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Wolverines look to break through vs. Green River
Xavier Webb (4) and his Riverton High School teammates play at Green River on Friday night in a non-conference game. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Wolverines look to break through vs. Green River

Sep 6, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Riverton football Wolverines will try to avoid a second consecutive 0-2 start when they travel to Green River for their second of three a non-conference football games Friday night.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m at Wolves Stadium.

It could be a tall task for the Wolverines, who have a long losing streak against Green River. The Wolves have averaged more than 50 points per game in their last three against the Wolverines, and you have to turn the calendar back to 2001 to find a Riverton victory over Green River.

Both Green River and the Wolverines dropped their opening-week games.

The Wolves were driving late and deep in Douglas territory before an interception near the goal line cost them a chance for a win with 1:05 remaining in the game.

Like Riverton, which committed five turnovers -- four interceptions and a fumble -- in their first regular season game, Green River also succombed to the turnover bug in their first outing with two interceptions and a lost fumble against Douglas.

Unlike Riverton, which was outgained by week one opponent Powell 301 yards to 173, Green River led Douglas in most statistical categories and racked up 356 yards on offense, 240 yards coming on the ground.

Green River likes to run misdirection in the running game.

"They base everything off that," McCormick said.

McCormick wants a better effort from the start for RHS.

"We need to execute when opportunities are there. We need to learn from it (the Powell game) that we need to by physical from the beginning. We need to make sure that we improve this week. I think we are going to come out hungry (against Green River). I think you will see the team that you saw in the second half of the Powell game," McCormick said.

Indeed, after a terrible second quarter, the Wolverines, especially defensively, played better against the Panthers late.

The Wolverines will look to improve their rushing attack that yielded just over two yards per carry in their first week but may have to do that without the services of featured running back TJ Galey, who sprained his ankle in Tuesday's practice according to McCormick. If Galey can't go, sophomore Tristan White will see his first varsity duties and "we'll rotate others in there," McCormick said.

Defensively, junior Rhett Rogge will replace Galey at the linebacker position, and the Wolverines will be without the service of lineman Lane Savage for a second straight week.

"The biggest obstacle we had against Powell is that we weren't executing. We have to catch the ball and block. It was too much misexecution on offense. I think overall practice was good this week, and we have picked things up. I believe good things will happen Friday," McCormick said

Class 3-A East Standings

Buffalo 1-0

Douglas 1-0

Torrington 1-0

Lander 0-1

Rawlins 0-1

Riverton 0-1

Class 3-A West Standings

Cody 1-0

Powell 1-0

Star Valley 1-0

Green River 0-1

Jackson 0-1

Worland 0-1

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