FARSON – A perfect season is a rare, treasured feat. Just because Farson-Eden High School had gone undefeated in the regular season, there was no guarantee that it would do the same in the six-man football playoffs. The team aimed for an “unbroken” record all year and just needed four more quarters to solidify it Saturday.
Rematches were common in the 2020 states playoffs, where teams that lost previously to the Pronghorns sought a reversal. The final game Saturday featured such a match-up as Meeteetse wanted revenge in the form of the state title after their singular loss coming at the hands of the Pronghorns.
Due to changes caused by the coronavirus and Farson-Eden securing the top seed in the West, the Pronghorns earned the chance to close their season at home.
It had just started to snow as the Pronghorns took the field to warm up on Saturday. The Longhorns won the coin toss and elected to receive to start the game. The visitors fumbled on that opening driving, and the Pronghorns turned around to take a 6-0 lead after the extra point attempt was no good. They quickly doubled their score to 12-0, though Meeteetse scored in the last minute of the quarter for a 14-8 game.
The home team responded with another scoring drive to start the second quarter, though a blocked kick left the scoreboard at 20-8. After the teams traded multiple turnovers on downs, the Pronghorns scored to their lead, 26-8. The team recovered the ensuing kickoff, but the 18 seconds left on the clock wasn’t enough to score again.
The Longhorn’s offensive silence continued into the second half, with the Pronghorns building their greatest advantage of 42-8. The final quarter, however, would not be as lopsided. The Longhorns scored 22 points in the final quarter to nearly close the gap, but it was not enough to surpass Farson-Eden.
As the final seconds clocked down, Pronghorn fans began to celebrate the fact that another state championship was being added to the school’s legacy and that their team truly was “unbroken.”