Jackson hosts Worland on the gridiron, kickoff early at 5 pm

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The Jackson Broncs (2-1) return home today to tackle the Worland Warriors (0-3) at William T. McIntosh Field. Note the early start to tonight’s game—kickoff is at 5 pm.

The Broncs come off a thrashing of 2A Pinedale last week. The young Wranglers were unable to stop or even slow down Jackson’s powerhouse offense featuring standout halfback Jaydon Cox. The Broncs rolled up 52 points in the first half last week before eventually putting away Pinedale 59-6.

Despite the offensive fireworks last week on the road, head coach David Joyce was more excited about the defense beginning to gel.

“We’re finally coming into our own,” Joyce said, of a defense beginning to figure out their roles after losing seniors to graduation. “We’re slowly starting to figure out what these guys can do. “We played well against Bear Lake two weeks ago and this past week I feel like we got things dialed in where the kids could play and we could put them in some good spots, especially for what Pinedale tried to do.”

Worland will be ready

Jackson will face an 0-3 team hungry for its first win of the season. The Warriors have dropped games to Buffalo, Powell, and Cody to begin the 2019 campaign, managing only four touchdowns all year so far. Coach Ryan Utterback told the Wyoming Northern News that turnovers have been Worland’s main problem early on this season.

Led by junior quarterback Rudy Sanford, Worland runs a lot of offense out of the “I” formation or pistol with Jaime Luna (HB) and Luke Goncalves (FB) getting most of the carries. Sanford will also throw the ball occasion with seniors Luke Mortimer and Devon Mercado being Sanford’s favorite targets.

“They got some good skill guys,” Joyce said. They like to toss the ball. They like to make you respect the inside and try to hit you on the outside with their running back. They got a decent running back [Luna] that can run and has the potential to take it to the house. So, we’ve got to do a good job against these guys and contain him and keep him in the box.”

To keep the Worland running game bottled up, Joyce said he’s counting a lot on linebacker Kirby Castagno to make sure he knows where Luna is at all times.

“We’re looking for a big game from Kirby Castagno to contain him and keep him in the box to where Colter Dawson and AJ McCool can clean up and keep everything within the ‘playground’ so to speak and not let him break out,” Joyce said.

Time and space

It will be football weather tonight. The forecast is soggy and cool. Temps at kickoff won’t be much better than 40s with rain showers likely throughout the game. It could be the kind of weather than gives preference to teams that keep it simple and keep the ball on the ground.

The earlier start time is something that new for this year. Seven o’clock starts were thought to be too late, especially later in the season. The rest of the games for Jackson will all start at 6 pm, with the exception being another 5 pm start on the final game of the year October 25.

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