Junior Damien Molzahn and sophomore Drake Lamp were Lusk’s only two players named to the 1A All-State football team – the second such honor for both players. The team was filled with mostly Big Horn players with 13, and runner up Cokeville garnering eight. From there, the numbers just didn’t work out for any more Tigers this year.
Molzahn anchored the defense again, finishing second in 1A with 17.9 defensive points-per-game. He led NCHS with 143 defensive points, 90 tackles, 29 solo tackles, 9 tfl and was named to the Casper Star Tribune Super 25 Third team. Lamp continued his climb up the hallowed list of great Tiger rushers with 926 yards on 149 atts (4 TDs). Lamp missed two games with a knee injury that lingered the rest of the season- yet still produced the sixth (276 yds at Newcastle) and 14th (238 vs Southeast) highest single-game totals in school history. Just nine Tigers have ran for 2,000+ yards in their career and Lamp is 216 yards away from becoming the tenth.
Molzahn and Lamp were joined on the 1A East All-Conference team by senior Teagan Tschacher, junior James Stone and sophomore Jasper Caldera. Honored on the second team was junior Wyatt Stauffer, sophomore Ryan Bruegger and freshman Dylan Molzahn. Honorable mentions went to senior Jacob Miller and junior Tanner Carpenter.
The senior parents put on a meal of ham, cheesy potatoes, salads and desert before coaches Ryan Nelson, Chris Skeen and Mark Kupke gave out team awards. Tschacher, Damien Molzahn, Stone and managers Dani Kant and Ali McElroy earned their third letter. Miller, Stauffer, Dmitri Richards, Bruegger, Caldera, Lamp and Aric Eaton received their second. Senior Declan Jensen, Carpenter, Kade Clark and frosh Dylan Molzahn, Walker Kupke, Mason Wells, Riley Blackburn and manager Camdon Fitzwater all earned their first.
Team Captains as voted by the players were Tschacher, Damien Molzahn and Lamp. Coach Nelson gave out more Ironman hoodies than any recent year with eight players not missing a practice or game. Damien Molzahn won his third while Stone and Stauffer their second. The first timers included Carpenter, Bruegger, Caldera, Kupke and Dylan Molzahn. Lamp and Dylan Molzahn won the Tiger Challenge as Lamp had the best punt and 40 yd time and Molzahn longest pass and longest kick.