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New coach greets 80 at RHS grid practice
Riverton Wolverine defensive coordinator Randy Weber led his team through drills as practice started for the fall campaign Monday at Wolverine Field. Photo by Craig Blumenshine

New coach greets 80 at RHS grid practice

Aug 20, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The public can see the team this Saturday at the annual intrasquad scrimmage.

If you look closely at first-year football coach Pat Patterson's early-season Riverton High School practice and game schedule you'll see only one exclamation point.

It says, "Season begins!" just after Aug. 30 and the note about Riverton's week-zero game at home against Worland.

But don't put too much credence in that exclamation point.

Just ask any of the 80 players who were ready for Monday's first day of practice, and they'll all agree that the 2013 version of the Riverton Wolverine's season already is under way with two-a-day practices scheduled for the rest of the week that wrap ups with a Saturday intrasquad scrimmage and barbecue.

"We've got a good spread with 25 freshmen and a good number of sophomores and juniors. We are a bit light in the senior class with about 10 or so," Patterson said.

The Wolverines will put the pads on later this week and hope to have their base sets in for their week-zero game against Worland. But in all reality, Riverton is setting its sights on the Sept. 6 road game against the Powell Panthers, reigning Class 3-A state champions.

"Against Worland, we'll play everyone we can and try to get a good look at everybody. But we won't show much," Patterson said.

Patterson said he is impressed with the number of kids who have come out this year and that their skill sets are perhaps on a higher level than what he was used to in his last four seasons as head coach at American Falls High School in Idaho.

"I'm impressed with their attention and skill level. It's apparent that these kids have had quality coaching in the past," Patterson said.

The Wolverines last year were 6-3 overall and will try and duplicate their Class 3-A East conference championship when they buzzed through their conference schedule without a loss before losing to Cody 24-17 in the first round of the state high school football playoffs.

This Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage at Wolverine Field is open to the public and will follow an 8:30 a.m. parent meeting and team pictures.

RHS Varsity Football Schedule

Aug. 30, vs. Worland (week zero), 7 p.m.

Non-Conference Games

Sept. 6 at Powell, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13, vs. Green River, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20, vs. Cody, 7 p.m.

Class 3-A East Conference Games

Sept. 27, at Rawlins, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4, at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11, vs. Torrington, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18, vs. Douglas, 7 p.m.

Oct. 24 (Thursday), at Lander, 7 p.m.

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