The Laramie Plainsmen football team heads into their 2018 season in hopes of being a contender for the state title.

The Plainsmen are 2-2 to start off the season with wins against Rock Springs and Campbell County and losses against Kelly Walsh and Natrona County.

Laramie’s first game was against the Kelly Walsh Trojans in Casper. The score going into the 4th quarter was 14-14, but the Trojans scored two touchdowns off two big Laramie turnovers ending the game with a score of 27-14.

The Plainsmen beat Rock Springs 21-14. They adjusted well to the double tight, double wing offense Rock Springs ran. During their first home game, the student section was a key factor in the win for the team.

“The student section was awesome. Having people in the stands cheering you on when you make a big play makes it 10 times better. I give big props to the Plainsmen posse,” senior wide receiver Brady Epler said.

The momentum of the Plainsmen continued into the following week as they had a 50-0 shutout against Campbell County.

On Friday, Sept. 14 Natrona hosted the Plainsmen. The Plainsmen played Natrona tough but lost 37-14. Laramie’s offense was slow having only ran 40 yards by halftime. While the score was not great, they played with resilience.

“I think our defense was great.  Our defensive end Ben Kruzich got 2 or 3 sacks stopping Natrona’s offense.  We should have passed more and ran less. Getting two punts blocked allowed Natrona to score two touchdowns,” wide receiver Michael Schutterle said.