Oct 30, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterShoshoni's hopes for the Class 1-A playoffs came to an end Tuesday on a snowy field in Worland in a three-way qualifying playoff with Riverside and Burlington.
Burlington edged the Wranglers 6-0, then went on to defeat Big Horn County rival Riverside 13-0 to secure the playoff spot.
Burlington takes the third seed to Yoder to play four-time defending state champion Southeast Goshen, while Riverside travels to Lusk to play the only unbeaten team in Class 1-A, the Niobrara County Tigers.
The three schools were tied for third place with 2-3 conference records entering the elimination game.
Riverside beat Shoshoni 12-6 just two weeks ago, Shoshoni beat Burlington 29-0 midway through the season, and Burlington beat Riverside 33-8 just last Friday. All three teams won on the road.
The Wyoming High School Activities Association established rules that require an initial coin toss, with the odd team out sitting in the opening game. The games consist of two eight-minute halves.
Riverside won the toss and sat out the opening game.
Shoshoni took the opening kickoff but was unable to generate any offense, a trend that continued throughout the game.
Both teams were different from their initial meeting when cousins Preston and Trevor Wardell missed the game in Burlington. Shoshoni quarterback Tyler Clemetson is at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., and also missed the game.
The Wranglers started freshman Jason Thoren at quarterback, and it was a long half for the ninth grader.
Shoshoni head coach Tony Truempler gambled early in the contest on the Wranglers' opening drive. Facing a fourth-and-one at their own 29, Truempler called a quarterback sneak. Thoren gained the first down by a few inches. The drive stalled after that, and Burlington looked impressive on the subsequent series.
The Huskies marched 70 yards setting up first and goal on the Wrangler 8-yard line. Shoshoni had the drive stopped the play before, but a roughing-the-passer penalty moved the ball inside the 10.
Preston Wardell ran hard up the middle and threatened to score on first down but fumbled the ball, and Wrangler sophomore Pat Forrester recovered the ball at the 2-yard line.
Penalties and incompletions led to a punt by Jayden Haslam from deep in the end zone. The short punt sailed out of bounds at the 29, and Burlington was in business.
Nicholas Carrizales, Landon George and Wardell ran the ball to the 15, but the Huskies stalled there. On third and seven Wardell hit cousin Trevor in the back of the end zone for the game's only score. The extra point failed after a motion penalty, and the season came down to the final five minutes of the second period for the Wranglers.
Tristan Parrish, returning after knee surgery three weeks ago took the kick back to the 22, but Shoshoni's offense was non-existent. Facing fourth and 7 at the 25, Shoshoni lined up to go for it, but Truempler called time out and punted instead.
On the ensuing punt Parrish hit Carrizales at the 50, knocked the ball loose, and recovered the fumble at the Burlington 49 to give the Wranglers one last hope.
The gasp was a quick one when Carrizales intercepted Thoren on the next play.
Burlington tried to run out the clock and picked up one first down, but Shoshoni held at the Husky 33, forcing a punt. An errant snap sent Wardell chasing the ball and J.J. Pingetzer and Alex Minge tackled him at the 25 with 1:28 left in the game.
Shoshoni picked up just three yards on the next four plays and turned the ball over on downs at the 22. Wardell took a knee twice, and the Huskies advanced to the playoffs.
Shoshoni graduates 13 seniors off a 3-5 team that had qualified for the playoffs in both previous season.
BURLINGTON 0 6 - 6
SHOSHONI 0 0- 0
BUR - Trevor Wardell 15-pass from Preston Wardell (kick failed) 5:39
Shoshoni - 28 Burlington 110
Shoshoni - Jason Thoren 2-10-1 10 yards
Burlington - Preston Wardell 5-6-0 36 yards
Shoshoni - Connor Wilkinson 2-10; Burlington - Bridger Jones 2-19, Nicholas Carrizales 1-1, Trevor Wardell 2-16
Shoshoni - Jason Thoren 2-6, Daniel Huxtable 2-0, Jason Haslam 4-12;
Burlington -- Preston Wardell 5-45, Nicholas Carrizales 7-32, Landon George 3-7
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