Sheridan’s Dane Steel wins state’s Gatorade football honors

Dane Steel made it three in a row for the Sheridan Broncs.

The senior standout on Tuesday was named the Wyoming Gatorade Football Player of the Year. Sheridan’s Colson Coon won the honor the previous two seasons.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Steel excelled all over the field for Sheridan this past fall in helping lead the Broncs (12-0) to their third consecutive Class 4A state championship. Sheridan has won 31 consecutive games.

This past season Steel caught 44 passes for 970 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 368 yards and eight scores. He also returned six punts for touchdowns and had a 99-yard kickoff return for a TD. Steel finished with 1,996 all-purpose yards and 26 touchdowns in earning 4A offensive player of the year honors.

He also was named the 4A defensive player of the year after finishing with 35 tackles, six interceptions and two pick-sixes. It was the second year in a row Steel was named the classification’s top defensive player.

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Steel, a two-time Star-Tribune super 25 selection, signed with Montana State last month. He is expected to play wide receiver for the Bobcats.

In the state championship game — a 31-3 victory over Cheyenne East on Nov. 11 at the University of Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium — Steel finished with 187 all-purpose yards, including a 67-yard touchdown reception. Defensively, he had five tackles, including 1.0 tackle for loss and an interception.

According to the Gatorade press release, Steel is a member of his school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and a WHSAA Student Advisory Council member. He also has volunteered as an adaptive physical education peer helper and on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America/WYO Rodeo Pancake Breakfast.

He is the 11th Sheridan player to receive the state’s Gatorade honor and the fifth in the past six years, joining Parker Christensen (2019), Garrett Coon (2020) and Colson Coon (2021-22).

Steel also is a two-time state champion wrestler and an all-state soccer player for the Broncs.

Follow sports editor Jack Nowlin on Twitter @wyovarsity

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