Aug 23, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterWith a new offensive coordinator and a team that has been hammered to be more aggressive on the football field, the Riverton Wolverines football team will travel to Worland on Friday to play its annual week zero game. Game time is at 7 p.m. at Warrior Stadium.
The Wolverines are looking to improve on last year's 3-6 record and a first round exit from the Class 3-A playoffs.
"You are always excited about the first game, and we are ready to go," said head coach Jeremy McCormick. "The opponent does not really matter. We just need to play somebody right now."
The Warriors begin the 2012 season with a new head coach. Curt Mayer, a Ten Sleep native and an elementary physical education teacher in Worland who had been an assistant coach with the Warriors, was named head coach in April and will replace Wade Sanford who had coached Worland since 2000.
Last year, Riverton beat Worland 12-7 at Tonkin Stadium during week zero play when the outcomes of games do not count in regular season standings.
This Friday, Riverton will balance the desire to win with the need to evaluate personnel and both offensive and defensive schemes.
"We have a plan that could change as the game ebbs and flows," McCormick said. "We want to win, and we want to get some kids some work."
Riverton will use a wide variety of offensive schemes including one and two back sets as well as spread formations. Beau Sheets debuts as offensive coordinator for Riverton. It is a role that McCormick has adopted during games before this year.
"You are going to see 'I,' you are going to see shotgun, you are going to see a lot of different sets," McCormick said.
As for its defense, Riverton is not sure what to expect offensively from Worland.
"You don't have film," McCormick said. "You always call in that zero week and kind of talk to the coach. You don't really get anything. We just have to go in and make our adjustments as the game goes on."
But it is the Riverton defense that may be under the microscope the most Friday.
"We have to be more physical," McCormick said. "There were too many times that we were not last year, and it hurt us."
The Wolverines have not settled on starting offensive and defensive units for Friday's game.
"We have a few positions that we are still talking about and have not been ironed out. We are still evaluating," McCormick said.
The fifth year Wolverine coach said he continues to be impressed by the leadership his seniors are displaying as pre-season practice winds down.
Following their game at Worland, Riverton will begin regular season play the following week at Wolverine Field against defending Class 3-A state champion Powell.
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