SHERIDAN — Last week it took the Sheridan High School football team two-and-a-half quarters to score its first points. Friday night in the Broncs’ home opener, it took them all of 13 seconds.
Parker Christensen returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, and the Broncs cruised to a 50-6 win over Cheyenne Central.
“I just did my job,” Christensen said. “We’ve been working on it all week in practice. The return team actually got really great blocks. There was such a big hole. I didn’t even get touched. All I had to do was run the ball. Really big props to the return team.”
Sheridan’s offense sputtered and struggled for the majority of its opener against Rock Springs, but showed little to no issue moving the ball Friday night. The Broncs gained 430 total yards and had balance with 240 rush yards to go alongside 190 yards through the air.
Christensen simply credits experience.
“The first game, we really had a lot of inexperienced guys,” Christensen said. “They really got their heads on this game, and they really got the first game jitters out. And it was nice to see that, and we feel like we did take a good step forward.”
Christensen rushed for 110 yards on just five rushes with one touchdown as he sat for a majority of the second half. He also made his presence felt in the passing game, reeling in three passes totaling 83 yards with a touchdown.
Christensen’s first reception went for a score as he took a 5-yard out route and turned it into a 60-yard touchdown. That made it a 14-0 game with 9:26 left in the opening quarter.
“That kid is strong and a very, very good runner,” Sheridan head coach Jeff Mowry said. “(The University of) Wyoming made a good decision with him. But the best part of him is he’s a great kid. You give the ball to somebody else and he’s the best blocker too. He’s just a wonderful kid, and you can’t say enough about him or his play.”
Christensen set up his team’s third score with a 65-yard run that vaulted Sheridan from its own 10-yard line to just outside the red zone. Garrett Coon paid it off in the form of a 4-yard touchdown run that made it 19-0 with 4:03 to play in the first frame.
Jacob Boint’s performance almost got lost in the ground attack. Boint nearly logged a perfect game, going 13-for-14 for 190 yards with one touchdown.
“We’ll have to critique that one miss,” Mowry laughed. “He played well too. He’s got to do just that. He’s got to get the ball to our playmakers, and I felt like he did that. He just had to be efficient with the ball, like a point guard on offense. Your job is not to score, but to get it into the guys’ hands that can score, and I felt like he did that tonight.”
Boint’s one touchdown capped Sheridan’s scoring for the night. He found Josh Ahrens for a 6-yard score midway through the third quarter.
Christensen and Toby Jacobs accounted for the remaining 17 points. Both rumbled in for score from less than five yards out during the first 24 minutes, while Jacobs also connected on a 23-yard field goal attempt in the second half.
The Broncs’ defense held Central to 190 yards of total offense, and the first-teamers pitched a shut out as the Indians’ lone score occurred late in the fourth quarter.
Sheridan walked away happy with its improvement from week one to week two and will likely have to take another step forward as the Broncs travel to Natrona — last year’s state runner-up — next week.
Cheyenne Central 0 0 0 6 — 6
Sheridan 19 21 10 0 — 50