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Wranglers climb to 4-2 with 40-22 win over over Rocky
Oct 7, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports Writer
SHOSHONI -- If you like offense, then Shoshoni was the place to be Friday night as the Wranglers moved into sole possession of third place in the Class 1-A west after winning a 40-22 shootout over the visiting Rocky Mountain Grizzlies.
Rocky opened the season on a four-game win streak but reality hit the Grizzlies hard with a walloping by Cokeville last week and a Shoshoni offense that they had no answer for. Both teams stand at 4-2 in league play with two games remaining.
Shoshoni amassed a season-high 492 total yards and for the first time this season played without a single turnover, an affliction that had cost the Wranglers many times earlier in the year.
Rocky Mountain ground out 300 yards rushing behind 148 yard from Jacob Jones in very balanced running attack.
Both teams could have garnered much more but a plethora of penalties erased long runs, passes and ended third-down attempts. A combined 27 flags, with 19 thrown on the home-standing Wranglers and eight on the Grizzlies, didn't call back any touchdowns but did end two drives by Shoshoni that began with a first and goal and ended 25 to 30 yards back on repeated penalties.
"I'm proud of the kids' efforts tonight. They played very well in spite of all the adversity," Shoshoni head coach Rick Lindblad said.
Shoshoni junior Jayden Haslam had his best night running the ball on the season. He had more yardage against Wind River, but power running and quick sprints to the perimeter with no turnovers were a highlight.
The Wranglers found the end zone early in the opening period on a sliding catch by junior Mason Steffen at the goal line from fellow junior Tyler Clemetson. The four-yard scoring play ended a short drive that featured Haslam carrying the ball on seven of eight plays.
Rocky stalled on the ensuing drive, and the punt snap sailed high over the punter. Wrangler Dillon Gies recovered at the 32.
Clemetson had his best numbers of the season as well, throwing for 201 yards on 13 of 24 attempts. A pair of completions to Josh Thoren and three runs by Clemetson and Haslam set up a 10-yard scoring pass from Clemetson to Thoren, and the Wranglers led 12-0 late in the first.
Rocky Mountain has a solid running attack, but the passing game is inconsistent. Jones carried the ball on most plays, but when the Wranglers keyed on him the Grizzlies countered with cutback runs from Ethan Landers and Cannon Simmons.
The Grizzlies capped an 80-yard drive with a Jones run to close the gap to 12-6.
Shoshoni added one more score before the half on a 39-yard drive that featured a pair of pass to Thoren and a key counter by Lawry Johnson. Clemetson found Thoren in the back of the end zone with just seven seconds left in the half on a five-yard pass, and Shoshoni led 18-6.
Thoren placed the ball high and short on an onside kick that Josh Oaks ran under and covered at the Rocky 40-yard line.
The half ended with Thoren attempting a 60-yard field goal.
The ball flew straight but landed just short directly below the crossbar, ending the half.
Seemingly endless penalties hampered play in the third period, but Haslam put another score on the board with a 13-yard power run that featured the big back breaking six tackles en route to the end zone. Clemetson added the conversion run, and Shoshoni held a comfortable 26-6 advantage going into the final period.
Offense, tempers and penalties hit a game high in the final 12 minutes, with Rocky Mountain scoring on the opening play of the fourth on a two-yard Jones run. Ethan Landers added the conversion run, moving the score to 26-14.
Shoshoni made a statement on the next series, with Micah Mills picking up 59 yards on four carries before Haslam powered in from the 5. Johnson added the conversion on a counter.
Rocky Mountain tried to hit receivers in the flat all night and on the ensuing possession Gies read the play perfectly from defensive end, deflected the ball to himself and raced 44-yards with the interception for Shoshoni's final score.
Rocky Mountain added a final score on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Kirby Winland. SHS recovered the onside kick.
With the Wranglers trying to run out the clock, Rocky began chop blocking the offensive line and upended several Shoshoni players, including a devastating blast on Clemetson.
With all nine defenders in the box on a blind blitz, Clemetson hit Johnson in the flat for a 30-yard gain that shut down the pressure and ended the contest.
Shoshoni entertains Saratoga this Friday at 6 p.m. and Rocky hosts Burlington in a game that will either determine the final playoff picture in the conference or knot Shoshoni, Burlington and Rocky in a three-way tie for second place.
SHOSHONI 12 6 8 14 -- 40
RMHS 0 6 0 16 -- 22
SHO - Mason Steffen 4-pass from Tyler Clemetson (kick blocked) 6:51
SHO - Josh Thoren 10-pass from Clemetson (run failed) 2;11
RM - Jacob Jones 2-run (pass failed) 7:50
SHO - Thoren 5-pass from Clemetson (run failed) :07
SHO - Jayden Haslam 13-run (Clemetson run) 7:13
RM - Jones 2-run (Ethan Landers run) 11:57
SHO - Haslam 5-run (Lawry Johnson run) 6:21
SHO - Dillon Gies 44-interception return (kick failed) 6:05
RM - Kirby Winland 1-run (Cannon Simmons run) 1:30
Shoshoni -492, Rocky Mountain 367
Shoshoni 37-275, Rocky Mountain - 50-300
Shoshoni 14-26-0 - 217, Rocky Mountain 6-17--1 - 67
Shoshoni - Jayden Haslam 20-149, Micah Mills 4-59, Tyler Clemetson 10-23, Josh Oaks 2-22, Lawry Johnson 2-22; Rocky Mountain - Jacob Jones 27-148, Kirby Winland 5-11, Ethan Landers 10-65, Cannon Simmons 7-75, Wilson Flowers 1-1
Shoshoni - Tyler Clemetson 13-24-0 201; Brace Pingetzer 1-2-0 16; Rocky Mountain - Kirby Winland 6-17-1 67
Shoshoni - Josh Thoren 8-98, Mason Steffen 2-34, Triston Parrish 1-12, Lawry Johnson 4-73; Rocky Mountain - Jacob Jones 3-53, Wilson Flowers 1-5, Landers 2-9
Shoshoni - Dillon Gies 1