Scores will spark fireworks in Friday's gameOct 18, 2012 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
Spectators at Friday's Riverton High School football game will be treated to a fireworks display every time the Wolverines score against the Lander Tigers.
The Riverton City Council approved the celebratory explosions this week despite RHS officials' late application for a permit. Larry Dowse, the longtime Riverton football fan who will be setting off the fireworks, explained that the Wolverines didn't know they would be conference champions until last Friday, when they beat Douglas in a tight 14-13 game.
"I realize this is coming in a little late," Dowse said during Tuesday's council meeting. "But Lander is our big rival."
Riverton's football players have maintained a perfect conference record this year, he said, and he wants to help ensure they beat the Tigers on Friday.
"Let's just give the kids a little boost," he said. "Fireworks after each score makes a little difference."
The 30-foot sprays of shells he will use are less showy than traditional fireworks, but Dowse said they will add to the effect of a successful play by the Wolverines.
"They make a touchdown and 'kaboom,'" Dowse said. "It's like the cannon going off at the University of Wyoming."
RHS activities director Jeremy Hill said one group at the school had suggested shooting off a cannon at Wolverine Field, and Councilman Rich Gard said he would approve of that idea as well.
"I think it's a great idea to show city support for the high school," Gard said.
Councilwoman Diana Mahoney showed her Wolverine spirit when city staff recommended igniting the fireworks at Jaycee Park north of Sunset Drive so the noise would be less disturbing for residents south of the school.
Mahoney said she didn't like the idea of moving the display.
"It has to be in the stadium; that's where the crowds are," Mahoney said. "We're the conference champions, (and) this is a big game."
Hill said he has identified an area near the Riverton Alternative School for the fireworks, which also will be used during the first round of playoffs in Riverton. The council approved the display for a third game as well in the hopes that the Wolverines continue to advance.