2019 Video Snapshot: Wyoming

Wyoming is a juggernaut that is here to stay. Coming off an undefeated season and a state title, this team has the pieces to go back to back.

Starting with Evan Prater, the reigning CHL Offensive Player of the Year and University of Cincinnati commit, the Cowboys will have their man back at the most important position on the field.

Wyoming has won a staggering 84 percent of their games since head coach Aaron Hancock took over. Hancock though credits his players for much of that success.

“We have tough, hardworking kids that are committed to the team and committed to getting better every day,” Hancock claimed.

He knows that there is a lot of hype surrounding this team and program, but he reiterated that they are focused on this year and is excited for the new challenges that lie ahead.

Division IV, Region 16
2018 RECORD: 15-0, 7-0 CHL – Division IV State Champions
COACH: Aaron Hancock (72-13 at Wyoming, seven years; 72-13 overall)

Evan Prater, Sr, QB: Prater was simply sensational last season. He racked up 3,969 yards of total offense (2,181 pass, 1,788 rush), accounted for 60 touchdowns (32 rush, 28 pass) and only had six turnovers on his way to being named OPSWA Ohio Division IV, Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-TSF.

Cam O’Gara, Sr, TE/LB: A starter since his freshman year, O’Gara has 347 total tackles (236 solo), four sacks, three fumble recoveries, four interceptions and a pick six in his career. He also has 20 receptions for 299 yards and three touchdowns on offense. A 2018 Second Team All-CHL selection, O’Gara’s offers include Morehead State, Chicago and Johns Hopkins.

Harrison Shepherd, Sr, DL/OL: The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder was a Second Team All-CHL selection after tallying 63 total tackles, 7.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries as a junior. Shepherd has offers from Eastern Michigan, Yale, Cornell, Tennessee Tech and Chicago.

Joop Mitchell, Jr, WR/DB: In his first year as a starter, Mitchell recorded 56 total tackles and had a pair of interceptions. He was named Second Team All-CHL for his work.

AJ Washienko, Sr, K: Connected on 79-of-83 extra points, including 63 of his last 64 attempts earning Second Team All-CHL honors in 2018.

Elijah McGee, Sr, RB/LB: Racked up 245 yards with two touchdowns rushing, was in on 29 total tackles and had a 62-yard pick six as a junior. McGee was named Honorable Mention All-CHL for the effort. He has an offer from Mount Saint Joseph.

Brennan Pagan, Jr, WR/DB: An Honorable Mention All-CHL selection as a sophomore, Pagan amassed 278 yards of total offense and four touchdowns on 31 touches. On defense, he was in on 29 total tackles with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Sam Martin, Sr, OL/DL: The unheralded Martin recorded 29 total tackles with a sack and a fumble recovery in2018.

Sam Taylor, Sr, WR/DB: Will play a bigger role as a receiver and in the secondary as a senior.

Jared Hancock, So, RB/LB: The coach’s son, played in 12 games and recorded 29 total tackles as a freshman. He will be in the backfield rotation as well in 2019.

Coach Hancock believes a quartet of players senior WR/DB Will Schuehler, juniors OL/DL Christopher Guest, RB/DL Beau Thomas and sophomore OL/DL Coben Wellman can come in and contribute right away. Guest was in on 36 tackles and had a fumble recovery last fall. Thomas played in eight contests. He ran for a touchdown and had a sack.

(24 appearances, 24-22) – 2018 (State Champion), 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009 (Regional Champion), 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998 (Regional Champion), 1997, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1988, 1977 (State Champion), 1975 (State Runner-up)

Fri – 08/30/19 – at Columbus Academy – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/06/19 – TAFT – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/13/19 – at Mount Healthy – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/20/19 – at Reading – 7:00 PM
Fri – 09/27/19 – at Mariemont – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/04/19 – MADEIRA – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/11/19 – DEER PARK – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/18/19 – at Finneytown – 7:00 PM
Fri – 10/25/19 – TAYLOR – 7:00 PM
Fri – 11/01/19 – INDIAN HILL – 7:00 PM

Just how good was Wyoming in 2018? The Cowboys held all 15 of their opponents to 17 points or less. Wyoming’s average margin of victory was 34.4 points per contest. They scored 42 points or more nine times.

The 2018 Wyoming High School Cowboys team finished the season as undefeated OHSAA Division IV state champions with a 15-0 record. This was the first state title in 41 years for the program.

The Cowboys finished the regular season undefeated for the third consecutive year and qualified for the OHSAA playoffs for the sixth season in a row. Wyoming is on a 31-game, regular-season winning streak, which is currently the longest in Ohio.

Wyoming also finished as #1 in the final Ohio AP Division IV poll. They were Cincinnati Hills League Champions for the third consecutive season and earned the fifth league title in the last six years. During the last three seasons, this group of players has won more games than any during program’s 100-year history.

Wyoming has a very rich tradition of football. They have the highest all-time winning percentage in Ohio high school football history. The Cowboys have earned 34 conference championships, 24 playoff appearances, five regional titles, one state runner-up and two state titles. The Wyoming football program currently has 703 wins in its 100-year history.

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