Wranglers play well in defeatOct 8, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
It was a must win game for Shoshoni to earn a postseason playoff berth, but the Wranglers fell 13-6 at Cowley in spite of a tremendous defensive effort.
"That knocked us out of the playoffs," said Shoshoni head coach Tony Truempler. "It was a pretty good defensive battle. We had some mistakes, but the kids played a great game. It was the first time we played defense all year."
The homestanding Grizzlies scored first on a long pass from Ethan Price to Tristan Jewell, who caught the ball and raced 60yards for the opening score.
"We underestimated how fast Jewell was," said Truempler.
Rocky Mountain threw with abandon a week ago against Wind River, but the Wranglers kept pressure on Price all night behind sacks from Levi Coyle, Wyatt Ramsey and Andrew Jennings.
"Our defensive line played great," said Truempler.
In the face of a furious pass rush, the Grizzlies tried to exploit Shoshoni's pressure with screen passes, but Mason Lucas broke up one attempt and intercepted a pair of others in a solid defensive effort.
"They kept trying to throw a screen over him," said Truempler.
A second touchdown on a four-yard run by Ryan Horrocks came after a long reverse that tricked theWranglers defense, leaving Shoshoni facing a 13-0 deficit at the end of the first period.
Kade Fike put Shoshoni on the board in the second period on a two-yard run, capping an effective drive that mixed passes from Tryston Truempler and runs by Wade Cornell and Fike.
From that point on, it was a defensive battle by both teams.
Truempler intercepted a pass to end one Rocky Mountain drive in the end zone, but Shoshoni couldn't get a break on offense.
Ramsey broke open on a 45-yard run from the Wranglers' 20-yard line, but stumbled early in the play and Rocky Mountain was able to catch the speedster downfield via defensive rotation with two minutes left in the contest.
Lucas and Cornell caught passes from Truempler, but the Wranglers stalled on the Rocky side of the field in the third and an apparent Cornell interception was waved off after a line judge called it good, but the lead official overruled the play.
The final gasp by the Wranglers came as Cornell, then Truempler each ran the ball close to the first-down marker, but in spite of requests from Truempler, game officials refused a measurement.
"Cade and Wade ran the ball well," said Truempler. "We did some good things."
Shoshoni makes the short trip across Fremont County to play Wyoming Indian on Friday, while Rocky Mountain makes a much longer trek to Saratoga in a game that will determine who will earn the second seed after Cokeville in the postseason.
Rocky Mountain 13 0 0 0 - 13
Shoshoni0 6 0 0 - 6
RM - Tristan Jewell 60-pass from Ethan Price (Jewell kick)
RM - Ryan Horrocks 4-run (kick failed)
SHO - Kade Fike 2-run (run failed)