Cody crushes Jackson to take top seed into playoffs

JACKSON, Wyo. — If there was a way to play worse last Friday, the Broncs would be hard-pressed to find it.

Credit Cody, those Broncs came to play. With a chip on their shoulder and chasing conference leaders Jackson all season, the Cody Broncs executed flawlessly on both sides of the ball to take a commanding win from Jackson Friday by a 48-6 score.

By contrast, everything the conference’s best offense tried, blew up.

Outside of the opening drive when Brody Hasenack gutted Cody with his typical ‘hit-the-hole and look for a safety to run over’ carries, Jackson could get little going against Cody.

That first drive stalled on a failed 4th down conversion—there were four of those. Others ended in punts (3), and the Broncs also committed four turnovers—one a pick-six. The ugly numbers added up to a long night a vaunted offense that did not find paydirt until the game’s waning moments.

The hometown Broncs never looked settled on Senior Night. They seemed tight. Missed passes and tackles, dropped passes, simple exchanges botched—what little confidence there might have been to start the game evaporated after Jackson turned the ball over on downs to start the game. That swung momentum Cody’s way and the Navy & Gold Broncs ran with it.

And then there were the injuries. Colter Dawson—a crucial two-way player—came up limping early. He returned after a miraculous sideline ankle tape job but was far from 100%.

Worse, lineman Jacobo Martinez left the game in the first half with an apparent leg injury as did linebacker/fullback Clancy Meagher. Neither returned.

With the loss, Jackson now falls to 2nd seed in the 3A West. What that means for the Broncs is they will enjoy the friendly confines of home for the first two rounds of the playoffs, after which Jackson must travel to Cody for a state title match should the Park County Broncs emerge from the other bracket.

Any other scenario that does not include Cody getting out of the semi-finals—including a possible Powell defeat of Cody in the other bracket—would mean Jackson would stay home for all three games enroute to a state championship.

A slightly damaged Jackson—emotionally and physically—will host Riverton this Friday in round 1, quarter finals of the 3A playoffs. Jackson defeated the Wolverines 57-7 on September 18 in Riverton.

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