Cougars top Wranglers in Shoshoni 54-22

    It had all the trappings of a classic rivalry, intense play, key penalties, questionable calls (depending on your viewpoint) hard hitting, long drives, and big scoring plays. Wind River edged into the overall series lead 30-29 with a convincing 54-22 win over a feisty Shoshoni squad at Bailey Field in Shoshoni Friday night.

    Blake Snyder, Issac Gardner, Rowdy Shearer and Troy Tidzump paved the way for Cooper Frederick – h/t Randy Tucker

    The win moves the Cougars one game away from hosting throughout the opening two rounds of the playoffs. They’ll have to beat Rocky Mountain in Cowley next weekend to seal the deal.

    Braxton Mills pitched the ball to Carson Kisling – h/t Randy Tucker

    Shoshoni finishes their regular season at Casper Natrona playing the Mustang JV on Thursday then the Wrangler junior varsity plays Wyoming Indian’s varsity on Friday.


    It took Wind River just three plays, and 31 seconds to light up the visitor’s side of the scoreboard after a short Shoshoni kickoff.

    Isaac Gardner blocked Wiley Philleo as Landon Kasper and Preston Hance closed in on Cooper Frederick – h/t Randy Tucker

    Cooper Frederick gained 35 yards on the first play from scrimmage, Joaquin Stevens caught a nine-yard pass from Frederick and Frederick capped the short drive on a nine-yard scamper. Stevens added the conversion run and the Cougars led 8-0 with 11:29 remaining in the opening period.

    Joaquin Stevens pulled in this pass – h/t Randy Tucker

    Frederick finished the game with phenomenal statistics, rushing for 211 yards, scoring five touchdowns, and throwing for a sixth, a 57-yard bomb to Aidan Ruby while throwing just one incomplete pass in 10 attempts.

    Carson Kisling ran behind Oakley Hicks and Landon Kasper as Isaac Gardner closed on the play – h/t Randy Tucker

    The game featured hard-hitting by both sides, but the play of Landon Kasper for Shoshoni and Issac Gardner and Aidan Ruby of Wind River was above the pale. Gardner dominated the line of scrimmage, chasing or sacking Wrangler quarterback Braxton Mills on repeated possessions. Ruby was everywhere, breaking up pass plays, turning in a good Shoshoni toss sweep featuring Carson Kisling, and drilling Wrangler running backs and receivers.

    Aidan Ruby locked up with Shoshoni’s Wiley Philleo – h/t Randy Tucker

    Shoshoni quarterback Braxton Mills had a gritty evening of football, getting blasted repeatedly on sacks or hits just as he released the ball. Mills might tip the scales at 140 pounds with his pads on but played much bigger. He was the focus of Gardner, Rowdy Shearer, and Blake Snyder all game.

    Braxton Mills was pursued by Blake Snyder and Aidan Ruby – h/t Randy Tucker

    Wind River quickly built a 16-0 lead, and it looked like the blowout was on, but evidently, the Shoshoni offense didn’t get the message.

    The Wranglers mounted an impressive drive, primarily on broken plays by Mills and toss sweeps to Kisling behind outside blocking from Oakley Hicks.

    Rowdy Sherear drove Preston Hance as a play opened for Wind River – h/t Randy Tucker

    Shoshoni moved inside the Red Zone, but Gardner broke through and pounded Mills on a hard sack for a 13-yard loss.

    In the trenches “Mano a Mano” h/t Randy Tucker

    The next play Mills stayed in the pocket and was drilled again but lofted an arching 31-yard pass to Kisling on a fly pattern down the east sidelines for the score. The Wranglers trailed 16-8 at the end of the opening period.

    The Wind River line fired off the ball as one – h/t Randy Tucker

    Frederick is hard to read for most defenders, and his run-pass option was exceedingly difficult for the Shoshoni defense. He tallied a nine and a five-yard touchdown in the second period to build a 32-8 Cougar lead.

    Oakley Hicks, Quinton Clark and Braxton Mills closed in on Cooper Frederick – h/t Randy Tucker

    Wind River’s Joaquin Stevens and Wambli Romero had a great game on counters, receptions, and pass defense. Stevens intercepted Mills twice, ending a pair of deep Shoshoni drives. Romero was lightning in a bottle and someone the Wranglers weren’t prepared to defend.

    New snow on the Owl Creek Mountains provided a great backdrop to the 59th meeting between Wind River and Shoshoni – h/t Randy Tucker

    Shoshoni had another good drive as they did all evening to finish the half. Aided by an inadvertent whistle that negated a Kyzaia Jones fumble recovery the Wranglers marched behind runs by Kisling and a couple by Wiley Philleo despite getting pummeled.

    As Kisling tried to turn the left corner he cut back to avoid the Cougar defense and all 6-5 265 pounds of Shearer hit him at full speed, knocking the sophomore running back to the ground four yards up the field. To his credit, Kisling hopped up and took another snap.

    Shoshoni School Resource Officer Cody Myers presented the colors – h/t Randy Tucker

    He’d been leveled early by Ruby on a similar missile strike-style tackle.

    The Wrangler’s coaching staff pulled out a couple of trick plays with Morgan Neil hitting Quinton Clark for a big gain and almost scoring again when Clark couldn’t handle Neil’s pass at the end of the half.

    Wind River head coach Rod Frederick assisted Aidan Ruby off the field – h/t Randy Tucker

    A pair of Frederick runs and a 57-yard bomb to Ruby from Frederick lifted the Cougars to a 54-16 lead late in the game, but the Wranglers rallied one final time to cut the margin to 22 points on a pass from Mills to Neil from the 16.

    Shoshoni      8   8    0 6 – 22

    Wind River 16 16 14 8 – 54

    First Quarter

    WR – Cooper Frederick 9-run (Joaquin Stevens run) 11:29

    WR – Chris Burk 2-run (Frederick run) 7:15

    SHO – Carson Kisling 31-pass from Braxton Mills (Wiley Philleo from Mills) 2:26

    Second Quarter

    WR – Frederick 9-run (Burk run) 11:58

    WR – Frederick 5-run (Aidan Ruby run) 5:39

    SHO – Kisling 6-run (Oakley Hicks from Mills) 3:17

    Third Quarter

    WR – Frederick 3-run (Frederick run) 5:46

    WR – Ruby 57-pass from Frederick (run failed) 3:04

    Fourth Quarter

    WR – Frederick 10-run (Rowdy Shearer from Frederick) 9:23

    SHO – Morgan Neil 16-pass from Mills (pass failed):20

    Wind River Statistics:

    Total Offense: 513 yards

    Rushing Offense: 341 yards

    Passing Offense: 172 yards

    Individual Rushing: Cooper Frederick 24-211, Joaquin Stevens 6-49, Wambli Romero 4-47, Chris Burk 4-7

    Individual Passing: Cooper Frederick 9-10 172 yards

    Individual Receiving: Aidan Ruby 4-79, Joaquin Stevens 4-63, Rowdy Shearer 2-33


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