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“That was then, this is now”: No reminiscing for reigning state champion East T-Birds on first day of high school football practice

Published: Aug. 10, 2021 at 1:19 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2021 at 1:26 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Football is back and so are the State Champs. The first day of Wyoming High School Football practice kicked off on Monday.

“[We’ve] been working hard in the weight room, been hitting the field late at night and stuff so it’s just [a] really good feeling [to be back at practice],” said Cheyenne East Football Senior Kaleb Romero.

This season the Thunderbirds are looking to do something that no Cheyenne team has done since 1988 & 1989 (Cheyenne Central) and that no Cheyenne East team has ever done; win back-to-back state championships. But that is a long way away from possibly happening, and East seems to be focused on the task at hand: practice.

“Our team last year kind of set a formula for success and I think we all know that we just need to follow that again and we’ll be successful.”

Last season, the T-Birds won every game, often in dominant fashion, after dropping their season opener to Thunder Basin 34-28. East would go on to win its first state championship since 2013, by defeating those same Bolts on November 14 in the 2020 Wyoming 4A Football State Championship.

But, East Football Head Coach Chad Goff will not allow nostalgia because this is a brand new team and a brand new season.

“We haven’t even talked about last season,” said Goff. “We had one conversation and it was just about coming to work every day...It’s truly that was then, this is now and they know the task at hand.”

The T-Birds begin the season with a state championship rematch on Friday, August 27 against Thunder Basin at Okie-Blanchard Stadium.

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