Wyoming Cavalry

Years of Existence: 2011-
Venue: Casper Events Center (Casper, WY)
2011 - Playoff appearance
2012 -
2013 -
2014 -
Lifetime Record: 15-42
Home: 10-18
Away: 5-24
Playoffs: 0-1
Average Attendance: 2,423

The Wyoming Cavalry joined the IFL in 2011 after leaving the defunct AIFA. Due to a scheduling quirk, the Cavalry did not play their first home game until four games into the season. The quarterback situation was mostly Joe McClain's spot for the year, but Matt Strand did play a significant role. McClain passed for 1,189 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 15 picks, while Strand added 898 yards, 19 scores and four picks. McClain was the better of the two on the ground, accounting for six scores and 190 yards, while Strand netted -2 rushing yards and scored three times. Dante Dudley led all wide receivers with 764 yards and 16 scores, while Brooks Charlton checked in with ten scores and 306 yards of his own. Four of the last five regular season games were wins for the Cavalry, but they would hold at the sixth and final playoff seed, going 9-5. The Cavalry took to the road to Allen, Texas. After taking an early 10-0 lead, Allen rallied to take a 20-13 halftime lead. The two teams would trade a single touchdown in the third quarter and Allen won 27-20 in a game that saw saw Matt Strand throw for five interceptions, while Allen quarterback Kewan Dewberry threw for four. Over the next two seasons, Wyoming would only compile five wins against 23 losses. Matt Strand quarterbacked the 2012 season. In 2012, he passed for 3,057 yards, 66 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. His leading receiver for the year was Jasonus Tillery, who racked up 1,051 yards and 27 scores. The team was outscored by an average of 55-42 on the season and only had three losses by seven points or less. The Cavalry did defeat Omaha, Nebraska, and New Mexico twice in a 4-10 campaign. 2013 proved to be a worse year for the franchise, as Wyoming would go 1-13, being outscored by an average of 23 points per game. With the departure of Matt Strand, no quarterback really took over. Time was split between Barney O'Donnell, Brendan Crawford, and Stephan Panasuk. Panasuk threw for 12 scores, but 13 picks. The other two combined for 27 scores and 14 balls to opponents. Troy Evans was the 2013 top receiver for the Cavalry, amassing 728 yards and 16 touchdowns. The lone victory on the year came against Tri-Citirs, 36-34. The Cavalry returned in 2014 with stability at quarterback, but no improved results on the field. Sam Burley quarterbacked all fourteen games for Wyoming, throwing for 2,274 yards, 43 touchdowns and 19 picks. His top target was Samuel Charles, who caught 22 scores on 79 receptions and 849 yards. The Cavalry had 13 rushing scores on the season, but allowed 59. Opponents scored 64 red zone touchdowns in 78 opportunities. Wyoming was out scored by an average of 35 points per game. The lone victory came against Texas, 28-24 and the Cavs almost strung two wins together, but fell to Colorado the next week by a point.