Oct 4, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterPAVILLION -- Since the Basketeria grocery store and restaurant closed in Pavillion, the only place to find turnovers has been at Leroy Sinner Field.Wind River again had trouble hanging onto the ball in a 28-6 loss to Fremont County rival Shoshoni at home Thursday night.
While missed blocks and bad snaps accounted for most possession losses, the elements were a significant factor in the game as well.
After almost 24 hours of steady rain, the playing surface was saturated and very slick. During the opening period light snow began to fall, and by halftime the storm intensified, limiting visibility and dropping the already cold temperature to frigid levels.
In spite of the poor conditions, Shoshoni freshman kicker Jason Thoren had an outstanding evening, converting three field goals in the second and third periods -- including a 43-yard kick through heavy, blowing snow that split the uprights as the horn sounded to end the opening half. Thoren added a 23- and a 28-yard field goal on each side of his buzzer beating kick.
After a decade-long win streak against Shoshoni, the Cougars have lost the last three in a row to the Wranglers.
The game opened as this longtime rivalry often does, with hard-hitting defense and limited offense. After an exchange of punts, the Wranglers scored in lightning fashion when senior running back Jayden Haslam broke around the end and raced 69 yards down the east sideline. Thoren's ensuing kick put Shoshoni up 7-0 with 6: 59 left in the first quarter.
Wind River lost yardage on the next series and Shoshoni's JJ Crichton blew through the Cougar blockers to stuff Tanner Stover's punt attempt. Shoshoni recovered at the 1-yard line, and Danny Huxtable drove straight up the middle for the game's second score.
The Cougars suffered through a pair of bad snaps on the next series, but a roughing penalty gave them a first down near midfield. Jack Noe gained almost 10 yards on two carries but Shoshoni's Nathaniel Lutz and Crichton threw him for a 2-yard loss on third and short, and the Cougars punted again.
Haslam carried the ball for most of the next series, adding to his eventual game high total of 115 yards.
The inclement weather limited passing on both teams, but Tyler Clemetson was able to connect with freshman Anthony Cousineau for a 12-yard gain on the subsequent series. The Cougars held, forcing another Haslam punt.
Wind River's offense lost yardage on the next possession, and Shoshoni defenders blocked Stover's punt with the ball recovered at the Wind River 14. Haslam gained a few yards but the drive ended at the 6 before Thoren converted his first field goal from 23 yards, moving the score to 16-0.
Wind River's biggest offensive play of the game came on the ensuing series, when Robert Buline connected with Clayton Reinick for a 25-yard gain, but the Cougars stalled again.
Wind River's defense stiffened as the half drew to a close with Haslam thrown for a 15-yard loss and Conner Wilkinson tossed for back-to-back losses.
The Wranglers punted with less than a minute to play in the second but Noe fumbled with five seconds remaining and J.J. Pingetzer recovered the ball at the 26. Thoren split the uprights as time had expired to give Shoshoni a 19-0 lead at the half.
Neither team moved well in the growing winter storm, but a muffed punt catch by Brett Roanhorse recovered by Clemetson at the 29 set up another Shoshoni score.
Carries by Danny Huxtable and Tom Nordwick picked up short yardage ending in a 30-yard field goal attempt by Thoren that sailed to the left. But Thoren was roughed on the play, and Shoshoni picked up another set of downs but couldn't find the end zone. Thoren set to kick again and this time hit from 28 yards for his third field goal.
Wind River finally found the end zone on the next play when Dylan Lookingbill caught the kickoff at the 17 and raced 83 yards for the Cougars' only score with 4: 12 left in the third.
A slippery brawl replaced football for much of the final 16 minutes as both teams slid around on the treacherous turf.
The game's final score came when Clemetson hit Huxtable with a short pass in the flat, and the senior running back cut back against the grain and ran 45 yards for the touchdown.
Both teams remain home next weekend, with Wind River hosting Burlington and Shoshoni entertaining Riverside in West 1-A conference play.
WIND RIVER 0 0 6 0 -- 6
SHOSHONI 13 6 3 6 - 28
SHO - Jayden Haslam 69-run (Jason Thoren kick) 6: 59
SHO - Danny Huxtable 1-run (kick failed) 5: 29
SHO - Thoren 23-field goal 7: 54
SHO - Thoren 43-field goal: 00
SHO - Thoren 28-field goal 4: 29
WR - Dylan Lookingbill 83-kickoff return (pass failed) 4: 12
SHO - Huxtable 45-pass from Tyler Clemetson (kick failed) 3: 41
Shoshoni 216, Wind River 72
Shoshoni - Jayden Haslam 17/115, Tyler Clemetson 8/(-5), Danny Huxtable 9/39, Tom Nordwick 6/12, Conner Wilkinson 2/ (-5). Wind River Robert Buline 8/(-4), Dylan Lookingbill 4/9, Jack Noe 4/14, Jordan Martin 1/8
Shoshoni - Tyler Clemetson 3/10 - 60, Wind River - Robert Buline 5/11-1 45
Shoshoni - Anthony Cousineau 1/12, Conner Wilkinson 1/3, Danny Huxtable 1/45. Wind River -- Dylan Lookingbill 2/11, Clayton Reinick 1/25, Jack Noe 1/2, Jordan Martin 1/7
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