KEMMERER — It was nail biter for the Rangers' homecoming game on Saturday, Sept. 22.
The Thermopolis Bobcats put the first points on the board with a touchdown and point after kick. That, however, did not stop the Rangers. They held off the Bobcats until they could score a touchdown of their own — achieved by #27, Sidney Chaulk — although the point-after kick was wide and unsuccessful.
Kemmerer held off the Bobcats to head into half time with a score of 6 to 7 in favor of the Bobcats.
The Rangers received the ball coming into the second half, but the ball was fumbled on the opening drive and Thermopolis recovered the ball to run it in for a touchdown. The point-after kick brought the score to Thermopolis 12, Kemmerer 6.
But Kemmerer stayed tough and stuck to their plan. It looked grim for the Rangers with 18 seconds left in the game when all of a sudden #27 Sidney Chaulk burst through the defensive line of Thermopolis bringing the score to 12-11 in favor of the Bobcats.
The only way left for Kemmerer to win the game was with a two-point conversion, and that’s just what they did with 11 seconds left on the clock. There was no time for celebration after the successful play, however, because there was still time left on the clock and Kemmerer had to kick it back to Thermopolis. The fans were on their feet for the remaining seconds of the game and the excitement rose as the final seconds disappeared off the clock, bringing to a conclusion one of the most exciting games in the seniors’ football careers.
“As a coach it makes you feel good when a plan is put into place and the kids execute it,” said Coach Rogers. “The kids get to see that there is a reason we make them do the things we do, we don’t just do it to be mean.”
“Even though Big Piney has lost their last two games, they are still a very dangerous team. Their quarterback is a lot like Thermopolis’ when throwing the ball, and he runs the ball better. We are really going to have to shut him down,” said Rogers when asked about the upcoming Friday, Sept. 28, game. “They are the next step to the playoffs. This is a must win for us. We have had two great weeks of practice and came out and won these last two games. So we plan on doing the same this week."