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CLASS 1A/9-MAN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Shoshoni shuts down Rocky Mountain to win first title in 36 years

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LARAMIE — Shoshoni’s Trey Fike was a triple threat for the Wranglers on Saturday.

The junior wide receiver caught three touchdown passes from junior quarterback Alex Mills to help lead Shoshoni to a 19-6 victory over Rocky Mountain in the Wyoming State High School Class 1A/9-man championship game at the University of Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium.

“Every time I crossed the end zone I was just ecstatic,” Fike said. “I’ve got a great quarterback and he gave me great passes so I just had to run them in.”

Added Mills: “Our running attack was so good all year and I think they really keyed on that so Trey and Nathon (Cousineau) were open for big plays.”

Shoshoni got on the board first when Mills found Fike in the front corner of the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown pass with just under 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter. The second dame with just over 5 minutes remaining in the second quarter on an 11-yarder for a 13-0 halftime lead.

Senior Nathon Cousineau preserved the Wranglers’ playoff shutout streak when he intercepted Rocky Mountain junior quarterback Carsyn Weber at the goal line on the final play of the half.

“We always tease Alex that he steals Nathon’s interceptions,” Shoshoni head coach Tony Truempler said. “Nathon told me before the game that he was going to get an interception and he did.”

The Wranglers limited the Grizzlies to 79 first-half yards as their defense continued its postseason dominance. Shoshoni (10-1) shut out Wright 55-0 in the quarterfinals and Wind River 27-0 in the semifinals.

“All season my defense has been on fire,” Truempler said. “We had somebody tell us mid-season that my defense were on cruise control and they didn’t like that.

“Today they were flying on all cylinders and going crazy. They’re a tough defense and they like to hit.”

Truempler’s son, Pehton, who finished with seven tackles and added 118 rushing yards, echoed his dad’s statement.

“I would say we have the best defense in 9-man and we’re contending for the best defense in the state,” the junior said.

The Grizzlies (9-2) ended the shutout streak on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Carsyn Weber to Collin Haslem on a fourth-down play with 8:18 to play. Haslem caught the ball short of the sticks, but stuck a foot in the ground to send a Shoshoni defender to the ground and race into the end zone.

By that time, though, the Wranglers had extended their lead to 19-0 on Mills’ 11- and 26-yard strikes to Fike.

Trailing 13-0 in the third quarter, Rocky Mountain drove to the Shoshoni 20, but three straight incompletions gave the ball back to the Wranglers. Shoshoni made it a three-possession game on Fike’s swing pass that he took in for the score.

Rocky Mountain had another chance to cut into the Shoshoni lead in the fourth quarter, but Weber bobbled the fourth-down snap and the drive ended inside the Wranglers’ 10.

Weber was taken down for a 1-yard loss on the final play of the game and the Shoshoni players and coaches stormed onto the field as they celebrated the program’s first state championship since 1985.

“I told those guys I feel like we should be going to Disney World right now,” Tony Truempler said, moments before three players dumped a bucket of water on him.

Shosh6oni 19, Rocky Mountain

SHOSHONI 19, ROCKY MOUNTAIN 6

Rocky Mountain 0 0 0 6 6

Shoshoni 7 6 6 0 19

FIRST QUARTER

Shoshoni: Trey Fike 2 pass from Alex Mills (Dom Jarvis kick), 4:59

SECOND QUARTER

Shoshoni: Fike 11 pass from Mills (kick blocked), 5:26

THIRD QUARTER

Shoshoni: Fike 26 pass from Mills (pass failed), 1:34

FOURTH QUARTER

Rocky Mountain: Collin Haslem 12 pass from Carsyn Weber (pass failed), 8:18

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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