Oct 9, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterShoshoni finished its second consecutive unbeaten season in junior high football to take the Wind River Athletic Conference championship in a 30-0 shutout of Wyoming Indian Monday night in Shoshoni.
The win marks the second 7-0 finish for the young Wranglers. Wyoming Indian played the game without leading rusher Buell Robinson, who suffered an injury two weeks ago in the Chiefs only loss of the regular season to the same Shoshoni team at Ethete 20-8. Shoshoni held the Chiefs on their opening possession, then took the ball quickly up field on a 43-yard run by Nick Stover that took the ball to the 10. Stover scored on the ensuing play and quarterback Jason Thoren found Anthony Cousineau for the 2-point conversion.
Another three and out by the Chiefs led to a 63-yard punt return by Josiah Whiteplume for the game's second score. Thoren hit Gary Medicine Cloud on the conversion pass, and the Wranglers took a 16-0 lead into the half. Wyoming Indian's offense came on driving power runs by Kane Big Lake for much of the game. Turnovers plagued the Chiefs as well, with Zach Pickinpaugh intercepting one pass and Shoshoni covering a Wyoming Indian fumble and taking a muffed Chiefs' punt at the five.
The final two scores of the game came in the third and fourth periods, as Thoren found Medicine Cloud for touchdown passes of nine and six-yards, respectively. Colter Jordan powered in the final conversion of the game, and the Wranglers emerged for their second consecutive league title.
Much of the final period was played by sixth- and seventh-graders on both teams.
The Wrangler head coach was Marty Weber. He was assisted by Brady Slack and Benjy Fullmer.
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