Star Valley continues its dominance over Jackson

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — The Star Valley Braves showed why they are reigning champs in the 3A as the #1 ranked team in the state slowly and methodically choked out a game but overmatched Broncs team.

Star Valley got its 16th straight win with a 30-0 shutout over Jackson last Friday—and they did it much the same way they’ve done all year. The Braves do not strike quick and deadly like a rattlesnake, rather they wear down teams under a boa constrictor grip until they impose their will.

Jackson played the Braves close for the first 24 minutes, trailing 7-0 at the half. The first two quarters featured two teams being careful with each other, feeling out their opponent and risking no big plays. By late in the second, the Braves had begun to win a game of field position and eventually punched one in for the score on a carry by bruising back RJ Cazier.

The inability to ever get Jeydon Cox on track cost the Broncs in the end. After falling behind 16-0 in the third quarter, Jackson was forced to throw the ball more than they would have liked. Cox finished the game with less than 40 yards rushing. Star Valley never let him out of their sight.

Sadler Smith had a good day passing. He completed nearly half his throws with Peter Goettler on the receiving end of the majority of those. The Broncs were also plagued by a handful of dropped passes.

But one thing you cannot do against Star Valley is get behind. If you do, it’s a heavy dose of Cazier running the ball out of the Power I. Cazier was bottled up early but with the Jackson defense beginning to tire in the second half, the 6’3”, 225-lb senior pounded the rock for 126 yards on 22 carries.

Jackson falls to 2-2 in conference play, 4-3 overall. Star Valley and Cody play next week for the conference crown as both teams are undefeated on the season.

Broncs stay on the road as they travel to Evanston this Friday to take on the Devils (0-3, 0-6).

Video: Broncs players joined the Braves in Star Valley’s tradition lap around the field before the game. The surprise move did not seem to surprise the Braves, nor was it clear whether it was intended to be in camaraderie with something the Braves had going or whether the Broncs were simply trying to get into the heads of the home team. 

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