Cougars shut out by Outlaws, 49-0Sep 17, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
If it wasn't for bad luck, the Wind River Cougars would have no luck at all.
Wind River played a physical style of football against unbeaten Class 3-A Rawlins in the first-ever meeting between the Class 1-A Cougars and the Outlaws on a slick, wet Leroy Sinner Field at Pavillion on Friday.
Rawlins exploded for 28 unanswered points in the second period en route to a 49-0 win.
Wind River's defense tackled well, their offense moved the ball at key times and they were flagged for only 50 total yards on six penalties, but they couldn't hold onto the ball.
Wind River lost nine fumbles and was intercepted once for a total of 10 turnovers.
The wet field conditions were largely to blame, but the Cougars failed to execute at key times, missing blocks, dropping handoffs and turning the ball over on key fourth-down punting situations.
The Cougars recovered four Rawlins fumbles, but couldn't generate any offense after each turnover.
The Outlaws were devastating through the air behind sophomore quarterback Quentin Romero.
The 5-foot-7 Romero completed just eight passes on the game, but they connected deep in Wind River's secondary for 199 total yards through the air.
The Cougars secondary of Julian Guina, Kage Vogel, Jordan Kline and particularly, Dalton Finley, knocked down a dozen passes on the night, but Romero connected with Jasper Martinez and Lorenzo Ebell for scores of 30, 61 and 27 yards through the air.
The Cougars found a short pass combination with Morgan Miller gaining a pair of first downs on looping passes to the flat from Dillon Cachelin, but they were unable to hold onto the ball long enough to sustain a drive.
R.J. Salazar played well on the defensive line, as did freshman Kaden Dower, who tallied a pair of sacks and forced a Rawlins fumble.
Perhaps the best play of the game for Wind River came with three minutes left to play when Dalton Finley split a pair of Rawlins defenders, jumped three feet off the ground and snagged a Cachelin pass for a nine-yard gain and Wind River's final first down.
The Cougars had a tough preseason schedule with losses to Big Piney, who may be the best team in Class 2-A this season, along with a close contest with the Class 4-A sophomores from Natrona.
They finished the preseason playing two divisions up against an opponent they would never face if scheduling were an easier thing to do in Wyoming.
Wind River travels to Shoshoni next Friday for their annual donnybrook with their Fremont County rivals.
Both teams enter the game with three losses against zero wins.
A win gives the victorious team the inside track towards the postseason.
Rawlins 7 28 8 6 - 49
Wind River 0 0 0 0 - 0
RAW - Damon Taylor 7-run (Bryce Jerome kick) 5:42
RAW - Jasper Martinez 9-run (Jerome kick) 10:13
RAW - Taylor 20-run (Jerome kick) 4:41
RAW - Martinez 30-pass from Quentin Romero(Jerome kick) 3:43
RAW - Kaden Forney 1-run (Jerome kick) :24
RAW - Lorenzo Ebell 61-pass from Romero (Forney run) 5:51
RAW - Ebell 27-pass from Romero (run failed) 8:01
Total Offense: Wind River - 112, Rawlins 260.
Individual Rushing: Wind River - Dillon Cachelin 5-0, Kage Vogel 5-23, Julian Guina 1-3, Morgan Miller 3-3, Jeriko Martinez 7-23. Rawlins - Damon Taylor 15-48, Kadin Forney 4-12, Robert Flores 1-1.
Passing: Wind River - Dillon Cachelin 8-20-1-68. Rawlins -- Quentin Romero 6-14-0-199.
Receiving: Wind River - Dalton Finley 3-21, Morgan Miller 3-39, Julian Guina 1-3, Kage Vogel 1-5; Rawlins - Bryce Jerome 2-50, Hunter Pixler 2-23, Jasper Martinez 1-38, Lorenzo Ebell 2-88.
Penalties: Wind River 6-50, Rawlins 9-91.