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Cheyenne Wells senior Ty Scheler (#12) gives a straight-arm to a Cotopaxi player during first round action in Cheyenne Wells. Scheler went over 1,300 yards rushing for the season during the game.
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No. 4 Cheyenne Wells Advances to State Quarterfinals and Will Take On No. 5 Otis

By Betsy Barnett

November 9, 2022

The Cheyenne Wells Tigers (7-3) moved deeper into the post-season with a 70-25 win over Cotopaxi on Saturday afternoon in Cheyenne Wells. The win advanced them to the quarterfinals round of the 6-man state playoffs where they will host #5 Otis (8-2) on Saturday, November 12.

Against Cotopaxi the Tigers scored on their first possession at just over the nine-minute mark when senior Ty Scheler broke loose for a 49-yard touchdown run. The PAT kick by Jesse Harlow was good and CW had the early 8-0 lead.

Still in the first quarter, the Tiger defense held Cotopaxi and forced a punt. It took just three plays to go 40 yards capped off with a 36-yard touchdown pass play from Scheler to Carson Noe. Again, the PAT kick for two points was good and Cheyenne Wells had a 16-0 lead with just over six minutes left in the first.

Again, the Tiger defense held and forced a Cotopaxi punt. Cheyenne Wells then scored on third down as Scheler took it to the house from 48 yards out. The kick was good again leaving the score after the first quarter at 24-0, the Tigers in full dominating control.

Early in the second quarter it was all Cotopaxi as they rattled off three touchdowns leaving the score at 24-19.

But that would be it, as Tiger head coach Myles Smith turned up the heat with his big dogs and quickly ran the score back up the scoreboard. The Tigers would score five times before the end of the first half leaving the halftime accounting at 62-19.

With 7:19 left in the second quarter Cheyenne Wells moved the ball 48 yards capping it off with a 16-yard touchdown run by Ethen Garay. The Harlow kicking game continued to be perfect leaving the score at 32-19.

After holding Cotopaxi defensively, the Tigers forced a punt and then scored on their first play from scrimmage on a Scheler 54-yard touchdown run. The kick was good for two more points leaving the score at 40-19.

The Tigers then recovered the ball off a Cotopaxi fumble with just over 6 minutes remaining in the first half. That set up a 19-yard passing touchdown from Zach Dickey to Bryson Hyle. The kick was no good, but the CW group had a 46-19 lead.

Cheyenne Wells again stopped Cotopaxi and then took over on downs on the Cotopaxi 37-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage Scheler broke loose again in a 37-yard TD run. Harlow hit the kick and the score was 54-19.

The Tigers managed one more touchdown late in the first half when the Tigers drove the ball for 32 yards down to the 8-yard line where Scheler easily walked in. Harlow stayed accurate and at the two-minute mark the Tigers had the 62-19 lead.

Coach Smith used a number of his younger players quite liberally as they held strong against Cotopaxi in the second half. The Pax would slip by the Tiger defense once, scoring a touchdown. However, they had absolutely no answer for Scheler who ran the ball back in one more time in a 56-yard touchdown run.

Harlow ended up 8-for-9 in PAT kicks, an impressive stat to be sure, scoring 16 points for the Tigers.

The Tigers generated 379 offensive yards on the ground and 79 from the air.

On the ground, Ty Scheler led the way with 323 yards rushing in 16 carries. The senior tallied over 1,300 yards this season in the Cotopaxi game.

Ethen Garay added 41 yards in 8 carries.

From the air the Tigers depended on Zach Dickey who completed 1-for-4 for 19 yards and a touchdown to Bryson Hyle. Scheler was 2-for-5 for 60 yards and a touchdown to Carson Noe.

Jonathon Reyna caught one pass for 24 yards.

Defensively for the Tigers it was Dickey with 11 tackles and one interception.

Trey Scheler added 8 tackles and had 5 sacks for 45 yards in lost yardage for Cotopaxi.

Ty Scheler added 5 tackles.

Noe had 4 tackles.

Chason Turner added one sack and one fumble recovery.

Coach Myles Smith continues to find ways to adjust to a season that has been injury-riddled. First the Tigers lost their quarterback and a leading rusher in senior Blake Gilmore midway through the season. Gilmore had already contributed 209 yards and 14 completions when he was hurt. A week ago the Tigers lost their second quarterback as Perry Chadwick broke his arm. Chadwick had accumulated 406 yards and 22 completions after he came in for Gilmore.

Smith is now leaning on Dickey and Scheler to run the offense for the Tigers.

Next up is a tough match-up with #5 Otis. The Bulldogs defeated Sierra Grande 55-13 in the first round of the playoffs. The game will be on Saturday in Cheyenne Wells.

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