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Home opener Friday for Riverton Wolverines

Sep 12, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Green River Wolves come to Wolverine Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

The Riverton Wolverines make their home debut Friday night against the Green River Wolves.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Wolverine Field. There is no admission charge. Weather for the game is expected to be warmer and drier, with a 40 percent chance for showers.

Both Class 3-A teams will be trying to chalk one up in the win column after suffering lopsided week-one losses. Riverton (0-1) was shellacked at Powell 49-6 in a game shortened to three quarters because of lightning. Green River (0-1) was destroyed on its home turf by Douglas 59-7. The Wolves fumbled the opening kickoff that resulted in a quick Douglas touchdown and never recovered.

Against Green River, Riverton will wear pink jerseys and join with Rocky Mountain Oncology, based in Casper and Lander, to raise cancer awareness as well as funds for cancer survivors and caregivers.

"We're trying to raise awareness for breast cancer and related treatment," Wolverine head coach Pat Patterson said.

Last year, nearly $10,000 raised for the local Tough Enough Cancer Fund, according to the high school activities office.

For the Wolverines on Friday, it will be a matter of playing consistently and playing aggressively through to the whistle.

"I didn't feel like we did some of the little things (against Powell). We weren't blocking the second level very well," Patterson said.

Defensively, the Wolverines will try to be less predictable and more diverse in their coverages.

"We go caught in coverages that were not advantageous to the down and distances, and they took advantage of us," Patterson said.

Riverton will likely be without the services of starting center TJ Bascue, who was injured this week in practice. Reece Prosser will get the start at left guard, and Bo Patterson will move to center. Riley Reichert will move from guard to right tackle. Casey Savage and JP Baxter will start at right guard and left tackle, respectively.

When on offense, the Wolverines will try to pound the ball in the middle of Green River's 4-4 defensive set.

"I'd like to say we'll have more luck inside running against Green River. I want to be more physical up front and get our linemen more mentally tough," Patterson said.

Friday's game is the second of three non-conference games on Riverton's schedule. Next Friday, also at home, Riverton will try for revenge against a Cody team which knocked RHS out of the playoffs last year.

But the big goal after a week-one flop is to improve effort and improve results.

"We need to win bad. We've got a good chance to win the next six or seven games. I am concerned about Cody. I think we will be ready for them, but that is in the future," Patterson said.

Patterson believes his team and Green River both saw Wyoming's top Class 3-A teams in Powell and Douglas in their openers last week.

"In my mind, Douglas and Powell are the best teams in the state right now. Any chance at a state championship will have to go through one of those two places. In the East, where we play, we're going to have beat Douglas. Everybody in the West will have to play Powell and beat them," Patterson said.

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