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Wranglers put clamps on Riverside Rebels 31-0
Sep 30, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
BASIN -- Shoshoni's defense threw a shutout for the first time since the 2008 season with a 31-0 win over the Riverside Rebels in Basin.
The win moves the Wranglers to 2-2 in West 1-A Conference play and 3-2 overall.
Shoshoni scored four times through the air and added a field goal by senior kicker Josh Thoren while more than doubling the host Rebels in total offense.
The game started slow, and turnovers dominated the contest throughout.
The teams combined for a dozen lost fumbles or interceptions.
The two squads throw the ball more than any other teams in Class 1-A , and both went to the air early.
Shoshoni split duties between junior quarterbacks Tyler Clemetson and Brace Pingetzer, with Clemetson throwing for three touchdowns and Pingetzer adding the other.
The Wranglers lost the ball twice on fumbles and gave up three interceptions, but it was the Shoshoni defense that stood out in this game.
Four different Wrangler defenders intercepted passes from Riverside's Royce Mercer.
The first came on a leaping interception by freshman corner Triston Parrish. He snagged another in the second half and now is one of the interception leaders in Class 1-A.
Defensive lineman Tom Nordwick played the best game of his career. His first interception came off a pass deflected by defensive end Dillon Gies. Nordwick added a pair of tackles for loss and had over a dozen assisted tackles.
Linebacker Dan Sullivan snagged the first pick of his career in the third period and rumbled the ball back 21 yards to set up one of Shoshoni's touchdown drives.
Lawry Johnson plays the corner opposite Parrish and when the Rebels tested his side he added Shoshoni's final interception.
Offensively the Wranglers were very balanced, with 196 on the ground and 152 through the air. Jayden Haslam broke the century mark for the fourth consecutive game, piling up 116 yards on 19 carries.
Sophomore Josh Oaks averaged 10 yards per carry, picking up 50 yards on just five plays.
Shoshoni turned the ball over three times in the opening period but scored early in the second after a long drive on a deft rollout by Clemetson, who found Mason Steffen alone in the end zone on a four-yard scoring play.
Turnovers and penalties plagued the Wranglers in the second. Walker Reynolds recovered a Riverside fumble with three seconds left in the half at the Rebel 25, and Thoren drilled a 42-yard field goal as the gun sounded, ending the half with the Wranglers leading 10-0. The kick was a huge momentum changer, and Shoshoni's offense roared to life in the third. Thoren caught a 14-yard touchdown from Clemetson, and Steffen added another score on a 15-yard Clemetson pass.
The Wranglers have confidence in Thoren, who lined up for a 55-yard attempt early in the fourth period. The ball hit the crossbar and bounced up in the air, landing inches in front of the goal posts.
Shoshoni scored a final time when Brace Pingetzer connected with Lawry Johnson on a 49-yard pass and run. Johnson dragged a Rebel defender into the end zone on the final five yards of the play.
Thoren attempted one more long field goal, this one from 58-yards but the ball sailed high and just to the left of the uprights.
It's Homecoming week for the Wranglers, who host 4-1 Rocky Mountain this Friday at Shoshoni. The Grizzlies suffered their first loss of the season in a 36-0 pummeling by Cokeville last Friday.
SHOSHONI 0 10 14 7 -- 31
RIVERSIDE 0 0 0 0 -- 0
SHO -- Mason Steffen 4-pass from Tyler Clemetson (Josh Thoren kick) 7:39
SHO -- Field goal, Thoren 42 yards :00
SHO -- Thoren 14-pass from Clemetson (Thoren kick) 5:02
SHO -- Steffen 15-pass from Clemetson (Thoren kick) 1:09
SHO - Lawry Johnson 49-pass from Brace Pingetzer (Thoren kick) 6:07
Shoshoni -- 348, Riverside 158
Shoshoni -- 34-196, Riverside 39-78
Shoshoni 11-26-3 152, Riverside -8-23-5 83
Shoshoni -- Jayden Haslam 19-116, Tyler Clemetson 7-17, Josh Oaks 5-50, Micah Mills 2-5, Mason Steffen 1-8; Riverside -- Damion McKim 15-16, Tucker McKim 15-45, Cole Hill2 (-5), Royce Mercer 1-8, Ethan Vigil 6-14
Shoshoni -- Tyler Clemetson 9-15-1 86; Brace Pingetzer 2-11-2 69; Riverside Royce Mercer 8-23-5 83
Shoshoni -- Josh Thorn 3-42, Lawry Johnson 3-56, Jayden Haslam 1-20, Mason Steffen 3-29, Triston Parrish 1-5; Riverside -- Alex Schwede 1-12, Tucker McKim 4-53, Ethan Vigil 1-18
Shoshoni -- Tom Nordwick, Dan Sullivan, Lawry Johnson, Triston Parrish (2); Riverside -- Tucker McKim, Damion McKim (2)