BIG HORN — Handling a loss will be the theme Friday when Big Horn (2-1) hosts Wright (0-3).
Because for the Rams, losing isn’t the norm. With the 34-19 defeat at Burns last week, the team has lost just two games under two-year head coach Michael McGuire (12-2). Before that, the Rams have just one losing season since 1999, via Wyoming-football.com. Big Horn is back home Friday for the first time in two weeks, and they’ll look to right the ship against a winless squad.
“We’ve had a productive week of practice,” McGuire said. “I think we all know we can be better and have worked hard this week to get there.”
He took a portion of the credit last week for a 34-19 loss in Burns, saying the coaching staff needed to better prepare the team in terms of players knowing where they need to be and when. Big Horn has struggled with turnovers and penalties so far this year. The four giveaways they had in Burns were compounded by the 10 penalties and stunted their comeback attempt. McGuire said they’d be remiss to not take the 0-3 team seriously.
“Wright is a solid team this year,” he said. “They’ve had an injury to their QB that’s very unfortunate for them, but they’ve played everyone very tough. I’ve been impressed with their kids on the offensive and defensive lines and with how hard they play.”
The Rams failed to score more than 20 points for the first time in McGuire’s tenure last week, but were held up by their consistent piece in quarterback Connor McCafferty who threw three more touchdown passes, bringing his total to 10 on the season.
Big Horn’s offense is still one of the highest-performing with 41.3 points and 444.3 yards per game, leading 2A.
McGuire said they know they have work to do on that side of the ball.
“Along with improving on our execution we’ve really worked on getting back to being a tough, physical football team offensively,” he said.
“A lot of it is an attitude and a mindset, and we’ve got to get back to being a physical offense that controls the line of scrimmage.”
Big Horn will work against a Wright Panther offense that has scored a meager 10.0 points per game, but is averaging 100.7 yards on the ground. The Panthers opponents haven’t been pushovers, however. The three losses have come against Lingle, Burns (3-0) and Wheatland (3-0).
The Rams Mason Lube has had a fast start to the season defensively, ranked seventh in the state in defensive points per game. He has two interceptions and 13 solo tackles.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Friday.