Two schools making their first appearance at the championships in Laramie will square off in the Class 1A-9 Man title game.

The Shoshoni Wranglers will play the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies.

It’s been 23 years since Rocky Mountain was in a championship game. The Grizzlies won back-to-back state titles in Class 1A Division I in 1997 and 1998. They’ve played in three other championship games.

The drought’s been even longer for Shoshoni. The last time they played for a title, the Wranglers won it in 1985.

It was Week 2 of this regular season when Shoshoni won at Rocky Mountain, 27-10.

WyoPreps received more insight into both teams from the two head coaches before the game. We talked with Tony Truempler of Shoshoni and Richard Despain from Rocky Mountain.

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Team Info & Series History:

Rocky Mountain (9-1) – Richard Despain: 6th year as head coach; 4 state championships in school history; the most recent was in 1998 (48-26 over Pinedale). Their first state crown was in 1992.

Shoshoni (9-1) – Tony Truempler: 9th year as head coach; 2 state championships in school history; the last was in 1985 (18-7 over Seton). The only other title was in 1959.

The Grizzlies hold a 14-13 lead in the all-time series. They first played each other in a varsity game in 1983. In the postseason, there’s been only one other meeting between the two schools. Rocky Mountain won that quarterfinal game in 1998, 59-6.

Team Stats per game:

                             Shoshoni                                 Rocky Mountain                              

Rush Offense = No. 4 (247.8)                                      No. 6 (198)

Pass Offense = No. 4 (106.4)                                       No. 3 (123.4)

Total Offense = No. 3 (354.2)                                      No. 5 (321.4)

Scoring Offense = No. 2 (43.2)                                    No. 4 (34.8)

Rush Defense = No. 2 (104.1)                                     No. 3 (153.9)

Pass Defense = No. 3 (64.4)                                         No. 9 (92.3)

Total Defense = No. 1 (168.6)                                     No. 4 (246.2)

Scoring Defense = No. 1 (8.3)                                     No. 3 (15.2)

Key Players:

Shoshoni = Pehton Truempler – 140.3 rushing yards per game, 21 TDs; Alex Mills – 105.3 passing yards per game, 17 TDs, 3 INTs; Dom Jarvis – 14.9 defensive points per game – ranks No. 18.

Rocky Mountain = Carsyn Weber – 183 all-purpose yards per game, 15 TD passes, 11 TD runs; Ben Simmons – 19 rec. for 366 yards, 4 TDs; Russell Crosby – 17.9 defensive points per game – ranks No. 9.

This game starts on Saturday in Laramie at 1 p.m.

Series history information is Courtesy of Wyoming-football.com.

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