SHERIDAN — Good teams do certain things well.
They play good defense, and they don’t make mistakes; the simple intangibles that win close games. For those reasons, last Friday against Kelly Walsh, Sheridan came out on top of a defensive battle 26-10. While it wasn’t a mistake-free contest — the Broncs had one pick and one fumble lost — they did enough of the right things to blow the game open at the end.
“The kids made plays when they needed to,” head coach Don Julian said.
As Sheridan waits for one of the state’s perceived best next week in a home game with Cheyenne East, this week, the task itself is made more difficult by a Wyoming football-esque, nearly 500-mile bus ride to Evanston (1-1).
The Red Devils won 12-7 in week one over Cheyenne South, and fell 52-13 last week in Gillette.
Sheridan has not lost to Evanston under Julian, and despite some high-scoring wins, they’re 2-0 on the long road trip (42-35 in 2011 and 46-21 in 2009, both state title years, inconsequently).
“We travel well and we’ve got a routine, and we stick very, very closely to it,” Julian said. “It’s a horribly long trip, and it’s tough to go there in one day, get off the bus and play.” Sheridan’s offense has shown signs, in its two-week youth, of promise. While they ran just 48 plays, their two long, scoring drives were enough to supplement a Bronc defense that held Kelly Walsh to 250 total yards of offense and one touchdown.
Sheridan’s one weakness was its PAT squad, which had a kick blocked and missed another try. Julian stressed that as a point of emphasis this week.
“The important thing is getting off the bus and getting your minds right so you don’t get yourself in a hole,” he said.
The Broncs meet the Red Devils at 7 p.m. Friday.
Broncs offensive leaders through 2 weeks
Passing: Kameron Eckard 249 yds, 4TDs, 2 INT; Rushing: Dan Sessions 189 yds., 2 TDs, Colbey Bruney 107 yds 1TD;
Receiving: Joe Shassetz 75 yds, 2TDs