SHERIDAN — Come next fall, Parker Christensen will call Laramie home.
The Sheridan High School running back is verbally committed to continuing his football career at the University of Wyoming.
And while Christensen will aim to endear himself to the Laramie natives with his play on the field as a Cowboy for years to come, he utilized Friday night at Homer Scott Field as one more opportunity as a Bronc to frustrate and torment those same people.
Christensen rushed for 103 yards, found the end zone four times and logged an interception as the Broncs scored a 42-3 victory over the Plainsmen.
“Any time (Christensen) touches the ball, good things are happening for us,” Sheridan head coach Jeff Mowry said. “He really finished runs tonight, ran through guys and was physical. He did a nice job.”
The win assures Sheridan of at least one more home game as it’ll play host to a state playoff quarterfinal game in a couple of weeks.
And while the final score ended up lopsided, the assurance of one more game on Homer Scott Field wasn’t a certainty at halftime.
The Broncs held a slight 7-3 advantage in an opening 24 minutes that featured multiple flags and Sheridan not clicking as a collective unit.
“We were killing ourselves offensively and defensively,” Mowry said. “Coach DJ Dearcorn said it best, we had about 9.5 guys on the same page every play both offensively and definitely. We were shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Christensen and the rest of the special teams unit began remedying those issues immediately in the second half. Christensen ran the second half kickoff back 94 yards for a touchdown, and that sparked a 28-point third quarter.
“We kind of got hit in the mouth a little bit there in the first half,” Christensen said. “We really got together at halftime, and we actually separated into our positional groups, and talked about what we need to do, and what we needed to get done to get this victory. We really came out and we really put it to them.
“And big props to the return team. That was a big momentum changer. I had great blocks. All I had to do was take it to the house.”
Sheridan’s defensive unit also stepped up in a big way in the second half. After the Plainsmen gained 137 total yards in the first half, they only managed 33 yards in the final 24 minutes, earning just one first down.
Sheridan quarterback Jacob Boint finished 9-for-16 for 75 yards, while also rushing in a score. His touchdown made it a 21-3 game midway through the third period, and Christensen scored the next two touchdowns — one late in the third frame and the other early in the fourth — to put the game well out of reach.
Christensen’s 3-yard scamper with 4:57 to play in the opening quarter marked the game’s first score.
Christensen — who was honored alongside 15 of his senior teammates prior to the game — stood on the sidelines late in the fourth quarter and reflected on his high school football career with fellow senior Quinn Heyneman.
“Sheridan High School football is for real. High school football, I just love it,” Christensen said. “I was talking with Quinn as the clock was running down, and we just thought, ‘This is as real as it can get.’ This program, these coaches, they do a great job, and the Sheridan community is the best community for football.
“It’s a great night.”
Sheridan closes out the regular season at Cheyenne East next week. The Thunderbirds lay claim to a 7-1 record, and if the Broncs can score a road win, they would earn the No. 3 seed for the state playoffs.
Laramie 0 3 0 0 — 0
Sheridan 7 0 28 7 — 42