Spartans lay it on Lander, 28-6Oct 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
RIV - Lucas Engle 13-pass from Blake Dale (Daxton Fischer pass from Engle) 2:07
RIV - Dale 5-run (Lucas recovers fumble in end zone) 7:07
RIV - Derick Lange 18 fumble return (run failed) 4:42
RIV - Tanner Johnson 71-run hook and lateral from Dale to Lucas to Johnson (kick failed)
LAN - Smokey Lucas 10-pass from Robert Kavapaulo (run failed) 3:30