Wranglers warm up for season with pair of scrimmagesAug 27, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
A week-zero jamboree in Greybull brought mixed results for the Shoshoni Wranglers on Friday evening.
Shoshoni played solidly against defending Class 1-A state champions Tongue River in the opening half of play, moving the ball well and holding the Eagles scoreless in a 44-0 victory.
"We did very well against Tongue River. We could have easily put three more touchdowns on them," said Shoshoni head coach Tony Truempler. "They're a little short-handed, but have one returning all-state player. We played well on both sides of the ball."
Senior running back Andrew Jennings ran well and scored one touchdown on a long run off-tackle. Fellow senior Wyatt Ramsey didn't score, but he had a couple of long runs. Junior quarterback Wade Cornell scored on two runs, with freshman quarterback Tryston Truempler adding another along with a two-point conversion.
Freshman running back/defensive back Kade Fike had an excellent introduction to high school football, scoring on a pick-six interception and a run.
"Our line played really well against Tongue River. They were tired against Greybull," said Truempler. "Mason Lucas is a machine."
Things didn't go so well against one of the best aerial attacks in all of Wyoming prep football.
"They picked our secondary apart," said Truempler.
Greybull scored 14 points in the first two minutes of the game and passed their way to a quick 32-0 advantage.
Shoshoni's defense stiffened later in the scrimmage and stopped the Buffs at the 10-yard line. As Greybull lined up for an apparent field goal, they ran a fake instead that moved the score to 44-0.
"We couldn'tget anything going -- they're bigger, faster and stronger than we are," said Truempler.
Greybull started to substitute their junior varsity, but each time Shoshoni's offense moved the ball, the Buffs' varsity quickly returned.
"They were still throwing bombs with 3:00 left to play and leading 44-0," said Truempler. "It was enough. I didn't want our kids taking a chance and we walked off the field."
Truempler was pleased with the overall effort.
"I feel a lot better about going to Thermopolis next week. We threw a couple of interceptions but that's a given on a week zero game," said Truempler. "Levi Coyle and Jared Gregory started on defense and played well in their first year of football."