the most one-sided of them all. Two big defensive plays helped set the tone in the first quarter. Miguel Gomez had a “pick six” — an interception which he returned for a touchdown — and Dawson Forcella came close to having one of his own. He was stopped short of the goal line, but the Buffs eventually punched it in.
The Buffs scored four touchdowns in the opening quarter. In addition to Gomez’s 30-yard interception return, the Buffs got touchdown runs of 10 and 14 yards from Dawson McEwan and a 9-yard touchdown run by Riley Hill.
The second quarter saw the Buffs score on a 23-yard run by McEwan, a 30-yard run by Forcella and on a 5-yard pass from Hill to Gomez.
The Buffs punctuated the win with three more second-half scores, including a 5-yard touchdown run by Forcella and a 23-yard touchdown run by Zack Keisel in third quarter and on a 59-yard touchdown run by McEwan in the fourth quarter.
Final offensive and defensive statistics were unavailable, but Coach Marty Wrage said his team “did a good job of rushing the ball” and that Forcella, McEwan and Keisel all went over the 100-yard mark running behind the Buffs solid offensive line.
Greybull was credited with 535 yards of all-purpose yards, with 471 of those coming on the ground.
Burns finished with 196 yards.
Wrage said the Buffs did a good job of containing Burns quarterback Klayton Clark, one of the best players in all of 2A. The key, he said, was playing disciplined football, adding that the linebackers in particular did a good job.
The Buffs showed no ill effects from the long bus ride to Burns.
“The hardest thing was keeping them from storming the field,” laughed Wrage. “They were really ready to play. We didn’t have any trouble motivating them.”
The Buffs will tangle with Lyman Friday night in their annual homecoming game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. The Eagles are 1-3 overall, 1-2 in the conference.
Wrage said Lyman “is a physical group” and that they “return a lot of skill kids. They’re more of a power football team. Hopefully we can try to wear them down and use our depth to our advantage.”
The first four weeks have gone according to plan for the Buffs, with four wins in four tries.
“We’re about where we thought we’d be … but in a few areas, I think we’ve exceeded expectations. We need to clean up some things as we go along here because we’ve got some good competition coming up.
Four weeks in, Greybull ranks fourth in all of 2A in rushing, ninth in passing and fifth in team offense. Defense has been the Buffs calling card however, as they rank first overall, second against the rush and sixth against the pass.
But as Wrage noted, things are going to get tougher in the weeks ahead.
The combined record of Greybull’s first four opponents is 4-12. After Lyman, the Buffs go to 3-1 Mountain View and host 2-2 Pinedale before closing out the season at 1-3 Big Piney.