SHERIDAN — After two weeks of practice, the Sheridan Broncs are itching to play under the lights on a Friday night.
The Broncs open their 2014 season with a home game against Laramie tomorrow, and head coach Don Julian says it’s about time.
“We need to see somebody else,” Julian said. “Our guys are sick of hitting each other.”
Sheridan is entering the season ranked fourth in the wyopreps.com preseason poll, following an 8-3 season that ended in a loss in the semi-finals. Laramie, who played under new coach Chuck Syverson last year, finished 3-7, including two losses to the Broncs. The Plainsmen sandwiched their season with the two matchups with Sheridan, a 27-7 loss in the season opener and a 33-0 thumping in the quarterfinals.
But Julian isn’t looking past their opening night opponent, a team that is tied for sixth in the preseason rankings.
“It’s the second year under this coach and staff, and they’re going to be an improved football team,” Julian said. “They’ll have the same X’s and O’s. They’ll have better consistency.”
Although Sheridan ended up beating Laramie handily in last season’s opener, a few mistakes made the game closer than it probably should have been. That comes with early games every year, but it’s something Julian hopes to minimize on Friday.
“Those mistakes will be there, but we’ve simulated a lot of situations in practice to hopefully help with that,” he said. “There’s adversity in every game, but it’s a nice way to see how our 2014 team handles that adversity.”
Julian says even with the mistakes, it’s a great way to build on the season. They’ll use this game to evaluate where they stand as a team and pinpoint certain aspects of their game that work and don’t work.
Despite their eagerness to tackle somebody not wearing a yellow practice jersey, Julian said the team is most excited to open the season in front of the home crowd.
“We love Friday nights here,” he said. “This community loves football. We’re excited to open at home.”
The 2014 Sheridan High School football season begins at 6 p.m. tomorrow night at Scott Field.