May 27, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterWith the kickoff of the fall 2014 football season on his mind, Riverton Wolverine head coach Pat Patterson, entering his second season, is back and ready to get on the field with preparations for his spring and summer workouts well under way.
The Wolverines, needing four days of practice before their first camp at Black Hills State University June 11-13, will be practicing Tuesday through Friday this week at Wolverine Field.
"Our goal as a staff is to just be more physical this year. We have a lot of retuning players. That is what I want to see out of our guys -- just get after people and shove people around," Patterson said.
Last season, the Wolverines posted 4-5 overall record and lost to Star Valley 52-10 in the Class 3-A football quarterfinals.
Patterson expects to have 45-50 Wolverines attend the camp at BHSU to work with both the Wolverine football coaching staff and members of the Black Hills staff.
Patterson expects the Class 3-A East conference this season to be similar to recent years.
"I have a better idea of what people have. It's going to be Douglas --they return everyone defensively, and they are going to be tough. Then it's us and Lander," Patterson said.
On July 18-19, the Wolverines host a three-team football jamboree in Riverton with Lymon and Thermopolis scheduled to attend.
"It will be kind of a scrimmage. The idea his to play 15 plays on offense and 15 on defense against the other teams," Patterson said, adding that there will be both varsity and junior varsity competition.
The Wolverines will play a similar schedule as last year when the regular season begins, except that Riverton will play at Star Valley instead of Cody, along with Green River and Powell in its pre-conference season.
The Wolverines will line up again in the Class 3-A East conference with Buffalo, Douglas, Lander, Rawlins and Torrington.
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