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State-champ Powell demolishes Riverton 49-6
Riverton's Tristan White (23) fought for yardage against the Powell Panthers in Friday's season opener for both teams. Powell won 49-6. Photo by John Wetzel/Powell Tribune

State-champ Powell demolishes Riverton 49-6

Sep 9, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The game was called after three quarters due to lightning over the field in the regular season opener.

POWELL -- The Powell Panthers football team is as good as advertised.

Maybe better.

After a spectacular 68-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Fullerton to Austin Patterson that gave Riverton a 6-0 lead on the first play of the game, it was all Panthers after that Friday night in Powell.

The Panthers scored 49 unanswered points to drill the Wolverines 49-6 in Class 3-A non-conference play in a gamed was called after just three quarters because of lightning.

"We've got to get better. We've got to play better, we've got to block better, we've got to catch better, and we have to run tougher. We have to be more physical," a dejected RHS head coach Pat Patterson said following the game, his first as the Wolverines' head coach.

After Riverton's opening score, the Wolverines held Powell to a three and out and forced a punt, but the Panthers stopped the Wolverines on their next drive, blocked the ensuing punt, and the rout was on.

Add special teams to the list of things Patterson hopes his team can improve on. The block was one of two the Panthers managed Friday.

"We had noticed on film that we were pretty sure we could get back in there and block the punt. We got good pressure through the middle," Panther head coach Jim Stringer said.

Powell tailback Cory Heny scored the Panthers' first three touchdowns, two by run and one as a receiver. Big Garrett Lynch ran for and caught a touchdown, and Kalei Smith and Hayden Cragoe also scored for Powell.

In all, the Panthers gained 363 yards of offense in the three quarters of balanced play -- 184 via the rush and 179 through the air. Heny was Powell's leading rusher with 94 yards on 17 carries, and Cragoe was 9-19 for 179 yards passing.

By contrast, Riverton managed just 67 more yards after the opening-play score.

Quarterback Fullerton was 5-16 for 107 yards with two interceptions.

Riverton's leading rusher was Tristan White with 25 yards on 10 carries.

After the third quarter ended, with rain falling and lightning moving in from the south, the referees, coaches and Powell's administration met on the field and decided to call the game.

"You don't want to get anyone hurt. I came from eastern Colorado and tornado alley. I'm chicken crap when it comes to lightning. I don't like lightning," Stringer said.

Up next for the Wolverines is a Friday night battle with the Green River Wolves, who were thumped by Douglas 59-7 in their first game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Wolverine Field.

"You'll have two teams coming into our place Friday licking their wounds and hungry for a win," Patterson said.

Riverto 6 0 0 x -- 6

Powell 15 20 14 x -- 49

Scoring

1st Quarter

RIV 11:48 Patterson, 63-yard pass from Fullerton, PAT failed, 6-0

POW 8:25 Heny, 10-yard run, Smith PAT kick, 6-7

POW 1:10 Heny, 18-yard pass from Cragoe, Heny PAT run, 6-15

2nd quarter

POW 5:32 Heny, 1-yard run, Smith PAT kick failed, 6-21

POW 3:26 Lynch, 22-yard pass from Cragoe, Smith PAT kick, 6-28

POW 0:13 Smith, 23-yard pass from Cragoe, Smith PAT kick 6-35

3rd quarter

POW 8:23 Lynch, 33-yard run, Smith PAT kick, 6-42

POW 1:27 Cragoe, 1-yard run, Smith PAT kick, 6-49

4th quarter

Not played due to lightning -- game called.

Individual Statistics

Rushing

Riverton -- Tristan White 10-25, Dylan Lewis 3-5, Brandon Fullerton 2- -2. Totals 15-28.

Powell -- Cory Heny 17-94, Garrett Lynch 3-45, Ty Herd 6-19, Brendon Phister 4-16, Ryan Ferro 4-8, Hayden Cragoe 3-2. Totals 37-184.

Passing

Riverton -- Brandon Fullerton 5-16- 107.

Powell -- Hayden Cragoe 9-19-0 179.

Receiving

Riverton -- Austin Patterson 1-68, Logan Hartbank 2-26, Dylan Lewis 1-7, Keeton Zancanella 1-6.

Powell -- Kalei Smith 2-48, Brendon Phister 1-39, Cory Heny 3-34, Carter Baxter 1-25, Garrett Lynch 1-22, Ryan Ferro 1-11.

Defensive leaders

Riverton -- Casey Savage 17, Rhett Rogge 13, Bo Patterson 9, Keeton Zancanella 9, Brandon Fullerton 9, Logan Hartbank 5, Dietrik Becker 5, Caleb Richmond 5.

Powell -- Carter Baxter 17, Riley Stringer 12, Garrett Lynch 12, Anthony Lujan 10, Jacob Davis 10, Cory Heny 8, Zach Thompson 6.

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