Sep 23, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterThe 19 points by the Wranglers are the most allowed by the Panthers since 2009.
SHOSHONI -- It's a series decidedly in favor of Cokeville, with the Shoshoni Wranglers sporting only one win, a 6-0 shutout in 1997, but Friday's 1-A West game at Shoshoni was one of the better encounters between the two schools.
Shoshoni played very well but fell 41-19 in a game much closer than the final score indicated. It featured big plays by both sides, with Cokeville mounting only one sustained drive, an anomaly to its usually patient, potent offense. The Panthers still amassed 330 yards on the ground in 58 attempts.
"This was a win for the program," Shoshoni head coach Rick Lindblad said. "The kids really played hard tonight, and I'm proud of them and their effort."
Shoshoni's offense was much more balanced, with the Wranglers picking up a 313 total yards -- 123 on the ground and 190 through the air. Junior running back Jayden Haslam gained 128 yards on 16 carries to pace the attack.
The Wranglers have the kind of weapon this season that few teams in Wyoming can field in senior kicker Josh Thoren, who put on an impressive display of punting and kicking. After the Wranglers stalled out on their initial drive, Thoren punted a booming 62-yard spiral that arched high above the lights at Bailey Field and drove the startled Cokeville returners back on their heels as the ball sailed over them.
Most of the opening half featured hard running by the Panthers ended by thudding hits from Shoshoni sophomore Walker Reynolds and senior defensive end Dillon Gies. Gies was held constantly in the contest and had his jersey nearly ripped off several times but still played most of the game in the Panther backfield.
Dan Sullivan, J.J. Crichton and Nathaniel Lutz also played well in the box, as Cokeville's relentless run oriented offense came at them off-tackle again and again.
The Panthers' only sustained drive came late in the opening period. Braxton Delgado kept pounding away inside, then surprised the Wranglers on a 35-yard counter to the 11. Four plays later, Brigham Teichert raced in from the 7-yard line to cap the drive. Delgado added the 2-point conversion, and the Panthers led 8-0.
Shoshoni went to the air, with Tyler Clemetson connecting on short passes to Lawry Johnson and Thoren, but the drive stalled. Freshman Tristan Parrish intercepted Cokeville's Jonathan Fiscus on the Panthers' first pass attempt of the game and returned the ball to the 38 as the quarter came to a close.
Clemetson mixed it up with a 17-yard completion to Mason Steffen and another to Johnson. Haslam added eight more on hard runs inside, but the Wranglers stalled at the 28. Thoren set for a field goal of 45 yards with Steffen holding and Lutz snapping, and the kick sailed high above the uprights for three points. The ball landed in the front yard of a house across the street after sailing an estimated 70 yards before hitting the ground.
On the ensuing kickoff Thoren topped the ball over the Cokeville front five, and Casey LaGois recovered it at the 37. Three plays Thoren attempted a 48-yard field goal. This one sailed just inches to the left but landed in the same yard again.
Geis sacked Fiscus on the next series forcing the Panthers to punt but the snap sailed over the punter's head and out of the end zone for a safety, moving the second period score to an improbable 8-5.
Shoshoni's drive from their own 45 ended with Brock Teichert intercepting Clemetson and returning the ball to the Shoshoni 23.
The Wrangler defense held, and the Panthers turned it over on downs. Haslam runs and a pair of receptions by Parrish moved the ball to the 40, but Shoshoni elected to punt.
Thoren's 57-yard punt sailed high again, pinning Cokeville deep. The Panthers broke two plays for over 15 yards then capped the quick drive on a 23-yard run by Brigham Teichert and led 14-5 at the half.
Thoren drove the ball to the 3-yard line on the opening kick of the second, but Shoshoni's coverage broke down and Delgado took the ball 97 yards for another Cokeville score just 17 seconds into the half. The Wranglers had fireworks of their own, with Haslam breaking through a pair of tackles and then outrunning the entire Cokeville defense on an 81-yard scoring run just 18 seconds later. Thoren's conversion pass from Clemetson closed the score to 21-13.
A 24-yard run by Fiscus put the Panthers up 28-13, but Shoshoni had the answer again on an 86-yard fade route from Clemetson to Thoren.
The 6-4 senior leapt high above the Cokeville defender to pull down the ball, broke a tackle, and outran the secondary on a sprint down the east sideline. The conversion failed, but Shoshoni trailed just 28-19 entering the final period.
The last quarter saw Teichert score twice on runs of 25 and 60 yards. The first came after another onside kick attempt by Thoren that Cokeville covered near midfield. The Panther running backs earned their yardage on the drive, with Rusty Walker and Reynolds pounding the backs at the line of scrimmage and Parrish, Johnson and Steffen tackling low and upending them when they made it three or four yards off the ball.
The final 60-yard score came with Shoshoni desperately trying to pull the ball out of Teichert's hands instead of tackling.
Shoshoni's 19 points are the most allowed by the Panthers since losing the 2009 state championship game to Lingle 25-14. Haslam is the first back to rush for more than 100 yards on the Panthers in three seasons as well.
Shoshoni travels to Basin this Friday to play winless Riverside in a key conference game.
SHOHSONI 0 5 14 0 -- 19
CHS 8 6 14 13 -- 41
COK -Brigham Teichert 7-run (Braxton Delgado run) 3:04
SHO - Josh Thoren 45-field goal 9:37
SHO - Safety - punt snapped out of end zone 7:21
COK -Teichert 23-run (kick failed) 2:00
COK - Delgado 97-kickoff return (Jonathan Fiscus kick) 11:43
SHO - Jayden Haslam 81-run (Thoren pass from Tyler Clemetson) 11:25
COK - Fiscus 24-run (Fiscus kick) 7:14
SHO - Thoren 86-pass from Clemetson (pass failed) 1:54
COK - Teichert 25-run (Fiscus kick) 11:52
COK - Teichert 60-run (kick failed) 2:56
Shoshoni 313, Cokeville 380
Shoshoni 20-123, Cokeville 58-330
Shoshoni 190, Cokeville 50
Shoshoni -- Jayden Haslam 16-128, Tristan Parrish 1-7, Caleb Oaks 1-0, Tyler Clemetson 2 (-12)
Cokeville -- Braxton Delgado 28-121, James Teichert 7-24, Jonathan Fiscus 10-40, Brigham Teichert 13-175
Shoshoni -- Tyler Clemetson 15-26-1 190, Brace Pingetzer 0-6-0
Cokeville -- Jonathan Fiscus 3-6-2 50
Shoshoni -- Josh Thoren 6-111, Mason Steffen 1-17, Lawry Johnson 4-30, Tristan Parrish 4-32
Cokeville -- Brigham Teichert 31, Colter Linford 2-19
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