Aug 31, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorRawlins pulled out a 42-34 victory game over the Riverton eighth-graders on Thursday afternoon at Wolverine Field.
The contest was the season opener for both football teams.
"We worked on defense, but I felt like we didn't put enough time on some things, especially our edge defenders and corners," RMS eighth-grade coach Todd Wright said. "We need more work there."
Eighth-grade football games have four eight-minute quarters.
"That is why we had the hurry-up offense," Wright said. "We will build on that for the rest of the year." RMS quarterback Brady Fullerton directed the offense all game long.
"I'm happy with the execution of our offense for the first game," Wright said. Fullerton's favorite receiver turned out to be Kyren Higgs. Matthew Reinig, Slade Becker and Hunter Lee all had long gains. During the third quarter, Fullerton connected to Higgs on a 15-yard pass to pull the Spartans to 22-20. Rawlins answered on a 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Fullerton scored to make it a 28-26 game on a 12-yard run. Rawlins put in another touchdown to seal the victory.
The RMS seventh-graders won a shortened 12-8 decision in Rawlins on Thursday night.
The third- and fourth-quarters were called off because of lightning in the area. "I thought that we did a lot of good things that we have been working on," Riverton Middle School seventh-grade coach Tyler Jordan said.
Jordan was disappointed the game was called at halftime.
"I kind of wished that we were able to play a full game so we would have gotten a few more kids in," Jordan said.
Ridge McCoy scored both touchdown for RMS on a pair of long runs. "We had some great blocking on those runs," Jordan said. "When Ridge gets in the open field, he is pretty tough to bring down." Jordan said Jaren Draper (fullback) and Chase Garcia (pulling guard) had key blocks on the touchdown drives.
The Riverton eighth-graders will be at home on Saturday, Sept. 15 vs. Green River at 10 a.m. The RMS seventh-graders play at Green River on the same day.
Cross county starts
The RMS cross country team had 20 runners at Fort Washakie on Wednesday. In the girls seventh- and eighth-grade division, Maddy Jones finished second, and her team won the team standings.
Shelby Watson was fifth, Trinity Goggles ended seventh, and Emily Dayton came in 11th.
Elliot Stafford paced the RMS sixth-grade girls team by crossing the finish line sixth. Trysta Stingley was seventh, Ella Hauck placed 12th, Courtney Condie placed 14th, and Chrissy Cabada was 18th. For the RMS boys team, Jacob Bench finished fourth, Braydon Lonebear sixth, and Adam Weaver 10th.
RMS finished with a tie for second. The girls squad participated in Green River last week to open the season. Tanner Selvig came in 13th, and Blake Howard was 18th.
Volleyball on road
The Riverton seventh- and eighth-grade middle school volleyball A teams open the season Saturday in two different tournaments. The seventh-graders will be in Lyman, while the eighth-graders are in Mountain View.
The A teams will host Rawlins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Riverton for their first home matches.
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