Wolverines meet Worland in 'week-zero' football exhibition

Aug 29, 2013 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Wolverine Field with the varsity team playing three of four quarters.

The Riverton Wolverines continue their preparations for the high school football season play when they host Class 3-A West member Worland in the annual week-zero exhibition game Friday night at Wolverine Field.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Although the game will be played on the clock with scoring in all quarters counting, both teams will play their varsity squads only in the first, third and fourth quarters, according to Wolverine first-year coach Pat Patterson. Week-zero games do not count in standings or season statistics.

"It's still a regular game. We wanted to get our junior varsity and sophomore kids some guaranteed reps," Patterson said.

Riverton's freshman team also will play a complete game Friday, according to Patterson. That contest is set for 3 p.m. at Wolverine Field.

For the Wolverines, it's a chance to continue improving by playing a different opponent.

"It's hard to simulate some things in practice. Our goal is to execute. We want to line up and run what we do as well as we can," Patterson said, adding that he'll keep formations simple and not show too much too early in the season.

"I don't know if we have any real strengths, but we don't have any weakness that I can see offensively. I think we are real solid up front. We have five good lineman. We've got a good tight end and three good running backs that we can play. We have five or six receivers that we can rotate in and we have two quarterbacks that we can play that are both essentially starters. I don't think we have ay weaknesses, and that makes it a strength," Patterson said.

The Wolverines hope to have an offensive philosophy that will have two out of every three plays running plays but, as far as total yards are concerned, essentially equal emphasis.

"Ideally I would like to see 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing or better. You adjust based on what the defense gives you," Patterson said.

The Wolverines will also keep it close to the vest defensively, not show blitzing or coverage packages this Friday that will be part of the defense as the season progresses.

Defensively, Riverton will focus on "alignment, assignment and execution," Patterson said.

The Wolverines, defending Class 3-A East conference champions, will open their regular season next Friday, Sept. 6, in Powell against the defending Class 3-A state champion Panthers.

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