Aug 24, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff WriterInterest is as high as the turnout in Shoshoni this fall. With 36 players on the roster and a strong junior class, Wrangler head coach Rick Lindblad has depth and experience going into this season.
The Wranglers broke a three-year losing streak last season and made the opening round of the Class 1-A playoffs while sporting a 5-4 season and the team hopes to improve on that this year.
Tyler Clemetson leads the offense from his quarterback position and has a plethora of offensive weapons to work with. Senior Micah Mills, junior Jayden Haslam, sophomore Josh Oaks and freshman Tristan Parrish will all get substantial carries at the running back position.
Senior Josh Thoren is a tall 6-foot-4 target at wide receiver, while junior Lawry Johnson returns as the team's possession receiver. Casey Lagois and Mason Steffen were solid receivers a season ago.
The Wrangler offensive line is vastly improved and paced by senior Dillon Geis at guard and all-county junior Nathaniel Lutz at center. J.J. Crichton, Alex Minge and Walker Reynolds have the starting nod, but three other Wranglers are vying for playing time and could break into a starting position.
Assistant coach Tony Trumpler runs the defense, an area which should show much more improvement than the offense this season. A year ago Shoshoni was consistently in the top three each week offensively, but the defense didn't fare as well.
Also assisting this season are Jesse Smith and Drew Peregoy on the offensive line and Max Mills who will run the Wrangler offense.
Shoshoni's zero game with Wyoming Indian was canceled because the Chiefs don't have enough players. Shoshoni opens the regular season at Sundance against a largely unknown combination of Upton and Sundance teams into one Class 1-A squad.
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