Riverton hosting Rawlins in senior night game

Oct 5, 2017 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Riverton Wolverines will try to make it 10 in a row against the Rawlins Outlaws on the football field Friday in the last regular-season home game for Riverton.

The Outlaws last defeated Riverton in 2000, but this is a different Rawlins team which, except for one muffed punt last week against Douglas, would be undefeated. Instead, Rawlins sports a 4-1 record (1-1 Class 3-A East) coming into Friday's game.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Wolverine Field, with senior-night activities scheduled.

Riverton will try and keep conference momentum after a thrilling 30-27 late-game comeback win against Lander last Friday night.

"Rawlins is pretty good. But Douglas did things they don't normally do. They fumbled, had four turnovers and the field was sloppy," Riverton head coach Pat Patterson said. "But, this will be a tough game for us."

Rawlins is ranked fifth in Class 3-A media polling. Riverton is not ranked.

The Wolverines (2-3, 1-1 Class 3-A East) are tied with Rawlins for third place in conference standings, behind Douglas and Torrington, who both sport 2-0 Class 3-A records. Those teams play each other Friday.

Lander hosts Buffalo, both 0-2 in league play, in the other conference game Friday.

Rawlins will spread the field when it has the ball, Patterson predicted, and Riverton has added defensive sets to counter the Rawlins passing threat.

"They like to throw the ball deep, and they play better defense that what I have seen from Rawlins in the past," Patterson added.

Riverton High School will honor its newest Hall of Fame Class (see related story, page 1) Friday night and also will recognize the 1997 Wolverine football team which went 8-2 and defeated Star Valley for the Class 3-A state championship.

Friday's game is broadcast live on KTAK radio, 93.9 FM.

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