Friday's game renews RHS rivalry with Lander Tigers

Oct 19, 2012 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Riverton High School and Lander Valley High School have one of the longest and best football rivalries in Wyoming high school sports.

In the past nine years I have seen some great games between the two Fremont County schools on the football field. Here is a look back at some of my favorite moments when the Wolverines clash with the Tigers.

Powerful teams

RHS and LVHS both were powerful football teams back in 2003 and 2004, when the state had a Class 5-A football division and a 4-A class level. I didn't like the idea that the Wolverines and the Tigers were in different conferences, but that didn't effect how the games were played. The Wolverines were ranked No. 2 in Class 5-A football before the game in 2003 with the Tigers, while LVHS was ranked No. 2 in Class 4-A. RHS had too much size and strength, and the Wolverines won a 26-16 decision in Lander.

In 2004, RHS running back Shawn Brogdon stole the show for the Wolverines, pounding the ball right down Lander's defense. Brogdon had an amazing 34 carries for 274 yards in Riverton's 38-17 win over the Tigers at Tonkin Stadium. Lander's Keith Brauneis had 17 carries for 101 yards. The game was played before an estimated crowd of 4,000 people at Tonkin Stadium. The two teams were ranked high again before the start of the game.

Snow bowl

Two years later, the Wolverines and the Tigers squared off in one of my favorite games played at Bill Bush Memorial Stadium. We called it the Snow Bowl. The two teams weren't fighting for high playoffs spots, but they were playing for pride and left everything out on the football field. I was so cold that game that I thought about sitting in the press box. It didn't happen, thanks to my father helping me clean the snow off my glasses a few times. The game ended when Riverton's Trevor Lampert kicked an 18-yard field goal as time expired.

The best play came on a "hook and ladder" delivered by RHS quarterback Zack Christopherson on a long touchdown pass to Thomas Carpenter in the fourth quarter.

Former Wolverine and current Jamestown College player Kyle Blumenshine had his number called time and time again that night in the snow, running for 131 yards on 26 carries on the wet field.

Tight battles

The last three years, the two schools have played right down to the wire with a play here and a play there making up a difference of winning and losing. In 2011, the Tigers pulled out a 24-22 thrilling victory over the Wolverines in another classic battle at Bill Bush Memorial Stadium.

The 2012 RHS-LVHS football game is Friday in Riverton. The great thing about sports is that anything crazy could happen, and new stars could rise.

If you are a sports fan, or if you like anything high school activities have to offer, then Wolverine Field is a must for you on Friday night.

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