Sep 9, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterSHOSHONI -- It seemed a safe bet that the Shoshoni Wranglers would win Friday night in their opening game of the football season. But it wasn't the home-standing Wranglers but rather the visiting squad from Pinedale that took the 18-0 win.
The rivalry between the two schools with the bucking bronco logo is a recent one, dating back to 1997 and is decidedly in favor of Pinedale with a record of 8-2 against Shoshoni. Shoshoni's pair of wins came back to back in 2000 and 2001 in coach Harold Bailey's final two seasons.
Shoshoni was its own worst enemy Friday with numerous personal foul penalties, missed blocking assignments, fumbles, bad snaps, dropped passes and, perhaps most destructively, three blocked punts.
"It was the first game of the season for us, for the officials, for everyone," Shoshoni head coach Tony Trumpler said.
Pinedale scored on each of the turnovers with either touchdowns or safeties.
The Class 2-A Wranglers from Sublette County more than tripled Shoshoni in total offense and completely shut down the SHS ground game, limiting Shoshoni to a team total of -10 yards on the night.
In spite of the later mistakes, Shoshoni executed nearly perfectly on its opening possession of the game. Crisp passes from senior quarterback Tyler Clemetson to Tristan Parrish, Connor Wilkinson and Danny Huxtable moved the ball to the Pinedale 2-yard line, but the Wranglers sputtered on the cusp of the goal line. Huxtable gained a yard, but Parrish lost seven on a sweep before gaining seven on the same play. Facing fourth and goal just inside the Pinedale 1-yard line, Clemetson tried to sneak in for the score, but Pinedale's front line threw the Shoshoni line backward and dropped Clemetson for a loss.
Pinedale has a solid running back in 6-0, 184-pound senior Ethan Egle. He began to grind away at Shoshoni's defense on dives, off-tackle runs and occasional toss sweeps. The senior paced Pinedale with 212 yards on 26 carries.
Mental mistakes were Shoshoni's nemesis.
Freshman punter Jason Thoren boomed a couple of punts over 40 yards in the opening half but was tackled by Pinedale's Jake Hathaway while trying to handle a bad snap at the Shoshoni 20. Egle tallied runs of eight and nine yards, then capped the drive on a three-yard plunge with 5:12 remaining in the opening half. The kick was wide left.
Pinedale made its own share of mistakes, but none was bigger than a hurried spike on fourth down by a confused SHS offense that ended a late second-period scoring threat at the Shoshoni 16.
Shoshoni's running game was non-existent in the second half, and Clemetson had trouble connecting with his receivers, throwing 13 consecutive incomplete passes before finding Connor Wilkinson on a 17-yard gain early in the fourth period.
Pinedale took advantage of Shoshoni's abandonment of the running game and pressured Clemetson hard on nearly every snap.
Two blocked Thoren punts, a lost fumble inside their own 3-yard line, and a shotgun snap that sailed over Clemetson's head into the end zone set up two second half safeties and the final Pinedale touchdown.
The first safety came after the bad snap when Clemetson was able to get the ball out of the end zone before being tackled inside the 1. Pinedale's Hathaway and Rusty Steele tackled Danny Huxtable deep in the end zone for the 2-point play.
Early in the third quarter, the Wranglers blocked another Thoren punt, with the ball spinning out of the back of the end zone for a second safety.
A fumbled Shoshoni exchange inside the 3-yard line set up Pinedale's final score on another Egle run.
Though the offensive statistics were lopsided and even with a plethora of Shoshoni mistakes, the Wrangler defense played well. Outstanding defensive efforts were turned in from senior defensive end J.J. Crichton, tackle Tom Nordwick, Parrish and Wilkinson.
"Our defense played well when you consider they were on the field about 80 percent of the time," Trumpler said.
"We need do some work on our offensive line."
Pinedale ran away from Crichton's side after the first series of the contest.
Shoshoni travels to Lusk this Friday to face the talented Tigers on their home field. Shohsoni has never beaten Lusk on the gridiron and has scored just a single touchdown in the four-game history between the two schools.
SHOSHONI 0 0 0 0 - 0
PINEDALE 0 6 2 10 - 18
PIN - Ethan Egle 3-run (kick failed) 5:12
PIN - Safety - Jake Hathaway and Rusty Steele tackle Danny Huxtable in end zone 5:00
PIN - Safety - Steven Winer blocks Jason Thoren punt out of end zone 10:45
PIN - Egle 3-run (Kyle Bright pass from Brenden Lloyd) 6:53
Pinedale - 317, Shoshoni 103
Pinedale 37-218 Shoshoni 29 (-10)
Pinedale - Ethan Egle 26-212, Brenden Lloyd 3-2, Caleb Raney 2-5, Rusty Steele 5-1, Kyle Bright 1 (-2)
Shoshoni - Tristan Parrish 7-3, Danny Huxtable 7-10, Josh Oaks 7 (-11), Tyler Clemetson 8-(-12)
Pinedale - Kyle Bright 1-16, Ethan Egle 1-32, Mark Fenn 2-12, Paden Anderson 1-14, Chase Anderson 1-8, Caleb Raney 2-18
Shoshoni - Tristan Parrish 4-32, Brace Pingetzer 1-14, Danny Huxtable 3-17, Connor Wilkinson 4-58
Pinedale - Brenden Lloyd 8-21-2 99
Shoshoni - Tyler Clemetson 12-39-1 113
Pinedale - Mark Fenn
Shoshoni - Tristan Parrish, Connor Wilkinson