by nathan oster
The Greybull Buffs put seven players on the Class 2A West all-conference team after a season in which they placed third overall, behind only Mountain View and Lyman, and made the playoffs for the first time in four years.
Greybull players selected to the first team included four seniors in Calder Forcella, Wyatt Nielson, Fabian Davila, and Justin Bacus, junior Lane Nielsen and sophomores Dawson McEwan and Elias Ewen.
Mountain View, which went unbeaten in conference play, led the way with 11 first-team selections, including Cade Covington, Austin Housekeeper, Caleb Flake, Isaac Kampman, Dalton Hereford, Logan Lupher, Kale Iorg, Dusty Iorg, Jake Snow, Alex Housekeeper and Spencer Madsen.
Lyman selections included Ryker Bess, Brayden Busskohl, Coltan Fotheringham, Hunter Hewitt, Brandon Jaggi, Clayton Peden, Skyler Walker and Bryton Bluemel.
Lovell, the fourth team from the conference to make playoffs, put six players on the first team, including Cade Bischoff, Beau Green, Daniel Strom, Aaron Monterde, Dylan See and Drake Welch.
Rounding out the all-conference squad were Brenden Lloyd, Paden Anderson, Caleb Raney and Spencer Criddle of Pinedale; William Shafer, J.D. Fear and Jordan Banks of Big Piney, and Taylor Chapin, Robert Webster and Brandon Dummer of Kemmerer.
Mountain View swept the big awards, as Austin Housekeeper was the offensive player of the year, Cade Covington the defensive player of the year, Isaac Kampman the lineman of the year and Brent Walk the coach of the year.
Several Buffs made the all-conference second-team, including Gabe Keisel, Riley Hill, Dawson Forcella, Cade Dooley, Chris Ogg, Dustin Fox and Drayton Griffin.
Forcella, Davila and Nielson were also honored as members of the 2A all-state football team.
Forcella’s achievements are outlined in the Super 25 story.
As for Davila and Nielson, they were Forcella’s two favorite targets as well as being standouts on defense for the Greybull Buffs, who after a first-round ouster at Newcastle wrapped the season with a 5-4 overall record.
Nielsen led the Buffs in receptions, 61; receiving yards, 944; and touchdown catches, nine.
Davila, who missed time due to an injury, wasn’t far behind, finishing with 24 catches for 473 yards and six touchdowns. All those totals ranked second on the team.
Nielson ranked fourth on the team (9.6) and Davila seventh (8.4) in defensive points per game.
State champion Mountain View led the way with eight all-staters, including Cade Covington, Austin Housekeeper, Caleb Flake, Isaac Kampman, Dalton Hereford, Logan Lupher, Kale Iorg and Dusty Iorg.
Representing state runner-up Big Horn were Christian Mayer, Kerry Powers, Mason Lube, Nolan McCafferty, Garrett Allen and Brice Beisher.
Dillon Ehlers, Johnny Walker, Bradon Ruston and Mason Piscotti represented Newcastle.
From Wheatland selections included Josh Calvert, Nathan Willis, Daniel Chesser and Justin Borton.
Thermopolis selections included Tyler Cornwell, Logan Kay and Eric Herold.
Lyman and Lovell also had three selections, as Ryker Bess, Coltan Fotheringham and Clayton Peden represented the Eagles and Cade Bischoff, Beau Green and Daniel Strom represented the Bulldogs.
Rounding out the all-state squad were Eiljah Stewart of Glenrock, Paden Wilson of Burns, Michael Yeraldi of Wright, Brenden Lloyd of Pinedale, William Shafer of Big Piney and Taylor Chapin of Kemmerer.