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Wolverines blast Worland in week zero

Sep 3, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Riverton opens the regular season this Friday, Sept. 6, in Powell against the two-time defending state champions.

In their final tuneup for the regular season, the Riverton Wolverines dominated an undermanned Worland squad 37-6 in week-zero exhibition play Friday at Wolverine Field.

Although the game was four quarters long, the varsity was scheduled to play only the first, third and fourth quarters. Members of Riverton's sophomore and junior varsity teams took over in the second quarter and also played reps in the latter half of the fourth quarter.

Statistically, this game was not close.

"I think we dominated the game defensively, and offensively we moved the ball at times when we weren't having to overcome our own penalties. We kept it very plain. We lined up in three formations and six different running plays and five passing plays. We were really vanilla offensively," RHS head coach Pat Patterson said.

Junior starting quarterback Brandon Fullerton looked comfortable in his transition from the wide receiver position he played last season, completing five of 13 passes for 81 yards. He also showed an ability to be a running threat as well, gaining 41 yards on four carries.

Fullerton's favorite receiver was senior newcommer Austin Patterson, who had four receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown.

A pleasant surprise was the debut of sophomore running back Steven Reinig. The speedy tailback gained 184 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns.

The Wolverines starting tailback this season will be senior Dylan Lewis. The big ball carrier had 39 yards on nine carries.

Senior Rhett Rogge also scored a touchdown for Riverton.

Riverton's defense, which was credited with a safety, held Worland to just 37 yards rushing, and 33 of those yards came in the final quarter. Overall, the Warriors had 110 yards in total offense.

RHS junior Keeton Zancanella was the Wolverines' defensive leader with 12 points. Zancanella had two interceptions and was part of the defense that held Worland quarterback Clay Armstrong to zero completions on eight attempts.

If there was a blemish for Riverton Friday, it was the number of times the penalty flag impacted Wolverine drives. In all, Riverton was penalized 12 times for 95 yards.

"Way too many penalties. I can live with some of the stuff, but the things we can control is our attitude and intensity. If you get too fired up, and get mad, and throw a kid down or shove somebody after the play, that is losing control. That's something we don't want to do as a player or a person," Patterson said.

Up next for Riverton is the tall challenge of traveling to Park County this Friday, Sept. 6, to battle two-time defending state champion Powell. The Panthers return eight starters from both their offense and defense, and are the preseason pick of many to win their third straight Class 3-A championship. Game time on Powell's new synthetic surface field is 7 p.m.

Worland 0 0 0 6 -- 6

Riverton 14 10 0 13 -- 37

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