2017 Coaches Comments



We had a great Winter and Spring of lifting and nearly all of our players participate in multiple sports.  That is really the key.  Learning in competitive situations and working hard.  Our Spring Ball was awesome, fast, crisp and snappy with older guys mentoring younger guys.  We had two great camps.  We took 9-12 graders to Black Hills State University and then took our Varsity to the Chadron State team camp.  We played more football in those 7 days than any team in America.   Our guys got up in the morning and went to work every M, W, F in the weight room.  The dedication and commitment of your Mustangs is impressive.   We are developing strength, quickness, and stamina.   Our Senior retreat "Camp Victory", was fantastic.  

Fall Camp:

Fall Camp opened on Monday, August 7th at 12:01 am with our Seniors participating in "Midnight Madness."  Seniors and Coaches took the final steps to be ready for the 150 underclassmen who reported at 7am.   What a great way to start the season.  The weather has been awesome!  With the late start of school we can actually practice in the morning in a combined format from 7am to Noon.  We are having one of the best fall camps in recent memory.  Our Seniors are doing a great job of leading our team.   Enthusiasm is high as well as expectation.  The beauty of high school football is that everyone grows up.  The young guys who go through this transformation in such a short time are amazing.  It is humbling to be a part of it and witness it. You can read about all the 4A teams in a preseason preview at Article 1 
Cheyenne South:
South is coming off its best year in its short history.  However, they graduated a talented Sr. class and are one of the youngest teams in 4A.  They have a veteran coach and run the wing T.  It will be great to start the season at home.   We got off to a very fast start and earned the victory.  We will continue to improve and get better.  You can read about the game at  Article 1  Article 2
Big changes in Gillette this year.  This resilient town which is the energy capital of America is committed to the future and its young people and has opened a 2nd high school.  Many of what would be returners have transferred to the new school Thunder Basin.  Thus Gillette is a very young team.  Their kids, coaches, and parents are committed and will battle hard this season against tough competition.  Young Camels will soon be Old Camels and the Mustangs take our hat off to the grit and determination their team showed. Article 1  Pictures
Another great Natrona rival.  We traveled to Sheridan for a rematch of last years State Championship game. Sheridan returns much of its championship team and we knew it would be a hard-fought contest.  It was perhaps the best game of all time for spectators to watch.  The kids on both sides battled back and forth and the game went into overtime with your Mustangs kicking a FG and the Broncs answering with a TD.  It was an exciting game and we improved tremendously but we have so much improvement left in us.  It was a great crowd and we appreciate everyone's support.  Article 1  Article 2
After a short lightning delay the game continued and the Mustangs continued to improve.  We are getting better every week.  Thanks to everyone who traveled to Laramie.   You can read about the game at  Article 1
Cheyenne East:
Homecoming week at Natrona County, we had a great week of practice and continue to get better.  It was a great crowd and we appreciate everyone's support.  What a great HS football game.  East came to town with an unbeaten record.  Both teams worked hard and the Mustangs worked to earn a hard-fought victory.  You can read about the game at Article 1  Article 2
Thunder Basin:
The Mustangs traveled to Gillette to play Wyoming's newest high school Thunder Basin(formerly South Campus).  We had a doubleheader as the Soph's earned a tough 6-0 victory.  It was the first "windy" game we have had with a strong and steady South breeze.  It was a good win and we showed some real growth, particularly in the 2nd half.  We are continuing to get better.  Enjoy the journey as it is going fast.  You can read about the game at Article 1
Oil Bowl:
The 53rd Oil Bowl will be played at Mustang Stadium.  Both teams have a lot to play for.  The Trojans have their best record since 2009.  Kickoff is scheduled at 6 pm.  We really played well, solid in all phases and earned a 31-0 shutout of the Trojans.  Lots of great performances.  You can read about it at. Article 1  Article 2  Article 3
Cheyenne Central:
The Indians and Mustangs resume one of the states oldest rivalries.  We traveled to play in Cheyenne and really got off to a nice start and cruised to a good win.  We established a new school record in the game and continue to improve.  You can read about the game at Article 1
Rock Springs:
Senior Night is always a special night.  Our FB seniors and families are recognized before the game and the Band, Cheer, Dance and ROTC seniors are recognized at halftime.  We continue to improve.  The key is to stay humble and focused on our team and keep improving every day.  You can read about the game at Article 1  Article 2  
Laramie Qtr-Final's:
We secured the 2 seed and will host the Plainsmen.  They have several good players and we are working hard to get ready.  Another solid game by the Mustangs.  Congrats on the playoff win.  You can read about the game at  Article 1  Article 2 
East Semi-Final Championship:
We host a very good East team in the Semis.  We are working hard and it will be interesting to see how the two teams have evolved over the season.  Our guys really came out and rolled.  We played great football and worked for a 44-0 shutout.  You can read the preview at Article 1  Article 2 Article 3
Sheridan State Championship:
We had a good week and a pretty good trip, we were a little behind schedule all day and that is my fault.  Very few games where you dominate and get beat.  Unfortunately we tasted that.  A fumble that we created early for a TD was called an incomplete pass and we had too many turnovers along with the big return to start the game was too much to overcome.  Particularly when you are playing a good team like Sheridan.  I am proud of our guys, they did it the right way and put in the work.  Thank you to everyone for your support.   Article 1  Article 2
Thank you for your support and More Later.

Thanks for checking in.   Trust that we will do our best, hang together, protect each other, inspire each other and strengthen each other as we make this a season of growth.  I can't tell you what a blessing it is to work for these kids at NCHS.  "All Hail to Casper High" and remember that "Every Day is a Great Day to be a Mustang."


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Coach Harshman

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