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Wranglers whip Burlington for first win of the season
Sep 22, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer
It was a grueling week of practice for Shoshoni's offensive line. After poor rushing efforts in the first two games of the season, assistant coach Drew Peregoy took the line back to basics this week.
The training sessions paid great dividends as the Wranglers literally ran over conference foe Burlington on the road, winning 29-0 Friday afternoon.
The quintet of Alex Minge, Nathaniel Lutz, J.J. Pingetzer, Pat Forrester and J.J. Crichton controlled the line of scrimmage from start to finish Friday in Big Horn County.
"The line really stepped up and played well," Shoshoni head coach Tony Trumpler said. "We made some changes to better suit our skills offensively. We're running out a two back set now with a slot."
Shoshoni scored first on a jump ball play in the corner of the end zone from quarterback Tyler Clemetson to 6-4 senior receiver Brace Pingetzer. Burlington had good coverage on the play, but Pingetzer outjumped the defender and pulled down the touchdown.
The improved line play was most evident in the running of senior halfback Jayden Haslam who tallied a career-high 220 yards on just 19 attempts.
Haslam found the end zone in the second period on a 6-yard run, with freshman kicker Jason Thoren adding the point after.
The Wranglers led 13-0 at the half.
Much of Haslam's yardage came on runs of 15 to 20 yards between the 20 yard lines, but the senior tallied a second touchdown in the third on an 18-yard scamper.
The Wranglers had the chance to score again, but Burlington dug in defensively at the own goal line, so Thoren converted a 22-yard field goal to give Shoshoni a 22-point margin going in to the final period.
The Wranglers rounded out scoring on another 6-yard run, this one by senior Dan Huxtable.
Defensively, Crichton and Tom Nordwick dominated the Burlington running game.
The Huskies played without Class 1-A's leading offensive player, Preston Wardell, but it probably wouldn't have mattered much with the Wranglers controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
When Burlington went to the air Shoshoni was ready, with Pingetzer, Wilkinson and Haslam all intercepting passes.
Shoshoni played without speedsters Tristan Parrish and Josh Oaks. Parrish was injured at Lusk last week and may return this week, while Oaks was injured in practice and will be out for two or three weeks.
"When we get Tristan and Josh back, that'll be gravy for our offense," Trumpler said.
The win was the first of the season for the Wranglers. More importantly, it came in conference play.
After one week Shohsoni is tied for first with Cokeville and Rocky Mountain.
The Wranglers return home this Friday for a non-conference game with eastern foe Pine Bluffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Harold Bailey field.
SHOSHONI 6 7 9 7 - 29
BURLINGTON 0 0 0 0 - 0
SHO - Brace Pingetzer 18-pass from Tyler Clemetson (run failed)
SHO - Jayden Haslam 6- run (Jason Thoren kick)
SHO - Haslam 18-run (kick failed)
SHO - 22-field goal Thoren
SHO - Dan Huxtable 6 run (Thoren kick)
Total Offense: Shoshoni 460
Individual Rushing: Shoshoni - Jayden Haslam 19/220, Tyler Clemetson 6/45, Dan Huxtable 11/73, Tom Nordwick 5/38
Individual Passing: Shoshoni- Tyler Clemetson 10-14 98 yards
Individual Receiving: Shoshoni - Brace Pingetzer 3/43, Connor Wilkinson 7/55