K2 Gridiron Report - Thunder Basin

Submitted: August 24th, 2017

By, Aaron Groff

Keaton Wilkerson, (Sr.) Bolts Quarterback: For some people it was easy. For some people it was difficult. But we all made the choice, we're all here now and we're all Bolts."

The first edition of the Thunder Basin Bolts will look a lot like last season's Campbell County Camels. Aside from All-Conference Quarterback Keaton Wilkerson, every incoming Senior, but one, made the trip South. Super-25 running back Austin Clemetson says he and All-Conference lineman, Jayd Culey, made the decision quickly. They then spoke with the rest of the team. 

Austin Clemetson, (Sr.) Bolts Running Back: "They've been my good friends since Jr. high, and we kind of talked them into it. We weren't that surprised."

It is rare you get this level of familiarity and experience at a new school. Head Coach Trent Pikula noticed that day one. 

Trent Pikula, Bolts Head Coach: "We were able to hit the crowd running, there wasn't much of a learning curve."

It is win now mode at Thunder Basin. The Senior class advancing to at least the semi-finals in their three years at Campbell County, falling short each time. 

Clemetson: "(We came) in to practice with the mindset we're going to be the best team in the state this year. We're going to go get it."

On the way to the playoffs, week 4, September 22nd, playing their old school on their old field. 

Clemetson: "I don't really know. It's going to be weird being on that field."
Wilkerson: "We're with the right group of guys. Its not the colors. Its those guys."

The former Camels striking the field like Bolts of lightning. 

Pikula: "After the first week of practice, I don't think I could have asked for anything more."

Thunder Basin has their first game in school history, Friday August 25th, at home against Cheyenne Central.