On Friday, Oct. 23, the Kemmerer Rangers went up against the Big Piney Punchers in Big Piney for their final game of the season. Unfortunately the Punchers won the game 41-7. Although the Rangers ended the season with no wins, coach Bart Jernigan said the win/loss record only shows half of what goes on in the program.
“There was a lot of development this year,” Jernigan said. “[The players] developed into better young men this season. The success of a program isn’t completely based off of the win/loss record, it is also on the development of these young men. They succeeded as a team.”
Jernigan said that the seniors really stood out this year on the team. He said AQ Peternal, Andre Vega, Aaron Ortiz and Nick Carlson all took active leadership roles on the team.
“There was never any quit in these guys,” Jernigan said. “They always kept at it until the end of the game.”
While this year’s seniors’ skills on the field will be hard to replace, Jernigan is looking forward to working with the young talent new and old. The junior varsity team went undefeated this year, and some of those team members will be on the varsity team next year, according to Jernigan.
“We appreciate the support of the community and all they do to help us continue to develop and build young men,” Jernigan said.
versus Big Piney Punchers quarter summaries.
Big Piney received the opening kick from Kemmerer, giving them the first plays of the game. The Rangers had a good opening defense that kept the Punchers from moving up the field. During their first time with the ball, Kemmerer wasn’t able to move the ball forward against Big Piney’s defense.
Big Piney ran for a touchdown; however, a penalty of ten yards pulled them away from the end zone. The Punchers quickly made up for it with another touchdown and field goal without any flags.
The first quarter ended with a score of 0-7, Big Piney
Kemmerer started with the ball in the second quarter. In the second play of the game, the Rangers fumbled the play and the Punchers got the ball. The Punchers made it to the end zone, but the Rangers blocked the extra point. The score was 0-13, Big Piney.
The Rangers and the Punchers went back and forth on the field without much gain on either side. The Punchers finally scored a touchdown and field goal with one minute and 56 seconds left in the quarter.
The second quarter ended with a score of 0-20, Big Piney.
The second half of the game began with Kemmerer kicking off to Big Piney. The Punchers started with a 20-yard touchdown and a successful field goal. This brought the score to 0-27, Big Piney. After back and forth possession of the ball, Big Piney scored another touchdown and field goal.
The third quarter ended with a score of 0-34, Big Piney.
Many possessions at the beginning of the quarter ended in no points for both teams. The first touchdown of the quarter was from the Rangers carried by AQ Peternal. A successful field goal made the score 7-34, Big Piney. The Big Piney Punchers were able to score another touchdown and field goal with one minute and 16 seconds left in the quarter. This made the score 7-41, Big Piney. The Rangers tried to make a run for another touchdown before the clock ran out. They made it within five yards but were unable to complete the touchdown in time.
The final score of the game was 7-41, Big Piney.