Sep 13, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterOne year ago, when the Riverton Wolverines were lining up for what would be their final home football game in Tonkin Stadium, the Cody Broncs were the opponent. RHS was looking for their first win of the season that night.
This Friday, the Wolverines (0-2) again will be looking for their first win, but this time, the contest will be on the road in Cody (1-1) at Spike Vannoy Field. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Wolverines hope the outcome will be the same as it was a year ago, when Riverton thumped Cody 35-20. In fact, the Wolverines have a five game winning streak against Cody that dates back to 2001.
But there is the matter of being able to rebound from a hard-fought, emotional, last-second loss last Friday at Green River that the Wolverines will have to put behind them as they prepare for Friday's Class 3-A non-conference matchup.
"We did some good things last week, but we still have a long ways to go. Talking to the guys this week, we need to stay mentally fresh and ready to go," assistant coach and offensive coordinator Beau Sheets said.
Cody, a member of the Class 3-A West conference, opened the year with a 28-0 road win at Lander but fell at home last week to perennial Class 3-A East power Douglas 15-10 the same night Riverton lost its disputed 34-28 decision in Green River.
On the injury front, the status of two key Wolverines will be determined at game time. Starting lineman Lane Savage has been working in practice to make it back to game condition after an early-season illness, and running back and linebacker T.J. Galey is trying to rehab an ankle injury and get back on the field.
Galey's status is probable, according to head coach Jeremy McCormick.
Offensively, the Wolverines hope to continue improving and would love to match the 400-yard-plus output of last week's game at Green River.
"I think Cody will bring some pressure to effect our outside stuff. It depends on what they do. Even against Powell (in Riverton's first game of the season), the chances were there, but we didn't execute. I think
Cody's defense is comparable to Green River's," Sheets said.
According to McCormick, the Broncs, "Blitz a ton from all over the place."
When Riverton is on defense, McCormick thinks the Broncs will primarily stay on the ground and use the run to set up the pass.
"Number one, we have to stop the jet sweep. If we can stop their jet sweep and dive, we will be pretty good. They like to run more than they pass, but when they do pass, it is for big gains. We have to stay disciplined," McCormick said.
This is the last week of non-conference games in Class 3-A, but four of the five top-ranked teams battle each other this Friday.
Douglas, ranked second, travels to third-ranked Star Valley, and fourth-ranked Green River is on the road to face fifth-ranked Buffalo.
Torrington makes the long journey to Powell to play the top-ranked Panthers.
In other Class 3-A matchups, Riverton's next opponent, Rawlins, travels to Worland, and cross-county rival Lander is on the road at Jackson.
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