ROCK SPRINGS — The #1 Rock Springs Tigers kept the ball rolling against #5 Kelly Walsh Trojans on Friday night as the team continues to build one of the best seasons in recent years.
Rock Springs won its third game of the season 52-0, marking the first shutout victory for the Tigers this season.
Tonight’s victory was just another chapter added to an impressive start for the state’s best team in 4A, which now sits at 3-0.
Here’s tonight’s postgame thoughts.
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Efficiency is Key
One stat that I highlighted in last week’s postgame thoughts was the Tiger’s execution on offense. After watching tonight’s blowout victory, the offense’s efficiency was something I felt needed to be highlighted again.
Tracking only the starting offense for the Tigers, Rock Springs is perfect through three games in the redzone. The starting squad had six touchdowns on six trips in the redzone. On the season, they are 16/16 when inside the twenty yard-line.
This offense is nearly guaranteed to score and it will be interesting to see how teams throughout the rest of the season attempt to slow down the Tigers’ offense. It’s been a nightmare for Campbell County, Thunder Basin and Kelly Walsh to stop and we’ll see if that trend continues next week against Sheridan.
Flack’s Game Ball 🏈
I gave a lot of thought on this week’s game ball. It was hard not to give it to Brock Bider who had an incredible game again tonight, however, I was most impressed with the Rock Springs defense.
Granted Kelly Walsh was missing two of its star offensive players due to injury, but as Head Coach Mark Lenhardt put it, “you can only play who shows up.”
With that said, the Tigers defensive line gets my game ball tonight. They won the battle up front and it shut down the Trojans offense almost completely.
In total, the Trojans had 69 yards in the first half and only had one first down against the starting Tigers defense. That’s all because of the boys up front. Getting pressure on the quarterback, plugging up the running lanes, taking on blocks to create opportunities for the linebackers. You name it, they did it.
Fantastic job to the defensive line tonight.
A Team Effort
Overall I keep seeing one theme through the three games that have been played so far. That theme is a team effort on all sides of the ball.
As I stated above we witnessed the offense dominate and take advantage of Kelly Walsh.
On special teams there was a punt return from Rock Springs to set up the offense on the 10-yard line in the first quarter.
The defense was spectacular and made it a long night for that Trojans offensive unit.
The younger junior varsity players on the team shined in the second half and put a few points on the board.
The list goes on of examples of a team effort and it’s a beautiful thing to see in the Rock Springs football program. I suspect we’ll continue to see this throughout the remainder of the season.
“I think Kelly’s a little bit better of a team than they showed tonight. Obviously Bukett didn’t play. Another one of their slot receivers didn’t play. So they were down probably two of their best players.
I know this is going to sound bad, 52-0 win, but we had more pre-snap penalties tonight and few formational errors and few sloppy things that I think we have to try and clean up because obviously next week that could cost us.
They’ve [Sheridan] got some speed. That hasn’t changed. They’re well coached and they just expect to win. I expect it to be a dog fight and it should be a good game. I’m glad we’re going to play on the road. I think we need to prepare ourselves to play in some hostile environments.
I don’t think it will take much for our guys to realize that next week’s going to be a fun road trip and there’s going to be a lot of hype about the game but it’s only the fourth game of the year and we’re just trying to get better.”
Good Game Kelly Walsh
One shoutout I wanted to make real quick to end this was the good sportsmanship I saw down on the field after the game as I was waiting to speak with Coach Lenhardt. Several of the Kelly Walsh players congratulated the Tigers on the victory and one player even told the group in passing how proud he was of Rock Springs.
You may not have won the game, but you won respect.
Good game, Trojans.