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Wolverines paste Torrington 42-3 for fourth straight win
Oct 7, 2012 - By Steve Peck Publisher and Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
The two straight losses that opened the football season for the Riverton Wolverines are distant memory.
Riverton rolled to its fourth straight victory Friday night in Torrington and now is in position to win the Class 3-A East conference this Friday in Douglas.
The night was cold -- mid-30s with a breeze -- but Riverton's offense was red hot in a 42-3 win over the Trailblazers. Riverton spun out 400 yards of offense behind a masterful performance from senior quarterback Xavier Webb and a bruising night of ball carrying by running back TJ Galey, also a senior.
Despite being the focus of Torrington's defensive plan, Galey still churned out 104 yards on 22 carries. He scored two touchdowns, both on one-yard runs.
Torrington "really came out to stop the run," said RHS coach Jeremy McCormick. "They were keying on TJ with a lot of blitzing inside. That opened up the passing game, and Xavier threw for almost 300 yards."
Webb, mixing his passes as usual to a half-dozen receivers, made special use of tight end Jordan Belville, who caught two touchdown passes.
A 53-yard catch and run to paydirt was a highlight. Belville bowled over a Torrington tackler at the goal line. Later, the two combined on a pretty 16-yard pass play, with Belville corralling the ball on his fingertips in the corner of the end zone.
Webb connected with senior wideout Cade Salisbury for his other TD toss. The play covered 12 yards.
McCormick said his team, leading 30-3 at halftime, wasn't satisfied with its first-half performance and vowed to keep focused in the second half.
"We had some lapses, but overall we were pleased with the performance," said the coach. "When you put 42 points on the board, you're doing a lot of good things."
The Wolverines got the opportunity to score all those points thanks to a nearly impenetrable defense. Torrington managed just one first down after the first quarter and got nearly all of its yards on its first and last drives of the game. The first led to a field goal as the opening period ended, and the last game against the Riverton reserves.
With a perfect 4-0 conference mark, Riverton meets Douglas this Friday, Oct. 12, in Converse County. The winner gets the No. 1 playoff seed from the East 3-A and home-field advantage through the state semifinals.
"We're excited to be in in this spot. We have worked hard to put ourselves in that situation, and we are controlling our own destiny now," McCormick said. "Now it's time t o stay focused and take care of business on Friday."
Riverton -- TJ Galey 22-104 2TD, Tristan White 4-11, Dylan Lewis 1-4, Xavier Webb 1-3, Rhett Rogge 1-1.
Torrintgon -- coffeldt 10-55, Fassler 12-52, Wistroth 1-15, Anderson 6 (-4)
Riverton -- Xavier Webb18-26-268 3TD, Anthony Condie 1-2-9 1INT.
Torrington -- Coffeldt 3-11-33, Anderson 2-6-10.
Riverton -- Jordan Belville 6-135 2TD, Cade Salisbury 6-51 TD, Logan Hartbank 3-31, Brandon Fullerton 1-23, TJ Galey 1-4
Riverton -- Dawson Steeds 13, Lane Savage 12