K2 Gridiron Report: Shoshoni Wranglers





A LONG-AWAITED PLAYOFF WIN FOR THE SHOSHONI WRANGLERS HIGHLIGHTED LAST SEASON. BUT THIS YEAR, THIS TEAM IS A NEW BUNCH, LOSING A LOT OF SENIORS, BUT NOT THE FIGHT FOR A POSSIBLE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.

"We're throwing some people around that have actually never played those positions before and they're jumping right in and they're doing everything we're asking them to do. I mean, it's a huge learning curve for these guys"

THE WRANGLERS BOAST AN OPTION STYLE OFFENSE, WHERE LAAST SEASON THEY GAINED MOST OF THEIR YARDS THROUGH THE GROUND, WITH THE OCCASIONAL DEEP PASS.

"You know the first 4 years I was an assistant, we had a different offense and a different head coach all 4 years so. It's nice to have some stability in our offense"

FOR A TEAM LIKE SHOSHONI, THEY BENEFIT FROM A CLOSE BOND WITH THE TEAM, A SMALL ROSTER THAT MOVES AS ONE.

"This teams special because we kind of come from a small community. Everywhere we go, we see each other, we're with each other, in every other sport we're playing, we're with each other"

"We play with our hearts and we just have this bond and we play together as a whole, instead of as solos and so it should be good"

COACH TRUEMPLER SAYS THE KEY TO A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IS TO STAY HEALTHY, AS THE TEAM LOSSES KEY PLAYERS TO INJURY IN THE PLAYOFFS. AS FOR THE 9 SENIORS, IT'S ABOUT MAKING AN IMPACT.

"I just kind of want to leave here you know, the passion behind you know kids coming in to their freshman year and are starting football for the first time, you know, pick it up and keep going with it. It's a sport that I really believe in"

"They want to prove people wrong, and that helps a ton, because they're like, no this is not our rebuilding year. And the seniors have really taken that and ran. Just to be like, no we're still here. We've made strides in the last few years and we're not going to hake a year off to rebuild"

THE WRANGLERS OPEN THEIR SEASON ON THE ROAD, AT THERMOPOLIS BEFORE THEY HAVE THEIR HOME OPENER ON SEPTEMBER 8TH VERSUS THE BULLDOGS OF LOVELL. IN FREMONT COUNTY, PHILLIP BENOTTI K2NEWS.