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Shoshoni seeking its first state football championship since 1985

Published: Nov. 12, 2021 at 11:34 PM CST
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SHOSHONI, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Shoshoni High School will play in its first state football championship game since they won the whole thing in 1985 on Saturday. The Wranglers will take on Rocky Mountain for the 1A 9-man state title.

After a semifinal appearance in 2020, Tony Truempler, Shoshoni’s head football coach, said this year’s journey started after losing in the semifinals at Southeast. “We kind of sat down in the end zone at Southeast, and we made a deal amongst all of us that we don’t want that feeling anymore,” said Truempler at practice on Wednesday.

Truempler’s team has not familiarized itself with the sting of losing much this season. The Wranglers rolled to a 7-1 regular-season record, and they shut out their first two postseason opponents en route to the state title game in Laramie.

There’s a sense of family among many members of the team.

“We love each other,” said junior running back and outside linebacker Pehton Truempler. “We’re brothers and it’s really easy to go out and play with 20 of your brothers that are watching and 20 of them that are there to have your back.”

Senior wide receiver and outside linebacker Nathon Cousineau echoed that same sentiment. “We’ve all grown up with each other since we were pre-k, so we’ve all been here for each other we’ve got each other’s backs. This just means a lot to do it with this team.”

There are also literal family ties for some players to the 1985 state championship team. Junior running back, defensive end and outside linebacker Cannon Campbell’s dad played for that squad, and he said it would be “out of this world” to share the bond of both being state champions with his dad.

“It would be all smiles,” said Campbell about what it would be like between him and his father if the Wranglers are victorious Saturday. “It would probably shed a little tear here and there, but it would be pretty cool. Way cool.”

The team standing in Shoshoni’s way is Rocky Mountain, who they beat on Sept. 10 27-10.

“Rocky’s a tough team. Great opponent,” said junior quarterback and safety Alex Mills. “They always bring it versus us, and I’m ready to go to battle with these guys right here on this field.”

Saturday’s game will kick off at 1 pm at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

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