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History and origins -- Wyoming High School Football HistoryHigh schools in Wyoming have been playing football since at least 1894, when a team from Cheyenne High School faced a team from the University of Wyoming.
UW won the game 14-0. It marked the university's first official football game.
But was it the first high school football game in Wyoming history? No one is quite sure.
Although the 1894 game might not be the first in Wyoming high school history, it has to be close. Few high schools even existed before the turn of the century; in fact, only five high schools (Cheyenne, Buffalo, Rawlins, Evanston and Sundance) were in existence in the state in 1895, according to the Wyoming Almanac.
It appears most larger Wyoming high schools started football programs in the 20 years after the turn of the century. Many smaller schools started their programs after the end of World War II.
According to UW records, the Cowboys squared off against high school teams from Cheyenne and Laramie 15 times from 1894 to 1915. UW went 9-0 against Cheyenne and 5-1 against Laramie.
UW quit playing high school teams after the 1915 season. That year, the Pokes beat Laramie 19-0 to open the season but went 1-6 from then on out.
Here's a breakdown of pre-World War I games involving UW and Wyoming high schools:
Date Away Team Away Team Score Home Team Home Team Score Game Notes Source Season Notes
Press clippingsHere are some newspaper stories relating to the history of Wyoming high school football:
Advantage: Panthers -- Cokeville has had Wyoming's best home-field advantage over the past 50 years. By Patrick Schmiedt, Casper Star-Tribune.
The mythical history of state football championships -- An overview of Wyoming football in the 1960s and early 1970s, when state championships were awarded not by playoffs, but by polls. By Patrick Schmiedt, Casper Star-Tribune.
The Rozet Mustangs -- A brief story on the Rozet Mustangs football teams. (If you'd like the full version of the story, let me know.) By Patrick Schmiedt, Gillette News-Record.
The Best of the Best -- A story focusing on the eternal debate: Which was Wyoming's best high school football team? By Ryan Johnson, Casper Star-Tribune.