Buffalos back in a state title saddle

In the trenches for the Glenrock Herders and Mountain View Buffalos in a Class 2A semifinal playoff game from last Friday, Nov. 2, in Mountain View. The Buffs fought back from a 21-7 halftime deficit to defeat the Herders, 33-21, and vaulted themselves back into the 2A state championship game this Saturday, Nov. 10, where they will attempt to defend their title against the Buffalo Bison. (COURTESY PHOTO/Bobi Page)

EVANSTON — The Mountain View Buffalos have earned the right to defend their Class 2A football state title with a semifinal home win against the Glenrock Herders. The Buffalos will face the top-ranked Buffalo Bison, who dropped down to the 2A ranks from Class 3A this season, in Laramie on Nov. 10. 

“There is absolutely no quit in our kids,” Buffalos head coach Brent Walk told the Herald.

“We made a few halftime adjustments but we were very happy with our kids’ performance, in particular when we held Glenrock’s potent offense to just 21 total yards in that second half,” Walk added.

The Buffs found themselves down 21-7 at the break, but came out firing on all cylinders on both sides of the football, scoring 26 unanswered points en route to the semifinal victory. 

The two squads mirror each other in more ways than simply their namesake team mascots. Both dropped season openers but have reeled off nine straight victories since the opening weekend when Buffalo fell at home to 3A Douglas, 7-0, and Mountain View was surprised on the road at 1A perennial power Cokeville, 20-13.

The collision course has almost seemed inevitable as both teams have crushed the competition throughout the course of the season with both teams sharing the number one ranking at various points of the season. In the final WyoPreps.com Coaches and Media poll, the Bison edged the Buffalo as the top-ranked team in Class 2A. 

The Buffs defeated the Glenrock Herders in 2017 for the 2A championship, 35-28, and will vie to repeat this Saturday.

A more in-depth preview of the title tilt will be featured in this Friday’s Herald.

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