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Two RJFL teams in local festival

Oct 12, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Two Riverton Junior Football League teams have been preparing this week to play in the annual Fremont Football Festival.

The Riverton Red and the Riverton Black have a pair of games against future high school opponents Saturday at the RJFL field. The two teams are made up of sixth-graders. The Riverton Red team has players from the 49ers and the Cowboys of the RJFL. Cody Beers is the head coach. The Riverton Black team has football players from the Packers and the Bears. Danny Watson is their head coach. The 49ers downed the Packers 12-0 last week in the RJFL title game. The Bears finished in third and the Cowboys ended up fourth in the RJFL.

Other teams in the festival are Cody, Lander, Rawlins, Star Valley and Powell.

"Every year that Powell has been here they have always been tough," RJFL president Brett Watson said. "This will be Star Valley's second time down. The first time was two years ago. They are typical Star Valley with big farm kids."

Jackson backed out this year from the festival. Watson said Jackson's numbers were down this year, and they had to play eight-man football for league play.

"They said it was too much for them to convert them to 11-man for this tournament," Watson said.

Riverton Red opens the day off football at 9 a.m. against Rawlins. The Riverton Red plays at noon against Powell.

"The Rawlins coach said they will be big, but I don't know how athletic they will be," Watson said. "Rawlins has brought some good teams in the past."

Riverton Black challenges Star Valley at 10:30 a.m. Riverton Black ends the festival at 3 p.m. against Powell.

"It will be interesting this year for Riverton," Watson said. "This could be the hardest hitting group of kids that I have coached in a long time. I don't know if we have the speed like we have had in the past, but they flat crack it."

Games in the festival are 15 plays per quarter. The weight limit to carry the football is 110 pounds. A touchdown is worth six points. A run on the point after touchdown is worth one point and a pass or kick is worth two points.

"I would say the games would be high scoring just because everybody runs a spread type of deal," Watson said. "They have been high scoring in the past."

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