2A East keys: Big Horn holds on 28-26

SHERIDAN — The Big Horn Rams finished a stellar week on the road, winning two games in five days, capped by a 28-26 win over Wheatland Friday night.

The Rams improved to 5-1 and handed the Bulldogs their first loss of the year. Big Horn came out on top of a back and forth contest as Connor McCafferty punched in a late score to give the Rams the lead with six minutes to go, and Seth Kite intercepted Wheatland quarterback Critter Ruwart to seal the win.

“It was a good finish,” head coach Michael McGuire said. “The kids played their butts off.”

Big Horn held Wheatland’s talented Ruwart to 271 yards passing, but intercepted the senior four times, something McGuire said was key. Colter Carzoli had another big day, finishing with two scores, one rushing and one receiving, while going over 100 yards in both categories.

“I’m really proud of our guys, those were two good conference teams (Glenrock and Wheatland) both on the road, I was just really proud of our kids tonight,” McGuire said. “We really dug in when we had to make plays, we had our leaders make plays and we had some other guys step up and make plays, too.

“We’re really growing as a football team, and that’s exciting to see,” he said.

The Rams got stops when they needed to, relying on big plays in the passing game, and key performances out of their offensive line. Carzoli busted a long run that allowed the Rams to run out the clock after the Kite interception. McGuire added that the defense did a good job stopping the run, allowing 85 yards, but mostly that came on quarterback scrambles. The +4 turnover ration was key as well.

Big Horn closes the season against Moorcroft (0-6) and Tongue River (2-4), but McGuire said they took the night to focus on a special week.

“I told them I was proud of them for the way they played tonight,” McGuire said.

“We’re just going to focus on improving every day, and if we can do that I think we give ourselves a chance of being pretty successful.”

Stats: Carzoli: 13 carries, 141 yards TD, 5 catches, 105 yards TD, defensively: 26 defensive points, including three sacks.
McCafferty: 10-22 272, 2 TDs
Seth Kite: 3 catches 105, 1 TD
Deven Ibach: 2 catches, 62 yards
Rams: 405 yards total offense
Defense: 271 yards passing 85 yards rushing, four interceptions.
Scoring summary
First quarter
Carzoli run
Third quarter
52-yard pass from McCafferty to Carzli
25-yard TD pass from McCafferty to Kite
Fourth Quarter
1-yard TD run by McCafferty
Final: 28-26

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