The Wranglers swept to victory over Greybull
in front of a packed stadium on Homecoming Night, Sept.
27. Pinedale dropped in twice the touchdowns that Greybull
did and the tally at the final buzzer stood at 24-13. This win,
combined with the triumph over Kemmerer the week before,
bumped the Wranglers up to the number-three spot in the 2A
Head Coach Clay Cundall was pleased with the results.
“We were able to run the ball well due to the fact that the
backs were running north-south and the offensive line created
good movement up front,” Cundall said.
Greybull opened the quarter receiving the kickoff. They
attempted a drive, but Wrangler defense, led by Colby White,
Cade Covill, Carson Gregory, Kaleb Bigelow, Gatlin Egle and
Skyler Erickson, eventually forced Greybull to turn over possession.
Quarterback Konner Ziegler began Pinedale’s first drive
with a carry to the 37-yard line. White plowed the ball across
the 50-yard line in his first carry, and then deep into Greybull’s
territory to mark his second first down. Thomas Harnack
caught the next handoff from Ziegler and took the ball
the rest of the way to the end zone to score the first Wrangler
Greybull made a second attempt in the first quarter, but
fumbled the ball. White swooped in and recovered the ball,
and possession returned to Pinedale.
The Wranglers executed a long drive for the remainder of
the quarter. Harnack moved the ball to the Wrangler 40-yard
line. Egle pushed the line of scrimmage past the 50-yard line.
White made the next three carries, bulldozing straight up the
middle. Ziegler completed a pass to Egle and moved the ball
to Greybull’s 34-yard line.
White completed the drive early in the second quarter when
he dropped the ball in the end zone for touchdown number
After Greybull failed to move the ball far enough in the second
quarter, they punted. Harnack fielded the punt and ran the
ball up to Pinedale’s 43-yard line. White pushed 3 yards up
the middle. Egle took the ball next and drove 4 yards deeper
into Greybull territory. Ziegler executed a handoff to White
breaking straight through the middle of Greybull’s defensive
line. White then dashed nearly 50 yards to score touchdown
number three for Pinedale.
Despite attacks from Wrangler defense, including a tackle
by Caleb Helm and Covill that resulted in no gain for Greybull,
the Buffs finally scored their first touchdown. With one
minute remaining in the first half, Greybull added six points to
their tally. When the halftime buzzer went off, the score stood
at 18-6 in favor of Pinedale.
Pinedale started the third quarter off with a long drive. Unfortunately,
the Wranglers were unable to push the ball all the
way and were forced to turn over.
Greybull took possession, but quickly managed to fumble
the ball. Once again, White was there for the recovery. The
last half of the third quarter remained scoreless as drives by
both teams did not reach the end zone.
Greybull entered the fourth quarter in possession and
Wranglers’ defense stepped up its intensity. Harnack sacked
Greybull’s quarterback behind the line of scrimmage. A tackle
from Egle and Riley Wilson kept Greybull’s advance to a
Pinedale fielded Greybull’s punt at the 44-yard line. Ziegler
kept the ball in the first play and made a 15-yard gain into
Greybull’s territory. Harnack carried the ball toward the 30-
yard line. White pulled off a 5-yard charge and Ziegler held
the ball in the next play. Ziegler then handed the ball off to
Harnack. Harnack broke free from several attempted tackles
and carried the ball 23 yards to score touchdown number four
for the Wranglers.
Greybull made good on its second drive in the last quarter,
despite losing 9 yards when Wilson sacked his opponent behind
the line of scrimmage. Greybull managed a touchdown
and a kickoff to edge their score up. With less than three minutes
to go in the game, Pinedale was still in the lead by a
comfortable margin and ran the clock down.
The Wranglers have a chance to knock out the number
one team in the 2A West Conference when they travel to play
Mountain View on Friday, Oct. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for
“We need to improve in several areas both offensively and
defensively,” said Cundall. “We have a good challenge ahead
of us in Mountain View, and we need to clean up those areas
this week in practice.”