YODER – The Southeast High School football team got its first taste of action Saturday morning, hosting the Moorcroft Wolves in a preseason scrimmage.
“I thought, all-in-all, they did a good job of executing,” Cyclone coach Mark Bullington said.
Over the course of the two-hour scrimmage, each team took a series of 10-15 offensive snaps, and then they would flip back-and-forth.
It also gave the Cyclones a chance for the younger players to get some valuable snaps.
“It was nice to get a look at the younger kids and rotate them in and out,” Bullington said. “This is a preseason game for them.”
The Cyclones are the preseason No. 1-ranked team in the Wyopreps.com Coaches and Media Poll in the return of 9-man football to the state of Wyoming.
Bullington stressed, it’s a different brand of football.
“There is a lot of field out there. We’ll learn and tweak some stuff. There are things we have to do better,” he said. “It’ll be a whole different ballgame. It’s a whole different attitude. You have to spread the field, and it’s hard to cover that much ground. You wouldn’t think two people would make that much difference, but it’s a lot.”
The Cyclones will face a challenge in week one in a rematch of the opening round of the Class 1A 11-man playoffs a year ago when the Shoshoni Wranglers come to town on Friday.
“They’ll be tough,” Bullington said. “They have some good kids. They have some speed, and they lost some linemen.”
Shoshoni comes into the season ranked No. 4 in the 9-man ranks.
Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Teeters Memorial Field.