Results for Top Rivalry 2012
These two teams met for the 48th time this season with Natrona leading the series 36-12. Former vice president Dick Cheney once played for Natrona County in this game, which is called the Oil Bowl.
This rivalry kicked off in 1909 and has now been played 128 times; the most of any rivalry in the state (Central leads 64-58-6). The most memorable game was in 1955. Laramie won 18-14 to claim the Class AA championship, but Cheyenne Central filed a protest claiming "timing irregularities" gave Laramie an unfair advantage. Although the protest was eventually tossed out, the timekeeper that day, Edwin Hitchcock, died just days after the game due to a heart attack.
These two teams met for the 66th time this season in the state semifinals, with Campbell County winning to take the two-game sweep this season. Sheridan leads 38-27-1 in the game that is called The Energy Bowl, because of the large coal mines around the towns.