Spartans lay it on Lander, 28-6

Oct 4, 2017 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

The Riverton eighth grade dominated the rival Lander Cubs 28-6 in middle school action at Wolverine field on Tuesday night.

The game was marred when Lander's Keenan Brown suffered a broken arm early in the game.He was stabilized and taken to the hospital.

When play resumed, Riverton marched 72 yards from its own 20-yard line before fumbling at the 8 yard-line.

Lander moved the ball well and picked up three first downs, but stalled on the ensuing drive.

The Spartans scored through the air late in the opening period on a 13-yard pass from Blake Dale to Lucas Engle in the north end zone.

On the play, a pair of Lander defenders batted the ball around before the 6-foot-2 Engle snagged it out of the air for a touchdown.

Dale scored a second touchdown, this time on the ground with a five-yard scamper that moved the score to 16-0 following the second two-point conversion.

Riverton's defense tallied a third score when a Lander flat pass was thrown behind the receiver.

An alert Derick Lange scooped up the ball and scored on an 18-yard play that left the score 22-0 in Riverton's favor at the half.

The Spartans reached into their bag of tricks on their final score of the game, when Dale hit Lucas on a short tight-end dump pass. Lucas turned and tossed a lateral to Tanner Johnson as he rolled to the outside. Johnson did the rest on a 71-yard hook-and-lateral play that moved Riverton's lead to 28-0.

Lander found the end zone with 3:30 remaining in the game when Smokey Lucas caught a 10-yard pass from Robert Kavapaulo.

The Cubs had their best position of the game after Jake Denson raced 32-yards off tackle to set up the pass play.

Lander drove deep into Riverton's end of the field as the clock ticked away, but they fumbled at the 1-yard line and Riverton's Mason McCoy recovered the ball.

Riverton 8 14 6 0 -- 28

Lander 0 0 0 6 --6

1st quarter

RIV - Lucas Engle 13-pass from Blake Dale (Daxton Fischer pass from Engle) 2:07

2nd quarter

RIV - Dale 5-run (Lucas recovers fumble in end zone) 7:07

RIV - Derick Lange 18 fumble return (run failed) 4:42

3rd quarter

RIV - Tanner Johnson 71-run hook and lateral from Dale to Lucas to Johnson (kick failed)

4th quarter

LAN - Smokey Lucas 10-pass from Robert Kavapaulo (run failed) 3:30

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