Oct 28, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterThe Wranglers travel to Worland on Tuesday for a three-way playoff with Burlinton and Riverside.
Top-ranked Cokeville lived up to its billing in a 49-7 shellacking of Shoshoni at home on Friday afternoon. The Panthers racked up seven touchdowns in spite of turning the ball over to the Wranglers seven times on fumbles.
The loss drops Shoshoni to 3-5 overall and 2-4 in West 1-A conference play. The Wranglers are locked in a three-way tie for the final two playoff spots from the West and will travel to Worland on Tuesday for a three-way playoff qualifier with Burlington and Riverside.
The top two finishers from Tuesday's playoff earn the third and fourth seeds from the West and will either travel to unbeaten 1-A East champion Lusk or four-time defending state champion Southeast on Friday.
The game opened well Friday afternoon for Shoshoni. In spite of giving up huge runs to the Panther ground game, the Wranglers held when Cokeville fumbled the ball away at the 4-yard line. Shoshoni held on downs at the 33 later in the period, and it looked like it might be a close contest.
Cokeville played without three starting offensive linemen who are sidelined with injuries, but they still have Keith Nate, one of the top offensive line coaches in Wyoming. The younger Panthers adjusted as the game went on.
Braxton Delgado scored the first of his five touchdowns on the first play of the second period on a 10-yard run. He added a 90-yard punt return two minutes later, and the Panthers led 14-0. The onslaught continued with quarterback Jace Petersen picking up a fumble by his brother, Mason, and racing 26 yards for a score. Petersen added another score on a 39-yard run, and the rout was on. Delgado scored on a 17-yard pass from Petersen to round out the 35-point, second-period outburst.
In the third quarter, Delgado broke loose on an 85-yard run, then capped his afternoon with a second punt return, this one from 54 yards out.
With the running clock in place, Cokeville used a junior varsity and a freshman quarterback for the remainder of the game and played reserves on defense.
Shoshoni scored with 3:12 left in the contest on a 3-yard run by Connor Wilkinson.
Cokeville hosts Upton-Sundance in the opening round of the playoffs in a game the Patriots will have to travel more than 1,100 miles round trip to play. Cokeville has home field advantage until the title game in Laramie in three weeks.
COKEVILLE 0 35 14 0 - 49
SHOSHONI 0 0 0 7 -- 7
COK - Braxton Delgado 10-run (Nathan Fiscus kick) 11:55
COK - Delgado 90-punt return (Fiscus kick) 10:00
COK - Jace Petersen 26-fumble run (Fiscus kick) 9;23
COK - Petersen 39-run (Fiscus kick) 7:58
COK - Delgado 17-pass from Petersen (Fiscus kick) 1:06
COK - Delgado 85-run (Fiscus kick) 7:53
COK - Delgado 54-punt return (Fiscus kick) 2:11
SHO - Connor Wilkinson 3-run (Jason Thoren kick) 3:12
Shoshoni - Jayden Haslam 11-20, Tyler Clemetson 2-4, Jason Thoren 1- (-10), Tom Nordwick 1-1, Connor Wilkinson 3-7, Danny Huxtable 9-25
Cokeville - Braxton Delgado 3-100, Mason Petersen 4-45, James Teichert 12-88, Jace Petersen 4-70, Nate Clark 1-4
Shoshoni -Tyler Clemetson 4-16-2 51
Cokeville - Jace Petersen 4-9-0 62
Shoshoni - Brace Pingetzer 1-25, Jayden Haslam 1-8, Danny Huxtable 1-9, Connor Wilkinson 1-9
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