Wranglers ready to go for new seasonAug 23, 2016 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
Shoshoni is looking to build on an undefeated regular season last year.
Shoshoni head coach Tony Truempler lost a pair of all-state players in Connor Wilkinson and Patrick Forster a season ago, but returns a bevy of talented juniors on another quest for a Class 1-A West football championship.
The Wranglers finished the regular season 8-0in 2015 before falling to Southeast Goshen in the opening round of the playoffs.
Shoshoni has a chance to avenge that loss in Goshen County in the second week of the season and it's been on Trumpler's mind for a long time.
"It's become a quest for me," said Truempler. "We've never beaten them since I've been here and they're always a solid football team. We can use our speed now that they have artificial turf. "
Before the Wranglers make the long trek to Yoder, they have a stiff challenge in week zero in a controlled scrimmage with Class 2-A Greybull at home.
Shoshoni opens the regular season against Big Piney at home. The Wranglers edged the Punchers in come-from-behind fashion a season ago, 14-13 and Class 2-A Big Piney will be another strong challenge.
After those three challenging contests, Shoshoni hosts defending state champion Upton-Sundance in their final non-conference game of the season.
Truempler is again assisted by Drew Peregoy, Brady Slack and Jody Good.
The Wranglers have a talented senior class in Jason Thoren, J.J. Pingetzer, Coleter Jordan, Zac Pickinpaugh, Anthony Cousineau, Pat Cornell, Gary Medicine Cloud andCole Cash.
Junior speed merchant Wyatt Ramsey will be a mainstay in the backfield, while fellow juniors Dalton Robidoux, Manny Hernandez, Graceland Lebeau and Andrew Jennings will all start or see substantial playing time.
Freshman Kaden Dewitt and Ray Berg have had an excellent pre-season and should see a lot of time as well.
"The freshmen are really a pleasant surprise, they spent a lot of time with us this summer in open gym," said Truempler. "They are really committed. It was nice."
On the field, the Wranglers will return to similar formations and schemes from a year ago.
Perhaps the biggest twist will be Thoren moving from quarterback in certain situations, with Cornell taking the snap.
Truempler has a lot of choices at receiver and whoever is quarterbacking will find big targets in the opposition's secondary.
"We have five receivers over six feet tall and six if Pickinpaugh goes to tight end," Truempler said. "We'll add a couple of new formations down the road a long way."
In the west, Cokeville is back and remains the team to beat in small-school football.
"Everyone else will be better. Rocky Mountain is always tough and Wind River is much improved," said Truempler. "Our first four weeks of our schedule will test us right away."