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‘These guys are my family’

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 11:22 PM CST
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SHOSHONI, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Every team will say they want to create a family atmosphere. It helps build a culture, but for the Shoshoni Wranglers football team, it’s been a pillar of this year’s team’s success.

The Wranglers brought home Shoshoni’s first football state championship since 1985, and many players and coaches will tell you the one word to describe this team is “family.”

“These guys are my family,” said Pehton Truempler, a junior running back and outside linebacker. “I’ve grown up with them my whole life, known them my whole life. We’ve argued, we’ve fought, we’ve gone through it all just like brothers do.”

Truempler’s dad, Tony, is also the head of the football team. When talking about the success of this year’s team earlier this week, Tony said this team “really is a family.”

“I’ve known these guys since they were in kindergarten,” said the elder Truempler. “We have pictures of most of them from kindergarten up, and they’re at the house. It’s just a revolving door at my house, Coach Mills’ house.”

“We just spend a lot of time together, and I think that was a key to really our success is that, ya know, and I’ve heard the boys say it a lot, we are a family and that’s just not football. That’s Shoshoni.”

With any family, there’s lots of love to go around. “We love each other,” said Cannon Campbell, another junior Wrangler standout on both sides of the ball, when describing the family environment. “We’ve always just been a tight bunch.”

“I think it allows us to kind of relax a little bit and have trust in each other,” said Dom Jarvis when explaining how the team benefits from being so close.

Junior Korbin Dewitt, the team’s center, said he feels the family environment surrounding this team.

“We do most things together. I mean not just on the field,” said Dewitt. “Even in school, we all hang out and if someone’s feeling down, we all help each other up. Especially our coaching staff, I’ve been with them all my life. They’re kind of like a second dad.”

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