In a game that was a mismatch on paper, the Braves turned those numbers into cold hard numbers in a 47-6 drubbing of the Green River Wolves. In all, 20 different players had some form of attempt in the game on offense. Four different players attempted a pass including lineman Jesse Gibson, seven players caught at least one pass and 15 toted the pigskin as Star Valley piled up nearly 450 yards of offense.
Smith McClure was efficient as he completed 12 of 15 attempts for over 200 yards. Tristen Hilton attempted three passes and logged a pair of touchdowns to Bryson Nield. Jesse Leavitt led the team with 66 rushing yards and two scores.
Defensively the team shut down the Wolves who didn’t hit the end zone until there was just 1:20 remaining in the game on a running clock against the reserves. It was the 13th straight victory in the series for Star Valley against the Wolves who have not defeated the Braves on the Sweetwater field in a full 20 years.
The team forced two turnovers in the game including an interception from Grant Thomson and then a recovered fumble from Kash Lancaster which was punched out by his little brother Cooper.
The win improved the Braves’ record to (7-1) as they now return home after back-to-back road trips to host the Jackson Broncs in the 2023 version of the Fall Brawl. It will be the 86th meeting between the two programs.
Star Valley has secured the 3A West top seed heading into the playoffs in two weeks but who they will be hosting is completely up for grabs after Friday night concluded with Riverton upsetting #4 Buffalo, 25-14.
The Braves have the potential for three straight home games starting with next weekend’s regular season finale against the Broncs followed by a pair of playoff contests should they win.
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Other games of note affecting teams in the area had #2 Powell crushing Jackson 51-6. #3 Cody piled on Evanston, 48-13. The two Park County teams play each other this next weekend for the 3A West #2 seed.
Elsewhere, #4 Cokeville thumped Thermopolis, 35-6. #1 Mountain View did the same to Pinedale, 42-7. The Kemmerer Rangers made the long trek to Lovell, made all the longer with a 50-0 loss to the Bulldogs. Finally, Lyman picked up a much-needed afternoon win over Rich County (UT), 36-13.