‘You gotta be proud of who you represent’

Kelly Walsh football is seeking its first Oil Bowl win since 2016.
Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 12:18 AM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Friday night will mark the 63rd time Kelly Walsh and Natrona County have met on the football field. The Mustangs lead the all-time series 48-14.

It’s the 57th time the two teams have met during the regular season, and the Trojans haven’t come away victorious since 2016.

Both teams come into this matchup 2-1 on the season, and the two teams could not be coming off more different results in Week 2.

Natrona County cruised to a 45-0 victory at Laramie, and Kelly Walsh received a 52-0 drubbing at #1 Rock Springs.

Kelly Walsh Head Coach Aaron Makelky said that’s part of the challenge that his team faces this week. He said he wants to see them respond after losing like they did last week, but he acknowledged heading into a rivalry game like Natrona County it’s okay for his guys to be a little anxious and excited.

“They know there’s more riding on this,” said Makelky. “There’s more personal narratives between, you know, ‘I went to middle school with that guy or he dated my girlfriend or whatever it is.’ that connects the two schools a lot more than when we play Sheridan or Gillette schools, and the big one is just a pride thing. You gotta be proud of who you represent. It’s not just us 120 guys. It’s the whole school and the community and a lot of alumni.”

Two of the Trojans’ offensive leaders said this is certainly a game they’ve been waiting to play.

“We’ve been looking forward to this game,” said Senior Quarterback Hunter Mogen. “Looking to change things up, how they’ve gone the past few years, so a game we’ve been looking forward to for years.”

“It’s definitely gonna be a childhood dream,” said Senior Wide Receiver Chase Ortberg. “I’ve always wanted to play in the Oil Bowl.”

Technically, it will be a road game for the Trojans. The kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Cheney Alumni Field.

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