Wranglers bashed by Bobcats, 48-0Sep 3, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
The schools are separated by Wyoming's most spectacular canyon and a scant 33 miles of winding highway, but Friday's 48-0 blowout of Shoshoni by Thermopolis was only the second meeting between the two schools in varsity competition.
Shoshoni has played the Thermopolis junior varsity or freshman teams a dozen times since 1929.
Shoshoni won the only previous meeting 10-8 in 1987 on a still-standing school record 54-yard field goal by German exchange student Manfred Roenz.
Thermopolis literally ran over the Wranglers with a ground game that averaged over 10 yards per carry with 268 yards on 26 runs, withmuch of that yardage coming from Bobcats freshman Logan Cole.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound power back gained 178 yards on just 13 carries and displayed deceptive speed for such a big back, scoring three touchdowns in the game.
Positive yardage of any kind was difficult for the Wranglers on Friday in Hot Springs County.
Shoshoni had negative yards in the opening period and their single-wing attack was stuffed repeatedly with Thermopolis defenders deep in the backfield.
Shoshoni finished the first period with -2 yards of total offense and they were tackled for loss on six of their 15 running plays.
However, Thermopolis didn't have any difficulty finding running room for the powerful Cole or the fleet-footed Chandler Maddock.
The duo dashed the Wranglers for 106 yards in the opening period, with quarterback Cullen Becher adding another 10 on a rollout.
Facing a potential blowout, the Wranglers defense stiffened and held the Bobcats at their own 14-yard line, tackling Cole just a yard short of a first down.
But, the possible rally from a solid defensive stand evaporated when a punt snap sailed over Andrew Jennings' head and he was swarmed under at the 3-yard line.
Cole rumbled in from there and the Wranglers trailed 22-0 after one.
Shoshoni moved the ball better in the second, with Jennings picking up a couple of first downs behind solid blocking from Mason Lucas, but they couldn't put a drive together and had to punt twice more.
The Bobcats kept the Wranglers defense honest with sporadic passing from Becher, who finished the night with a respectable seven of 10 completions, three scores through the air and one on the ground.
Trailing 36-0 at the half, the Wranglers were gashed again early in the third period when Becher connected with Kolby George on a 31-yard pass.
Cole put the mercy rule into effect two minutes later on a breakaway 55-yard run down the east sideline.
It doesn't get any easier for either team next week with Shoshoni hosting a talented Class 2-A Lovell team and Thermopolis facing second-ranked Greybull in Big Horn County.
THERMOPOLIS 22 14 12 0 - 48
SHOSHONI 0 0 0 0 - 0
THM - Jarron Mortimore 5-pass from Cullen Becher (Logan Cole run) 8:05
THM - Cole 7-run (Chandler Maddock pass from Becher) 7:14
THM - Cole 3-run (pass failed) 1:26
THM - Maddock 14-run (Becher run) 8:31
THM - Becher 7-run (run failed) 4:50
THM - Kolby George 31-pass from Becher (pass failed) 10:41
THM - Cole 55-run (run failed) 8:19
Individual rushing: Thermopolis -Cullen Becher - 5-17, Chandler Maddock 6-63, Logan Cole 13-178, Dustin Harvey 2-10; Shoshoni - Andrew Jennings 21-45, Wyatt Ramsey 13-21, Wade Cornell 12 (-12), James Knigge 1-0, Kade Fike 2-5
Individual passing: Thermopolis - Cullen Becher 7-10 107, Jonathan Harvey 0-1-1 0, Shoshoni - Wade Cornell 0-4 0
Individual receiving: Thermopolis - Jarron Mortimore 2-13, Chandler Maddock 1-8, Logan Cole 1-20, Dustin Harvey 1-19, Kolby George 2-47
Rushing offense: Thermopolis 26-268; Shoshoni 51-59
Total offense: Thermopolis 375; Shoshoni 59
Interceptions: Shoshoni - Dylan Konija