SHERIDAN — Rams football lost a huge talent base with the class of 2012, but a large incoming freshman class, a returning All-State quarterback and some key skill players should help the rebuilding process.
The Big Horn football team will participate in session three of the Chadron State University football camp June 9-12, and have taken to the field, and the gym, in preparation this week.
“For our older guys it’s just refreshing their minds in stuff they already know so they’ll be sharp into camp,” head coach Michael McGuire said, now into his second year as Big Horn head coach. “For some guys it’s stepping into bigger roles. We also have a real big freshman class so they have chance to learn, so they can step in and run our offense and our defense.”
Big Horn finished the season 10-1 in 2012, one of, if not the, most talented teams in the state of Wyoming. Their one loss came in the 2A state semifinals as they just missed a state title shot.
“We’re taking 12 freshman to camp and we’ll have even more next year, maybe 15, so that’s a pretty good number,” McGuire said.
“We’ll be missing a couple guys, but we have 23 guys signed up for camp, and next year our numbers are real good. I’d love to take 25 or more, but 23 is still a number where we can get a lot done.”
McGuire says he expects around 35 kids out for Big Horn football next year, about normal for the Rams. That, along with the young influx of players, signals good things for the program.
“Taking so many freshman to camp, it’s great to get the young kids in there and get them integrated,” he said.
For a team that scored almost at will in 2012, the Rams will work in new players to an offense that garnered 11 2A Northeast all-conference selections last season.
The Rams return starting quarterback Connor McCafferty, a model of efficiency at signal caller, along with several skill players including Colter Carzoli and Christian Mayer.
These few weeks mark a busy time for the Rams coach, who leads the North squad during next Saturday’s Shrine Bowl along with his assistant coach Kirk McLaughlin.
“It’s a busy week and a half, but it’s all football so it’s all good,” he said.