Shoshoni rebuilding for new grid season; tough early slateAug 22, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
Don't write off the Shoshoni Wranglers just yet.
The Wranglers graduated a tremendous class of football players a season ago that reached the Class 1-A state semifinal game against eventual state champion Tongue River last November, but weapons remain for head coach Tony Truempler.
The Wranglers have 29 boys out for football, with nine seniors and nine sophomores bringing depth to the field.
Senior Wyatt Ramsey is one of the fastest players in the entire state and at 185 pounds can be a devastating runner in the open field. Joining him in the backfield is Andrew Jennings, who emerged late in the 2016 season as a solid running back.
Junior Wade Cornell plays quarterback in Truempler's modified single-wing offense behind a big line that includes returning starters Brooks Woody, Manny Gonzalez, Tristan Boysen and all-state tackle Mason Lucas.
Levi Coyle is recovered from an injured knee and will start at center.
Sophomores Wyatt Weaver and Kaden DeWitt both started on defense a season ago and bring experience back to the defensive side of the ball.
"We look for a lot of help from our sophomores," Truempler said.
Assistants Brady Slack and Drew Peregoy are gone from the staff, but experienced coach and high school principal Carl Rice will assist this season, along with Jody Good.
"It's going good so far," Truempler said. "We can be all right. We just have to keep everyone healthy. We don't have the depth this year."
With the Wyoming High School Activities Association's emphasis on finding geographically close opponents to reduce travel time, the Wranglers fell into a very challenging schedule. A week-zero battle at Class 2-A runner-up Greybull opens the season, followed by games against 2-A Thermopolis in Hot Springs County and Shoshoni's home opener against 2016 Class 2-A semifinalist Lovell.
The Wranglers conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule on the road at defending Class 1-A champion Tongue River.
They open the conference season Sept. 22 against the vastly improved Wind River Cougars.
The home games will be a bit brighter with additional lights added to the poles surrounding the new field.
Truempler sees Cokeville as the early conference favorite with Shoshoni, Wind River and Rocky Mountain battling for a first-round playoff berth.
Statewide defending Class 2-A champion Big Horn has dropped to Class 1-A and will be a force as well.